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Edelyn  Verona

Edelyn Verona

Edelyn Verona
Professor and Director of Clinical Training


Office: PCD 4126
Phone: 813/974-0392



Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), 2001, Florida State University (FSU)


Research interests:

  • psychopathy, substance use, antisocial behavior, personality disorders, emotion and psychopathology, psychophysiology

Research synopsis:
Dr. Verona's research considers biological (e.g., genes, neurophysiology) and psychosocial factors (e.g., stress, early adversity) involved in the development and maintenance of externalizing and aggressive behaviors, substance use, personality disorders, as well as different facets of psychopathic personality. This work also involves behavioral and psychophysiological research (e.g., EEG, ERP, startle) conducted in the lab that helps uncover affective and/or cognitive mechanisms in aggressive behavior, externalizing syndromes, and psychopathy. Dr. Verona has focused on using affective science approaches to advance understanding of antisocial behavior and aggression and to identify subgroups of offenders. An especially novel feature of this work involves investigating the spectrum of emotional experience and expression at its two extremes in this population: 1) the classic psychopath, in whom emotional reactivity is believed to be blunted or deficient; and 2) highly antisocial individuals who may be at particular risk for affective violence and impulsive suicide. Recent work has dealt with gender differences in the development and manifestations of these syndromes and overlaps with other forms of psychopathology (e.g., suicide risk, Borderline Personality Disorder).

Specialty Area


Recent Publications

Verona, E. & *Bozzay, M.L. (in press). Aggression and Violence: Clinical Relevance, Biobehavioral Insights, and Policy Implications. Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

*Edwards, B., **Albertson, E., & Verona, E. (in press). Dark and vulnerable personality trait correlates of dimensions of criminal behavior among adult offenders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

*Hefner, K.R., Verona, E., & Curtin, J. (2016). Emotion regulation during threat: Parsing the time course and consequences of safety signal processing. Psychophysiology, 53, 1193-1202.

Verona, E., *Murphy, B., & *Javdani, S. (2016). Gendered pathways: violent childhood maltreatment, sex exchange, and drug use. Psychology of Violence, 6, 124-134.

Verona, E., & *Bresin, K. (2015). Aggression proneness: transdiagnostic processes involving negative valence and cognitive systems. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 98, 321-329.

*Bresin, K., *Finy, M.S., *Sprague, J., & Verona, E. (2014). Response Monitoring and Adjustment: Differential Relations with Psychopathic Traits. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 634-639.

*Finy, M. S., *Bresin, K., Korol, D. L., & Verona, E. (2014). Impulsivity, risk taking, and cortisol reactivity as a function of psychosocial stress and personality in adolescents. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1093- 1111.