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Moria J. Smoski, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Research Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Member of the Collaborative Clinical Training Program (CCTP)

Moria J. Smoski
Contact Info:
Office Location:  2400 Pratt St, North Pavilion Room 6045, Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6717
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Ph.D.Vanderbilt University2004
M.A.Vanderbilt University1999
B.A.Yale University1995
Research Interests:

Ongoing projects include:

- Imaging-genetics prediction of response to Behavioral Activation treatment in individuals with Major Depressive Disorder
- FMRI measures of reward, emotion responsivity, and mindfulness in women who experienced early life adversity
- Psychological and mood changes associated with Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Paul, NA; Stanton, SJ; Greeson, JM; Smoski, MJ; Wang, L (2013). Psychological and neural mechanisms of trait mindfulness in reducing depression vulnerability.. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 8(1), 56-64. [22717383], [doi]  [abs]
  2. Hayward, RD; Taylor, WD; Smoski, MJ; Steffens, DC; Payne, ME (2012). Association of Five-Factor Model Personality Domains and Facets with Presence, Onset, and Treatment Outcomes of Major Depression in Older Adults.. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. [22426521], [doi]  [abs]
  3. Dichter, GS; Kozink, RV; McClernon, FJ; Smoski, MJ (2012). Remitted major depression is characterized by reward network hyperactivation during reward anticipation and hypoactivation during reward outcomes.. J Affect Disord, 136(3), 1126-1134. [22036801], [doi]  [abs]
  4. Greeson, JM; Webber, DM; Smoski, MJ; Brantley, JG; Ekblad, AG; Suarez, EC; Wolever, RQ (2011). Changes in spirituality partly explain health-related quality of life outcomes after Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.. J Behav Med, 34(6), 508-518. [21360283], [doi]  [abs]
  5. Smoski, MJ; Rittenberg, A; Dichter, GS (2011). Major depressive disorder is characterized by greater reward network activation to monetary than pleasant image rewards.. Psychiatry Research, 194(3), 263-270. [22079658], [doi]  [abs]
  6. Keng, S-L; Smoski, MJ; Robins, CJ (2011). Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies.. Clin Psychol Rev, 31(6), 1041-1056. [21802619], [doi]  [abs]
  7. Smoski, MJ; Salsman, N; Wang, L; Smith, V; Lynch, TR; Dager, SR; LaBar, KS; Linehan, MM (2011). Functional imaging of emotion reactivity in opiate-dependent borderline personality disorder.. Personal Disord, 2(3), 230-241. [22448769], [doi]  [abs]
  8. Dichter, GS; Felder, JN; Smoski, MJ (2010). The effects of Brief Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression on cognitive control in affective contexts: An fMRI investigation.. J Affect Disord, 126(1-2), 236-244. [20421135], [doi]  [abs]
  9. Hayes, JP; Morey, RA; Petty, CM; Seth, S; Smoski, MJ; McCarthy, G; Labar, KS (2010). Staying cool when things get hot: emotion regulation modulates neural mechanisms of memory encoding.. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 230. [21212840], [doi]  [abs]
  10. Smoski, MJ; Felder, J; Bizzell, J; Green, SR; Ernst, M; Lynch, TR; Dichter, GS (2009). fMRI of alterations in reward selection, anticipation, and feedback in major depressive disorder.. J Affect Disord, 118(1-3), 69-78. [19261334], [doi]  [abs]
  11. Dichter, GS; Felder, JN; Petty, C; Bizzell, J; Ernst, M; Smoski, MJ (2009). The effects of psychotherapy on neural responses to rewards in major depression.. Biol Psychiatry, 66(9), 886-897. [19726030], [doi]  [abs]
  12. Dichter, GS; Felder, JN; Smoski, MJ (2009). Affective context interferes with cognitive control in unipolar depression: an fMRI investigation.. J Affect Disord, 114(1-3), 131-142. [18706701], [doi]  [abs]
  13. Smoski, MJ; Lynch, TR; Rosenthal, MZ; Cheavens, JS; Chapman, AL; Krishnan, RR (2008). Decision-making and risk aversion among depressive adults.. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 39(4), 567-576. [18342834], [doi]  [abs]
  14. Wang, L; LaBar, KS; Smoski, M; Rosenthal, MZ; Dolcos, F; Lynch, TR; Krishnan, RR; McCarthy, G (2008). Prefrontal mechanisms for executive control over emotional distraction are altered in major depression.. Psychiatry Research, 163(2), 143-155. [18455373], [doi]  [abs]
  15. Chapman, A., Lynch, T.R., Rosenthal, M.Z., Cheavens, J.S., Smoski, M.J., & Krishnan, K.R.R. (2007). Risk aversion among depressed older adults with obsessive compulsive personality disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 31, 161-174..

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