- Graduate School - University of Oxford, Neuroscience
- Undergraduate School - University of Notre Dame, Psychology
- Graduate School - University of California, Los Angeles (2007-2009), Clinical Psychology
- Other Post Graduate Training - University of California, Los Angeles (2009-2013)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship - UT Southwestern School of Allied Health Professions (2013-2015), Psychiatry
Joseph Trombello, Ph.D.
Joseph Trombello, Ph.D., ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in adult mood disorders research and psychotherapy, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Trombello earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a research fellowship at UT Southwestern. Board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and licensed by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2015.
He has supervised and trained doctoral graduate students, medical students, and medical residents to conduct research-based diagnostic assessments and provide psychotherapy.
Dr. Trombello’s research interests include the interplay between mood disorders and intimate relationship functioning and discerning how relationship functioning affects the etiology and treatment of mood and substance use disorders. He has also investigated depression and suicide-related psychometrics and published broadly on outcomes of a behavioral activation teletherapy program that he created and implemented at the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care.
He is a member of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies and its special interest groups on behavioral medicine in primary care and couples research and therapy.
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- Texas Psychological Association (2013-2015)
- Dallas Psychological Association (2015-2016)
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (2016)
- Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Award 2008-2009, University of California, Los Angeles
- John F. Santos Award for Distinction in Psychology 2006, University of Notre Dame
- Clarendon Scholarship 2006-2007, Full tuition and fees for graduate study at the University of Oxford
- Phi Beta Kappa 2006
- Beck Institute Student Scholarship 2014
- International Association for Relationship Research Student Travel Award 2014
- National Register of Health Service Psychologists Credentialing Scholarship 2013
- University Graduate Fellowship 2007-2008, University of California, Los Angeles
- Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2008
- Graduate Research Mentorship Award 2008-2009, University of California, Los Angeles
- Chair's Prize 2008, University of California, Los Angeles
Pretreatment Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex Theta Activity in Relation to Symptom Improvement in Depression: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Pizzagalli DA, Webb CA, Dillon DG, Tenke CE, Kayser J, Goer F, Fava M, McGrath P, Weissman M, Parsey R, Adams P, Trombello J, Cooper C, Deldin P, Oquendo MA, McInnis MG, Carmody T, Bruder G, Trivedi MH JAMA psychiatry 2018 Apr
Personal vulnerabilities and assortative mate selection among newlywed spouses
Trombello, J.M., Schoebi, D., & Bradbury, T.N. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 2015 34 6 529-553
A psychometric evaluation of the Concise Health Risk Tracking Self-Report (CHRT-SR)- a measure of suicidality-in patients with stimulant use disorder.
Sanchez K, Killian MO, Mayes TL, Greer TL, Trombello JM, Lindblad R, Grannemann BD, Carmody TJ, Rush AJ, Walker R, Trivedi MH Journal of psychiatric research 2018 Mar 102 65-71
Pretreatment and early-treatment cortical thickness is associated with SSRI treatment response in major depressive disorder.
Bartlett EA, DeLorenzo C, Sharma P, Yang J, Zhang M, Petkova E, Weissman M, McGrath PJ, Fava M, Ogden RT, Kurian BT, Malchow A, Cooper CM, Trombello JM, McInnis M, Adams P, Oquendo MA, Pizzagalli DA, Trivedi M, Parsey RV Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2018 Jun
Psychosocial relationship status and quality as predictors of intervention adherence and substance use outcomes: Results from the STRIDE (CTN-0037) study
Trombello, J.M., Carmody, T., Greer, T.L., Walker, R., Rethorst, C.D., & Trivedi, M.H. Psychiatry Research 2017 254
Brain regulation of emotional conflict predicts antidepressant treatment response for depression.
Fonzo GA, Etkin A, Zhang Y, Wu W, Cooper C, Chin-Fatt C, Jha MK, Trombello J, Deckersbach T, Adams P, McInnis M, McGrath PJ, Weissman MM, Fava M, Trivedi MH, Nature human behaviour 2019 Sep
VitalSign6: A Primary Care First (PCP-First) Model for Universal Screening and Measurement-Based Care for Depression.
Trivedi MH, Jha MK, Kahalnik F, Pipes R, Levinson S, Lawson T, Rush AJ, Trombello JM, Grannemann B, Tovian C, Kinney R, Clark EW, Greer TL, Pharmaceuticals (Basel, Switzerland) 2019 May 12 2
The Role of Dyadic Discord in Outcomes in Acute Phase Cognitive Therapy for Adults With Recurrent Major Depressive Disorder.
