Kenneth Robert Alper

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Kenneth Robert Alper, M.D.

Associate Professor;
Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Addresses

150 E. 58th Street
New York, NY 10155
Hours: Wed. 3 - 8:30; Thu. 3 - 8:30; Fri. 10 - 7
Phone: 212-966-3506
Fax: 212-409-8902

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Medical Specialties


Medical Expertise

Psychopharmacology, Affective & Anxiety Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Mood Disorders



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Board Certification

1989 — Ab Psychiatry & Neurology - Psychiatry


1984 — University of Texas, Medical Education
1984-1988 — NYU Medical Center (Psychiatry), Residency Training
1988-1990 — NYU Medical Center (Clin Neurophysiology), Clinical Fellowships

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Research Interests

Quantitative EEG Substance use disorders Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy

Research Documents

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All data from NYU Health Sciences Library Faculty Bibliography — -


Childhood abuse and EEG source localization in crack cocaine dependence
Alper, Kenneth; Shah, Jaini; Howard, Bryant; Roy John, E; Prichep, Leslie S
2013 Jul;213(1):63-70, Psychiatry research
— id: 366882, year: 2013, vol: 213, page: 63, stat: Journal Article,

Effect of Iboga Alkaloids on ?-Opioid Receptor-Coupled G Protein Activation
Antonio, T; Childers, SR; Rothman, RB; Dersch, CM; King, C; Kuehne, M; Bornmann, WG; Eshleman, AJ; Janowsky, A; Simon, ER; Reith, MEA; Alper, K
2013 ;8(10):- e77262, PLoS one
— id: 839522, year: 2013, vol: 8, page: , stat: Journal Article,

Effect of Iboga Alkaloids on micro-Opioid Receptor-Coupled G Protein Activation
Antonio, Tamara; Childers, Steven R; Rothman, Richard B; Dersch, Christina M; King, Christine; Kuehne, Martin; Bornmann, William G; Eshleman, Amy J; Janowsky, Aaron; Simon, Eric R; Reith, Maarten E A; Alper, Kenneth
2013 ;8(10):e77262-e77262 e77262, PLoS one
— id: 626862, year: 2013, vol: 8, page: e77262, stat: Journal Article,

Neuroinflammation and psychiatric illness
Najjar, Souhel; Pearlman, Daniel M; Alper, Kenneth; Najjar, Amanda; Devinsky, Orrin
2013 ;10:43-43, Journal of neuroinflammation
— id: 301282, year: 2013, vol: 10, page: 43, stat: Journal Article,

Fatalities temporally associated with the ingestion of ibogaine
Alper, Kenneth R; Stajic, Marina; Gill, James R
2012 Mar;57(2):398-412, Journal of forensic sciences
— id: 162832, year: 2012, vol: 57, page: 398, stat: Journal Article,

Ibogaine and the inhibition of acetylcholinesterase
Alper, Kenneth; Reith, Maarten E A; Sershen, Henry
2012 Feb 15;139(3):879-882, Journal of ethnopharmacology
— id: 150565, year: 2012, vol: 139, page: 879, stat: Journal Article,

Emotion processing bias and age of seizure onset among epilepsy patients with depressive symptoms
Brand, Jesse G; Mindt, Monica Rivera; Schaffer, Sarah G; Alper, Kenneth R; Devinsky, Orrin; Barr, William B
2012 Dec;25(4):552-557, Epilepsy & behavior
— id: 205192, year: 2012, vol: 25, page: 552, stat: Journal Article,

Pause-dependent ventricular tachycardia and torsades de pointes after ibogaine ingestion
Shawn, L K; Alper, K; Desai, S P; Stephenson, K; Olgun, A M; Nelson, L S; Hoffman, R S
2012 August 2012;50(7):654-654, Clinical toxicology (Philadelphia)
— id: 177073, year: 2012, vol: 50, page: 654, stat: Journal Article,

