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Marina A. Bornovalova

Marina A. Bornovalova

Marina A. Bornovalova
Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4150
Phone: 813/974-0495



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


Research interests: In general, my research focuses on externalizing psychopathology, substance use disorders, and their interrelationship. Additionally, a large part of my work focuses on borderline personality disorder (BPD). I am especially interested in how problems with inhibitory control (a.k.a. "impulsivity") underlie the development of these phenomena, and how these vulnerabilities interact with environmental stressors (i.e., childhood trauma). In my research, I use several methods of examining etiology and causal influences. Specifically, I use a) correlational studies in clinical populations to identify risk factors associated with externalizing behaviors, substance use, and BPD; b) Laboratory analogue studies to further "tease out" the nature of underlying vulnerabilities (e.g., tasks tapping emotion dysregulation); c) treatment development studies to try to alter these vulnerabilities; and d) investigations of the genetic and environmental contributions to these phenomena (via twin studies, in collaboration with the Minnesota Twin and Family Study, as well as Colorado and Michigan twin data sets).

Specialty Area


Recent Publications

(*designates student first author):

Chen, S., Harris, A., Carrion, M., Rojas, E., Stark, S., Lejuez, C., Lechner, W., Bornovalova, M. A. (In Press). A psychometric investigation of gender differences and common processes across Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

*Hunt, E., Bornovalova, M. A., Kimonis, E., Poythress, N. G., Lilienfeld, S. O. Exploring Interactions between Facets of Psychopathy and Co-Occurring Psychopathology: Do Gender and Assessment Type Matter? (2015). Psychological Assessment. 27, 583-595.

*Hunt, E., Bornovalova, M. A., & Patrick, C. J. (2015). Genetic and Environmental Overlap between Borderline Personality Disorder Traits and Psychopathy: Evidence for Promotive Effects of Factor 2 and Protective Effects of Factor 1. Psychological Medicine. 45, 1471-1481. DOI:

Bornovalova, M. A., Huibregtse*, B. M., Hicks, B., Iacono, W., & McGue, M. (2013). Tests of a direct effect of childhood abuse on adult borderline personality disorder traits: A longitudinal discordant twin design. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 180–194.

Bornovalova, M. A., Cummings*, J. R., Hunt*, E., Blazei, R., Malone, S., Iacono, W. G. (2013). Understanding the Relative Contributions of Direct Environmental Effects and Passive Genotype-Environment Correlations in the Association between Familial Risk Factors and Child Disruptive Behavior Disorders. Psychological Medicine, 44, 831-844.

Bornovalova, M. A., Gratz, K.L., Daughters, S. D., Hunt*, E., & Lejuez, C. W. (2012). Initial RCT of a distress tolerance treatment for individuals with substance use disorders. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 122, 70–76.

Huibregtse*, B. M., Bornovalova, M. A., Hicks, B. M., McGue, M., Iacono, W.G. (2011). Testing the causal role of adolescent sexual initiation in later-life sexual risk behavior: A longitudinal twin design. Psychological Science, 22, 924-933.

Bornovalova, M. A., Levy, R., Gratz, K. L., & Lejuez, C. W. (2010) Understanding the heterogeneity of BPD symptoms through latent class analysis: Initial results and clinical correlates among inner-city substance users. Psychological Assessment. 22, 233-245.

Bornovalova, M. A., Hicks, B., Iacono, W., & McGue, M. (2010). Family transmission and heritability of childhood disruptive disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry,167, 1066–1074.

Bornovalova, M. A., Hicks, B., Iacono,W., & McGue, M. (2009). Stability, change, and heritability of borderline personality disorder traits from adolescence to adulthood: A longitudinal twin study. Development and Psychopathology, 21, 1335-1353.