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


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.


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

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 35.2 (April 2019): 117-127. Full Text

Walsh, EC, Eisenlohr-Moul, TA, Minkel, J, Bizzell, J, Petty, C, Crowther, A, Carl, H, Smoski, MJ, and Dichter, GS. "Pretreatment brain connectivity during positive emotion upregulation predicts decreased anhedonia following behavioral activation therapy for depression." Journal of Affective Disorders 243 (January 2019): 188-192. Full Text

Krystal, AD, Pizzagalli, DA, Mathew, SJ, Sanacora, G, Keefe, R, Song, A, Calabrese, J, Goddard, A, Goodman, W, Lisanby, SH, Smoski, M, Weiner, R, Iosifescu, D, Nurnberger, J, Szabo, S, Murrough, J, Shekhar, A, and Potter, W. "The first implementation of the NIMH FAST-FAIL approach to psychiatric drug development." Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery 18.1 (December 2018): 82-84. Full Text

Dardas, LA, Silva, SG, Scott, J, Gondwe, KW, Smoski, MJ, Noonan, D, and Simmons, LA. "Do beliefs about depression etiologies influence the type and severity of depression stigma? The case of Arab adolescents." Perspectives in Psychiatric Care 54.4 (October 2018): 547-556. Full Text

Dardas, LA, Silva, SG, Smoski, MJ, Noonan, D, and Simmons, LA. "The prevalence of depressive symptoms among Arab adolescents: Findings from Jordan." Public Health Nursing (Boston, Mass.) 35.2 (March 2018): 100-108. Full Text

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 56.2 (February 2018): 44-55. Full Text

Greeson, JM, Zarrin, H, Smoski, MJ, Brantley, JG, Lynch, TR, Webber, DM, Hall, MH, Suarez, EC, and Wolever, RQ. "Mindfulness Meditation Targets Transdiagnostic Symptoms Implicated in Stress-Related Disorders: Understanding Relationships between Changes in Mindfulness, Sleep Quality, and Physical Symptoms." Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : Ecam 2018 (January 2018): 4505191-null. 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


Dichter, GS, Smoski, M, Henderson, RK, and Dimidjian, S. "Behavioral activation as a treatment for depression theory, neurobiologic effects, and potential linkages to resilience." The Resilience Handbook: Approaches to Stress and Trauma. January 1, 2013. 211-226. Full Text

Lavretsky, H, Wetherell, J, Smoski, MJ, and Varteresian, T. "CULTIVATION OF WELL-BEING THROUGH MIND-BODY INTERVENTIONS." Annual Meeting of the American-Association-for-Geriatric-Psychiatry (AAGP). March 15, 2018 - March 18, 2018. Honolulu, HI.: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, March 1, 2018.

Dichter, GS, Crowther, A, Minkel, J, Keng, S-L, Ji, JL, Eisenlohr-Moul, TA, Walsh, E, and Smoski, MJ. "Neural Mechanisms of Emotion Regulation in Major Depression and Implications for Psychotherapy Effectiveness.": ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, May 1, 2016.

Rej, S, Smoski, MJ, Lavretsky, H, and Newhouse, P. "CAM for the Goose and the Gander: Demonstrations of Mind-Body Practices for Patients and Practitioners.": Elsevier BV, March 2016. Full Text

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.": Elsevier BV, March 2015. Full Text

Smoski, MJ, Taylor, WD, Arean, P, and Steffens, DC. "Emotion Regulation in Late-Life Depression: Neural Models to Treatment Strategies.": Elsevier BV, 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." 66th Annual Meeting of the Society-of-Biological-Psychiatry. May 12, 2011 - May 14, 2011. San Francisco, CA.: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, May 1, 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 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