About Francesco Versace
Dr. Francesco Versace is an experimental psychologist. As a Ph.D. student, he worked on cognitive psychophysiology and methodology of scientific research. As a post-doctoral research associate at the NIMH Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention at the University of Florida, Dr. Versace refined his expertise in affective neuroscience conducting experiments investigating the physiological correlates of emotional imagery and memory, using both dense sensor array EEG and functional MRI.
His current line of research at the U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center focuses on the psychophysiology and psychopharmacology of nicotine addiction. In particular, he is working on experiments aimed at studying, by means of dense sensor array event related potentials (ERPs) and functional MRI, the relationships between cognitive and emotional processes and the maintenance of smoking behavior, cessation, and relapse.
Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
|2003||University of Trieste, Trieste, ITA, PHD, Experimental Psychology|
|1997||University of Bologna, Bologna, ITA, Laurea, Psychology|
Associate Professor, Department of Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Division of Basic Science Research, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center and Stephenson Cancer Center, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016 - 2017
Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2011 - 2015
Instructor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2007 - 2011
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2006 - 2007
- Cinciripini PM, Green CE, Robinson JD, Karam-Hage M, Engelmann JM, Minnix JA, Wetter DW, Versace F. Benefits of varenicline vs. bupropion for smoking cessation: a Bayesian analysis of the interaction of reward sensitivity and treatment. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 234(11):1769-1779, 2017. e-Pub 2017. PMID: 28275830.
- Versace F, Engelmann JM, Deweese MM, Robinson JD, Green CE, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage MA, Wetter DW, Schembre SM, Cinciripini PM. Beyond Cue Reactivity: Non-Drug-Related Motivationally Relevant Stimuli Are Necessary to Understand Reactivity to Drug-Related Cues. Nicotine Tob Res 19(6):663-669, 2017. PMID: 28486715.
- Robinson JD, Versace F, Engelmann JM, Cui Y, Gilbert DG, Waters AJ, Gritz ER, Cinciripini PM. Attentional bias to smoking and other motivationally relevant cues is affected by nicotine exposure and dose expectancy. J Psychopharmacol 30(7):627-40, 2016. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27097731.
- Engelmann JM, Versace F, Gewirtz JC, Cinciripini PM. Individual differences in brain responses to cigarette-related cues and pleasant stimuli in young smokers. Drug Alcohol Depend 163:229-35, 2016. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27141838.
- Versace F, Kypriotakis G, Basen-Engquist K, Schembre SM. Heterogeneity in brain reactivity to pleasant and food cues: evidence of sign-tracking in humans. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci 11(4):604-11, 2016. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26609106.
- Deweese MM, Robinson JD, Cinciripini PM, Versace F. Conditioned cortical reactivity to cues predicting cigarette-related or pleasant images. Int J Psychophysiol 101:59-68, 2016. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 26826400.
- Miccoli L, Delgado R, Guerra P, Versace F, Rodríguez-Ruiz S, Fernández-Santaella MC. Affective Pictures and the Open Library of Affective Foods (OLAF): Tools to Investigate Emotions toward Food in Adults. PLoS One 11(8):e0158991, 2016. e-Pub 2016. PMID: 27513636.
- Meyer MJ, Coull BA, Versace F, Cinciripini P, Morris JS. Bayesian function-on-function regression for multilevel functional data. Biometrics 71(3):563-74, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 25787146.
- Deweese MM, Claiborne KN, Ng J, Dirba DD, Stewart HL, Schembre SM, Versace F. Dispensing apparatus for use in a cued food delivery task. MethodsX 2:446-57, 2015. e-Pub 2015. PMID: 26870667.
- Cui Y, Versace F, Engelmann JM, Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Karam-Hage M, Brown VL, Wetter DW, Dani JA, Kosten TR, Cinciripini PM. Alpha oscillations in response to affective and cigarette-related stimuli in smokers. Nicotine Tobacco Research 15(5):917-24, 2013. e-Pub 2012. PMID: 23060019.
- Cinciripini PM, Robinson JD, Karam-Hage M, Minnix JA, Lam C, Versace F, Brown VL, Engelmann JM, Wetter DW. Effects of varenicline and bupropion sustained-release use plus intensive smoking cessation counseling on prolonged abstinence from smoking and on depression, negative affect, and other symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. JAMA Psychiatry 70(5):522-533, 2013. PMID: 23536105.
- Versace F, Lam CY, Engelmann JM, Robinson JD, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Beyond cue reactivity: Blunted brain responses to pleasant stimuli predict long-term smoking abstinence. Addiction Biology 17(6):991-1000, 2012. e-Pub 2011. PMID: 21967530.
- Cui Y, Robinson JD, Versace F, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Karam-Hage M, Dani JA, Kosten TR, Wetter DW, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Differential cigarette-related startle cue reactivity among light, moderate, and heavy smokers. Addictive Behaviors 37(8):885-9, 2012. e-Pub 2012. PMID: 22571920.
- Lam CY, Robinson JD, Versace F, Minnix JA, Cui Y, Carter BL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Affective reactivity during smoking cessation of never-quitters as compared with that of abstainers, relapsers, and continuing smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 20(2):139-50, 2012. e-Pub 2011. PMID: 22039752.
- Engelmann JM, Versace F, Robinson JD, Minnix JA, Lam CY, Cui Y, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Neural substrates of smoking cue reactivity: A meta-analysis of fMRI studies. NeuroImage 60(1):252-262, 2012. e-Pub 2011. PMID: 22206965.
- Versace F, Engelmann JM, Jackson EF, Costa VD, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Minnix JA, Brown VL, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. Do brain responses to emotional images and cigarette cues differ? An fMRI study in smokers. The European Journal of Neuroscience 34(12):2054-63, 2011. e-Pub 2011. PMID: 22097928.
- Versace F, Minnix JA, Robinson JD, Lam CY, Brown VL, Cinciripini PM. Brain reactivity to emotional, neutral, and cigarette-related stimuli in smokers. Addiction Biology 16(2):296-307, 2011. e-Pub 2010. PMID: 21182573.
- Lang PJ, Wangelin BC, Bradley MM, Versace F, Davenport PW, Costa VD. Threat of suffocation and defensive reflex activation. Psychophysiology 48(3):393-6, 2011. e-Pub 2010. PMID: 20667037.
- Robinson JD, Lam CY, Carter BL, Minnix JA, Cui Y, Versace F, Wetter DW, Cinciripini PM. A multimodal approach to assessing the impact of nicotine dependence, nicotine abstinence, and craving on negative affect in smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 19(1):40-52, 2011. PMID: 21341922.
- Meyer MJ, Coull BA, Versace F, Cinciripini PM, Morris JS. Bayesian Function-on-Function Regression for Multilevel Functional Data. Biometrics. Biometrics.
|Title:||Cortical reactivity to pleasant and cigarette cues: a conditioning paradigm|
|Funding Source:||Pfizer GRAND 2011, The Global Research Awards for Nicotine Dependence|
|Title:||Obesity and brain reward sensitivity: an ERP study|
|Funding Source:||MD Anderson IRG|
|Title:||Identifying topiramate's therapeutic mechanisms through motivational salience|
|Title:||Neurobiological substrates of imminent smoking: A missing link in cue reactivity|
|Title:||Neurobehavioral assessment of reward sensitivity in young smokers|
|Title:||Intrinsic Reward Sensitivity & Smoking Cessation with Varenicline or Patch NRT|
|Funding Source:||Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)|
|Title:||Bayesian Method for fMRI: modeling heterogeneity in Brain dysfunctions|