Marina Bornovalova

Marina Bornovalova

Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4150


Curriculum Vitae


  • Postdoctoral Training: NIMH T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Adult Psychopathology 2008-2010; University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, 2008, University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, 2005, University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.A. in Applied Psychology, 2002, University of Illinois at Chicago


In general, my research focuses on externalizing psychopathology, personality disorders (in particular, Borderline Personality Disorder, BPD), addiction, and their comorbidity throughout development. I also study nosology and quantitative methods. I am especially interested in how problems with inhibitory control (a.k.a. “impulsivity”) underlie the development of these phenomena, and how these vulnerabilities interact with environmental stressors.

Current Funding:
"Distress Tolerance Treatment for Substance Users" (PI Bornovalova)
Agency and Type: National Institute of Drug Abuse R01, DA032582
Period: 09/15/2012 – 07/31/2018
Total Costs = $3,113,437.00

"Exploring An Integrative Model of Circadian Dysynchrony in Adolescent and Young Adult Alcohol Use",(MPI: Bornovalova, Gulick)
Agency and Type: USF Interdisciplinary Seed Grant
Period: 01/01/2018 - 12/31/2019
Total Costs = $50,000




*designates student first author.

*Choate, A.M., Bornovalova, M. A., Hipwell, A.E., Chung, T., Stepp, S. Mutualistic Processes in the Development of Psychopathology: The Special Case of Borderline Personality Disorder. (In Press). Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science.

*Choate, A.M., Bornovalova, M. A., Hipwell, A.E., Stepp, S. (In Press). The General Psychopathology Factor (p) from Adolescence to Adulthood: Exploring the Developmental Trajectories of p Using a Multi-Method Approach. Development and Psychopathology.

Hunter, M.D., Fatimah, H., Bornovalova, M.A. (In press). Two Filtering Methods of Forecasting Linear and Nonlinear Dynamics of Intensive Longitudinal Data. Psychometrika.

Bornovalova, M. A., Choate, A. M., Fatimah, H., Petersen, K. J., & Wiernik, B. M. Appropriate use of bifactor analysis in psychopathology research: Appreciating benefits and limitations. In press at Biological Psychiatry.

*Choate, A. M., Fatimah, H., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2021). Comorbidity in borderline personality: Understanding dynamics in development. Current Opinion in Psychology37, 104-108.

*Fatimah, H., Wiernik, B. M., Gorey, C., McGue, M., Iacono, W. G., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2019). Familial factors and the risk of borderline personality pathology: genetic and environmental transmission. Psychological medicine, 1-11.

Wiernik, B. M., Bornovalova, M. A., Stark, S. E., & Ones, D. S. (2019). Constructs versus measures in personality and other domains: What distinguishes normal and clinical?. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 12(2), 157-162.

*Webber, T. A., Soder, H. E., Potts, G. F., & Bornovalova, M. A. (2018). Preliminary evidence that digit length ratio (2D: 4D) predicts neural response to delivery of motivational stimuli. Biological psychology, 132, 91-95

Krueger, R.F., Kotov, R., Watson, D., Forbes, M.K., Eaton, N.R., Ruggero, C.J., Simms, L.J., Widiger, T.A., Achenbach, T., Bach, B., Bagby, R.M., Bornovalova, M.A., Carpenter, W.T., Chmielewski, M., Cicero, D.C., Clark, L.A., Conway, C., DeClercq, B., DeYoung, C.G., Docherty, A.R., Drislane, L.E., First, M.B., Forbush, K.T., Hallquist, M., Haltigan, J.D., Hopwood, C.J., Ivanova, M.Y., Jonas, K.G., Latzman, R.D., Markon, K.E., Miller, J.D., Morey, L.C., Mullins-Sweatt, S.N., Ormel, J., Patalay, P., Patrick, C.J., Pincus, A.L., Regier, D.A., Reininghaus, U., Rescorla, L.A., Samuel, D.B., Sellbom, M., Shackman, A.J., Skodol, A., Slade, T., South, S.C., Sunderland, M., Tackett, J.L., Venables, N.C., Waldman, I.D., Waszczuk, M.A., Waugh, M.H., Wright, AGC, Zald, D.H., Zimmermann, J. (2018). Progress in achieving quantitative classification of psychopathology. World Psychiatry, 17(3), 282-293.

Bornovalova, M. A., Verhulst, B., Webber, T., McGue, M., Iacono, W. G., & Hicks, B. M. (2018). Genetic and environmental influences on the codevelopment among borderline personality disorder traits, major depression symptoms, and substance use disorder symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood. Development and psychopathology, 30(1), 49-65.