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Serina A. Neumann, PhD


Dr. Serina A. Neumann, a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at EVMS, provides education and training in interprofessional education, behavioral medicine assessment, intervention and research as part of inpatient and outpatient services to clinical psychology graduate students, psychology interns, medical students and psychiatry residents.

Since 2006, she has mentored over 20 students from various programs and at varying levels of education in behavioral medicine research and has provided clinical supervision to numerous trainees across educational programs at EVMS.

Dr. Neumann was appointed as the representative on the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies at the American Association of Medical Colleges working on national initiatives concerning institutional and faculty resilience and wellness. She is also is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Health Psychology Division 38 and Aging Division 20 and an elected board member of the national Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs.

Dr. Neumann has been co-directing the Wellness Curriculum for the EVMS medical students since 2015, a curriculum which will be adapted and integrated into the health professions programs. In 2018, Dr. Neumann was appointed as the EVMS Wellness Officer and is chairing the Dean's Institutional Wellness Committee to help develop, implement and evaluate wellness and institution wide wellness programs.

Her professional interests lie within the realm of gaining a better understanding of the psychoneurophysiological mechanisms of stress and health and clinical interventions to optimize health. Dr. Neumann's interdisciplinary research program aims to investigate psychoneurophysiologic pathways associated with psychological stress and disease risk and to evaluate interventions to target and improve these pathways.

Early in her career, Dr. Neumann was nominated and appointed to become a member of the American Psychosomatic Society, an internationally recognized society of elite, interdisciplinary scientists. She is also well-known in this society for her research and service to help integrate biopsychosocial factors into the national medical school curriculum.

Dr. Neumann received her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She completed three years of postdoctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychology and School of Medicine, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Genetics.

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Research Interests

Dr. Neumann's research is focused in the area of cardiovascular behavioral medicine and psychiatric/behavioral genetics. Her interdisciplinary research program aims to study the molecular-genetic and environmental influences on:

  • mood disorders
  • personality
  • cognitive abilities
  • lifestyle-related risk factors for cardiovascular disease

Most recently, Dr. Neumann's research has focused on neurobiologic mechanisms that may account for the co-morbidity between negative affectivity, depression and coronary artery disease using a molecular genetics approach.

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Board Certification

Licensure: Virginia Board of Psychology

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