Jasmin Vassileva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

 

Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies

Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology

Virginia Commonwealth University

203 E. Cary Street, suite 202A

Richmond, VA 23219

jasmin.vassileva@vcuhealth.org

 

EDUCATION

1991-1995 B.A. in Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

 

1996-1999 M.S. in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track),

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North

Chicago, IL

APA-Accredited doctoral program

 

1999-2002 Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology track),

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North

Chicago, IL

APA-Accredited doctoral program

 

2001-2002 Clinical Psychology Internship, Department of Psychiatry,

University of Illinois at Chicago

 APA-Accredited internship

 

2002-2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology,

Cognitive & Addictions Neuroscience, Department

of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

APPOINTMENTS

2004-2009 Research Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago

 

2009-2014 Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago

 

2013-2014 Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago

 

2014-2017 Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

2016- P Associate Professor

Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

2017- P Associate Professor with Tenure

Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

1995-1996 Research Assistant, Douglas Mental Health University Institute,

Montreal, Canada

 

1996-1999 Research Assistant, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and

Science, North Chicago, IL

 

1999-2001 Research Assistant, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee,WI

OTHER POSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

HONORS AND AWARDS

1996-1999 Rosalind Franklin University fellowship for academic excellence

 

1998-2001 Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide a la recherche predoctoral scholarship (Fonds FCAR; Quebec, Canada)

 

2002 Christine Louro Award for Excellence in the Science and  Practice of

Psychology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

 

2012- 2018 Continuing Education Committee, International

Neuropsychological Society

 

2014-P Associate Editor, Frontiers in Psychology

 (Psychopathology)

 

2017-P Translational Research Fellow, Office of Public Policy Outreach, L.

Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia

Commonwealth University (VCU)

Active

 

R01 DA021421

 “Varieties of Impulsivity in Opiate and Stimulant Users”

2008-2019

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & Fogarty International Center

(FIC)

Role: Principal Investigator

 

R01 DA031176

“Decision-making and episodic memory in trajectories to cannabis addiction”

2012-2019

NIDA

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Gonzalez)

*Role changed to consultant after change of institution

 

R01 MH101138

 "Life Stress, Impulsivity, and Adolescent Suicidal Behavior"

2014-2019

National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH)

Role: Consultant (PI Liu)

 

RFP 852R009

“Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth Exposed to Adverse Childhood

Experiences”

2018-2021

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Shin)

PR180103

 “Identifying Cognitive Barriers to Effective Pressure Ulcer Self-Care”

2019-2021

Department of Defense (DOD)

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Bjork)

Completed

 

R01 DA12828-11

“Cognitive Neuropsychology of HIV and drug abuse”

2012-2018

NIDA

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Martin)

*Role changed to consultant after change of institution

 

R03 DA025977

“Decision Making and Drug Abuse in the Chicago MACS”

2009-2012

NIDA

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Martin)

 

R21 DA025417

“Neurocognitive Impulsivity and HIV Risk Behaviors in Bulgarian Heroin

Users”

2008-2009

NIDA

Role: Principal Investigator

 

U01 A10-34993

“The Role of Impulsivity in Substance Use and HIV”

2006-2007

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Role: Principal Investigator of Subcontract (PI Cohen)

 

U01 A10-34993

 “Cognition, Brain Function, and Affect in Midlife HIV+ Women: The

Influence of Menopause”

2004-2006

NIAID

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Cohen; PI of subcontract Maki)

 

R21 DA018086

“Neurocognitive Sequelae of Opiate Use and Antisocial Behavior”

2003-2006

NIDA & FIC

Role: Principal Investigator

 

R01 DA13800-03S1

“Cognitive Neuropsychology of HIV and MDMA Abuse-Supplement”

2003-2004

NIDA

Role: Co-Investigator (PI Martin)

 

Contracts

2010-2011 Hektoen Institute of Medicine

 

SERVICE

2004- 2014 UIC Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship Training

Committee

 

2010- 2014 UIC Faculty Senate

 

2017-P VCU Spit for Science Steering Committee

 

2017-P VCU CCTR Endowment Fund Scientific Advisory Committee

Ad Hoc Grant and Scholarship Reviewer

 

2009 NIH Special Emphasis Panel “Behavioral Pharmacology and

Genetics: Translating and Targeting Individual Differences”

 

2009 NIH Special Emphasis Panel ZRG1 AARR-F (08)

 

2009 NIH Special Emphasis Panel ZRG1 AARR-F (08)M

 

2012 NIH Special Emphasis Panel ZRG1 AARR-F (55) R;

“Brain Disorders in the Developing World”

 

2013 NIH Special Emphasis Panel ZRG1 AARR-F (59) R; Behavioral

Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START)

 

07/2014 NIH Special Emphasis Panel; Behavioral and Social Science

Approaches to Preventing HIV/AIDS (BSPH)

 

03/2015 NIH Special Emphasis Panel; Behavioral and Social

Consequences of HIV/AIDS; (BSCH)

 

11/2015 NIH Special Emphasis Panel; Behavioral and Social

Consequences of HIV/AIDS (BSCH)

 

08/2016 VCU Department of Psychiatry Academic Enhancement

Funds Review Panel

 

11/2016 VCU Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Review

Panel

 

12/2016 VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)

Endowment Fund Review Panel

 

03/2017 VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)

Endowment Fund Review Panel

 

05/2017 Medical Research Council (United Kingdom) Review Panel

 

11/2018 VCU Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program Review

Panel

 

12/2018 Virginia Youth Tobacco Project (VYTP), VCU, Small Grants

 

Review Panel

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer

Addictive Behaviors

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Frontiers in Psychology

International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

Journal of Affective Disorders

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology

Journal of Cognitive Psychology

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology

Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

Journal of Psychopharmacology

Neuropsychologia

Neuropsychology Review

The Clinical Neuropsychologist

Personality Disorders: Theory, Research and Treatment

Personality and Individual Differences

PLoS ONE

Psychological Medicine

Psychopharmacology

Scientific Advisory Boards

2016-P Center for Humane Policy, Bulgaria

RESEARCH FUNDING

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Publications

 

1. Conrod, P. J., Pihl, R. O., Vassileva, J. (1998). Differential sensitivity to alcohol reinforcement in

groups of men at risk for distinct alcoholic syndromes. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research,

22, (3), 585-597. PMID: 9622436.

 

2. Martin, E. M., Novak, R. M., Fendrich, M., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Grbesic, S., Sworowski, L.

(2004). Stroop performance in drug users classified by HIV and Hepatitis C virus serostatus. Journal of

the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 298-300. PMID: 15012850.

 

3. Martin, E. M., Pitrak, D. L., Weddington, W., Rains, N. A., Nunnally, G., Nixon, H., Grbesic, S.,

Vassileva, J., Bechara, A. (2004). Cognitive impulsivity and HIV serostatus in substance dependent

males. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 931-939. PMID:15803556.

 

4. Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Bechara, A., Grbesic, S., Sworowski, L., Novak, R. M., Nunnally, G.,

Martin, E. M. (2005). The influence of executive functions, sensation seeking, and HIV serostatus on

the risky sexual practices of substance dependent individuals. Journal of the International Neuropsychological

Society, 11, 1-11. PMID:15962700.

 

5. Richardson, J. L., Nowicki, M., Danley, K., Martin, E. M., Cohen, M. H., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J.,

Levine, A. M. (2005). Neuropsychological functioning in a cohort of HIV- and Hepatitis C virus-

infected women. AIDS, 19, 1659-1667. PMID:16184036.

 

6. Vassileva, J., Kosson, D. S., Abramowitz, C., Conrod, P. J. (2005). Psychopathy vs. psychopathies in

classifying criminal offenders. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 10, 27-43. doi:

10.1348/135532504X15376.

 

7. Peterson, J. B., Conrod, P. J.,Vassileva, J., Gianoulakis, C., Pihl, R. O. (2006). Differential effects of

naltrexone on cardiac, subjective and behavioural reactions to acute ethanol intoxication. Journal of

Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 31 (6), 386-393. PMCID: PMC1635799.