Abnormalities of cortical thickness in postictal psychosis
Dubois, J M; Devinsky, O; Carlson, C; Kuzniecky, R; Quinn, B T; Alper, K; Butler, T; Starner, K; Halgren, E; Thesen, T
2011 Jun;21(2):132-136, Epilepsy & behavior
— id: 134446, year: 2011, vol: 21, page: 132, stat: Journal Article,

Posttraumatic epilepsy
Luciano, Daniel J; Alper, Kenneth; Nadkarni, Siddhartha
Textbook of traumatic brain injury Washington, DC : American Psychiatric Pub., c2011,
— id: 426892, year: 2011, vol: , page: ?, stat: Chapter,

Emotional recognition in depressed epilepsy patients
Brand, Jesse G; Burton, Leslie A; Schaffer, Sarah G; Alper, Kenneth R; Devinsky, Orrin; Barr, William B
2009 Jul;15(3):333-338, Epilepsy & behavior
— id: 101883, year: 2009, vol: 15, page: 333, stat: Journal Article,

DuBois, J; Carlson, C; Kuzniecky, R; Devinsky, O; Alper, K; Blumberg, M; Mikhly, M; Starner, K; Thesen, T
2009 ;50:447-447, Epilepsia
— id: 106076, year: 2009, vol: 50, page: 447, stat: Journal Article,

Self-reported Versus Clinician Rated Depression and Anxiety in Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures
Murphy, KE; Barr, WB; Brand, JG; Karantzoulis, S; Bender, HA; Alper, K
2009 ;23(4):61-61, Clinical neuropsychologist
— id: 125471, year: 2009, vol: 23, page: 61, stat: Journal Article,

Do Antidepressants Improve or Worsen Seizures in Patients with Epilepsy?
Alper, K
Psychiatric Controversies in Epilepsy Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier/Academic Press, 2008,
— id: 653132, year: 2008, vol: , page: 255, stat: Chapter,

The ibogaine medical subculture
Alper, Kenneth R; Lotsof, Howard S; Kaplan, Charles D
2008 Jan 4;115(1):9-24, Journal of ethnopharmacology
— id: 78350, year: 2008, vol: 115, page: 9, stat: Journal Article,

Postictal psychosis in partial epilepsy: a case-control study
Alper, Kenneth; Kuzniecky, Ruben; Carlson, Chad; Barr, William B; Vorkas, Charles K; Patel, Jignasa G; Carrelli, Angela L; Starner, Karen; Flom, Peter L; Devinsky, Orrin
2008 May;63(5):602-610, Annals of neurology
— id: 79550, year: 2008, vol: 63, page: 602, stat: Journal Article,

Localizing epileptogenic regions in partial epilepsy using three-dimensional statistical parametric maps of background EEG source spectra
Alper, Kenneth; Raghavan, Manoj; Isenhart, Robert; Howard, Bryant; Doyle, Werner; John, Roy; Prichep, Leslie
2008 Feb 1;39(3):1257-1265, Neuroimage
— id: 76455, year: 2008, vol: 39, page: 1257, stat: Journal Article,

Emotional recognition ability in patients with epileptic vs. non-epileptic seizures
Brand, JG; Barr, WB; Schaffer, SG; Burton, LA; Alper, KR; Devinsky, O
2008 SEP ;22(4):747-747, Clinical neuropsychologist
— id: 104236, year: 2008, vol: 22, page: 747, stat: Journal Article,

A psychodynamic understanding of conversion nonepileptic seizures in a young woman with acquired blindness
Soffer, Jocelyn; Alper, Kenneth R; Basch, Samuel
2008 Jul;13(7):575-584, CNS spectrums
— id: 95756, year: 2008, vol: 13, page: 575, stat: Journal Article,

Gender and major depression in a sample of epilepsy patients
Wolkin, JR; Barr, WB; Alper, KR; Zemon, V; Devinsky, O
2008 SEP ;22(4):747-747, Clinical neuropsychologist
— id: 104237, year: 2008, vol: 22, page: 747, stat: Journal Article,

