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Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman

Professor of Psychology

371 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-1148


  1. Ph. D., State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook, 1992


Research Interests

Michelle Newman's research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Newman is examining the etiology and classification, individual predictors of psychotherapy outcome, and impact of brief psychotherapy with respect to social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and trauma. Dr. Newman is also conducting several basic experimental studies examining underlying processes related to these disorders. Further, she is examining issues relevant to health implications of anxiety disorders. Current research projects include an integrative therapy for GAD (examining the addition of interpersonal and experiential therapies to cognitive behavioral therapy); evaluation of brief individual and self-help palmtop computer-assisted cognitive behavioral therapy for panic disorder, GAD, and Social phobia; assessment and classification of generalized and specific social phobia, panic disorder, and GAD; examination of the impact of psychotherapy beyond the targeted symptoms of a particular disorder; improving psychotherapeutic interventions for anxiety disorders; emotion regulation in anxiety disorders and it’s relationship to therapeutic mechanisms; dysfunctional interpersonal styles in persons with GAD and social phobia (

1.     Erickson, T. M.*, Newman, M. G., Peterson, J. & Scarsella, G. (in press). Ambivalent interpersonal circumplex responses predict cross-situational variability of social behavior. Journal of Personality. doi:10.1111/jopy.12117

2.     Kanuri, N., Newman, M. G., & Taylor, C. B. (2014) Program-led, guided self-help interventions: Developing the role of the “Coach.” Invited paper forPsychotherapy Bulletin, 49(3)9-14.

3.     Newman, M. G., Llera, S. J.*, Erickson T. M.* & Przeworski, A.* (2014). Basic science and clinical application of the Contrast Avoidance Model in generalized anxiety disorder. Invited paper for Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 24(3), 155-167. doi: 10.1037/a0037510

4.     Markell, H, Newman, M. G., Gallop, R., Connolly Gibbons, M. B., Rickels, K., Crits-Christoph, P. (2014). Combined medication and CBT for generalized anxiety disorder with African American participants: Reliability and validity of assessments and preliminary outcomes. Behavior Therapy 45(4), 455-588. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2014.02.008

5.     Jacobson, N. C.*, & Newman, M. G. (2014). Avoidance mediates the relationship between anxiety and depression over a decade later. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28(5), 437- 445.doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.03.007

6.     Newman, M. G., Przeworski*, A., Consoli, A. J., & Taylor, C. B. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of ecological momentary intervention plus group therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training51(2), 198-206. doi:10.1037/a00a0032519 Abstracted in Clinician’s Research Digest.

7.     Llera, S. J.* & Newman, M. G. (2014). Rethinking the role of worry in generalized anxiety disorder: Evidence supporting a model of Emotional Contrast Avoidance. Behavior Therapy45(3), 283-299. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2013.12.011

8.     Newman, M. G. (2014). Continuing the tradition of moving Behavior Therapy forward. Behavior Therapy,45(1), 1-2. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2013.11.005

9.     Szkodny, L. E.*, Newman, M. G., & Goldfried, M. R. (2014). Clinical experiences in conducting empirically supported treatments for generalized anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 45(1), 7-20.doi:10.1016/j.beth.2013.09.009

10.  Goldfried, M. R., Newman, M. G., Castonguay, L. G., Fuertes, J. N., Magnavita, J. J., Sobell, L., Wolff, A. W. (2014). On the dissemination of clinical experiences in using empirically supported treatments.Behavior Therapy, 45(1), 3-6doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2013.09.007

11.  McGinn, L. K. & Newman, M. G. (2013). Status update on social anxiety disorder. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 6(2), 89-114doi:10.1521/ijct.2013.6.2.88

12.  Newman, M. G. & Fisher, A. J.* (2013). Mediated moderation in combined cognitive behavioral therapy versus component treatments for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(3),405-414. doi:10.1037/a0031690

13.  Newman, M. G., Llera, S. J.*, Erickson, T. M.*, Przeworski, A.*, & Castonguay, L. G. (2013). Worry and generalized anxiety disorder: A review and theoretical synthesis of research on nature, etiology, and treatmentAnnual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9(1), 275-297doi:10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050212-185544

14.     Newman, M. G. & Llera, S. J.* (2011). A novel theory of experiential avoidance in generalized anxiety disorder: A review and synthesis of research supporting a contrast avoidance model of worry. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(3)371-382doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2011.01.008

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