Доц. Жасмин Василева

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois– Chicago

Dr. Vassileva is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and a faculty member of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining VCU in 2014, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Illinois– Chicago. Dr. Vassileva obtained her Ph.D.degree in ClinicalPsychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago, where she specialized in Neuropsychology. Her program of research focuses on personality and neurocognitive risk factors and sequelae of chronic drug use and externalizing psychopathology.

Over the past 10 years, her research has focused on investigating the role of various dimensions of impulsivity in addiction, which she explores from different levels of analysis and incorporates neurocognitive, personality, psychiatric, genetic, computational, and machine learning approaches in her studies.

Overall, her research aims to determine the utility of different dimensions of impulsivity (either individually or in combination) as candidate endophenotype(s) for drug addiction in general and for opiate and stimulant addictions in particular. A central theme of her research is exploring similarities and differences among different types of addictions based on drug class (heroin mono-dependence, amphetamine mono-dependence, polysubstance dependence, cocaine dependence, cannabis dependence) and on comorbid psychiatric (psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) and physical (eg. HIV, Hepatitis C) conditions.

Findings from her studies have begun to challenge the unitary account of drug addiction by showing that there are important neurobiological differences between different subtypes of addictions. Her studies have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2003 and often involve international collaborations with scientists in Europe, Canada, Australia, and USA.