The use of ibogaine in the treatment of addictions
Alper, Kenneth R; Lotsof, Howard S
Psychedelic medicine: New evidence for hallucinogenic substances as treatments (Vol 2) Westport, CT, US: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007,
— id: 4641, year: 2007, vol: , page: 43, stat: Chapter,

Seizure incidence in psychopharmacological clinical trials: an analysis of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) summary basis of approval reports
Alper, Kenneth; Schwartz, Kelly A; Kolts, Russell L; Khan, Arif
2007 Aug 15;62(4):345-354, Biological psychiatry
— id: 74108, year: 2007, vol: 62, page: 345, stat: Journal Article,

Psychotropic complementary medicines
Alper, K. R; Glick, S. D
2006 ;188:587- Jun, British journal of psychiatry
— id: 64678, year: 2006, vol: 188, page: 587, stat: Journal Article,

Correlation of PET and qEEG in normal subjects
Alper, Kenneth R; John, E Roy; Brodie, Jonathan; Gunther, Wilfred; Daruwala, Raoul; Prichep, Leslie S
2006 Apr 30;146(3):271-282, Psychiatry research
— id: 67000, year: 2006, vol: 146, page: 271, stat: Journal Article,

Postictal psychosis: A case control study
Kuzniecky, R; Vorkas, CK; Alper, K; Carlson, C; Barr, W; Devinsky, O
2006 SEP ;47(3):279-279, Epilepsia
— id: 69541, year: 2006, vol: 47, page: 279, stat: Journal Article,

Nonepileptic seizures treatment workshop summary
LaFrance, W Curt Jr; Alper, Kenneth; Babcock, Debra; Barry, John J; Benbadis, Selim; Caplan, Rochelle; Gates, John; Jacobs, Margaret; Kanner, Andres; Martin, Roy; Rundhaugen, Lynn; Stewart, Randy; Vert, Christina
2006 May;8(3):451-461, Epilepsy & behavior
— id: 71629, year: 2006, vol: 8, page: 451, stat: Journal Article,

QEEG source localization of epileptiform foci
Prichep, LS; Alper, K
2006 NOV 23 ;54(1):28-29, Neuropsychobiology
— id: 69291, year: 2006, vol: 54, page: 28, stat: Journal Article,

Rates of invalid MMPI-2 responding in patients with epileptic and nonepileptic seizures
Barr, WB; Larson, E; Alper, K; Devinsky, O
2005 SEP ;46(11):60-60, Epilepsia
— id: 59584, year: 2005, vol: 46, page: 60, stat: Journal Article,

Localizing epileptic foci using variable resolution electromagnetic tomography (VARETA)
Alper, K; Raghavan, M; Prichep, L; Isenhart, R; Howard, B; John, R
2004 AUG-SEP ;45(3):114-115, Epilepsia
— id: 49018, year: 2004, vol: 45, page: 114, stat: Journal Article,

Obsessive-compulsive symptoms in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy
Isaacs, Keren L; Philbeck, John W; Barr, William B; Devinsky, Orrin; Alper, Kenneth
2004 Aug;5(4):569-574, Epilepsy & behavior
— id: 55970, year: 2004, vol: 5, page: 569, stat: Journal Article,

Treatment of psychosis, aggression, and irritability in patients with epilepsy
Alper KR; Barry JJ; Balabanov AJ
2002 Oct;3(5S):13-18, Epilepsy & behavior
— id: 39289, year: 2002, vol: 3, page: 13, stat: Journal Article,

Premorbid psychiatric risk factors for postictal psychosis: In reply
Alper, Kenneth R; Devinsky, Orrin; Boylan, Laura
2002 ;14(4):465-466 Fal, Journal of neuropsychiatry & clinical neurosciences
— id: 80779, year: 2002, vol: 14, page: 465, stat: Journal Article,

