Faculty

Paul Dennis

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Behavioral Medicine
School of Medicine

Box 3625, Durham, NC 27710

Box 3625, Durham, NC 27710

(919) 286-0411 paul.dennis2@va.gov

Research focused on cardiovascular risk associated with psychiatric illness and trauma exposure, intraindivdiual variability in symptoms and affect, and the use of mobile apps and devices for health and behavior monitoring and interventions. Interest in longitudinal and repeated-measures analyses, including mixed modeling, mixture modeling, and structural equation modeling.


Education & Training

Ph.D. 2012

North Carolina State University

Grants

Cost Effectiveness of Combined Contingency Management and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder

National Institutes of Health

Neuromodulatory Treatments for Pain Management in Complex TBI using Mobile Technology

Department of Defense

Impact of Reduced Cannabis Use on Functional Outcomes

National Institutes of Health

Impact of Reduced Cannabis Use on Functional Outcomes

National Institutes of Health

Mobile contingency management for smoking cessation in returning US Veterans

National Institutes of Health

Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Heart Disease in Women Veterans: Examining Risk Factors and Effects of Pharmacotherapy on Clinical Outcomes

Pain Management using Mobile Technology in Veterans with PTSD and TBI

National Institutes of Health

Neural Markers and Rehabilitation of Executive Functioning in Veterans with TBI and PTSD

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
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Publications

Negative Affect-Related Autonomic Arousal Mediates the Association between Baroreflex Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance in Non-Diabetic Young Adults.

PMID 31666757
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Roles of Guilt Cognitions in Trauma-Related Sleep Disturbance in Military Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 29482385
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Racial Disparities in the Administration of ECT in Texas, 1998-2013.

PMID 30461538
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Shame as a mediator between posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and suicidal ideation among veterans.

PMID 30248631
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Posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis is associated with reduced parasympathetic activity during sleep in US veterans and military service members of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

PMID 30169878
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The Association Between Military Sexual Trauma and Use of VA and Non-VA Health Care Services Among Female Veterans With Military Service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

PMID 26802046
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A Randomized Clinical Trial of Nicotine Preloading for Smoking Cessation in People with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 29693495
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MEASURING HEART RATE VARIABILITY USING THE EMPATICA E4 WRISTBAND: RELIABILITY WITH HOLTER MONITOR

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Characterizing anger-related affect in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder using ecological momentary assessment.

PMID 29329048
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Low Income as a Multiplicative Risk Factor for Oral Pain and Dental Problems Among U.S. Veteran Smokers.

PMID 28527104
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Validation of Veterans Affairs Electronic Medical Record Smoking Data Among Iraq- and Afghanistan-Era Veterans.

PMID 28808856
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A model comparison approach to trauma-related guilt as a mediator of the relationship between PTSD symptoms and suicidal ideation among veterans.

PMID 28654847
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Modified African Ngoma Healing Ceremony for Stress Reduction: A Pilot Study.

PMID 28910132
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Cigarette Smoking and Musculoskeletal Pain Severity Among Male and Female Afghanistan/Iraq Era Veterans.

PMID 28340108
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Veterans Living with HIV: A High-Risk Group for Cigarette Smoking.

PMID 28194586
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Trauma and Autonomic Dysregulation: Episodic-Versus Systemic-Negative Affect Underlying Cardiovascular Risk in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 28570433
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Electroconvulsive Therapy and All-Cause Mortality in Texas, 1998-2013.

PMID 27428480
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Moral transgression during the Vietnam War: a path analysis of the psychological impact of veterans' involvement in wartime atrocities.

PMID 27580161
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Daily associations between PTSD, drinking, and self-appraised alcohol-related problems.

PMID 28068120
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Trauma and Autonomic Dysregulation: Episodic - Versus Systemic - Negative Affect Underlying Cardiovascular Risk in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 27941578
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Aging-related gains and losses associated with word production in connected speech.

PMID 26963869
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Engagement and abstinence among users of a smoking cessation text message program for veterans.

PMID 27318948
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Circadian Contrasts in Heart Rate Variability Associated With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms in a Young Adult Cohort.

PMID 27603025
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Examining the Crux of Autonomic Dysfunction in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Whether Chronic or Situational Distress Underlies Elevated Heart Rate and Attenuated Heart Rate Variability.

PMID 27057817
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Roles of inter-individual differences and intra-individual acute elevations in early smoking lapse in people with posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 27155244
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Supplemental nicotine preloading for smoking cessation in posttraumatic stress disorder: Results from a randomized controlled trial.

PMID 27046670
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The prevalence of binge drinking and receipt of provider drinking advice among US veterans with military service in Iraq or Afghanistan.

PMID 26154366
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Parents’ Beliefs about Children’s Emotions and Parents’ Emotion-Related Conversations with Their Children

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An investigation of vago-regulatory and health-behavior accounts for increased inflammation in posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 27020074
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Exploring the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and momentary heart rate variability.

PMID 26944396
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Beyond mental illness: Targeting stronger and more direct pathways to violence

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Pilot Cases of Combined Cognitive Processing Therapy and Smoking Cessation for Smokers With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 26763497
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Hostile Cognitions, and Aggression in Iraq/Afghanistan Era Veterans.

PMID 27187514
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Multicomponent smoking cessation treatment including mobile contingency management in homeless veterans.

PMID 25699616
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Orthostatic hypotension in young adults with and without posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 25961117
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Tobacco use trajectories among a large cohort of treated smokers with posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 25452071
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Latent Factor Structure of DSM-5 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

PMID 26366290
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DSM-5 posttraumatic stress disorder: factor structure and rates of diagnosis.

PMID 25213835
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Personality assessment inventory internalizing and externalizing structure in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: associations with aggression.

PMID 25131806
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Posttraumatic stress, heart rate variability, and the mediating role of behavioral health risks.

PMID 25264973
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Ecological momentary assessment of antecedents and consequences of smoking in adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

PMID 24827866
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Examining the factor structure of the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC) in a post-9/11 U.S. military veteran sample.

PMID 24586090
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Do ethnicity and gender moderate the influence of posttraumatic stress disorder on time to smoking lapse?

PMID 24727113
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Behavioral health mediators of the link between posttraumatic stress disorder and dyslipidemia.

PMID 24913341
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The role of daily hassles and distress tolerance in predicting cigarette craving during a quit attempt.

PMID 24474304
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Ecological momentary assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms during a smoking quit attempt.

PMID 24191981
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Mobile contingency management as an adjunctive smoking cessation treatment for smokers with posttraumatic stress disorder.

PMID 23645606
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Information content moderates positivity and negativity biases in memory.

PMID 23421322
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Is believing seeing? The role of emotion-related beliefs in selective attention to affective cues.

PMID 22712535
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The Influence of Family Expressiveness, Individuals' Own Emotionality, and Self-Expressiveness on Perceptions of Others' Facial Expressions

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Cognitive Rehabilitation With Mobile Technology and Social Support for Veterans With TBI and PTSD: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

PMID 30169439
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