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Moria Joy Smoski, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Translational Neuroscience
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Office: 109 Civitan Bldg, 2213 Elba St, Durham, NC 27705
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3026 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710

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.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2004
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University, 1999
  • B.A., Yale University, 1995

Publications

Pizzagalli, Diego A., Moria Smoski, Yuen-Siang Ang, Alexis E. Whitton, Gerard Sanacora, Sanjay J. Mathew, John Nurnberger, et al. “Selective kappa-opioid antagonism ameliorates anhedonic behavior: evidence from the Fast-fail Trial in Mood and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders (FAST-MAS).” Neuropsychopharmacology : Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 45, no. 10 (September 2020): 1656–63. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-020-0738-4.

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Schuette, Stephanie A., Nancy L. Zucker, and Moria J. Smoski. “Do interoceptive accuracy and interoceptive sensibility predict emotion regulation?” Psychol Res, June 16, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01369-2.

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Brown, Megan M., Danielle Arigo, Ruth Q. Wolever, Moria J. Smoski, Martica H. Hall, Jeffrey G. Brantley, and Jeffrey M. Greeson. “Do gender, anxiety, or sleep quality predict mindfulness-based stress reduction outcomes?” J Health Psychol, June 3, 2020, 1359105320931186. https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105320931186.

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Krystal, Andrew D., Diego A. Pizzagalli, Moria Smoski, Sanjay J. Mathew, John Nurnberger, Sarah H. Lisanby, Dan Iosifescu, et al. “A randomized proof-of-mechanism trial applying the 'fast-fail' approach to evaluating κ-opioid antagonism as a treatment for anhedonia.” Nat Med 26, no. 5 (May 2020): 760–68. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-020-0806-7.

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Nagy, Gabriela A., Paul Cernasov, Angela Pisoni, Erin Walsh, Gabriel S. Dichter, and Moria J. Smoski. “Reward Network Modulation as a Mechanism of Change in Behavioral Activation.” Behav Modif 44, no. 2 (March 2020): 186–213. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145445518805682.

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Dardas, Latefa Ali, Susan G. Silva, Brittney van de Water, Ashlee Vance, Moria J. Smoski, Devon Noonan, and Leigh Ann Simmons. “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, no. 2 (April 2019): 117–27. https://doi.org/10.1177/1059840517731493.

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Walsh, Erin C., Tory A. Eisenlohr-Moul, Jared Minkel, Joshua Bizzell, Chris Petty, Andrew Crowther, Hannah Carl, Moria J. Smoski, and Gabriel S. Dichter. “Pretreatment brain connectivity during positive emotion upregulation predicts decreased anhedonia following behavioral activation therapy for depression.” J Affect Disord 243 (January 15, 2019): 188–92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2018.09.065.

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Krystal, Andrew D., Diego A. Pizzagalli, Sanjay J. Mathew, Gerard Sanacora, Richard Keefe, Allen Song, Joseph Calabrese, et al. “The first implementation of the NIMH FAST-FAIL approach to psychiatric drug development.” Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery 18, no. 1 (December 2018): 82–84. https://doi.org/10.1038/nrd.2018.222.

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Dardas, Latefa Ali, Susan G. Silva, Jewel Scott, Kaboni Whitney Gondwe, Moria J. Smoski, Devon Noonan, and Leigh Ann Simmons. “Do beliefs about depression etiologies influence the type and severity of depression stigma? The case of Arab adolescents.” Perspect Psychiatr Care 54, no. 4 (October 2018): 547–56. https://doi.org/10.1111/ppc.12270.

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Dardas, Latefa Ali, Susan G. Silva, Moria J. Smoski, Devon Noonan, and Leigh Ann Simmons. “Corrigendum to "Personal and Perceived Depression Stigma among Arab Adolescents: Associations with Depression Severity and Personal Characteristics" [Archives of Psychiatric Nursing 31/5 (2017) 499-506].” Arch Psychiatr Nurs 32, no. 2 (April 2018): 325. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2018.01.005.

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