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Mira Brancu, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Child & Family Mental Health & Community Psychiatry
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Specialities:

Research: Post-deployment mental health assessment and treatment of Veteran populations; issues related to professional impairment and self-care; suicide risk assessment and intervention. 

Clinical: PTSD treatment and assessment; suicide risk assessment and intervention.

Administrative: Leadership development, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, team development, operational management, program development. 

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Catholic University, 2009

Publications

Graziano, Robert C., Frances M. Aunon, Stefanie T. LoSavio, Eric B. Elbogen, Jean C. Beckham, Jean C. VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, and Kirsten H. Dillon. “A network analysis of risk factors for suicide in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans.” J Psychiatr Res 138 (June 2021): 264–71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.03.065.

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Dillon, Kirsten H., Elizabeth E. Van Voorhees, Eric B. Elbogen, Jean C. Beckham, Jean C. VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, and Patrick S. Calhoun. “Cannabis use disorder, anger, and violence in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans.” J Psychiatr Res 138 (June 2021): 375–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.04.018.

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Nieuwsma, Jason A., Mira Brancu, Jennifer Wortmann, Melissa A. Smigelsky, Heather A. King, Heather A. VISN 6 MIRECC Workgroup, and Keith G. Meador. “Screening for moral injury and comparatively evaluating moral injury measures in relation to mental illness symptomatology and diagnosis.” Clin Psychol Psychother 28, no. 1 (January 2021): 239–50. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2503.

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Bjork, J. M., P. B. Perrin, M. Redae, L. A. Tupler, M. Brancu, J. C. Beckham, P. S. Calhoun, et al. “Warzone experiences and subsequent clinician suicide risk assessment in veterans.” Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, January 1, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12789.

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Smith, Alicia K., Andrew Ratanatharathorn, Adam X. Maihofer, Robert K. Naviaux, Allison E. Aiello, Ananda B. Amstadter, Allison E. Ashley-Koch, et al. “Epigenome-wide meta-analysis of PTSD across 10 military and civilian cohorts identifies methylation changes in AHRR.” Nat Commun 11, no. 1 (November 24, 2020): 5965. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-19615-x.

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Smigelsky, Melissa A., Charles Jardin, Jason A. Nieuwsma, Mira Brancu, Keith G. Meador, Kiera G. Molloy, Kiera G. VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, and Eric B. Elbogen. “Religion, spirituality, and suicide risk in Iraq and Afghanistan era veterans.” Depress Anxiety 37, no. 8 (August 2020): 728–37. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.23013.

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Morey, Rajendra A., Courtney C. Haswell, Daniel Stjepanović, Daniel Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, Joseph E. Dunsmoor, and Kevin S. LaBar. “Neural correlates of conceptual-level fear generalization in posttraumatic stress disorder.” Neuropsychopharmacology 45, no. 8 (July 2020): 1380–89. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-020-0661-8.

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Brancu, Mira, and Antonette M. Zeiss. “Perspectives on healthcare leadership opportunities for psychologists: An interview with Antonette Zeiss.” Psychol Serv, May 21, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000434.

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Morey, Rajendra A., Emily K. Clarke, Courtney C. Haswell, Rachel D. Phillips, Ashley N. Clausen, Mary S. Mufford, Zeynep Saygin, Zeynep VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, H Ryan Wagner, and Kevin S. LaBar. “Amygdala Nuclei Volume and Shape in Military Veterans With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.” Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging 5, no. 3 (March 2020): 281–90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bpsc.2019.11.016.

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Clausen, Ashley N., Emily Clarke, Rachel D. Phillips, Courtney Haswell, Courtney VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, and Rajendra A. Morey. “Combat exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder, and head injuries differentially relate to alterations in cortical thickness in military Veterans.” Neuropsychopharmacology 45, no. 3 (February 2020): 491–98. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-019-0539-9.

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