 

8. Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Bechara, A., Martin, E. M. (2007). Are all drug addicts impulsive? Effects of

antisociality and extent of multidrug use on cognitive and motor impulsivity. Addictive Behaviors, 32 (12),

3071-3076. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2007.04.017.

 

9. Vassileva, J., Petkova, P., Georgiev, S., Martin, E. M., Tersiyski, R., Velinov, V., Raycheva, M.,

Marinov, P. (2007). Impaired decision making in psychopathic heroin addicts. Drug and Alcohol

Dependence, 86, 287-289. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2006.06.015.

 

10. Gonzalez, R., Jacobus, J., Amatya, A. K., Quartana, P. Q., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. (2008). Deficits in

complex motor functions, despite no evidence of procedural learning deficits, among HIV+

individuals with history of substance dependence. Neuropsychology, 22, 776-786. doi:

10.1037/a0013404.

 

11. Gonzalez, R., Wardle, M., Jacobus, J., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2009). Influence of Procedural

Learning on Iowa Gambling Task Performance among HIV+ Individuals with History of Substance

Dependence. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 25, 28-38. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acp094.

 

12. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., & Maki, P. (2011). HIV+ men and women show

different performance patterns on procedural learning tasks. Journal of Clinical and Experimental

Neuropsychology, 33 (1), 112-120. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2010.493150.

 

13. *Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Vassileva, J. (2011). The construct of psychopathy and its

assessment. Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 4, (6), 1-9 (In Bulgarian).

 

14. Vassileva, J., Georgiev, S., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Segalà, L. (2011). Psychopathic heroin

addicts are not uniformly impaired across neurocognitive domains of impulsivity. Drug and Alcohol

Dependence, 114 (2-3), 194-200. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep. 2010.09.021.

 

15. Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2011). Impact of HIV and a history of

marijuana dependence on procedural learning among individuals with a history of substance

dependence. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33 (7), 735-752. doi:

10.1080/13803395.2011.553584.

 

16. *Liu, R. T., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Martin, E. M. (2012). A comparison of delay discounting

among substance users with and without suicide attempt history. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26 (4),

980-985. doi: 10.1037/a0027384.

 

17. *Paxton, J., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Maki, P., Martin, E. M. (2012). Neurocognitive performance

in drug dependent males and females with PTSD symptoms. Journal of Clinical and Experimental

Neuropsychology, 34 (5), 521-530. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2012.665436.

 

18. Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R., Mermelstein, R. J., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M., Diviak, K. R. (2012).

Performance of young adult cannabis users on neurocognitive measures of impulsive behavior and

their relationships to symptoms of cannabis use disorders. Journal of Clinical and Experimental

Neuropsychology, 34 (9), 962-976. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2012.703642.

 

19. Vassileva, J., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G. (2012). Impulsivity and drug addiction. Bulgarian Journal of

Psychology, 40 (3-4), 89-108 (In Bulgarian).

 

20. Martin, E. M., DeHaan, S., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Weller, J., Bechara, A. (2013). Decision

making and drug abuse among HIV+ men who have sex with men: A preliminary report from the

Chicago Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35, (6),

573-583. doi:10.1080/13803395.2013. 799122.

 

21. Vassileva, J., Ahn, W.Y., Weber, K., Busemeyer, J., Stout, J., Gonzalez, R., Cohen, M. (2013).

Computational modeling reveals distinct effects of HIV and history of drug use on decisionmaking processes in women. PLoS ONE, 8 (8): e68962. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068962.

 

22. *Wilson, M. J., Martin-Engel, L., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Martin, E. M. (2013). Antiretroviral

CNS penetration effectiveness and procedural learning task performance in HIV+ drug users. Journal

of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35 (9), 915-925. doi: 10.1080/13803395. 2013.838939.

 

23. Vassileva, J., Paxton, J., Moeller, F. G., Wilson, M. J., Bozgunov, K., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R.,

Vasilev, G. (2014). Heroin and amphetamine users display opposite relationships between trait and

neurobehavioral dimensions of impulsivity. Addictive Behaviors, 39 (3), 652-659. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.

2013. 11.020.

 

24. *Wilson, M. J., Abramowitz, C., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Vassileva, J. (2014). Psychopathy in

Bulgaria: The cross-cultural generalizability of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. Psychopathology and

Behavioral Assessment, 36 (3), 389-400. doi:10.1007/s10862-014-9405-6..

 

25. *Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2014). Investigating the association between

psychopathy and intelligence in the Bulgarian population. Clinical and Consulting Psychology, VI, 1

(19), 1-16 (In Bulgarian).

 

26. *Ahn, W-Y., Vasilev, G., Lee, S-H., Busemeyer, J., Kruschke, J. K., Bechara, A., Vassileva, J.

(2014). Decision-making in stimulant and opiate addicts in protracted abstinence: Evidence from

computational modeling with pure users. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:849.

doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00849.

 

27. *Segalà, L., Vasilev, G., Raynov, I., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J. (2015). Childhood symptoms of

ADHD and impulsivity in abstinent heroin users. Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 11 (3-4), 174-178. doi:

10.1080/15504263.2015.1104482.

 

28. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Bechara, A. (2015). Delay discounting is greater among

drug users seropositive for hepatitis C but not HIV. Neuropsychology, 29(6): 926-32.

doi: 10.1037/neu0000207. PMID: 25984995; PMCID: PMC4640934.

 

29. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Peneva, E., Vassileva, J. (2015). Historical

review of the origin and development of the concept of psychopathy. Clinical and Consulting Psychology,

Year VII, Issue 3(25), 17-26. (In Bulgarian).

 

30. *Popov, V., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2015). Psychometric characteristics of the

Bulgarian version of the Levenson’s Self-Report Psychopathy Scale. Bulgarian Journal of Psychology, 1-4,

253-278 (in Bulgarian).

 

31. Ahn, W.-Y., Dai, J., Vassileva, J., Busemeyer, J., Stout, J. (2016). Computational modeling for

addiction medicine: From cognitive models to clinical applications. In: Hamed Ekhtiari and Martin

P. Paulus (Editors), Progress in Brain Research, 224 , pp. 53-65, Amsterdam: Elsevier.

doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2015.07.032.

 

32. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Maki, P., Bechara, A., Brand, M. (2016). Sex and HIV

serostatus differences in decision making under risk among substance dependent individuals. Journal of

Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 38, 404-415. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2015.1119806

 

33. *Wilson, M. J. & Vassileva, J. (2016). Neurocognitive and psychiatric dimensions of hot, but not cool,

impulsivity predict HIV sexual risk behaviors among drug users in protracted abstinence. American

Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 42 (2), 231-241. doi: 10.3109/00952990.2015.1121269

 

34. *Ahn, W. Y. & Vassileva, J. (2016). Machine learning identifies substance-specific behavioral markers

of heroin and amphetamine dependence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 161, 247-257.

doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.02.008

 

35. *Ahn, W. Y., Ramesh, D., Moeller, F. G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Utility of machine learning approaches

to identify behavioral markers for substance use disorders: Impulsivity dimensions as predictors of

current cocaine dependence. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 7:34. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00034

 

36. *Vasilev, G., Milcheva, S., Vassileva, J. (2016). Opioid use and misuse in the 21st century: Similarities

and differences across national borders. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 3, 293-305. doi:

10.1007/s40501-016-0089-2

 

37. Keyser-Marcus, L., Thacker, L.R., Burroughs, T., Johns, S., Cadua, A., Vassileva, J. (2016). Impulsivity

and attentional bias in cocaine dependence: Does familial substance misuse contribute to behavioral

performance? Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 3, 266-276. doi: 10.1007/s40501-016-0086-5.

 

38. *Popov, V., Psederska, E., Peneva, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2016).

Psychometric characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20).

Psychological Research, 19(2), 25-42. (in Bulgarian).

 

39. *Nedelchev, D., Popov, V., Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Peneva, E., & Vassileva, J.

