Bronya Vaschillo

Research Associate
Office: 
SMH 142
Phone: 
848-445-3643

About

Bronya Vaschillo, M.D. is a Research Associate in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol Studies. She earned her Medical Degree in Saint Petersburg Medical University, Russia, and joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in 2004 to participate in the integrated cognitive psychology and neuroscience research aimed at understanding alcohol and other drug effects. She also worked for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as a Research Associate on developing biofeedback methods. She was in charge of data collection, analysis, and statistical processing for the Ministry of Health of Russia, and developing methodological guidelines for medical doctors.

Current Research

Bronya Vaschillo, M.D. is a Research Associate in the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol Studies. She earned her Medical Degree in Saint Petersburg Medical University, Russia, and joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in 2004 to participate in the integrated cognitive psychology and neuroscience research aimed at understanding alcohol and other drug effects. She also worked for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as a Research Associate on developing biofeedback methods. She was in charge of data collection, analysis, and statistical processing for the Ministry of Health of Russia, and developing methodological guidelines for medical doctors.

Grants

R01 AA023667 Co-Investigator 02/2015 – 02/2020
Project IMPACT: In-the-Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers (NIH/NIAAA)
CBIR13IRG028 Co-Investigator 06/2013 – 05/2016
Developing a comprehensive clinical profile of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in concussed athletes using advanced statistical approaches
R21 AA022748 Co-Investigator 02/2014 – 01/2016
fMRI and Integrated Neurocardiac Control of Alcohol Cue Reactivity. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
R21 AA020367 Co-Investigator 02/2012 – 02/2015
Examining the vascular tone baroreflex as a target for alcohol use intervention
R03 DA031060 Co-Investigator 07/2011 – 06/2014 (NCE)
Marijuana Cues, Arousal and the Central Autonomic Network, NIH, National Institutes of Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Selected Publications

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Nguyen-Louie, T., Heiss, S., Pandina, R.J., and Bates, M.E. The effects of sighing on the cardiovascular system. Biological Psychology. 2015. March; 106: 86-95.

Buckman, J.F., Eddie, D., Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Garcia, A., and Bates, M.E. Immediate and Complex Cardiovascular Adaptation to an Acute Alcohol Dose. ACER (Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research). 2015. In revision.

Eddie, D., Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., & Lehrer, P. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: Theoretical Basis, Delivery, and its Potential for the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. Addiction Research and Theory. 2015. In press.

Lehrer, P., Vaschillo, B., Zucker, T., Graves, J., Katsamanis, M., Aviles, M., & Wamboldt, F. Protocol for Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback Training. Biofeedback. 2013. 41(3): 98-109.

Lagos, L., Bottiglieri, T., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Postconcussion Syndrome: Implications for Treatment. Biofeedback. 2012. 40(4): 150-153.

Vaschillo, E.G, Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Pandina, R.J. & Bates, M.E. The Investigation and Clinical Significance of Resonance in the Heart Rate and Vascular Tone Baroreflexes. Book Chapter. In: A. Fred, J. Filipe, H. Gamboa (Eds). Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies. Communications in Computer and Information Science. Heidelberg, Germany. 2011. Volume 127, Part 4, 224-237.

Lagos, L., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Bates, M., & Pandina, R. Virtual Reality-Assisted Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback as a Strategy to Improve Golf Performance: A Case Study. Biofeedback. 2011. 39(1): 15-20. 

Lagos, L., Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Bates, M.E., & Pandina,  R. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback as a Strategy for Dealing with Competitive Anxiety: A Case Study. Biofeedback. 2008. 36(3):109-115.

Fonoberova, M., Mezic, I., Buckman, J.F., Fonoberov, V.A., Mezic, A., Vaschillo, E.G., Mun, E-Y., Vaschillo, B., and Bates M.E. A Computational Physiology Approach to Personalized Treatment Models: The Beneficial Effects of Slow Breathing on the Human Cardiovascular System. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2014, October; 307(7): 1073-1091.

Udo, T., Buckman, J. F., Mun, E-Y., Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., and Bates, M.E. Potential Side Effects of Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices and Health Risks on Basal and Reactive Heart Rate Variability in College Drinkers. JSAD (Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs). 2013, September; 74(5): 787-796.

