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Magyar-Russell, Gina, Ph.D.

Dr. Magyar-Russel

Psychosomatic Medicine Group
Cardiac Psychology Service
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Main Office Address

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
5300 Alpha Commons Blvd, Rm 456A
Baltimore, MD 21224

Phone: 410-550-7812
Fax: 410-550-1407





University of Michigan



Bowling Green State University


Pre-Doctoral Internship

University of Wisconsin


Doctor of Philosophy

Bowling Green State University

2005-2007Postdoctoral FellowshipJohns Hopkins School of Medicine

Professional Interests

My professional interests focus on two areas of study and practice:

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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. 

Selected Publications

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.


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