Stephen F Smagula, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Smagula SF, Zhang G, Gujral S, Covassin N, Li J, Taylor WD, Reynolds CF, Krafty RT. Association of 24-Hour Activity Pattern Phenotypes with Depression Symptoms and Cognitive Performance in Aging. In press: JAMA Psychiatry.
- Smagula SF, Capps CS, Krafty RT. Evaluating the timing of differences in activity related to depression symptoms across adulthood in the United States. J Affect Disord. 2021 Apr 1;284:64-68. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2021.01.069. Epub 2021 Feb 2. PMID: 33582433; PMCID: PMC7958982.
- Smagula SF, Karim HT, Ibrahim TS, Krafty RT, Stahl ST, Rodakowski J, Reynolds CF, Hall MH, Aizenstein HJ. Resting-state function connectivity associated with being a \morning-type\" dementia caregiver and having lower depression symptom severity. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2021 Jun 14;76(6):1071-1076. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbaa115. PMID: 32750139; PMCID: PMC8200349.
- Smagula SF, Isenberg AS, Stahl ST, Alexopoulos GS, Reynolds CF, Rodakowski J. Adaptation and pilot study of a behavioral intervention targeting morning activation deficits in dementia caregivers: Scheduling Activity and Monitoring Mornings (SAMM). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. In press.
- Smagula SF, Butters MA, Anderson SJ, Lenze EK, Dew MA, Mulsant, BH, Lotrich FE, Aizenstein H, Reynolds CF. (2015). Antidepressant response trajectories and associated clinical prognostic factors in late-life depression. JAMA Psychiatry, 72(10):1021-1028. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry .2015.1324."
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Promotes Stephen Smagula, PhD, to Associate Professor of Psychiatry
We are delighted to announce that Stephen Smagula, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Smagula received his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health. He then joined the Department of Psychiatry as a postdoctoral scholar in the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded T32 training program in...
The Association of 24-Hour Activity Pattern Phenotypes With Depression Symptoms and Cognitive Performance in Aging
Disruption to a predictable 24-hour activity pattern, in which humans are active during the day and rest at night, is not an inevitable consequence of aging. Instead, such disruption in older adults is linked with diseases such as depression and dementia. Loss of robust activity and rest patterns throughout the day and night may be a contributor to, marker of, and/or consequence of underlying disease. To improve...
Spotlight: Circadian Rest-Activity Rhythm and Risk for Depression
Dr. Stephen Smagula, (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry), did his doctoral work in epidemiology, followed by postdoctoral training in geriatric psychiatry and sleep research. Currently, his research focuses on the association between circadian activity pattern disruptions and depression in older adults, including those who are caregivers for individuals with dementia. Dr. Smagula is the 2022 recipient of the...
Pitt Psychiatry Hosts Virtual Research Matinee—An Afternoon of Discovery, Reflection, and Celebration
Last week we reinvented our annual in-person Research Day as a virtual Research Matinee, a Department-wide exploration of innovative research, career reflections and honors for outstanding faculty and staff. Attendees included nearly 200 Psychiatry faculty, trainees, and staff, who tuned in for plenary speaker Mary Phillips, MD, MD (Cantab), followed by the perennially popular Speed Dat(a)ing, in which six...