Trombello JM, Vittengl JR, Denton WH, Minhajuddin A, Thase ME, Jarrett RB, Behavior therapy 2019 Jul 50 4 778-790
Psychometrics of the Self-Report Concise Associated Symptoms Tracking Scale (CAST-SR): Results From the STRIDE (CTN-0037) Study.
Trombello JM, Killian MO, Liao A, Sanchez K, Greer TL, Walker R, Grannemann B, Rethorst CD, Carmody T, Trivedi MH The Journal of clinical psychiatry 2018 Jan 79 1
Depressive Symptoms, Criticism, and Counter-Criticism in Marital Interactions.
Trombello JM, Post KM, Smith DA Family process 2018 Feb
Pretreatment Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex Connectivity With Salience Network Predicts Depression Recovery: Findings From the EMBARC Randomized Clinical Trial.
Whitton AE, Webb CA, Dillon DG, Kayser J, Rutherford A, Goer F, Fava M, McGrath P, Weissman M, Parsey R, Adams P, Trombello JM, Cooper C, Deldin P, Oquendo MA, McInnis MG, Carmody T, Bruder G, Trivedi MH, Pizzagalli DA, Biological psychiatry 2018 Dec
A Novel Strategy to Identify Placebo Responders: Prediction Index of Clinical and Biological Markers in the EMBARC Trial.
Trivedi MH, South C, Jha MK, Rush AJ, Cao J, Kurian B, Phillips M, Pizzagalli DA, Trombello JM, Oquendo MA, Cooper C, Dillon DG, Webb C, Grannemann BD, Bruder G, McGrath PJ, Parsey R, Weissman M, Fava M Psychotherapy and psychosomatics 2018 Aug 1-11
Characterizing anxiety subtypes and the relationship to behavioral phenotyping in major depression: Results from the EMBARC study.
Trombello JM, Pizzagalli DA, Weissman MM, Grannemann BD, Cooper CM, Greer TL, Malchow AL, Jha MK, Carmody TJ, Kurian BT, Webb CA, Dillon DG, McGrath PJ, Bruder G, Fava M, Parsey RV, McInnis MG, Adams P, Trivedi MH Journal of psychiatric research 2018 Apr 102 207-215
Efficacy of a Behavioral Activation Teletherapy Intervention to Treat Depression and Anxiety in Primary Care VitalSign6 Program.
Trombello JM, South C, Cecil A, Sánchez KE, Sánchez AC, Eidelman SL, Mayes TL, Kahalnik F, Tovian C, Kennard BD, Trivedi MH The primary care companion for CNS disorders 2017 Oct 19 5
IMPROVEMENTS IN PSYCHOSOCIAL FUNCTIONING AND HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE FOLLOWING EXERCISE AUGMENTATION IN PATIENTS WITH TREATMENT RESPONSE BUT NONREMITTED MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER: RESULTS FROM THE TREAD STUDY.
Greer TL, Trombello JM, Rethorst CD, Carmody TJ, Jha MK, Liao A, Grannemann BD, Chambliss HO, Church TS, Trivedi MH Depression and anxiety 2016 May
Marital quality and health: a meta-analytic review.
Robles TF, Slatcher RB, Trombello JM, McGinn MM Psychological bulletin 2014 Jan 140 1 140-87
A Structured Approach to Detecting and Treating Depression in Primary Care: VitalSign6 Project.
Jha MK, Grannemann BD, Trombello JM, Clark EW, Eidelman SL, Lawson T, Greer TL, Rush AJ, Trivedi MH, Annals of family medicine 2019 Jul 17 4 326-335
The Concise Health Risk Tracking-Self Report: Psychometrics within a placebo-controlled antidepressant trial among depressed outpatients.
Trombello JM, Killian MO, Grannemann BD, Rush AJ, Mayes TL, Parsey RV, McInnis M, Jha MK, Ali A, McGrath PJ, Adams P, Oquendo MA, Weissman MM, Carmody TJ, Trivedi MH Journal of psychopharmacology (Oxford, England) 2019 Jan 269881118817156
Personalized prediction of antidepressant v. placebo response: evidence from the EMBARC study.
Webb CA, Trivedi MH, Cohen ZD, Dillon DG, Fournier JC, Goer F, Fava M, McGrath PJ, Weissman M, Parsey R, Adams P, Trombello JM, Cooper C, Deldin P, Oquendo MA, McInnis MG, Huys Q, Bruder G, Kurian BT, Jha M, DeRubeis RJ, Pizzagalli DA Psychological medicine 2018 Jul 1-10
Neural Correlates of Three Promising Endophenotypes of Depression: Evidence from the EMBARC Study.
