Keanan Joyner

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Keanan Joyner

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, In Progress
M.S., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University, 2018
B.A., Psychology, University of Memphis, 2015

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

The focus of my work is on the interplay of inhibitory control deficits (disinhibition) and reward-related processing implicated in substance abuse and addiction specifically, and psychopathology more broadly. To study these transdiagnostic processes, I have an interest in using a variety of methodologies, including interview, self-report, behavioral performance, event-related potentials (ERPs), and structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Additionally, I am interested in the application of advanced quantitative methods facilitating the study of substance abuse. My most recent work shows an interactive effect of neural reward sensitivity to natural rewards and disinhibition predicting severity of substance use disorder symptomatology among community and college adults (blunted natural reward sensitivity x heightened disinhibition -> most severe symptomatology). One important implication of this work is that it provides a method for predicting an individual’s proneness to drug abuse based on how their brain responds to non-drug rewards. My main goal is to understand addiction through a lens that joins research on basic neurobehavioral dispositions with behavioral economic concepts of substance-free reward to decrease the burden of addiction on society.

Selected Publications

Joyner, K. J., Bowyer, C.B., Yancey, J. R., Venables, N.C., Foell, J., Hajcak, G., Worthy, D., Bartholow, B., Patrick, C. J. (in press). Blunted reward sensitivity and trait disinhibition interact to predict substance use problems. Clinical Psychological Science.

Bowyer, C. B., Joyner, K.J., Yancey, J.R., Venables, N.C., Hajcak, G., & Patrick, C.J. (in press). Toward a neurobehavioral trait conceptualization of depression proneness. Psychophysiology.

Joyner, K.J., Acuff, S.A., Meshesha, L.Z., Patrick, C.J., & Murphy, J.G. (2018). Family history of problematic alcohol use moderates the association between substance-free reinforcement and alcohol-related problems. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26(6), 560-569.

Acuff, S.A., Luciano, M.T., Soltis, K.E., Joyner, K.J., McDevitt-Murphy, M., Murphy, J.G. (2018). Access to environmental reward mediates the association between posttraumatic stress and alcohol-related problems and craving. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 26(2), 177-185.

Joyner, K.J., Pickover, A. M., Soltis, K. E., Dennhardt, A. A., Martens, M. P., & Murphy, J. G. (2016). Deficits in Access to Reward Are Associated with College Student Alcohol Use Disorder. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(12), 2685-2691.