(2016). Psychometric Characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS-

25) for ADHD. Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 2(28), 3-17. (in Bulgarian).

 

40. *Popov, V., Nedelchev, D., Psederska, E., Georgieva, V., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J.

(2016). Psychometric Characteristics of the Bulgarian Version of the Buss-Warren Aggression

Questionnaire. Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 4(30), 37-53. (in Bulgarian).

 

41. Keutmann, M. K., Gonzalez, R., Maki, P. M., Rubin, L. H., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2017). Sex

differences in HIV effects on visual memory among substance-dependent individuals, Journal of Clinical

and Experimental Neuropsychology, 39(6):574-586, doi: 10.1080/13803395.2016.1250869

 

42. Keyser-Marcus, L., Vassileva, J., Stewart, K., Johns, S. (2017). Impulsivity and cue reactivity in smokers

with comorbid depression and anxiety: Possible implications for smoking cessation treatment strategies.

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43 (4), 433-441, doi: 10.1080/00952990.2017.1287190.

 

43. Fogel, J., Rubin, L. H., Maki, P., Keutmann, M. K., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2017).

Effects of sex and HIV serostatus on spatial navigational learning and memory among cocaine users.

Journal of Neurovirology, 23(6):855-863, doi: 10.1007/s13365-017-0563-7.

 

44. Martin, E. M., Keutmann, M., Fogel, J. S., Maki, P. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Rubin, L. H., Hardy,

D. (2018). Verbal and spatial working memory among drug using HIV-infected men and women. Journal

of NeuroVirology. doi: 10.1007/s13365-018-0639-z.

 

45. Gillespie, N., Neale, M., Bates, T., Eyler, L., Fennema-Notestine, C., Vassileva , J., Lyons, M., PromWormley, E., McMahon, K., Thompson, P., de Zubicaray, G., Hickie, I., McGrath, J., Strike, L.,

Rentería, M., Pannizon, M., Martin, N., Franz, C., Kremen, W., Wright, M. (2018). Testing

associations between cannabis use and subcortical volumes in two large population-based samples.

Addiction. doi: 10.1111/add.14252.

 

46. *Wilson, M. J. & Vassileva, J. (2018). Decision-making under risk, but not under ambiguity, predicts

pathological gambling symptoms in discrete types of abstinent substance users. Frontiers in Psychiatry,

9:239, doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00239.

 

47. Ma, L., Steinberg, J. L., Bjork, J. M., Keyser-Marcus, L., Vassileva, J., Zhu, M., Ganapathy, V., Wang,

Q., Boone, E. L., Ferré, S., Bickel, W. K., and Moeller, F. G. (2018). Fronto-striatal effective

connectivity of working memory in adults with cannabis use disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging,

278, 21-34. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2018.05.010.

 

48. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Relationships between

alexithymia and psychopathy among individuals dependent on different classes of drugs. Bulgarian

Journal of Psychology, 1-4, 359-380. (in Bulgarian).

 

49. Haines, N., Vassileva, J., Ahn, W. Y. (2018). The Outcome-Representation Learning model: A novel

reinforcement learning model of the Iowa Gambling Task. Cognitive Science, 1-28. doi: 10.1111/cogs.

12688.

 

50. *Long, E. C, Milcheva, S., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Gillespie, N.,

Vassileva, J. (2018). Validation of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) with Bulgarian

substance dependent individuals. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 2296. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02296.

 

51. *Long, E. C., Kaneva, R., Vasilev, G., Moeller, F. G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Neurocognitive and

psychiatric markers for addiction: Common vs. specific (endo)phenotypes for opiate and stimulant

dependence. bioRxiv, 480970. doi: 10.1101/480970.

 

52. Vassileva, J. & Conrod, P. J. (2018). Impulsivities and addictions: A multidimensional integrative

framework for assessment and treatment of substance use disorders. In ‘Risk taking and impulsive

behaviour: fundamental discoveries, theoretical perspectives and clinical implications’. Philosophical

Transactions of the Royal Society B: 20180137. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2018.0137.

*Lead author is Dr. Vassileva’s trainee and/or Dr. Vassileva is senior author

 

 

Book Chapters

 

1. Vassileva, J., & Fischer, M. (2003). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In R. B. Schiffer, S. M.

Rao, & B. S. Fogel (Eds.), Neuropsychiatry: A Comprehensive Textbook (2nd Edition). Lippincott Williams &

Wilkins Publishers.

 

2. Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Scott, J.C. (2009). Neuropsychological consequences of drug abuse. In I.

Grant & K. M. Adams (Eds.), Neuropsychological Assessment of Neuropsychiatric and Neuromedical Disorders, 3rd

Edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

3. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Georgieva, V., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Origin,

development, and significance of the construct of alexithymia. In V. G. Gercheva-Nestorova (Ed.)

Applied Psychology and Social Practice. WSU "Chernorizetz Hrabar”, Varna, Bulgaria (in Bulgarian).

 

 

Other Publications

 

1. Vassileva, J., Vongher, J. M., Fischer, M., Conant, L., Risinger, R. C., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A.,

Barkley, R. A., Rao, S. M. (2001). Working memory deficits in adults with attention deficit

hyperactivity disorder. Brain and Cognition, 47, (1-2), 216-219.

 

2. Vongher, J. M., Vassileva, J., Fischer, M., Conant, L., Risinger, R. C., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A.,

Barkley, R. A., Rao, S. M. (2001). Behavioral inhibition and motor timing in ADHD adults. Brain and

Cognition, 47, (1-2), 219-222.

 

3. Vassileva, J., & Long, E.C. (2018). Preventing Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Benefits of a

Targeted Approach. Policy Brief for the Translational Research Fellows Program, L. Douglas Wilder School of

Government and Public Affairs, Office for Public Policy Outreach, Virginia Commonwealth University

 

1. Vassileva, J., Conrod, P. J., & Pihl, R. O. (1996). Indicators of vulnerability to alcohol abuse in young men

with family histories of alcoholism: A comparison between family history in the paternal vs. the maternal

bloodline. International Society of Behavioral Development, 14th Biennial Meeting, Quebec City, Canada.

 

2. Conrod, P. J., Vassileva, J., Fazioli, N., Nozick, J., Pihl, R. O. (1996). A comparison of young men with a

multigenerational family history of alcoholism to young men reporting high anxiety sensitivity: Evidence for

two distinct vulnerability pathways to alcoholism. International Society of Behavioral Development, 14th Biennial

Meeting, Quebec City, Canada

 

3. Vassileva, J., Conrod, P. J., & Pihl, R. O. (1996). Risk factors for the development of alcoholism in men

with family histories of the disorder. 26th International Congress of Psychology, Montreal, Canada. International

Journal Of Psychology, 31 (3-4), 1247.

 

4. Vassileva, J., Kosson, D. S., Abramowitz, C., Goldstein, D., Conrod, P. J. (1997). Classification of

criminal offenders based on psychopathy and theoretically related constructs. Society for Research in

Psychopathology 12

th

Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA.

 

5. Byrnes, K., Vassileva, J., Kosson, D. S., Park, S. (1999). Salivary cortisol and hemisphere-specific

reactivity in psychopathic inmates. Proceedings of the 14th annual meeting of the Society for Research in

Psychopathology, Montreal, Canada.

 

6. Vassileva, J., Vongher, J. M., Fischer, M., Conant, L., Risinger, R. C., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A., Barkley,

R. A., Rao, S. M. (2000). Working memory in adults with ADHD. Rotman Research Institute 10th Annual

Conference on the Frontal Lobes, Toronto, Canada.

 

7. Vongher, J. M., Vassileva, J., Fischer, M., Conant, L., Risinger, R. C., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A., Barkley,

R. A., Rao, S. M. (2000). Behavioral inhibition and motor timing in adults with ADHD. Rotman Research

Institute 10th Annual Conference on the Frontal Lobes, Toronto, Canada.

