Moria Joy Smoski

Moria Joy 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

Dardas, LA, Silva, SG, Smoski, MJ, Noonan, D, and Simmons, LA. "Adolescent Depression in Jordan: Symptoms Profile, Gender Differences, and the Role of Social Context." Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services (December 6, 2017): 1-11. Full Text

Dardas, LA, Silva, SG, Smoski, MJ, Noonan, D, and Simmons, LA. "Personal and Perceived Depression Stigma among Arab Adolescents: Associations with Depression Severity and Personal Characteristics." Archives of psychiatric nursing 31.5 (October 2017): 499-506. Full Text

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

Dardas, LA, Silva, SG, van de Water, B, Vance, A, Smoski, MJ, Noonan, D, and Simmons, LA. "Psychosocial Correlates of Jordanian Adolescents' Help-Seeking Intentions for Depression: Findings From a Nationally Representative School Survey." The Journal of school nursing : the official publication of the National Association of School Nurses (January 2017): 1059840517731493-. 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 : official publication of the American College of 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

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. Full Text

Smoski, MJ, Taylor, WD, Arean, P, and Steffens, DC. "Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression: Neural Models to Treatment Strategies." March 2014. Full Text

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.

Selected Grants

Neurobehavioral Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Depression across the Adult Lifespan awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2022

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

Development of a Novel Transdiagnostic Intervention for Anhedonia awarded by University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

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