Maria entered the clinical psychology program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Fall 2007. Her research interest is within the area of depression and health-behavior. Her masters examined cognitive and trait variables that explain stress reactivity among depression-prone smokers. Her dissertation examines psychotherapy treatment preferences amogn latinos with comorbid depression-diabetes in primary care.
Maria received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Berkeley where she was a McNair Scholar. She worked with Dr. Ricardo Munoz on an internet smoking intervention for Latino smokers with depression histories. She also worked as a psychological tech within a local methadone maintenance program.
Maria will be attending the University of California, San Diego Internship Consortium this Fall.
Penn State University by a NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Training Grant recipient. This award allowed her to work at the World Health Organization in Switzerland for a summer to study global efforts to reduce nicotine dependence in developing countries.
Hitsman B, Papandonatos G, McChargue D, Herrera MJ, DeMott A, Spring B, Borrelli B, Breslau N & Niaura R. (in press). History of major depression and smoking cessation outcome: A systematic review and meta-analysis update. Addiction.
McChargue DE, Drevo S, Herrera MJ, Doran N, Salvi S & Klanecky AK (2011). Trait-impulsivity moderates the relationship between rumination and number of major depressive episodes among cigarette smokers. Mental Health and Substance Use: Dual Diagnosis 4(2): 96-104.
Herrera MJ & McChargue DE (2011). Mood and cue reactivity among smokers with a history of major depression: The role of rumination and impulsivity. American Journal on Addictions, 20: 161-165
Hitsman, B, Papandonatos GD, McChargue DE, DeMott A, Herrera MJ, Spring B, Borrelli B & Niaura R. (2011, September). Association between history of major depression and smoking cessation depends on trial methodology and type of standard counseling. Submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe, Antalya, Turkey.
Herrera MJ, Salvi S, Oakland, A & McChargue DE (2011, November). Effects of distractive response styles on cue-induced emotional and craving responses of obese smokers with and without a history of MDD. Submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, Canada.
Herrera MJ, Oakland, A, Klanecky A, Hoffman L & McChargue DE (2011, November). Factor structure of the difficulties in emotion regulation scale (DERS) among men in a transitional residential substance abuse program using item factor analysis. Submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Toronto, Canada.
Herrera, M.J., King, G., & Riley, L. (2009) Adolescent smoking prevalence: A comparison of two worldwide youth surveys. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Hererra, M. J. & McChargue, D.E. (2009, April). Stress-induced Affective, Smoking and Food Craving Responses of Obese and non-Obese Smokers. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, Dublin, Ireland.
Herrera, M. J., Highland, K. B. & McChargue, D. E. (2008, November). Obesity and smoking: Stress induced cardiovascular responses of high ruminative obese smokers. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL.
Herrera, M. J.* & McChargue, D. E. (2008, February). Rumination interacts with impulsivity to influence stress-induced affective responses of depression-prone smokers. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, Portland, OR.