 

8. Vassileva, J., Vongher, J. M., Fischer, M., Conant, L., Risinger, R. C., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A., Barkley,

R. A., Rao, S. M. (2000). Executive function deficits in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Society of Biological Psychiatry 55th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL. Biological Psychiatry, 47, (8), S130.

doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0006-3223(00)00694-6

 

9. Vassileva, J., Durgerian, S., Vongher, J. M., Fischer, M., Conant, L., Risinger, R. C., Salmeron, B. J., Stein,

E. A., Rao, S. M. (2001). An fMRI study of working memory in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder. Organization for Human Brain Mapping 7th Annual Meeting, Brighton, United Kingdom. Neuroimage, 13,

(6), S1111.

 

10. Vassileva, J., Durgerian, S., Vongher, J. M., Fischer, M., Conant, L. L., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A.,

Risinger, R. C., Rao, S. M. (2001). Working memory in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity

disorder: an fMRI Study. Society for Neuroscience 31st Annual Meeting. [oral presentation], San Diego, CA.

 

11. Kosson, D. S., Swogger, M., Vassileva, J. (2002). Identifying homogeneous subgroups of offenders with

psychopathic traits. Society for Research in Psychopathology 17th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

 

12. Mulligan, R. C., Vongher, J. M., Vassileva, J., Durgerian, S., Fischer, M., Seidenberg, M., Salmeron, B. J.,

Stein, E. A., Rao, S. M. (2002). Methylphenidate and working memory in ADHD adults: effects of dose

and memory load. 13th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Toronto, Canada. Journal of

the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, (2), 265.

 

13. Vassileva, J., Durgerian, S., Vongher, J. M., Fischer, M., Conant, L. L., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A.,

Risinger, R. C., Rao, S. M. (2002). FMRI study of working memory in adults with ADHD. 13th Annual

Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Toronto, Canada.

 

14. Durgerian, S., Vongher, J. M., Vassileva, J., Mulligan, R., Salmeron, B. J., Stein, E. A., Fischer, M., Rao, S.

M. (2003). Effects of methylphenidate on working memory performance in ADHD adults: an fMRI study.

Cognitive Neuroscience Society 10th Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

 

15. Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Pitrak, D., Novak, R. M., Rains, A. Bechara, & E.M. Martin. (2004). Sensationseeking

and executive functions correlate with risk-behaviors in HIV+ and HIV- poly-drug users. 32nd Annual

Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Baltimore, MD.

 

16. Martin, E. M., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Pitrak, D., Novak, R. M., Nunnally, G., Rains, A. Bechara.

(2004). Executive function and mental slowing in drug abusers infected with hepatitis C: preliminary

findings and lessons learned from the HIV literature. 32nd Annual Meeting of the International

Neuropsychological Society, Baltimore, MD.

 

17. Mulligan, R. C., Vassileva, J., Durgerian, S., Dorflinger, J. M., Douville, K., Rao, S. M. (2004). Decreased

Neuronal Activity in Right Hemisphere Attentional Network Observed in Adults Diagnosed with

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Organization for Human Brain Mapping 10th Annual Meeting,

Budapest, Hungary.

 

18. Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Pitrak, D., Novak, R. M., Nunnally, G., Rains, A. Bechara, & E.M. Martin.

(2004). Profiles of executive dysfunction differ according to drug abuse severity and antisociality. 32nd

Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, [oral presentation], Baltimore, MD.

 

19. Vassileva, J., Georgiev, S., Petkova, P., Tersiyski, R., Raycheva, M., Martin, E. M., Velinov, V.,

Marinov, P. (2005). Neurocognitive sequelae of heroin use and antisociality. 2005 International

Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year Meeting, Dublin, Ireland.

 

20. Vassileva, J., Georgiev, S., Petkova, P., Tersiyski, R., Raycheva, M., Martin, E. M., Velinov, V.,

Marinov, P. (2005). Neurocognitive functioning in antisocial and non-antisocial heroin addicts. Society for

Neuroscience 35th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

 

21. Perschler, P. J., Maki, P. M., Vassileva, J., Nyenhyus, D., Zhou, X. J., Little, D. M. (2006). Age- related

anatomical correlates of working memory performance. 11th Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

 

22. Richardson, J., Nowicki, M., Danley, K., Martin, E., Cohen, M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Levine, A.

(2006). Neurocognitive function and hepatitis C disease: The Women's Interagency HIV Study. International

Neuropsychological Society 34th Annual Meeting.

 

23. Vassileva, J., Dorflinger, J., Little, D. M., Perschler, P. J., Gould, F., Cohen, M., Maki, P. M. (2006).

Working Memory in HIV Seropositive Women: an fMRI study. Organization for Human Brain Mapping

12th Annual Meeting, Florence, Italy.

 

24. Vassileva, J., Petkova, P., Georgiev, S., Martin, E. M., Tersiyski, R., Velinov, V., Raycheva, M., Marinov,

P. (2006). Decision-making deficits in psychopathic heroin addicts. 19th Congress of the European College of

Neuropsychopharmacology, Paris, France.

 

25. Mulligan, R., Vassileva, J., Dorflinger, J., Durgerian, S., Fischer, M., Seidenberg, M., Rao, S. (2007).

Behavioral inhibition in adults given a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in childhood: an

fMRI study. Organization for Human Brain Mapping 13th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

26. Gonzalez, R., Jacobus, J., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2007). Effects of cannabis dependence and HIV

on procedural learning performance. American Psychological Association 115th Annual Convention, San Francisco,

CA.

 

27. Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Martin, E. M. (2008). Impaired decision-making in antisocial MDMA users.

International Neuropsychological Society 36th Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

 

28. Quartana, P., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2008). Cognitive reserve, viral load, and

information processing speed in HIV infection. International Neuropsychological Society 36th Annual Meeting,

Waikoloa, Hawaii.

 

29. Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Martin-Thormeyer, E. M. (2009). Neurocognitive disinhibition and cannabis

addiction: A pilot study. International Neuropsychological Society 37th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

 

30. *Glass, S. & Vassileva, J. (2009). Psychopathy, ADHD and substance abuse: Utilizing

neurocognitive task performance to explore variations in impulsivity. Society for the Scientific Study of

Psychopathy 3rd Biennial Conference, New Orleans, LA.

 

31. Vassileva, J. (2009). Impaired impulse control and decision-making in psychopathic heroin addicts. World

Psychiatric Association International Congress [oral presentation], Florence, Italy.

 

32. Vassileva, J., Georgiev, S., Segalà, L., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Petkova, P., Velinov, V. (2009).

Psychopathic heroin addicts are not uniformly impaired across neurocognitive impulsivity domains. Society for

Neuroscience 39th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

33. Schuster, R. M., Colvin, P. J., Labuschagne, Z., Pagkas-Bather, J., Diviak, K., Mermelstein, R., Vassileva, J.,

& Gonzalez, R. (2010). Neurocognitive disinhibition and risky sexual behavior among emerging adults with

and without cannabis use. International Neuropsychological Society 38th Annual Meeting, Acapulco, Mexico.

 

34. Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R. M., Diviak, K., Vassileva, J., Martin-Thormeyer, E. M., Mermelstein, R. (2010).

Cannabis use, risky decision making, and its negative consequences among young adults. International

Neuropsychological Society 38th Annual Meeting, Acapulco, Mexico.

 

35. Martin-Thormeyer, E. M., Vassileva, J., Martin, L., Gonzalez, R. (2010). Possible additive effects of HIV

and drug use on motor impulsivity. International Neuropsychological Society 38th Annual Meeting, Acapulco, Mexico.

 

36. *Segalà, L., Vasilev, G., Raynov, I., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J. (2010). The role of ADHD

on decision-making and psychomotor impulsivity in heroin addicts. 2010 Midwestern Neuropsychology Group

Annual Meeting.

 

37. *Vasilev, G. N., Raynov, I. T., Bliznashki, S. E., Martin-Thormeyer, E. M., Vassileva, J. (2010). Impulsivity

and HIV sexual risk behaviors in Bulgarian heroin users. College on Problems of Drug Dependence 72nd Annual

Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ.

