Marina A. Bornovalova

Marina A. Bornovalova

Marina A. Bornovalova
Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4150
Phone: N/A



Postdoctoral Training: NIMH T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adult Psychopathology 2008-2010; University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 2008
University of Maryland, College Park, MA in Clinical Psychology, 2005
University of Illinois at Chicago, BA in Applied Psychology, 2002


I have two interconnected lines of research. First, I study mechanisms underlying addictions and externalizing behavior (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, sexual risk behavior). Second, I investigate the trajectory, course, and mechanisms (genetic and environmental) on borderline personality disorder and its comorbidity with externalizing psychopathology. In my research, I use a combination of correlational, laboratory/experimental, and behavioral genetic methodology (via twin studies, in collaboration with the Minnesota Twin and Family Study).

Current Funding:
"Distress Tolerance Treatment for Substance Users" (PI Bornovalova)
Agency and Type: National Institute of Drug Abuse R01, DA032582
Period: 09/15/2012 – 07/31/2018
Total Costs = $3,113,437.00

"Exploring An Integrative Model of Circadian Dysynchrony in Adolescent and Young Adult Alcohol Use",(MPI: Bornovalova, Gulick)
Agency and Type: USF Interdisciplinary Seed Grant
Period: 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2019
Total Costs = $50,000

Specialty Area


Selected Publications

*designates student first author.

Bornovalova, M. A., Choate, A. M., Fatimah, H., Petersen, K. J., & Wiernik, B. M. Appropriate use of bifactor analysis in psychopathology research: Appreciating benefits and limitations. In press at Biological Psychiatry.

*Choate, A. M., Fatimah, H., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2020). Developmental and Dynamic Models of Comorbidity in Borderline Personality Disorder. Current Opinion in Psychology.

*Fatimah, H., Wiernik, B. M., Gorey, C., McGue, M., Iacono, W. G., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2019). Familial factors and the risk of borderline personality pathology: genetic and environmental transmission. Psychological medicine, 1-11.

Wiernik, B. M., Bornovalova, M. A., Stark, S. E., & Ones, D. S. (2019). Constructs versus measures in personality and other domains: What distinguishes normal and clinical?. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 12(2), 157-162.

*Webber, T. A., Soder, H. E., Potts, G. F., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2018). Preliminary evidence that digit length ratio (2D: 4D) predicts neural response to delivery of motivational stimuli. Biological psychology, 132, 91-95

Krueger, R.F., Kotov, R., Watson, D., Forbes, M.K., Eaton, N.R., Ruggero, C.J., Simms, L.J., Widiger, T.A., Achenbach, T., Bach, B., Bagby, R.M., Bornovalova, M.A., Carpenter, W.T., Chmielewski, M., Cicero, D.C., Clark, L.A., Conway, C., DeClercq, B., DeYoung, C.G., Docherty, A.R., Drislane, L.E., First, M.B., Forbush, K.T., Hallquist, M., Haltigan, J.D., Hopwood, C.J., Ivanova, M.Y., Jonas, K.G., Latzman, R.D., Markon, K.E., Miller, J.D., Morey, L.C., Mullins-Sweatt, S.N., Ormel, J., Patalay, P., Patrick, C.J., Pincus, A.L., Regier, D.A., Reininghaus, U., Rescorla, L.A., Samuel, D.B., Sellbom, M., Shackman, A.J., Skodol, A., Slade, T., South, S.C., Sunderland, M., Tackett, J.L., Venables, N.C., Waldman, I.D., Waszczuk, M.A., Waugh, M.H., Wright, AGC, Zald, D.H., Zimmermann, J. (2018). Progress in achieving quantitative classification of psychopathology. World Psychiatry, 17(3), 282-293.

*Gorey, C. M., Rojas, E. A., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2018). More of a Good Thing Is Not Always Better: Validation of a Distress Overtolerance Measure. Assessment, 25(4), 446-457.

Bornovalova, M. A., Verhulst, B., Webber, T., McGue, M., Iacono, W. G., & Hicks, B. M. (2018). Genetic and environmental influences on the codevelopment among borderline personality disorder traits, major depression symptoms, and substance use disorder symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood. Development and psychopathology, 30(1), 49-65.