Mallory Hacker, PhD, MSCI

Assistant Professor

Dr. Hacker is Assistant Professor of Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received the 2019 Kumar New Investigator Award from the North American Neuromodulation Society. She has received funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the Department of Defense's Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP), the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF), and the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). 

Dr. Hacker earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 2007 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology studying neurodegenerative pathways arising from Coenzyme Q deficiency in 2013. She received postdoctoral training in neurology clinical research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and was a visiting assistant professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 2016. She completed the Vanderbilt School of Medicine Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program in 2019.

Research Information

Dr. Hacker’s research focuses on understanding the effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in very early-stage Parkinson’s disease patients and studying objective methods to evaluate Parkinson’s disease progression. She also investigates the prevalence and impact of spasticity in the long-term care setting as well as ways to improve its screening, referral, and treatment. 

Newswise: Sweet-Spot Brain Stimulation May Halt Parkinson’s Progression

VUMC Reporter: Deep brain sweet spot might be key to halt Parkinson’s

Neurology Advisor: Benefits of Deep Brain Stimulation for Early Stage Parkinson Disease

Technology Networks: 5-year Study Shows the Long-term Efficacy of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's

Medical Xpress: Nursing home study reveals 'woeful' underdiagnosis of spasticity

VUMC Discover: Reducing Untreated Spasticity in the Elderly

VUMC Reporter: Neuromodulation Society honors Hacker’s Parkinson’s research

The Tennessean: For Parkinson’s patients, a surreal brain surgery offers new hope

VUMC Reporter: DBS treatment may slow tremor progression in early-stage Parkinson’s patients

VUMC Reporter: Trial to test whether DBS slows Parkinson’s progression