 

38. *Segalà, L., Vasilev, G., Raynov, I., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J. (2010). Effects of ADHD

on neurocognitive impulsivity in heroin addicts. 2010 International Neuropsychological Society Mid-Year

Meeting, Krakow, Poland.

 

39. Martin, E.M., Vassileva, J., Ostrow, D., Weller, J., Bechara, A. (2010). Decision making and drug abuse

in HIV+ men who have sex with men: A preliminary report from the Chicago Multicenter AIDS cohort

study. 1st Annual Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

40. Wicks, S., Wilson, M.J., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Martin, E.M. (2010). Effects of HIV and ADHD

symptoms on procedural learning performance. 1st Annual Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

41. Wicks, S., Wilson, M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2011). Effects of HIV and attention

deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms on procedural learning performance. International Neuropsychological

Society 39th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

 

42. Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R.M., Martin, E.M., Vassileva, J., Salija, I. (2011). Inhibitory control in young

cannabis users. 2nd Annual Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

43. *Ahn, W-Y., Weber, K., Busemeyer, J., Martin, E.M., Gonzalez, R., Stout, J., Cohen, M., Vassileva, J.

(2011). Cognitive modeling analysis reveals distinct effects of HIV and drug use on decision-making

processes in women. 2nd Annual Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

44. Martin, E. M., Vassileva, J., DeHaan, S., Ostrow, D., Weller, J., Bechara, A. (2011). Decision making

and drug abuse in HIV+ men who have sex with men: A preliminary report from the Chicago

Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. International Neuropsychological Society 39thAnnual Meeting, Boston, MA.

 

45. *Turhan, T., Milanova, V., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2011). Validation and evaluation of the

psychometric properties of the Bulgarian version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale. Bulgarian

Psychological Society 6th National Congress, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

46. Vassileva, J., Ahn, W.Y., Weber, K., Busemeyer, J., Gonzalez, R., Stout, J., Cohen, M. (2012).

Cognitive modeling analysis reveals distinct effects of HIV and drug use on decision-making

processes in women. International Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

47. Vassileva, J., Paxton, J., Bozgunov, K., Raynov, I., Naslednikova, R., Segala, L., Moeller, F. G., Martin, E.

M., Gonzalez, R., Vasilev, G. (2012). Neurocognitive impulsivity in abstinent heroin and amphetamine

users. International Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

48. *Paxton, J., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Raynov, I., Naslednikova, R., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R.,

Vassileva, J. (2012). Amphetamine dependence is associated with greater impairment in neurocognitive

aspects of impulsivity than heroin dependence. International Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting,

Montreal, Canada.

 

49. *Paxton, J., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Maki, P., Martin, E. M. (2012). Neurocognitive

performance in drug dependent males and females with PTSD symptoms. International

Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

50. *Wilson, M., Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Ladd, L., Martin, E. M. (2012). Effects of antiretroviral CNS

penetrance on procedural learning task performance in HIV+ drug users. International Neuropsychological

Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

51. Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R. M., Crane, N., Martin, E. M., Vassileva, J. (2012). Decision-making influences

the relationship between cannabis harm perception and negative consequences reported from its use:

preliminary findings. International Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

52. Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R. M., Crane, N., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M. (2012). Decision-making

performance influences the relationship between amount of cannabis use and its negative

consequences. International Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

53. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J. (2012). Delay discounting is impaired with Hepatitis C but not

HIV. International Neuropsychological Society 40th Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

54. Vassileva, J., Ahn, W. Y., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Busemeyer, J. (2012). Using

computational modeling to investigate the nature of decision-making processes in heroin and

amphetamine users. Cognitive Neuroscience Society 19th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

55. *Bozgunov, K. & Vassileva, J. (2012). Psychopathy and drug addiction: Preliminary findings with

Bulgarian drug users. 11th International Conference on Applied Psychology, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

56. *Bozgunov, K., Wilson, M. J., Vassileva, J. (2012). Nature and characteristics of psychopathy. National

Student Congress, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

 

57. Vassileva, J., Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Raynov, I., Vasilev, G. (2012). Unique and common

neurocognitive effects of opiate and stimulant addiction observed in protracted abstinence. Society for

Neuroscience 42nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

 

58. *Ahn, Y., Vasilev, G., Busemeyer, J. R., Kruschke, J. K., Vassileva, J. (2012). Double dissociation of

stimulant and opiate addiction on reward sensitivity and loss aversion. Society for Neuroscience 42nd Annual

Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

 

59. *Kaneva, R., Cebir, G., Beltcheva, O., Tzveova, R., Ivanova, M., Kancheva, D., Mitev, V., Kremenski, I.,

Todorov, A., Vassileva, J. (2012). Pilot association study of heroin and amphetamine dependence,

neurocognitive impulsivity, and genes related to brain reward and anti-reward systems. XXth World Congress

of Psychiatric Genetics, Hamburg, Germany.

 

60. *Bozgunov, K., Wilson, M. J., Vassileva, J. (2012). The construct of psychopathy and its assessment. XI

International Conference on Applied and Social Psychology, Varna Free University „Cernorizec Hrabar“, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

61. Vassileva, J., Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Raynov, I., Vasilev, G. (2012). Opiate and stimulant

addictions have both unique and common effects on neurocognitive impulsivity. 3rd Annual Research Forum,

University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

62. *Wilson, M., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Raynov, I., Naslednikova, R., Vassileva, J. (2012). Cultural

generalizability of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Construct validity in Bulgarian drug users and healthy

controls. 3rd Annual Research Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

63. *Wilson, M., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Raynov, I., Naslednikova, R., Vassileva, J. (2012). Personality

mediators of psychopathy in non-incarcerated substance users and healthy controls. 3rd Annual Research

Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

64. *Wilson, M., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Raynov, I., Naslednikova, R., Vassileva, J. (2012). Differential

effects of psychopathy on neurocognitive function in heroin and amphetamine users. 3rd Annual Research

Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

65. *Segalà, L., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Raynov, I., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J. (2013).

Differential effects of ADHD on neurocognitive impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. International

Neuropsychological Society 41st Annual Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

 

66. *Wilson, M., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Vassileva, J. (2013). Differential Effects of Psychopathy in

Heroin and Stimulant Users. Midwestern Psychological Association 85th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

67. *Wilson, M., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G. & Vassileva, J. (2013). Relationships of “hot” cognitive and

“cool” motor impulsivity with HIV risk behaviors in abstinent drug users. American Academy of Clinical

Neuropsychology 11th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

 

68. *Wilson, M. Bozgunov, K., Vassileva, J. (2013). Differential relationships between psychopathy and

risk behavior in abstinent drug users and controls. Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy 5th Biennial

Conference, Washington, DC.

 

69. *Segalà, L., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Raynov, I., Gonzalez, R., & Vassileva, J. (2013).

ADHD assessed with self-report does not predict neurocognitive performance in abstinent opiate and

amphetamine users. National Academy of Neuropsychology 33rd Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. Archives of

Clinical Neuropsychology, 28 (6), 529.

70. *Wilson, M.J., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., & Vassileva, J. (2014). Reward-based decision-making and

pathological gambling in different types of drug users. International Neuropsychological Society 42nd Annual

Meeting, Seattle, WA.

 

71. *Wilson, M.J., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., & Vassileva, J. (2014). Effects of psychopathy on rewardbased

decision-making in opiate, stimulant, and polysubstance users. International Neuropsychological

Society 42nd Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

 

72. *Vasilev, G., Wilson, M. J., Abramowitz, C., Bozgunov, K., & Vassileva, J. (2014). The cross-cultural

generalizability of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center symposium on Brain

Disorders in the Developing World, Bethesda, MD.

 

73. *Vasilev, G., Wilson, M. J., Bozgunov, K., Gonzalez, R., & Vassileva, J. (2014). Relationships of trait and

state indices of cognitive and motor impulsivity with HIV risk behaviors in abstinent opiate and stimulant

users. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center symposium on Brain Disorders in the Developing World, Bethesda, MD.

