Maria Pacella, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine



2006 BA, Psychology, St Vincent College

2010 MA, Experimental Psychology, Kent State University

2013 PhD, Experimental Psychology, Kent State University

2013-2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin


Dr. Maria Pacella is a Health Psychologist with an emphasis on the psychological and bio behavioral consequences of traumatic events.  The goal of her research program is to improve mental and physical health outcomes following acute trauma.   Her current focus is on determining how ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods-including text messaging-can enhance the prediction and prevention of PTSD in the immediate aftermath of traumatic physical injury.  Other interests include the consequences of assaultive trauma, and the intersection of traumatic stress and risk behaviors in injured and underserved high-risk trauma victims.



University of Pittsburgh

Small Group Facilitator for Introduction to Medical Decision Making


International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

American Psychosomatic Society


Title:  Predicting Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depressive Symptoms in Emergency Department Patients Following Acute Traumatic Injury

Project Period:  2/1/16 – 1/31/18

Sponsor:  Pittsburgh Emergency Medicine Foundation

Grant Number:  N/A