Silvina Salvi


Silvina Salvi entered the Clinical Psychology Training program University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in Fall 2006. Her interests include addiction, weight, and personality. Her masters investigates the relationship between weight, gender, and mood as they relate to smoking. Her dissertation examined neuroendocrine and executive functioning stress-related differences between obese and lean smokers.

Prior to attending UNL, Silvina Salvi attended the California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), where she received her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology. She worked under the mentorship of Dr. Fary Cachelin investigating weight issues among an ethnically diverse population. Additionally, she was a member of the National Institute of Mental Health-funded Career Opportunities in Research program (NIMH-COR), which supports undergraduate research in mental health related fields. Silvina was a summer research assistant in the Molecular Medicine Lab at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) under the supervision of Dr. Peter Rotwein, investigating insulin growth factors.

Silvina is currently on internship at the Nebraska Internship Consortium for Professional Psychology.


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. 

Klanecky, A.K., Salvi, S. & McChargue, D. E. (2009). Coerced childhood sexual abuse moderates the association between cigarette smoking initiation and college drug use frequency. The American Journal on Addictions 18 (5), 363-366.

McChargue, D. E., Salvi, S., Gonsalves, V. M. & Pagato, S. (under review). Obesity and gender differentiate nicotinic influences on laboratory-induced negative affect. Manuscript submitted to International Journal of Health Psychology.



 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.

Salvi S, Herschl L, McChargue D & McNeese R (2010, November). A History of Violent Behavior Moderates the Relationship between Impulsivity and an Emotional Stroop Task among Incarcerated Methamphetamine Users. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

Salvi, S., Gonsalves V. & McChargue, D. E. (2008, November). The influence of nicotine on affective changes among obese and non-obese individuals. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Orlando, FL.

Highland, K.*, Salvi, S.* & McChargue, D. E. (2008, February). Basal high blood pressure influences stress-induced reactivity among smokers. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco, Portland, OR.

Salvi, S. & McChargue, D. E. (2007, November). Selective Emotional Reactivity to a Negative Mood Induction Among Female Overweight Smokers. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Philadelphia, PA.

Salvi, S., Klanecky, A., Drevo, S., Bruhn, R., & McChargue, D.E. (2007, February). Ambulatory resting blood pressure differentiates stress-induced reactivity among smokers: Preliminary Findings. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco. Austin, TX.