Moria J. Smoski, PhD


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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department / Division:
Psychiatry / Translational Neuroscience
DUMC 3026
Durham, NC 27710
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  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University (Tennessee), 2004
  • Medical Psychology Internship, CBT Rotation, Duke University Medical Center
  • Clinical Research Training in Geriatric Mood Disorders, Duke University Medical Center
Clinical Interests:
Depression; anxiety; borderline personality disorder; emotion regulation; behavioral activation; mindfulness and acceptance interventions; mental health in adults ages 60 and over
Research Interests:
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.
Representative Publications:
  • Paul, NA; Stanton, SJ; Greeson, JM; Smoski, MJ; Wang, L. Psychological and neural mechanisms of trait mindfulness in reducing depression vulnerability. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 2013;8:56-64.  Abstract
  • Dichter, GS; Kozink, RV; McClernon, FJ; Smoski, MJ. Remitted major depression is characterized by reward network hyperactivation during reward anticipation and hypoactivation during reward outcomes. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2012;136:1126-1134.  Abstract
  • Hayward, RD; Taylor, WD; Smoski, MJ; Steffens, DC; Payne, ME. Association of Five-Factor Model Personality Domains and Facets with Presence, Onset, and Treatment Outcomes of Major Depression in Older Adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2012;  Abstract
  • Greeson, JM; Webber, DM; Smoski, MJ; Brantley, JG; Ekblad, AG; Suarez, EC; Wolever, RQ. Changes in spirituality partly explain health-related quality of life outcomes after Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2011;34:508-518.  Abstract
  • Keng, SL; Smoski, MJ; Robins, CJ. Effects of mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies. Clinical Psychology Review. 2011;31:1041-1056.  Abstract
  • Smoski, MJ; Rittenberg, A; Dichter, GS. Major depressive disorder is characterized by greater reward network activation to monetary than pleasant image rewards. Psychiatry Research. 2011;194:263-270.  Abstract
  • Smoski, MJ; Salsman, N; Wang, L; Smith, V; Lynch, TR; Dager, SR; LaBar, KS; Linehan, MM. Functional imaging of emotion reactivity in opiate-dependent borderline personality disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. 2011;2:230-241.  Abstract
  • Dichter, GS; Felder, JN; Smoski, MJ. The effects of Brief Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression on cognitive control in affective contexts: An fMRI investigation. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2010;126:236-244.  Abstract
  • Hayes, JP; Morey, RA; Petty, CM; Seth, S; Smoski, MJ; McCarthy, G; Labar, KS. Staying cool when things get hot: emotion regulation modulates neural mechanisms of memory encoding. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2010;4:230.  Abstract
  • Dichter, GS; Felder, JN; Petty, C; Bizzell, J; Ernst, M; Smoski, MJ. The effects of psychotherapy on neural responses to rewards in major depression. Biological Psychiatry. 2009;66:886-897.  Abstract
  • Dichter, GS; Felder, JN; Smoski, MJ. Affective context interferes with cognitive control in unipolar depression: an fMRI investigation. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2009;114:131-142.  Abstract
  • Smoski, MJ; Felder, J; Bizzell, J; Green, SR; Ernst, M; Lynch, TR; Dichter, GS. fMRI of alterations in reward selection, anticipation, and feedback in major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2009;118:69-78.  Abstract
  • Smoski, MJ; Lynch, TR; Rosenthal, MZ; Cheavens, JS; Chapman, AL; Krishnan, RR. Decision-making and risk aversion among depressive adults. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 2008;39:567-576.  Abstract
  • Wang, L; LaBar, KS; Smoski, M; Rosenthal, MZ; Dolcos, F; Lynch, TR; Krishnan, RR; McCarthy, G. Prefrontal mechanisms for executive control over emotional distraction are altered in major depression. Psychiatry Research. 2008;163:143-155.  Abstract