Ana M. Abrantes Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Dr. Abrantes' research interests focus on developing aerobic exercise interventions for the improvement of mental health outcomes among those with addictive behaviors and/or psychiatric problems. Her current studies involve examining exercise for smoking cessation among smokers with depression, technology-supported physical activity intervention for depressed alcoholic women, approaches for initiating and maintaining physical activity in depressed individuals, and increasing physical activity among Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Brown Affiliations

funded research

R34AA024038-01A1 (PI: Ana M. Abrantes, Ph.D.)     9/20/2015-6/30/2018  


Technology-Supported Physical Activity Intervention for Depressed Alcoholic Women

Role: Principal Investigator


R56HL127695 (MPIs: Ana M. Abrantes, Ph.D. & Lisa Uebelacker, Ph.D.)  9/14/2015-8/31/2016


Initiating and Maintaining Physical Activity in Depressed Individuals

Role: Co-Principal Investigator


R01 NR014540-01A1  (PI: Cynthia Battle, PhD)   09/17/2014-07/31/2019           NINR

RCT of a Tailored Walking Program to Reduce Stress Among Pregnant Women

Role: Co-Investigator


R01 CA173551-01A1 (PI: Ana M. Abrantes, PhD) 09/01/2013 – 06/30/2018, NCI

Aerobic Exercise for Smokers with Depressive Symptomatology

Role: Principal Investigator


1I21RX001377-01 (PI:M. Tracie Shea, PhD) 10/01/2013-9/31/2015, Dept of Veteran Affairs

Pilot Testing an Aerobic Exercise Intervention for Veterans with PTSD

Role: Co-Investigator


1 R34 DA034558 (PI: Richard A. Brown, PhD)  4/1/13 3/31/15         NIDA                         

Computer-based MI to engage smokers living with HIV in tobacco quitline treatment

Role: Site Principal Investigator


1R34DA034312-01 (PI: Richard A. Brown, PhD) 8/1/12 – 7/31/14, NIDA

Brief Computer Intervention to Motivate Quitline Use for Smokers in SUD Treatment

Role: Co-Investigator


R01 NR012005 (PI: Lisa Uebelacker, PhD)         2/2/2011 – 1/31/2015   NINR

RCT of Hatha Yoga for Persistent Depression

Role: Co-Investigator


R01MH086513-01A1 (PI: Ana M. Abrantes, PhD) 07/01/2010 – 03/31/2014   NIMH   

Testing the Efficacy of an Exercise Intervention for Patients with OCD

Role: Principal Investigator


K23 DA019950-01 A1 (PI; Ana M. Abrantes, PhD) 04/01/06-03/31/11      NIDA

Behavioral Exercise Intervention for Smoking Cessation

Role: Principal Investigator


R01 DA023190-01 (PI: Richard A. Brown, Ph.D.)      9/26/2007-9/25/2011 NIDA

Sequential Use of Fluoxetine for Smokers with Elevated Depressive Symptoms    

Role: Co-Investigator


RSGPB  CPPB-115032  (PI: David R. Strong, Ph.D.)  7/1/08-6/30/11     ACS

Motivating Cessation Treatment Engagement in Depressed Inpatient Smokers

Role: Co-Investigator


R01 DA016738-01 A1 (PI; Richard Brown, Ph.D.)   04/01/04 – 03/31/09   NIDA       

MI for Teen Substance Abuse with Psychiatric Comorbidity

Role: Co-Investigator


R01 DA14599-01 (PI; Richard Brown, Ph.D.)     9/30/01 - 8/31/04   NIDA           

Applying Exercise Intervention to Drug Treatment

Role: Project Director/Co-Investigator


R01 AA13418-01 (PI; Richard Brown, Ph.D.)     4/01/02 - 3/31/05    NIAAA       

Development of an Exercise Intervention for Alcoholics

Role: Project Director/Co-Investigator