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During Dr. Hicks’ graduate training years, he completed a pre-doctoral fellowship in psychopharmacology from the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences.  He received his graduate degree in pharmacology and medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 1983.  He subsequently completed a psychiatry residency at Stanford University Hospital.  Following completion of his residency, he began his career as a member of the Senior Staff at Scott and White Clinic and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science of Texas A&M University College of Medicine.  There, he developed a basic science behavioral pharmacology research program, served as a site investigator for clinical trials, and progressed to the academic rank of Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.  In 2000, Dr. Hicks moved to the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS), to further develop his clinical research activities.  Between 2007 and 2013, Dr. Hicks served as the CTVHCS Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS/R), assuming responsibility for oversight of all CTVHCS research activities.  During his tenure, the number of CTVHCS research projects more than doubled, and the annual research dollar expenditures quadrupled.  In June 2013, Dr. Hicks became the Associate Dean of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine Temple Campus.