Lehrer, P., Buckman, J.F., Mun, E-Y., Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Udo, T., Nguyen, T., Bates, M.E. Negative Mood and Alcohol Problems are Related to Respiratory Dynamics in Young Adults. AAPB (Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback). 2013, Aug; 38(4): 273-283.

Eddie, D., Buckman, J. F., Mun, E-Y., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E.G., Udo, T., Lehrer, P., and Bates, M.E. Different Associations of Alcohol Cue Reactivity with Negative Alcohol Expectancies in Mandated and Inpatient Samples of Young Adults. Addictive Behaviors. 2013, April; 38(4): 2040-2043.

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Pandina, R.J., and Bates, M.E. Measurement of Vascular Tone and Stroke Volume Baroreflex Gain. Psychophysiology. 2012, Feb; 49(2):193-197.

Bates, M.E., Buckman, J.F., Vaschillo, E.G., Fonoberov, V.A., Fonoberova, M., Vaschillo, B., Mun, E.Y., Mezic, A., Mezic, I. The redistribution of: neurocardiac signaling, alcohol and gender. PLoS ONE (Public Library of Science journal). 2011, Dec; 6(12): e28281.

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Pandina, R.J., and Bates, M.E. Resonances in the Cardiovascular System Caused by Rhythmical Muscle Tension. Psychophysiology. 2011, July; 48(7): 927-936.

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J.F., Bates, M.E., and Pandina, R. J. Resonances in the Cardiovascular System - Investigation and Clinical Applications. BIOSIGNALSINSTICC Press. 2010, Jan; 21-28.

Lehrer, P., Karavidas, M., Lu, S.E., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., and Cheng, A. Cardiac Data Increase Association Between Self-Report and Both Expert Ratings of Task Load and Task Performance in Flight Simulator Tasks: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 2010, May; 76(2): 80-87.

Karavidas, M.K., Lehrer, P.M., Lu, S.E., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., and Cheng, A. The Effects of Workload on Respiratory Variables in Simulated Flight: A Preliminary Study. Biological Psychology. 2010, Apr; 84(1): 157-160.

Vaschillo, E.G. and Vaschillo, B. Transfer Function of the Heart Rate Control System with Respiratory Input - The Classical Engineering Approach. BIOSIGNALSINSTICC Press. 2009, Jan; 233-238.

Udo, T., Bates, M.E., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Mun, E.Y., and Ray, S. Gender Differences in Acute Alcohol Effects on Self-Regulation of Arousal in Response to Emotional and Alcohol-Related Picture Cues. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2009. 23(2): 196-204.

Vaschillo, E.G., Bates, M.E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Udo, T., Mun, E.Y., & Ray, S. Heart Rate Variability Response to Alcohol, Placebo, and Emotional Picture Cue Challenges: Effects of 0.1 Hz Stimulation. Psychophysiology. 2008, Sep; 45(5): 847-858.

Karavidas, M., Lehrer, P.M., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Marin, H., Buyske, S., Malinovsky, I., Radvanski, D., Hasset, A. Preliminary Results of an Open Label Study of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for the Treatment of Major Depression. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2007, Mar; 32(1): 19-30.

Hassett, A.L., Radvanski, D.C., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Sigal, L., Karavidas, M., Buyske, S., & Lehrer, P.M. A Pilot Study of the Efficacy of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback in Patients with Fibromylgia Syndrome. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2007, Mar; 32(1): 1-10.

Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P.M. Characteristics of Resonance in Heart Rate Variability Stimulated by Biofeedback. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2006, Jun; 31(2): 129-142.

Lehrer, P., Vaschillo, E., Lu, S.E., Eckberg, D., Vaschillo, B., Scardella, A., and Habib, R. Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback: Effects of Age on Heart Rate Variability, Baroreflex Gain, and Asthma. Chest. 2006, Feb; 129(2): 278-284.

Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., and Lehrer, P. Heartbeat Synchronizes with Respiratory Rhythm Only Under Specific Circumstances. Chest. 2004, Oct; 126(4): 1385-1386.

Lehrer, P.M., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lu, S.E., Scardella, A., Siddique, M., and Habib, R.H. Biofeedback Treatment for Asthma. Chest. 2004, Aug; 126(2): 352-361.

Education

MD, Saint Petersburg Medical University, Russia, Prevention of Occupational Diseases