Michael Bronstein

Assistant Professor
Adult Psychologist


I am an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and in the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI). I received my PhD from Yale University and my BS in psychology (with honors) from Washington and Lee University. Prior to joining the department, I was a postdoctoral associate in the CoTipp (Cognitive Training, Imaging, and Precision Psychiatry) Lab led by Department Head Sophia Vinogradov, MD.

My research aims to better specify cognitive pathways that lead to and maintain discrepancies between beliefs and reality. I use data science methods to examine how these pathways operate in the context of specific symptoms – like delusions and suicide ideation – that transcend diagnostic categories,  preventative health behaviors like vaccination, and information environments containing conspiracy theories and “fake news.”

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Shelly Slominski

In the Media


PhD, Yale University
Major: Psychology
BS, Honors, Summa Cum Laude, Washington and Lee University
Major: Psychology
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Deng, W., Everaert, E., Bronstein, M.V., Joormann, J., & Cannon, T., 2023. Interpretation Inflexibility and Social Functioning: Associations with Symptoms and Stress. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 42 (1): 29-49.
De Neve, D., Bronstein, M.V., Leroy, A., Truyts, A., & Everaert, J., 2022. Emotion regulation in the classroom: A network approach to model relations among emotion regulation difficulties, engagement to learn, and relationships with peers and teachers. Journal of Youth and Adolescence., 52 (2): 273-286.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-022-01678-2 PubMed ID: 36180661.
Deng, W., Everaert, J., Creighton, M., Bronstein, M.V., Cannon, T.D., & Joormann, J., 2022. Developing a Novel Task of Interpretation Flexibility: Reliability, Validity, and Clinical Implications.. Personality and Individual Differences, 190
Bronstein, M.V., Everaert, J., Kummerfeld, E., Haynos, A., & Vinogradov, S., 2022. Biased and Inflexible Interpretations of Ambiguous Social Situations: Associations with Restrictive Eating and Socioemotional Functioning. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 55 (4): 518-529.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23688 PubMed ID: 35132668.
Bronstein, M.V., Kummerfeld, E., MacDonald III, A., & Vinogradov, S., 2022. Willingness to Vaccinate Against SARS-CoV-2: The Role of Reasoning Biases and Conspiracist Ideation. Vaccine, 40 (2): 213-222.
Bronstein, M. V., & Vinogradov, S., 2021. Education Alone is Insufficient to Combat Online Medical Misinformation. EMBO Reports, 22 (3): e52282.
doi: https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.202052282 PubMed ID: 33599078.
Everaert, J., Bronstein, M. V., Cannon, T. D., Klonsky, E. D., & Joormann, J., 2021. Inflexible Interpretations of Ambiguous Social Situations: A Novel Predictor of Suicidal Ideation and the Beliefs That Inspire It. Clinical Psychological Science, 9 (5): 879-899.
Everaert, J., Bronstein, M.V., Castro, A., Cannon, T.D., & Joormann, J., 2020. When Negative Interpretations Persist, Positive Emotions Don't! Inflexible Negative Interpretations Encourage Depression and Social Anxiety by Dampening Positive Emotions.. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 124 103510.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2019.103510 PubMed ID: 31734567.
Bronstein, M.V., Pennycook, G., Buonomano, L., & Cannon, T.D., 2020. Belief in fake news, responsiveness to cognitive conflict, and analytic reasoning engagement. Thinking & Reasoning, 27 (4): 1-26.
Bronstein, M. V., Pennycook, G., Joormann, J., Corlett, P. R., & Cannon, T. D., 2019. Dual process Theory, Conflict Processing, and Delusional Belief.. Clinical Psychology Review, 72 101748.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101748 PubMed ID: 31226640.



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