Moria Joy Smoski

Moria Joy Smoski

Associate Professor in 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, Latefa Ali, et al. “Psychosocial Correlates of Jordanian Adolescents' Help-Seeking Intentions for Depression: Findings From a Nationally Representative School Survey..” J Sch Nurs, vol. 35, no. 2, Apr. 2019, pp. 117–27. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/1059840517731493. Full Text

Walsh, Erin C., et al. “Pretreatment brain connectivity during positive emotion upregulation predicts decreased anhedonia following behavioral activation therapy for depression..” Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 243, Jan. 2019, pp. 188–92. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.065. Full Text

Krystal, Andrew D., et al. “The first implementation of the NIMH FAST-FAIL approach to psychiatric drug development..” Nat Rev Drug Discov, vol. 18, no. 1, Dec. 2018, pp. 82–84. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/nrd.2018.222. Full Text

Nagy, Gabriela A., et al. “Reward Network Modulation as a Mechanism of Change in Behavioral Activation..” Behav Modif, Oct. 2018. Pubmed, doi:10.1177/0145445518805682. Full Text

Dardas, Latefa Ali, et al. “Do beliefs about depression etiologies influence the type and severity of depression stigma? The case of Arab adolescents..” Perspect Psychiatr Care, vol. 54, no. 4, Oct. 2018, pp. 547–56. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/ppc.12270. Full Text

Dardas, Latefa Ali, et al. “The prevalence of depressive symptoms among Arab adolescents: Findings from Jordan..” Public Health Nurs, vol. 35, no. 2, Mar. 2018, pp. 100–08. Pubmed, doi:10.1111/phn.12363. Full Text

Dardas, Latefa Ali, et al. “Adolescent Depression in Jordan: Symptoms Profile, Gender Differences, and the Role of Social Context..” Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, vol. 56, no. 2, Feb. 2018, pp. 44–55. Epmc, doi:10.3928/02793695-20171027-04. Full Text

Dardas, Latefa Ali, et al. “Personal and Perceived Depression Stigma among Arab Adolescents: Associations with Depression Severity and Personal Characteristics..” Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, vol. 31, no. 5, Oct. 2017, pp. 499–506. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2017.06.005. Full Text

Pages

Dichter, G. S., et al. “Behavioral activation as a treatment for depression theory, neurobiologic effects, and potential linkages to resilience.” The Resilience Handbook: Approaches to Stress and Trauma, 2013, pp. 211–26. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203135303. Full Text

Lavretsky, Helen, et al. “CULTIVATION OF WELL-BEING THROUGH MIND-BODY INTERVENTIONS.” American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 26, no. 3, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018, pp. S49–50.

Dichter, Gabriel S., et al. “Neural Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Major Depression and Implications for Psychotherapy Effectiveness.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 79, no. 9, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2016, pp. 295S-295S.

Rej, Soham, et al. “CAM for the Goose and the Gander: Demonstrations of Mind-Body Practices for Patients and Practitioners.” The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 24, no. 3, Elsevier BV, 2016, pp. S26–27. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2016.01.038. Full Text

Carl, Hannah, et al. “Endurance of Neural Response to Rewards Predicts Post-Treatment Depression Severity.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 77, no. 9, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2015.

Smoski, Moria J., et al. “Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Across the Adult Lifespan.” The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 3, Elsevier BV, 2015, pp. S168–S168. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2014.12.175. Full Text

Smoski, Moria J., et al. “Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression: Neural Models to Treatment Strategies.” The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 22, no. 3, Elsevier BV, 2014, pp. S15–16. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2013.12.022. Full Text

Smoski, Moria J., et al. “Executive Function as a Moderator of Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression.” The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 3, Elsevier BV, 2013, pp. S129–30. Crossref, doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2012.12.172. Full Text

Smoski, Moria J. “Reward Optimization and Behavioral Activation Treatment for Late-Life Depression.” American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 20, no. 3, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2012, pp. S156–57.

Payne, Martha E., et al. “Stress Vulnerability Moderates the Association between White Matter Lesions and Late-Life Depression.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 69, no. 9, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2011, pp. 170S-170S.

Smoski, Moria J., et al. “Effectiveness of Reappraisal and Distraction as Emotion Regulation Strategies in Late-Life MDD.” American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 19, no. 3, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2011, pp. S66–67.

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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 2019

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