My professional interests focus on two areas of study and practice:
- Conducting research that has clinical applicability and contributes to a better understanding of a) psychological adjustment following cardiac events, b) the mechanisms linking mood (anxiety and depression) with physiological outcomes for patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). I focus my clinical practice on providing cognitive-behavioral and other psychotherapeutic services for patients with cardiovascular disease suffering from depression or anxiety.
- Conducting research that furthers the understanding of the role that religion and spirituality (R/S) may play in coping with adverse life events with particular emphasis R/S coping with health problems. I also integrate R/S into my practice of psychotherapy with patients when applicable.
- Thombs BD, Magyar-Russell G, Bass EB, Stewart KJ, Tsilidis KK, Bush DE, Fauerbach JA, McCann, UD, Ziegelstein RC. (2007). Performance characteristics of depression screening instruments in survivors of acute myocardial infarction: Review of the evidence. Psychosomatics 48(3), 185-194.
- deLateur BJ, Magyar-Russell G, Bresnick MG, Bernier, FA, Ober MS, Krabak, BJ, Ware, L, Hayes MP, & Fauerbach JA. (2007). Augmented exercise in the treatment of deconditioning from major burn injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 88(12), S18-S23
- Magyar-Russell, G & Pargament, KI (2006). The darker side of religion: Risk factors for poorer health and well-being. In P. McNamera (Ed.), Where God and man meet. How the brain and evolutionary studies alter our understanding of religion, Vol. III, Psychology of Religious Experience (pp. 91-117). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
- Esselman PC, Thombs BD, Magyar-Russell G, Fauerbach JA. (2006). Burn rehabilitation: State of the science. Am J Phys Med Rehabil (85), 383-413.
- Pargament, KI, Magyar, GM, Benore, E, & Mahoney, A. (2005). Sacrilege: A study of sacred loss and desecration and their implications for health and well-being in a community sample. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 44 (1), 59-78.