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Moria J. Smoski, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Moria J. Smoski
Contact Info:
Office Location:  2400 Pratt St, North Pavilion Room 6045, Durham, NC 27705
Office Phone:  (919) 684-6717
Email Address:   send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • Psy 797.02, Prof issues in clinical psych Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 127, W 12:00 PM-01:00 PM

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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