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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


Michelle Newman's CV

Research Interest

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 technologically driven mobile momentary interventions in the U.S. and India; assessment and classification of anxiety disorders and mood disorders; momentary assessment of symptoms and emotion in anxiety disorders; examination of the impact of psychotherapy beyond the targeted symptoms of a particular disorder; mediators and moderators of psychotherapy; emotion regulation in anxiety disorders and its relationship to therapeutic mechanisms; dysfunctional interpersonal styles in anxiety disorders.

  1. Jacobson, N. C.* & Newman, M.G. (in press). Anxiety and depression as bidirectional risk factors for one another: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychological Bulletin. doi:10.1037/bul0000111
  2. Llera, S. J.* & Newman, M. G. (2017). Development and validation of two measures of emotional contrast avoidance: The Contrast Avoidance Questionnaires. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 49, 114-127. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2017.04.008
  3. Scala, J. W., Levy, K. N., Johnson, B. N., Kivity, Y., Ellison, W. D., Pincus, A. L., Newman, M. G., & Wilson, S. J. (in press). The role of negative affect and self-concept clarity in predicting self-injurious urges in borderline personality disorder using ecological momentary assessment. Journal of Personality Disorders.
  4. Szkodny, L. E.*, & Newman, M. G. (in press). Delineating characteristics of maladaptive repetitive thought: Development and preliminary validation of the Perseverative Cognitions Questionnaire (PCQ). Assessment. doi:10.1177/1073191117698753
  5. Crouch, T. A.*, Lewis, J. A.*, Erickson, T. M.*, & Newman, M. G. (2017). Prospective investigation of the contrast avoidance model of generalized anxiety and worry. Behavior Therapy, 48(4), 544-556. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2016.10.001
  6. Newman, M. G., Jacobson, N. C.*, Erickson, T. M.*, & Fisher, A. J.* (2017). Interpersonal problems predict differential response to cognitive versus behavioral treatment in a randomized controlled trial. Behavior Therapy, 48(1), 56-68. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2016.05.005 NIHMSID:801407
  7. Newman, M. G., Shin, K. E.*, Zuellig, A. R.* (2016) Developmental risk factors in generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 206, 94-102. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.07.008 NIHMSID:801415
  8. 8.     LaFreniere, L. S.* & Newman, M. G. (2016). A brief ecological momentary intervention for generalized anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial of the worry outcome journal. Depression and Anxiety, 33(9), 829-839. doi:10.1002/da.22507
  9. Fisher, A. J.* & Newman, M. G. (2016). Reductions in the diurnal rigidity of anxiety predict treatment outcome in cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 79, 46-55. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2016.02.006 NIHMSID:766378 PMCID: PMC4820071
  10. Kanuri, N., Newman, M. G., Ruzek, J. I., Kuhn, E., Manjula, M., Jones, M., Thomas, N., Abbott, J. M., Sharma, S., & Taylor, C. B. (2015). The feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of delivering Internet-based self-help and guided self-help interventions for generalized anxiety disorder to Indian university students: Design of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research Research Protocols, 4(4), e136. doi:10.2196/resprot.4783 PMCID: PMC4704912
  11. Newman, M. G., Castonguay, L. G., Jacobson, N. C.* & Moore, G. A. (2015). Adult attachment as a moderator of treatment outcome for generalized anxiety disorder: Comparison between cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) plus supportive listening and CBT plus interpersonal and emotional processing therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(5), 915-925. doi:10.1037/a0039359 NIHMSID:801406 PMCID: PMC4961354
  12. Erickson, T. M.*, Newman, M. G., Peterson, J. & Scarsella, G. (2015). Ambivalence about interpersonal problems and traits predicts cross-situational variability of social behavior. Journal of Personality, 83(4), 429–440. doi:10.1111/jopy.12117
  13. 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 NIHMSID:646764 PMCID: PMC4260926
  14. 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, Training, 51(2), 198-206. doi:10.1037/a00a0032519 (Special Section: Technology and Psychotherapy). NIHMSID:688788 PMCID: PMC4440457
  15. 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 Therapy, 45(3), 283-299. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2013.12.011


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