Moria J. Smoski

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 2004

  • M.A., Vanderbilt University 1999

  • B.A., Yale University 1995

Overview

My research interests are focused on emotion regulation and reward processes in psychopathology, primarily in major depressive disorder.  I am interested in the translation of knowledge gleaned from cognitive neuroscience methods including functional neuroimaging to better understand and improve psychosocial interventions, including cognitive behavioral and mindfulness interventions.

Expertise

Emotion regulation and reward processes in psychopathology, depression, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness

Keng, S-L, Tan, ELY, Eisenlohr-Moul, TA, and Smoski, MJ. "Effects of mindfulness, reappraisal, and suppression on sad mood and cognitive resources." Behaviour research and therapy 91 (April 2017): 33-42. Full Text

Walsh, E, Carl, H, Eisenlohr-Moul, T, Minkel, J, Crowther, A, Moore, T, Gibbs, D, Petty, C, Bizzell, J, Smoski, MJ, and Dichter, GS. "Attenuation of Frontostriatal Connectivity During Reward Processing Predicts Response to Psychotherapy in Major Depressive Disorder." Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 42.4 (March 2017): 831-843. Full Text

Carl, H, Walsh, E, Eisenlohr-Moul, T, Minkel, J, Crowther, A, Moore, T, Gibbs, D, Petty, C, Bizzell, J, Dichter, GS, and Smoski, MJ. "Sustained anterior cingulate cortex activation during reward processing predicts response to psychotherapy in major depressive disorder." Journal of affective disorders 203 (October 2016): 204-212. Full Text

Kaiser, RH, Whitfield-Gabrieli, S, Dillon, DG, Goer, F, Beltzer, M, Minkel, J, Smoski, M, Dichter, G, and Pizzagalli, DA. "Dynamic Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Major Depression." Neuropsychopharmacology 41.7 (June 2016): 1822-1830. Full Text

Richey, JA, Damiano, CR, Sabatino, A, Rittenberg, A, Petty, C, Bizzell, J, Voyvodic, J, Heller, AS, Coffman, MC, Smoski, M, Davidson, RJ, and Dichter, GS. "Neural Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder." Journal of autism and developmental disorders 45.11 (November 2015): 3409-3423. Full Text

Smoski, MJ, Keng, S-L, Ji, JL, Moore, T, Minkel, J, and Dichter, GS. "Neural indicators of emotion regulation via acceptance vs reappraisal in remitted major depressive disorder." Social cognitive and affective neuroscience 10.9 (September 2015): 1187-1194. Full Text

Crowther, A, Smoski, MJ, Minkel, J, Moore, T, Gibbs, D, Petty, C, Bizzell, J, Schiller, CE, Sideris, J, Carl, H, and Dichter, GS. "Resting-state connectivity predictors of response to psychotherapy in major depressive disorder." Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 40.7 (June 2015): 1659-1673. Full Text

Greeson, JM, Smoski, MJ, Suarez, EC, Brantley, JG, Ekblad, AG, Lynch, TR, and Wolever, RQ. "Decreased symptoms of depression after mindfulness-based stress reduction: potential moderating effects of religiosity, spirituality, trait mindfulness, sex, and age." Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) 21.3 (March 2015): 166-174. Full Text

Pages

Carl, H, Dichter, GS, Crowther, A, Minkel, J, Moore, T, Gibbs, D, Petty, C, Bizzell, J, Schiller, C, Sideris, J, Walsh, E, and Smoski, MJ. "Endurance of Neural Response to Rewards Predicts Post-Treatment Depression Severity." May 1, 2015.

Smoski, MJ, Suarez, EC, Brantley, J, Wolever, RQ, and Greeson, JM. "Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Across the Adult Lifespan." March 2015.

Smoski, MJ, Taylor, WD, Arean, P, and Steffens, DC. "EMOTION REGULATION IN LATE-LIFE DEPRESSION: NEURAL MODELS TO TREATMENT STRATEGIES." March 2014.

Payne, ME, Hayward, RD, Smoski, MJ, Krishnan, RR, Steffens, DC, and Taylor, WD. "Stress Vulnerability Moderates the Association between White Matter Lesions and Late-Life Depression." May 1, 2011.

Smoski, MJ, Steffens, D, and LaBar, K. "Functional Neuroimaging of Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression." March 2011.

Targeting reward dysfunction as a mechanism to improve smoking cessation awarded by National Institutes of Health (Collaborator). 2016 to 2021

Imaging Genetic Predictors of Psychotherapy Outcomes in Unipolar Depression awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression: Effectiveness and Neural Mechanisms awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2009 to 2015