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Dr. Evgeny Vaschillo

Associate Research Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences

Office: SMH 142

Email: evaschil@smithers.rutgers.edu

Phone: 848-445-9342

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Education


Evgeny Vaschillo, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Services and Associate Research Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Arts and Sciences. His diverse experience includes development of research methods to analyze the abilities of spaceship and submarine crews and methods of psychophysiological support for new submarine simulators; creation of Resonance Frequency HRV Biofeedback method and its clinical applications for treating patients with heart rate irregularities, asthma, and fibromyalgia; development of psychophysiological methods to analyze the physical and psychophysiological condition of athletes. He also worked at the NASA Regional Applications Center at Florida International University and at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he investigated Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and baroreflex applying HRV biofeedback.

Current Research

  • Vascular tone baroreflex as a target for alcohol use intervention: investigating the vascular tone baroreflex as a physiological mechanism that links the vascular actions of alcohol to adaptive behavior change and as a putative target for developing non-invasive, non-pharmacological tools to intervene in maladaptive alcohol use behaviors.
  • Validating HRV as an objective clinical measure of TBI symptom severity and recovery to inform physicians’ return-to-play decisions: measuring heart-brain signaling following a sports-related TBI to improve predictions of symptom recovery and add neurocardiac evidence to support clinical return-to-play decisions.
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and psychophysiological assessment as tools to understand integrated brain-body feedback systems.
  • Validating baroreflex-based intervention in addition to usual alcohol behavior treatment as a biobehavioral change mechanism.


2015-2020 Co-Investigator, Project IMPACT: In-the-Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers (NIH/NIAAA)
2013-2016 Co-Investigator, Developing a comprehensive clinical profile of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in concussed athletes using advanced statistical approaches
2014-2016 Co-Investigator, fMRI and Integrated Neurocardiac Control of Alcohol Cue Reactivity. National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
2012-2015 Co-Investigator, Examining the vascular tone baroreflex as a target for alcohol use intervention
2011-2014 Co-Investigator, 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.

Lagos, L., Thompson, J., & Vaschillo, E. A Preliminary Study: Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback for Treatment of Postconcussion Syndrome. Biofeedback. 2013. 41(3): 136-143.

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.

Lehrer, P.M. & Vaschillo, E.G. The Future of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback. Biofeedback. 2008, May. 36(1):11-14.

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.

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.

Udo, T., Mun, E-Y., Buckman, J.F., 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., Vaschillo, E.G., Vaschillo, B., Udo, T., Mun, E-Y., 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.

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.

Mun, E.Y., Bates, M.E., Vaschillo, E. Closing the Gap Between Person-oriented Theory and Methods. Development and Psychopathology. 2010. 22(2): 261-271.

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. 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. 84(1): 157-160.

Ray, S., Marsha E. Bates, M.E., Mun, E.Y., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., and Udo, T. Explicit and Implicit Emotional Memory: Relations to Real-Time Heart Rate Variability During Learning and Acute Alcohol Challenge. Paper submitted to Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (in review).

Lehrer, P., Vaschillo, E., Trost, Z., & France, Ch. Effects of Rhythmical Muscle Tension at 0.1 Hz on Cardiovascular Resonance and the Baroreflex. Biological Psychology. 2009. 81: 24-36.

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.

Mun, E.Y., von Eye, A., Bates, M.E., & Vaschillo, E.G. Finding groups using model-based cluster analysis: Heterogeneous emotional self-regulatory processes and heavy alcohol use risk. Developmental Psychology. 2008, Mar; 44(2): 481-495.

Karavidas, M.K., Lehrer, P.M., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Marin, H., Buyske, S., Radvanski, D., Hasset, A. Preliminary Results of an Open Label Study of Heart Rate Variability for the Treatment of Major Depression. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2007. 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 fibromyalgia syndrome. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2007. 32(1):1-10.

Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., & Lehrer, P. Characteristics of resonance in heart rate variability stimulated by biofeedback. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. 2006. 31(2):129-142.

Lehrer, P., Vaschillo, E., Lu, SE., Eckberg, D., Vaschillo, B., Scardella, A., & Habib, R. Heart rate variability biofeedback: effects of age on heart rate variability, baroreflex gain, and asthma. Chest. 2006, Feb. 129(2):278-84.

Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., & Lehrer, P. Heartbeat synchronizes with respiratory rhythm only under specific circumstances. Chest. 2004, Oct. 126(4):1385-6.

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


 1985 PhD, Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Medicine, Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR, Leningrad, Human and Animal Physiology
1968 MS, Leningrad University for Aviation Device Building (Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation), Design of Medical Equipment for Space Research