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Brian Iacoviello

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Psychiatry
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Education

  • B.A., Johns Hopkins University
    Psychology

  • M.A., Temple University
    Psychology

  • Ph.D., Temple University
    Clinical Psychology

  • Internship, Clinical Psychology
    Bellevue Hospital

  • Fellowship, Clinical Psychology
    Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Biography

    Dr. Iacoviello's research focuses on the patterns of thinking and behavior that underlie depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders such as PTSD, social anxiety and OCD.  Specifically, he is interested in understanding the role of cognitive biases, or maladaptive thinking patterns, that result in depression and anxiety.  These include biased attention patterns and negative cognitive styles that lead people to "focus on the negative."  He is interested in understanding how these cognitive biases develop (typically in response to traumatic or stressful life events), how they lead to depression and anxiety, and how they can be targeted and changed with psychological treatments. 

    Dr. Iacoviello's clinical focus is on the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-enhancing techniques, including ACT and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).  He works with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of difficulties including depression, PTSD, OCD, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, relationship difficulties, overwhelming stress, chronic pain, overcoming difficulties with interpersonal relationships, anger management and impulse control.  His approach to psychotherapy focuses on understanding the difficulties the patient faces as well as identifying patients' strengths to overcome them, reducing the pain and distress patients currently experience and developing skills and behaviors to avoid problems in the future.  Psychotherapy with Dr. Iacoviello typically involves a combination of exploring the past influences on your thinking and behavior, understanding how these patterns help and hinder you right now, and using cognitive, behavioral and mindfulness techniques to help you make the changes that you want for your life.     

Awards

  • 2013 -
    Travel Fellowship
    Winter Conference on Brain Research

  • 2013 - 2018
    K23 Career Development Research Grant
    National Institute of Health / National Institute of Mental Health

  • 2013 - 2015
    Young Investigator Grant
    NARSAD- Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

  • 2012 -
    Career Development Award
    Anxiety and Depression Association of America

  • 2008 -
    Graduate Fund for Excellence Award
    Temple University

  • 2006 -
    Student Researcher Award
    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Research

Depression
Anxiety
Cognition
Stress
Resilience
Cognitive biases
Brain training
Treatment research

Publications

Murrough JW, Iacoviello B, Neumeister A, Charney DS, Iosifescu DV. Cognitive dysfunction in depression: Neurocircuitry and new therapeutic strategies. Neurobiology of learning and memory 2011 Jun;.

Iacoviello BM, Alloy LB, Abramson LY, Choi JY. The early course of depression: a longitudinal investigation of prodromal symptoms and their relation to the symptomatic course of depressive episodes. Journal of abnormal psychology 2010 Aug; 119(3).

Iacoviello BM, McCarthy KS, Barrett MS, Rynn M, Gallop R, Barber JP. Treatment preferences affect the therapeutic alliance: implications for randomized controlled trials. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology 2007 Feb; 75(1).

Iacoviello BM, Grant DA, Alloy LB, Abramson LY. Cognitive Personality Characteristics Impact the Course of Depression: A Prospective Test of Sociotropy, Autonomy and Domain-Specific Life Events. Cognitive therapy and research 2009; 33(2).

Liu RT, Alloy LB, Abramson LY, Iacoviello BM, Whitehouse WG. Emotional maltreatment and depression: prospective prediction of depressive episodes. Depression and anxiety 2009; 26(2).

Iacoviello BM, Alloy LB, Abramson LY, Whitehouse WG, Hogan ME. The course of depression in individuals at high and low cognitive risk for depression: a prospective study. Journal of affective disorders 2006 Jul; 93(1-3).

Iacoviello BM, Alloy LB, Abramson LY, Whitehouse WG, Hogan ME. The role of cluster B and C personality disturbance in the course of depression: a prospective study. Journal of personality disorders 2007 Aug; 21(4).

Alloy LB, Abramson LY, Walshaw PD, Cogswell A, Grandin LD, Hughes ME, Iacoviello BM, Whitehouse WG, Urosevic S, Nusslock R, Hogan ME. Behavioral Approach System and Behavioral Inhibition System sensitivities and bipolar spectrum disorders: prospective prediction of bipolar mood episodes. Bipolar disorders 2008 Mar; 10(2).

Shen GH, Sylvia LG, Alloy LB, Barrett F, Kohner M, Iacoviello B, Mills A. Lifestyle regularity and cyclothymic symptomatology. Journal of clinical psychology 2008 Apr; 64(4).

Alloy LB, Abramson LY, Walshaw PD, Cogswell A, Smith JM, Neeren AM, Hughes M, Iacoviello BM, Gerstein RK, Keyser J, Urosevic S, Nusslock R. ehavioral Approach System (BAS) sensitivity and bipolar spectrum disorders: A retrospective and concurrent behavioral high-risk design.. Motivation and Emotion 2006; 30: 143-155.

Nierenberg AA, Papakostas GI, Petersen T, Kelly KE, Iacoviello BM, Worthington JJ, Tedlow J, Alpert JE, Fava M. Nortriptyline for treatment-resistant depression. The Journal of clinical psychiatry 2003 Jan; 64(1).

Petersen T, Papakostas GI, Bottonari K, Iacoviello B, Alpert JE, Fava M, Nierenberg AA. NEO-FFI factor scores as predictors of clinical response to fluoxetine in depressed outpatients. Psychiatry research 2002 Jan; 109(1).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Iacoviello did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013 and/or 2014: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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