Adaptation to repeated cocaine administration in rats
Binienda, Zbigniew K; Pereira, Frederico; Alper, Kenneth; Slikker, William Jr; Ali, Syed F
2002 Jun;965:172-179, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
— id: 47446, year: 2002, vol: 965, page: 172, stat: Journal Article,

Outcome related electrophysiological subtypes of cocaine dependence
Prichep, Leslie S; Alper, Kenneth R; Sverdlov, Lev; Kowalik, Sharon C; John, E R; Merkin, Henry; Tom, Mee Lee; Howard, Bryant; Rosenthal, Mitchell S
2002 Jan;33(1):8-20, Clinical electroencephalography
— id: 68150, year: 2002, vol: 33, page: 8, stat: Journal Article,

Premorbid psychiatric risk factors for postictal psychosis
Alper K; Devinsky O; Westbrook L; Luciano D; Pacia S; Perrine K; Vazquez B
2001 Fall;13(4):492-499, Journal of neuropsychiatry & clinical neurosciences
— id: 26525, year: 2001, vol: 13, page: 492, stat: Journal Article,

Ibogaine: a review
Alper KR
2001 ;56(11):1-38, Alkaloids. chemistry & biology
— id: 26577, year: 2001, vol: 56, page: 1, stat: Journal Article,

A contemporary history of ibogaine in the United States and Europe
Alper KR; Beal D; Kaplan CD
2001 ;56(11):249-281, Alkaloids. chemistry & biology
— id: 26575, year: 2001, vol: 56, page: 249, stat: Journal Article,

Ibogaine : proceedings from the First International Conference
Alper, Kenneth R; Glick, Stanley D.
San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, c2001,
— id: 665342, year: 2001, vol: , page: , stat: ,

Nondominant hemisphere lesions and conversion nonepileptic seizures
Devinsky O; Mesad S; Alper K
2001 Summer;13(3):367-373, Journal of neuropsychiatry & clinical neurosciences
— id: 34414, year: 2001, vol: 13, page: 367, stat: Journal Article,

Progression of postictal to interictal psychosis
Tarulli A; Devinsky O; Alper K
2001 Nov;42(11):1468-1471, Epilepsia
— id: 34411, year: 2001, vol: 42, page: 1468, stat: Journal Article,

Ibogaine in acute opioid withdrawal. An open label case series
Alper KR; Lotsof HS; Frenken GM; Luciano DJ; Bastiaans J
2000 ;909:257-259, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
— id: 11582, year: 2000, vol: 909, page: 257, stat: Journal Article,

Psychotropic medication use in patients with epilepsy: effect on seizure frequency
Gross A; Devinsky O; Westbrook LE; Wharton AH; Alper K
2000 Fall;12(4):458-464, Journal of neuropsychiatry & clinical neurosciences
— id: 34417, year: 2000, vol: 12, page: 458, stat: Journal Article,

Emotional outbursts and post-traumatic stress disorder during intracarotid amobarbital procedure
Masia SL; Perrine K; Westbrook L; Alper K; Devinsky O
2000 Apr 25;54(8):1691-1693, Neurology
— id: 34420, year: 2000, vol: 54, page: 1691, stat: Journal Article,

The EEG and cocaine sensitization: a hypothesis
Alper KR
1999 Spring;11(2):209-221, Journal of neuropsychiatry & clinical neurosciences
— id: 12016, year: 1999, vol: 11, page: 209, stat: Journal Article,

Treatment of acute opioid withdrawal with ibogaine
Alper KR; Lotsof HS; Frenken GM; Luciano DJ; Bastiaans J
1999 Summer;8(3):234-242, American journal on addictions
— id: 11952, year: 1999, vol: 8, page: 234, stat: Journal Article,