 

74. Vassileva, J., Moeller, F. G., Wilson, M. J., Buzgunov, K., Martin, E., Gonzalez, R., & Vasilev, G. (2014).

Heroin and amphetamine users display opposite relationships between trait and neurobehavioral

dimensions of impulsivity. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center Symposium on Brain Disorders in the Developing

World, Bethesda, MD.

 

75. *Wilson, M.J., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., & Vassileva, J. (2014). Neurocognitive decision-making

performance shows differential associations to pathological gambling across abstinent users of different

classes of drugs. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center Symposium on Brain Disorders in the Developing World,

Bethesda, MD.

 

76. *Vasilev, G., Wilson, M. J., Abramowitz, C., Bozgunov, K., & Vassileva, J. (2014, February). The crosscultural

generalizability of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center symposium for

Brain Disorders in the Developing World, Washington, D.C.

 

77. *Vasilev, G., Wilson, M. J., Bozgunov, K., Gonzalez, R., & Vassileva, J. (2014, February). Relationships of

trait & state indices of cognitive & motor impulsivity with HIV risk behaviors in abstinent opiate &

stimulant users. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center sympoium for Brain Disorders in the Developing World,

Washington, D.C.

 

78. Vassileva, J., Moeller, F. G., Wilson, M. J., Buzgunov, K., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., & Vasilev, G.

(2014, February). Heroin & amphetamine users display opposite relationships between trait &

neurobehavioral dimensions of impulsivity. 10th NIH Fogarty International Center symposium for Brain Disorders

in the Developing World, Washington, D.C.

 

79. *Wilson, M.J., Vasilev, G., Moeller, F. G., & Vassileva, J. (2014). Sex differences in cognitive and motor

impulsivity among users of different classes of drugs in protracted abstinence. 76th Meeting of College on

Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, PR. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 146, e24, DOI: https://doi.org/

10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.09.746.

 

80. Vassileva, J., Moeller, F. G., Bozgunov, K., Wilson, M. J., Vasilev, G. (2014). Unique and common

neurocognitive effects of opiate and stimulants dependence in protracted abstinence. NIDA International

Forum, 76th Meeting of College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, PR.

 

81. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Maki, P., Bechara, A., Brand, M. (2014). Sex and HIV serostatus

effects on high-risk decision-making. 76th Meeting of College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Juan, PR.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.09.443.

 

82. *Kaneva, R., Dzhebir, G., Popov, I., Beltcheva, O., Vasilev, G., Tzveova, R.,

Mitev, V., Kremensky, I.,

Todorov, A., Vassileva, J. (2014). Candidate gene association study of heroin and amphetamine addiction

reveals common and specific effects. XXII World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

83. Keutmann, M. K., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Maki, P., Franco, C., Chen, S., Ladd, L., Martin, E. M.

(2015). Sex differences in visual episodic memory among HIV+ drug users. International Neuropsychological

Society 43rd Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (J Intl Neuropsychological Soc S1: 113)

 

84. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Maki, P. M., Franco, C., Shen, S., Keutmann, M. K., Ladd, L., Vassileva, J.

(2015). Effects of sex and HIV serostatus on spatial learning performance of drug users. 13th International

Symposium on NeuroVirology, San Diego, CA.

 

85. *Ahn, W.Y., Vasilev, G., Moeller, F. G., Vassileva, J. (2015). Identifying predictive profiles of

amphetamine, heroin, and polysubstance dependence using machine learning approaches. 77th Meeting of the

College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Phoenix, AZ. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 156, e3–e4. DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.07.928.

 

86. Coscunpinar, A., Martin, E. M., Vassileva, J. (2015). Sex differences in effects of trait impulsivity on

vulnerability to substance dependence. 77th Meeting of College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Phoenix, AZ. Drug

& Alcohol Dependence, 156, e50, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.07.1053.

 

87. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Vassileva, J., Maki, P. (2015). Verbal memory is impaired among HIV+

female, but not HIV+ male cocaine users. 77th Meeting of College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Phoenix, AZ.

Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 156, e14, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.07.383.

 

88. *Ahn, W.Y., Ramesh, D., Moeller, F. G., Vassileva, J. (2015). Utility of machine learning approaches for

developing accurate and affordable behavioral markers of drug addiction. 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for

Mathematical Psychology, Newport Beach, CA.

 

89. Vassileva, J. & Ahn, W. Y. (2015). Machine learning identifies distinct behavioral markers for opiate and

stimulant addiction. Society for Neuroscience 45th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

90. *Nedelchev, D., Peneva, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Psederska, E., Vassileva, J. (2015). International

research project “Varieties of Impulsivity in Opiate and Stimulant Users”. International conference “Psychology –

traditions and perspectives”, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria.

 

91. *Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Psederska, E., Peneva, E., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2015). Psychometric

characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). Fall Symposium on

Cognitive Therapy, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

92. Vassileva, J., Moeller, F.G., Wilson, M.J. (2015). Sex differences in cognitive and motor impulsivity among

users of different classes of drugs. 11th Annual Women's Health Research Day, Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

93. *Wilson, M. J., & Vassileva, J. (2016). Effects of sex and drug class on neurocognitive impulsivity among

drug users in protracted abstinence. 44th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, Boston,

MA.

 

94. Ma, L., Steinberg, J.L., Bjork, J.M., Keyser-Marcus, L., Vassileva, J., Ferré, S., Moeller, F. G. (2016). A

dynamic causal modeling study of the reward system in marijuana users. 78th Meeting of the College on Problems

of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs, CA. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 171, e124–e125, DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep. 2016.08.346.

 

95. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Keutmann, M., Vassileva, J., Sullins, H., Chen, S., Ladd, L., Maki, P. M.,

Hardy, D. L. (2016). Working memory is impaired for both male and female substance users. 78th Annual

Scientific Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Palm Springs, CA. Drug & Alcohol

Dependence, 171, e129, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.08.359.

 

96. *Nedelchev, D., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Georgieva, V., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Research

project “Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users”. XV International Scientific Conference on Applied

Psychology – Opportunities and Perspectives, Varna Free University ‘Chernorizets Hrabar’, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

97. *Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Georgieva, V., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Origin,

development and importance of the construct of alexithymia. XV International Scientific Conference on Applied

Psychology – Opportunities and Perspectives, Varna Free University ‘Chernorizets Hrabar’, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

98. *Georgieva, V., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). The

relationship between sensation seeking, impulsivity, HIV knowledge and attitudes and sexual risk behavior:

Differences between currently abstinent HIV- amphetamine and heroin users. XV International Scientific

Conference on Applied Psychology – Opportunities and Perspectives, Varna Free University ‘Chernorizets Hrabar’, Varna,

Bulgaria.

 

99. *Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Psederska, E., Peneva, E., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2016). The

Relationship between Psychopathy and Anxiety among Substance Dependent Individuals. 18th European

Conference on Personality, Timisoara, Romania.

 

100. Vassileva, J., Wilson, M.J., Martin, E.M., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G. (2016). Sex differences in

‘impulsive choice’ and ‘impulsive action’ among opiate and stimulant users in protracted abstinence. 29th

Congress of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Vienna, Austria. European Neuropsychopharmacology,

 

101. Vassileva, J. (2016). Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. Symposium presented at the

7th International Congress of Psychologists of Slovenia - Applied Neuropsychology: Between Small and Big Networks,

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

 

102. *Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Vassileva, J. (2016). Neurocognitive, psychiatric, and personality factors

associated with HIV sexual risk behaviors among drug users in protracted abstinence. 7th International Congress

of Psychologists of Slovenia - Applied Neuropsychology: Between Small and Big Networks, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

 

103. *Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Psychopathy and Impulsivity. 7th

International Congress of Psychologists of Slovenia - Applied Neuropsychology: Between Small and Big Networks, Kranjska

Gora, Slovenia.

 

104. *Bozgunov, K., Popov, V, Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Psychometric characteristics of the

Bulgarian version of the Levenson’s self-report psychopathy scale. 7th International Congress of Psychologists of

Slovenia - Applied Neuropsychology: Between Small and Big Networks, Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

 

105. *Nedelchev, D., Popov, V., Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Peneva, E., Vassileva, J. (2016).

