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Dezarie Moskal, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow


Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

Recent Grants


Biography: Dr. Moskal is a psychology fellow with the VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment program at the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH). Dr. Moskal earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Syracuse University and completed an APA-accredited predoctoral psychology internship at the VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine (VAMHCS/UMSOM) Consortium.

Research Interests: Dr. Moskal’s research program is broadly focused on the assessment, prevention, and intervention of substance use and related health conditions. In particular, her work aims to better understand the interrelation between substance use and chronic pain, minimize associated problems, and improve functioning. She is especially interested in studying functional outcomes and translating research into patient-centered, evidence-based practices. Currently, Dr. Moskal is interested in developing and testing brief behavioral health interventions for chronic pain and substance use disorders in the primary care setting.

Recent Publications

Moskal, D., Whitaker, H., Bernstein, J., Maisto, S. A., & Connors, G. J. (2021). Evaluation of a web-based psychosocial education and peer support program for alcohol use concerns. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. doi: 10.1080/07347324.2020.1866473

De Vita, M. J., Maisto, S. A., Gilmour, C. E., McGuire, L., Tarvin, E., & Moskal, D. (2021). The effects of cannabidiol and analgesic expectancies on experimental pain reactivity in healthy adults: A balanced-placebo design trial. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. doi: 10.1037/pha0000465

Moskal, D., De Vita, M. J., & Maisto, S. A. (2019). Pain-induced alcohol urge and intention to use alcohol: The role of dispositional mindfulness and an examination of individual mindfulness facets. Mindfulness 11(3), 660-671. doi: 10.1007/s12671-019-01272-x

De Vita, M. J., Moskal, D., Maisto, S. A., & Ansell, E. B. (2018). Association of cannabinoid administration with experimental pain in healthy adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry, 75(11), 1118-1127. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.2503

Moskal, D., Maisto, S. A., Possemato, K., Lynch, K. G., & Oslin, D. W. (2018). Testing mediators of reduced drinking for Veterans in Alcohol Care Management. Military Medicine, 183(9-10), 594-602. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usy024

Moskal D., Maisto S. A., De Vita M., & Ditre J. W. (2018). Effects of experimental pain induction on alcohol urge, intention to consume alcohol, and alcohol demand. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26(1), 65-76. doi: 10.1037/pha0000170



Recent Presentations

Moskal, D., De Vita, M. J. & Maisto, S. A. (2021, March 17–19). Effects of acceptance on pain-induced negative affect, alcohol urge, and approach inclinations. In Moskal, D. (Chair), Emerging research on physical pain and substance use: A multimethod examination. [Symposium]. The Annual Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting, Virtual.

Moskal, D., Turner, E., Tesfa, N., Clark, A., Goodwin, S., DuMez, E., Brandler, B., Bennett, M., & Roche, D. (2021, June 19–23). Risk factors of alcohol consumption and alcohol use disorder symptoms in Black/African American adults. [Poster presentation]. Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX, United States. 

Moskal, D., Clark, A., Goodwin, S., DuMez, E., Brandler, B., Bennett, M., & Roche, D. (2021, March 17–19). Trauma, post-traumatic stress, and alcohol use disorder symptoms among Blacks/African Americans: A test of two models. [Poster presentation]. Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting, Virtual.

Moskal, D., De Flavio, J., Cooper, J. S., Sneathen, B., Connors, G. J., & Maisto. S. A. (2020). Evaluating alcohol use outcomes within the context of outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opiate use disorder (OUD). [Abstract]. Alcoholism Clinical & Experimental Research, 44, 159A. doi: 10.1111/acer.14358

Moskal, D., De Vita, M. J., Buckheit, K. A., & Maisto, S. A. (2019, April 4–6). Lower pain sensitivity is associated with greater alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems. [Poster presentation]. Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Meeting, Providence, RI, United States.

Moskal, D., Spinola, S. Possemato, K., Acosta, M. C., Marsch, L. A., Rosenblum, A., & Maisto, S. A. (2018, June 16–20). Chronic pain and hazardous substance use: Prevalence and associations among OEF/OIF Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and hazardous substance use[Poster presentation]. Research Society on Alcoholism, San Diego, CA, United States. 

Recent Grants

Principal Investigator. (2018-2020). Effects of acceptance on experimental pain-induced alcohol urge and approach inclinations. APA, Society of Addiction Psychology, Division 50 Student Research Grant, $1,250.

Doctoral Fellow. (2019). Syracuse University, Summer Dissertation Fellowship, $4,000.

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