Psychosis after epilepsy surgery
Bromfield, EB; Devinsky, O; Fricchione, GL; Frumin, M; Mesad, SM; Alper, K; Dickey, C
1999 ;40(4):242-242 FAL, Epilepsia
— id: 104275, year: 1999, vol: 40, page: 242, stat: Journal Article,

Prediction of treatment outcome in cocaine dependent males using quantitative EEG
Prichep LS; Alper KR; Kowalik SC; Vaysblat LS; Merkin HA; Tom M; John ER; Rosenthal MS
1999 Mar 1;54(1):35-43, Drug & alcohol dependence
— id: 7429, year: 1999, vol: 54, page: 35, stat: Journal Article,

Correlation of qEEG with PET in schizophrenia
Alper K; Gunther W; Prichep LS; John ER; Brodie J
1998 ;38(1):50-56, Neuropsychobiology
— id: 7481, year: 1998, vol: 38, page: 50, stat: Journal Article,

Persistent QEEG abnormality in crack cocaine users at 6 months of drug abstinence
Alper KR; Prichep LS; Kowalik S; Rosenthal MS; John ER
1998 Jul;19(1):1-9, Neuropsychopharmacology
— id: 7480, year: 1998, vol: 19, page: 1, stat: Journal Article,

Olfactory reference syndrome in a patient with partial epilepsy
Devinsky O; Khan S; Alper K
1998 Apr;11(2):103-105, Neuropsychiatry neuropsychology & behavioral neurology
— id: 7322, year: 1998, vol: 11, page: 103, stat: Journal Article,

Dissociation in epilepsy and conversion nonepileptic seizures
Alper K; Devinsky O; Perrine K; Luciano D; Vazquez B; Pacia S; Rhee E
1997 Sep;38(9):991-997, Epilepsia
— id: 12132, year: 1997, vol: 38, page: 991, stat: Journal Article,

Clinical profile of patients with epileptic and nonepileptic seizures
Devinsky O; Sanchez-Villasenor F; Vazquez B; Kothari M; Alper K; Luciano D
1996 Jun;46(6):1530-1533, Neurology
— id: 12601, year: 1996, vol: 46, page: 1530, stat: Journal Article,

Neurometric QEEG studies of crack cocaine dependence and treatment outcome
Prichep LS; Alper K; Kowalik SC; Rosenthal M
1996 ;15(4):39-53, Journal of addictive diseases
— id: 12667, year: 1996, vol: 15, page: 39, stat: Journal Article,

Quantitative electroencephalographic characteristics of crack cocaine dependence
Prichep LS; Alper KR; Kowalik S; Merkin H; Tom M; John ER; Rosenthal MS
1996 Nov 15;40(10):986-993, Biological psychiatry
— id: 12472, year: 1996, vol: 40, page: 986, stat: Journal Article,

Social and medical outcome of nonepileptic seizures
1995 NOV ;36(22):H9-H9, Epilepsia
— id: 52681, year: 1995, vol: 36, page: H9, stat: Journal Article,

Psychiatric classification of nonconversion nonepileptic seizures
Alper K; Devinsky O; Perrine K; Vazquez B; Luciano D
1995 Feb;52(2):199-201, Archives of neurology
— id: 12805, year: 1995, vol: 52, page: 199, stat: Journal Article,

1995 OCT ;36(4):640-640, Epilepsia
— id: 104295, year: 1995, vol: 36, page: 640, stat: Journal Article,

Postictal psychosis: a case control series of 20 patients and 150 controls
Devinsky O; Abramson H; Alper K; FitzGerald LS; Perrine K; Calderon J; Luciano D
1995 Mar;20(3):247-253, Epilepsy research
— id: 6818, year: 1995, vol: 20, page: 247, stat: Journal Article,