Webb CA, Dillon DG, Pechtel P, Goer FK, Murray L, Huys QJ, Fava M, McGrath PJ, Weissman M, Parsey R, Kurian BT, Adams P, Weyandt S, Trombello JM, Grannemann B, Cooper CM, Deldin P, Tenke C, Trivedi M, Bruder G, Pizzagalli DA Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2015 Jun
Relationship functioning moderates the association between depressive symptoms and life stressors.
Trombello JM, Schoebi D, Bradbury TN Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) 2011 Feb 25 1 58-67
The risk of depression among racially diverse people living with HIV: the impact of HIV viral suppression.
Jain MK, Li X, Adams-Huet B, Tiruneh YM, Luque AE, Duarte P, Trombello JM, Nijhawan AE, AIDS care 2020 Sep 1-9
Positive and negative valence systems in major depression have distinct clinical features, response to antidepressants, and relationships with immunomarkers.
Medeiros GC, Rush AJ, Jha M, Carmody T, Furman JL, Czysz AH, Trombello JM, Cooper CM, Trivedi MH, Depression and anxiety 2020 Mar
An electroencephalographic signature predicts antidepressant response in major depression.
Wu W, Zhang Y, Jiang J, Lucas MV, Fonzo GA, Rolle CE, Cooper C, Chin-Fatt C, Krepel N, Cornelssen CA, Wright R, Toll RT, Trivedi HM, Monuszko K, Caudle TL, Sarhadi K, Jha MK, Trombello JM, Deckersbach T, Adams P, McGrath PJ, Weissman MM, Fava M, Pizzagalli DA, Arns M, Trivedi MH, Etkin A, Nature biotechnology 2020 Feb
Anger attacks are associated with persistently elevated irritability in MDD: findings from the EMBARC study.
Jha MK, Fava M, Minhajuddin A, Chin Fatt C, Mischoulon D, Wakhlu N, Trombello JM, Cusin C, Trivedi MH, Psychological medicine 2020 Mar 1-9
Two Trajectories of Depressive Symptom Reduction Throughout Behavioral Activation Teletherapy Among Underserved, Ethnically Diverse, Primary Care Patients: A VitalSign6 Report.
Trombello JM, South C, Sánchez A, Kahalnik F, Kennard BD, Trivedi MH, Behavior therapy 2020 Nov 51 6 958-971
Cortical Connectivity Moderators of Antidepressant vs Placebo Treatment Response in Major Depressive Disorder: Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial.
Rolle CE, Fonzo GA, Wu W, Toll R, Jha MK, Cooper C, Chin-Fatt C, Pizzagalli DA, Trombello JM, Deckersbach T, Fava M, Weissman MM, Trivedi MH, Etkin A, JAMA psychiatry 2020 Jan
Comprehensive phenotyping of depression disease trajectory and risk: Rationale and design of Texas Resilience Against Depression study (T-RAD).
Trivedi MH, Chin Fatt CR, Jha MK, Cooper CM, Trombello JM, Mason BL, Hughes J, Gadad BS, Czysz AH, Toll RT, Fuller AK, Sethuram S, Mayes TL, Minhajuddin A, Carmody T, Greer TL, Journal of psychiatric research 2019 Dec 122 22-32
Preliminary Evidence for Sociotropy and Autonomy in Relation to Antidepressant Treatment Outcome.
Cardinale R, Menkes MW, Andrews CM, Webb CA, Jha MK, Trombello JM, Trivedi MH, McInnis MG, Deldin PJ, The Psychiatric quarterly 2021 Feb
Differential response to SSRI versus Placebo and distinct neural signatures among data-driven subgroups of patients with major depressive disorder.
Chin Fatt CR, Cooper CM, Jha MK, Minhajuddin A, Rush AJ, Trombello JM, Fava M, McInnis M, Weissman M, Trivedi MH, Journal of affective disorders 2020 Dec 282 602-610
Impact of childhood maltreatment on outcomes of antidepressant medication in chronic and/or recurrent depression.
Medeiros GC, Prueitt WL, Rush AJ, Minhajuddin A, Czysz AH, Patel SS, Trombello J, Trivedi MH, Journal of affective disorders 2021 May 291 39-45
- Pretreatment Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex Theta Activity in Relation to Symptom Improvement in Depression: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
- Dr. Trombello's research focuses on the interplay between mood disorders and intimate relationship functioning. His work also examines how relationship functioning affects the etiology and treatment of mood and substance use disorders. Finally, he is interested in measurement psychometrics and in analyzing outcomes of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care's Behavioral Activation teletherapy program.