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Moria Joy Smoski, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division: 
Adult Psychiatry & Psychology
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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

Pisoni, A., S. W. Davis, and M. Smoski. “Neural signatures of saliency-mapping in anhedonia: A narrative review (Accepted).” Psychiatry Research 304 (October 1, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2021.114123.

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Cernasov, Paul, Erin C. Walsh, Jessica L. Kinard, Lisalynn Kelley, Rachel Phillips, Angela Pisoni, Tory A. Eisenlohr-Moul, et al. “Multilevel growth curve analyses of behavioral activation for anhedonia (BATA) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy effects on anhedonia and resting-state functional connectivity: Interim results of a randomized trial✰.” J Affect Disord 292 (September 1, 2021): 161–71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.05.054.

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Pizzagalli, Diego A., Moria Smoski, Yuen-Siang Ang, Alexis E. Whitton, Gerard Sanacora, Sanjay J. Mathew, John Nurnberger, et al. “Correction to: Selective kappa-opioid antagonism ameliorates anhedonic behavior: evidence from the Fast-fail Trial in Mood and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders (FAST-MAS).” Neuropsychopharmacology, August 13, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-021-01145-9.

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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 85, no. 5 (July 2021): 1894–1908. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-020-01369-2.

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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 45, no. 10 (September 2020): 1656–63. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-020-0738-4.

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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.” J Sch Nurs 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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