1995 NOV ;36(22):H11-H11, Epilepsia
— id: 52682, year: 1995, vol: 36, page: H11, stat: Journal Article,

1995 NOV ;36(22):645-645, Epilepsia
— id: 86669, year: 1995, vol: 36, page: 645, stat: Journal Article,

Quantitative EEG characteristics of children exposed in utero to cocaine
Prichep LS; Kowalik SC; Alper K; de Jesus C
1995 Jul;26(3):166-172, Clinical electroencephalography
— id: 6948, year: 1995, vol: 26, page: 166, stat: Journal Article,

QEEG in hemophiliacs with HIV infection
Riedel RR; Alper K; Bulau P; Brackmann HH; Niese D; Schieck U; Gunther W
1995 Apr;26(2):84-91, Clinical electroencephalography
— id: 6729, year: 1995, vol: 26, page: 84, stat: Journal Article,

Nonepileptic seizures
Alper K
1994 Feb;12(1):153-173, Neurologic clinics
— id: 63288, year: 1994, vol: 12, page: 153, stat: Journal Article,

1994 SEP-OCT ;11(5):481-488, Journal of substance abuse treatment
— id: 52307, year: 1994, vol: 11, page: 481, stat: Journal Article,

Diminished cerebral metabolic response to motor stimulation in schizophrenics: a PET study
Guenther, W; Brodie, J D; Bartlett, E J; Dewey, S L; Henn, F A; Volkow, N D; Alper, K; Wolkin, A; Cancro, R; Wolf, A P
1994 ;244(3):115-125, European archives of psychiatry & clinical neuroscience
— id: 76242, year: 1994, vol: 244, page: 115, stat: Journal Article,

Quantitative electrophysiological characteristics and subtyping of schizophrenia
John ER; Prichep LS; Alper KR; Mas FG; Cancro R; Easton P; Sverdlov L
1994 Dec 15;36(12):801-826, Biological psychiatry
— id: 6653, year: 1994, vol: 36, page: 801, stat: Journal Article,

Quantitative EEG correlates of cognitive deterioration in the elderly [published erratum appears in Neurobiol Aging 1994 May-Jun;15(3):391]
Prichep LS; John ER; Ferris SH; Reisberg B; Almas M; Alper K; Cancro R
1994 Jan-Feb;15(1):85-90, Neurobiology of aging
— id: 6488, year: 1994, vol: 15, page: 85, stat: Journal Article,

Nonepileptic seizures and childhood sexual and physical abuse
Alper K; Devinsky O; Perrine K; Vazquez B; Luciano D
1993 Oct;43(10):1950-1953, Neurology
— id: 56494, year: 1993, vol: 43, page: 1950, stat: Journal Article,

Treatment resistant depression in a case of minor head injury: an electrophysiological hypothesis
Mas F; Prichep LS; Alper K
1993 Jul;24(3):118-122, Clinical electroencephalography
— id: 6447, year: 1993, vol: 24, page: 118, stat: Journal Article,

Nonepileptic seizures during apparent sleep
Thacker K; Devinsky O; Perrine K; Alper K; Luciano D
1993 Apr;33(4):414-418, Annals of neurology
— id: 13192, year: 1993, vol: 33, page: 414, stat: Journal Article,

Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy: Clinical features and factors related to misdiagnosis
Vazquez B; Devinksy O; Luciano D; Alper K; et al
1993 ;6(4):233-238, Journal of epilepsy
— id: 8160, year: 1993, vol: 6, page: 233, stat: Journal Article,

Quantitative electroencephalography. A new approach to the diagnosis of cerebral dysfunction in systemic lupus erythematosus
Ritchlin CT; Chabot RJ; Alper K; Buyon J; Belmont HM; Roubey R; Abramson SB
1992 Nov;35(11):1330-1342, Arthritis & rheumatism
— id: 9743, year: 1992, vol: 35, page: 1330, stat: Journal Article,

Quantitative EEG correlates of crack cocaine dependence
Alper KR; Chabot RJ; Kim AH; Prichep LS; John ER
1990 Dec;35(2):95-105, Psychiatry research
— id: 14267, year: 1990, vol: 35, page: 95, stat: Journal Article,