Psychometric characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Wender Utah Rating Scale for ADHD. 2nd

National Congress of Clinical Psychology, Sofia, Bulgaria.

106. *Georgieva, V., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2016).

Opposite relationships between trait impulsivity and psychopathy in heroin and amphetamine dependent

individuals. 2nd National Congress of Clinical Psychology, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

107. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Georgieva, V., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016).

Associations between alexithymia and psychopathy among substance dependent individuals. 2nd National

Congress of Clinical Psychology, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

108. *Nedelchev, D., Bozgunov, K., Georgieva, V., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). Types

of impulsivity among opiate and stimulants users. International Scientific Conference, Veliko Turnovo University "St.

St. Cyril and Methodius ", Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

 

109. *Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Popov, V., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2016). The

Bulgarian adaptation of the short version of the Wender Utah Rating Scale (WURS-25): Opportunities for

its use in cognitive-behavior therapy. Fall Symposium of Cognitive Therapy, Sofia.

 

110. Vassileva, J. (2016). Impulsivities and addictions: Similarities and differences between opiates and

stimulants. 6th Biennial Conference of the Society for Applied Neuroscience, Corfu, Greece. Front. Hum. Neurosci.

Conference Abstract: SAN2016 Meeting. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2016.220.00047

 

111. Martin, E. M., Keutmann, M., Gonzalez, R., Rubin, L. H., Maki, P.M., Ladd, L., Vassileva, J. (2016).

Sex differences in HIV effects on mechanisms of executive dysfunction among drug users. 2016 Conference

on HIV in the Central Nervous System & 14th International Symposium on NeuroVirology, Toronto, Canada.

 

112. *Bozgunov, K., Popov, V., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2017).

Psychometric characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale – 20. International

Psychological Applications Conference and Trends, Budapest, Hungary.

 

113. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2017). Different patterns of

associations between psychopathy and anxiety among opiate and stimulant dependent males. International

Scientific Conference Challenges and Perspectives In Contemporary Psychology, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

114. *Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2017). Analysis of the

Psychometric Characteristics of the Bulgarian Version of the Buss-Warren Aggression Questionnaire. Third

Student Scientific Conference “Personality in the Sociocultural Context of XXI Century”, Veliko Turnovo University "St.

St. Cyril and Methodius ", Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.

 

115. *Nedelchev, D., Bozgunov, K., Georgieva, V., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2017). The

Anxiety Sensitivity Index and its associations with other psychological constructs. XVI International Conference

on Applied Psychology – Opportunities and Perspectives, Varna Free University ‘Chernorizets Hrabar’, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

116. *Romeu, R., Busemeyer, J., Ahn, W-Y., Vassileva, J. (2017). Computational modelling of decisionmaking performance on the Cambridge Gambling Task with applications to drug users. 2017 Annual Meetingof the International Society for

Research on Impulsivity, San Diego, CA.

 

117. *Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2017). Relationship between

Psychopathy and HIV Risk Behaviors among Heroin and Amphetamine Users. NIDA International Forum

Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

118. *Bozgunov, K., Popov, V., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D. & Vassileva, J. (2017).

Psychometric characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20).

International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT), Budapest, Hungary, 2017.

 

119. Ma, L., Steinberg, J., Bjork, J., Keyser-Marcus, L., Vassileva, J., Ferré, S., Moeller, F.G. (2017). A

dynamic causal modeling study of the working memory system in marijuana users. 79th Annual Meeting of the

College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Montreal, Canada. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.

2016.08.346

 

120. Martin, E.M., Vassileva, J., Rubin, L., Maki, P., Keutmann, M., Gonzalez, R. (2017). Sex and HIV

serostatus effects on verbal memory for individuals with cocaine dependence in early vs. sustained

remission. 79th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Montreal, Canada.

 

121. Vassileva, J., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Dobrojalieva, V., Vasilev, G. (2017).

Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. In “Can't wait for a session on impulsivity!!!”, 79th

Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), Montreal, Canada.

 

122. *Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2017). Assessment and

diagnosis of substance dependence. Symposium presented at the 8th National Congress of the Bulgarian

Psychological Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

123. *Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2017). Externalizing

traits and substance dependence. Symposium presented at the 8th National Congress of the Bulgarian

Psychological Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

124. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2017). Internalizing

traits and substance dependence. Symposium presented at the 8th National Congress of the Bulgarian

Psychological Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

125. *Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Vassileva, J. (2017). HIV risk

behavior and substance dependence. Symposium presented at the 8th National Congress of the Bulgarian

Psychological Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

126. *Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2017). The construct of

anxiety sensitivity: Opportunities for its use in cognitive-behavior therapy. Autumn Symposium of

Cognitive Therapy, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

127. Vassileva, J., Long, E.C., Kaneva, R., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G.

(2018). Neurocognitive and personality dimensions of impulsivity as common and specific

candidate endophenotypes for opiate and stimulant dependence. NIDA Genetics Consortium Meeting,

Bethesda MD.

 

128. *Long, E. C., Ong, J.S., Hwang, L.D., Savage, J.E., Edwards, A., Prom-Wormley, E., Salvatore,

J.E., Kendler, K.S., Vassileva, J., Gillespie, N.A. (2018). The moderating roles of parental monitoring

and peer group deviance on polygenic risk for alcohol use. NIDA Genetics Consortium Meeting, Bethesda

MD. Biological Psychiatry, 83, (9), S344, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.02.885.

 

129. Vassileva, J., Long, E. C., Kaneva, R., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G.

(2018). Psychiatric and impulsivity dimensions as common and specific candidate endophenotypes for

heroin and amphetamine dependence. 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New York,

NY. Biological Psychiatry, 83, (9), S345, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.02.886.

 

130. Vassileva, J., Thomson, N. D., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G. (2018).

Sex differences in psychopathy predict physical, verbal, and indirect aggression. 73rd Annual Meeting of

the Society of Biological Psychiatry, New York, NY. Biological Psychiatry, 83, (9), S202,

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.02.528.

 

131. Vassileva, J., Long, E. C., Moeller, F. G., Kaneva, R., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev,

D., Vasilev, G. (2018). Externalizing and internalizing symptoms as common and specific candidate

endophenotypes for heroin and amphetamine dependence. 80th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems

of Drug Dependence (CPDD), San Diego, CA.

 

132. *Long, E. C., Vasilev, G., Kaneva, R., Moeller, F. G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Personality and

neurocognitive dimensions of impulsivity as candidate endophenotypes specific to heroin and

amphetamine dependence. 80th Annual Meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), San

Diego, CA.

 

133. Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Fogel, J., Vassileva, J., Bechara, A. (2018). Double dissociation of

HIV and SUD effects on tasks dependent on striatal integrity. 80th Annual Meeting of the College on

Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), San Diego, CA.

 

134. Ma, L., Steinberg, J., Bjork, J., Keyser-Marcus, L., Vassileva, J., Ferré, S. (2018). An effective

connectivity study of emotion processing in cannabis use disorder. 80th Annual Meeting of the College on

Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), San Diego, CA.

 

135. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2018). Personality

correlates of HIV risk behaviors among women with substance use disorders. NIDA International

Forum Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

 

136. * Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E.,Vasilev, G., Nedelchev, D., Vassileva, J. (2018). Relationship

between psychopathy, anxiety, and anxiety sensitivity in a sample of heroin and amphetamine users.

NIDA International Forum Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

 

137. *Milcheva, S., Long, E. C., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Gillespie,

N., Vassileva, J. (2018). Validation of the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale (SURPS) in the Bulgarian

Population. NIDA International Forum Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

 

138. *Romeu, R. J., Kvam, P. D., Busemeyer, J. R., Vassileva, J. (2018). Testing the connection

between two neurocognitive tasks via a latent impulsivity construct. 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for

Mathematical Psychology, Madison, WI.

 

139. *Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Associations

between psychopathy and anxiety among heroin and amphetamine dependent individuals. XVII

International Conference on Applied Psychology – Opportunities and Perspectives, Varna Free University.

‘Chernorizets Hrabar’, Varna, Bulgaria.

 

140. *Bozgunov, K., Psederska, E., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Bulgarian

adaptation and psychometric properties of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index. 4th Student Conference “Others

and Me: Perspectives on Communication”, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.

 

141. *Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Psychopathy and

impairments in emotional processing. Annual Conference of the Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology,

Bachinovo, Bulgaria.

 

142. * Nedelchev, D., Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Psychometric

characteristics of the Bulgarian version of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index. 48th Congress of the European

Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

143. * Psederska, E., Bozgunov, K., Nedelchev, D., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Relationship

between alexithymia and aggression in substance dependent individuals. 48th Congress of the European

Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

144. Vassileva, J., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K. (2018). Neurocognitive and personality aspects of

substance use disorders (Symposium presentation). 48th Congress of the European Association for Behavioural

and Cognitive Therapies, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

145. Kvam, P. D., Romeu, R., Turner, B. M., Vassileva, J., Busemeyer, J. R. (2018). Connecting

behavior across tasks using joint cognitive models: Impulsivity in delay discounting and Cambridge

gambling tasks. 59th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans, LA.

*Lead author is Dr. Vassileva’s trainee and/or Dr. Vassileva is senior author

 

ABSTRACTS / CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

1. Neurocognitive sequelae of heroin use and antisocial behavior. (2004). Brain Disorders in the

Developing World Meeting, Fogarty International Center (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

 

2. Is working memory working in adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Evidence from

neuroimaging. (2004). Behavioral Neurosciences Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

 

3. Neurocognition in adults with ADHD: Evidence from neuropsychology and neuroimaging. (2004).

Functional Neuroimaging Seminar, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL.

 

4. Neuropsychology of adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (2004). Grand Rounds, Madden

Mental Health Center, Hines, IL.

 

5. Addiction and antisociality: a neuropsychological perspective. (2004). Behavioral Neurosciences

Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

 

6. Global Health Research Initiatives. (2004). International Center on Responses to Catastrophes, University

of Illinois at Chicago.

 

7. Drug abuse and addiction. (2005). Mental Health on Campus: Early Identification and Effective Interventions.

Columbia College, Chicago, IL.

 

8. Residual effects of substance use on human cognition. (2005). Department

of Cognitive Science,New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

9. Neuropsychology of drug addiction. (2006). Grand Rounds, Tinley Park Mental Health Center, Tinley

Park, IL.

 

10. Neuropsychology of drug addiction. (2007). Grand Rounds, Chicago Read Mental Health Center,

Chicago, IL.

11. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2008). Brain Disorders in the Developing World

Meeting, Fogarty International Center (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

 

12. Neurocognitive impulsivity and drug addiction. (2009). Grand Rounds, Madden Mental Health

Center, Hines, IL.

 

13. Neurocognitive impulsivity and HIV risk behaviors in Bulgarian heroin and stimulant users. (2009).

3rd Meeting on HIV Infection and the Central Nervous System, Stresa, Italy.

 

14. Impulsivity and drug addiction. (2010). Grand Rounds, Elgin Mental Health Center, Elgin, IL.

 

15. Todorov, A. & Vassileva, J. (2011). Impulsivity, ADHD, and alcohol/substance misuse. Center for

Conceptual Genetics and Prevention Science, 2nd Annual Symposium: Unraveling Genetic Influence on Substance

Misuse: The Intermediate Phenotype Approach, Athens, GA.

 

16. Addiction as a brain disease: Insights from neuroscience. (2011). Keynote Address, 6th National Congress of

the Bulgarian Psychological Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

17. Vassileva, J., Vasilev, G., Bozgunov, K., Naslednikova, R., Raynov, I. (2011). The role of

impulsivity in drug addiction and comorbid disorders. Symposium presented at the 6th National Congress

of the Bulgarian Psychological Society, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

18. Naslednikova, R. & Vassileva, J. (2012). Neurocognitive impulsivity in addictive disorders.

Department of Cognitive Science and Psychology, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

19. Neurocognitive functioning in opiate and stimulant users. (2012). Brain Disorders in the Developing

World Meeting at the Fogarty International Center (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

 

20. The role of impulsivity in addictive disorders. (2013). Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL.

 

21. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2013). Department of Psychiatry and

Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.

 

22. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2013). Department of Psychology,

University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

23. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2013). Grand Rounds, Department of

Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago.

24. Impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2013). Grand Rounds, Elgin Mental Health Center, Elgin, IL.

 

25. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2014). Frontiers in Neuroscience for Global Health:

10th NIH Brain Disorders in the Developing World Symposium, Bethesda, MD.

 

26. Impulsivities and addictions: from phenotypes to interventions. (2015). Spit for Science Brown Bag

Lunch Series, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

 

27. Impulsivities and Addictions. (2015). Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital St-Marina, Varna,

Bulgaria.

 

28. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2015). Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry,

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

 

29. Impulsivity: Novel Target for Substance Use Prevention Interventions with College Students.

(2016). The Virginia College Alcohol Leadership Council (VACALC) Conference. Richmond, VA.

 

30. Differences in impulsivity between opiate and stimulant users. (2016). Spit for Science: Conducting and

Understanding Research, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA.

 

31. Utility of machine learning approaches to identify substance-specific behavioral markers for opiate

and stimulant dependence. (2016). Fogarty International Center Global Brain Disorders meeting, National

Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD.

 

32. Impulsivities and addictions: Similarities and differences between opiates and stimulants. (2016). The

University of Sheffield International Faculty, City College, Department of Psychology, Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

33. Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and stimulant users. (2016). Department of Cognitive Science and

Psychology, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

34. Impulsivity: Novel behavioral target for prevention and intervention. (2017). From Research to Recovery

Town Hall, College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

35. Differences in impulsivity between opiate and stimulant dependent individuals. (2017). Department of

Psychology, University of Veliko Turnovo “St Cyril and Methodius”, Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.

 

36. Chair of session “Computational methods for understanding impulsivity and decision making in

addiction and across the lifespan”. (2017). 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Research on

Impulsivity, San Diego, CA.

 

37. Bozgunov, K., Vasilev, G., Vassileva, J. (2018). Psychological characteristics of stimulant users in

comparison with opioid users – Results from project “Varieties of impulsivity in opiate and

stimulant users”. Expert Meeting on Problems in Treatment and Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Stimulants and

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Addictions. National Center for Addictions, Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

38. International Research Collaborations in Addiction Neuroscience. (2018). Polish-Virginia Business

Innovation Summit, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

 

39. Impulsivity: novel behavioral target for prevention and intervention. (2018). Partners in Parenting

Roadmap Series, Richmond, VA

 

2011 “Brain Drain: Heroin Use in Bulgaria” NIH Fogarty International Center Newsletter

Global Health Matters http://www.fic.nih.gov/News/Examples/Pages/heroinbulgaria.aspx

2016 Guest on “Provokativno” TV talk show on Bulgarian national television “Bulgaria ON

AIR” (aired on June 26th, 2016)

2016 “VCU hosts public seminar on evidence-based addiction prevention strategies”, VCU

News (December 2, 2016)

https://news.vcu.edu/article/VCU_hosts_public_seminar_on_evidencebased_addiction_

prevention

2017 “Can Addiction Be Prevented?” Richmond Family Magazine (Jan, 7, 2017)

http://richmondfamilymagazine.com/article/can-addiction-prevented/

 

INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

PRESS AND MEDIA

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Psychological Association

• Bulgarian Psychological Association

• College on Problems of Drug Dependence

• European College on Neuropsychopharmacology

• International Society for Research on Impulsivity

• Society of Biological Psychiatry

• Society for Neuroscience

• Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy

 

 

 

• English – write, read and speak fluently

• Bulgarian – write, read and speak fluently (native language)

• French – write, read and speak non-fluently

• Russian – write, read and speak non-fluently

 

 

 

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