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Michelle Newman Ph.D.

Michelle Newman, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Pronouns: she/her/hers

371 Moore Building
University Park , PA 16802
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 and depression. Dr. Newman is examining the etiology and classification, individual predictors of psychotherapy outcome, and impact of brief psychotherapy with respect to these disorders. 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.

Some Recent publications

  1. Ellison, W. D.*, Levy, K. N., Newman, M. G., Pincus, A. L., Wilson, S. J. & Molenaar P. C. M. (in press). Dynamics among borderline personality and anxiety features in outpatients: An exploration of nomothetic and idiographic patterns. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.
  2. Luo, Y.*, Ye, J.*, Adams, R.B. Jr., Li, J. Newman, M. G., & Wang, J. Z. (in press). ARBEE: Towards automated recognition of bodily expression of emotion in the wild. International Journal of Computer Vision doi:10.1007/s11263-019-01215-y
  3. Zainal, N. H.*, Newman, M. G. & Hong, R. Y. (in press). Cross-cultural and gender invariance of transdiagnostic processes in the United States and Singapore. Assessment. doi: 10.1177/1073191119869832
  4. LaFreniere, L. S.*, & Newman, M. G. (in press). Exposing worry’s deceit: Percentage of untrue worries in generalized anxiety disorder treatment. Behavior Therapy. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2019.07.003
  5. Kim, H.* & Newman, M. G. (2019). The paradox of relaxation training: Relaxation induced anxiety and mediation effects of contrast avoidance in generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 259, 271-278. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2019.08.045
  6. LaFreniere, L. S.* & Newman, M. G. (2019). The impact of uncontrollability beliefs and thought-related distress on ecological momentary interventions for generalized anxiety disorder: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 66. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2019.102113 PMID: 31362145 PMCID: PMC6692212
  7. Shin, K. E.* & Newman, M. G. (2019). Self- and other-perceptions of interpersonal problems: Effects of generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and depression. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 65, 1-10. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2019.04.005 PMID: 31054457; PMCID: PMC6658327
  8. Szkodny, L. E.*, & Newman, M. G. (2019). Delineating characteristics of maladaptive repetitive thought: Development and preliminary validation of the Perseverative Cognitions Questionnaire (PCQ). Assessment, 26(6) 1084-1104. doi:10.1177/1073191117698753 PMID: 28355881 PMCID: PMC6658327
  9. Newman, M. G., Jacobson, N. C.*, Zainal, N. H.*, Shin, K. E.*, Szkodny, L. E.*, & Sliwinsky, M. (2019). The effects of worry in daily life: An ecological momentary assessment study supporting the tenets of the contrast avoidance model. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(4), 794-810. doi:10.1177/2167702619827019 PMID: 31372313; PMCID: PMC6675025.
  10. LaFreniere, L. S.* & Newman, M. G. (2019). Probabilistic learning by positive and negative reinforcement in generalized anxiety disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(3), 502-515. doi:10.1177/2167702618809366; PMID: 31448183; PMCID: PMC6707536
  11. Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2019). Relation between cognitive and behavioral strategies and future change in common mental health problems across 18 years. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128(4), 295-304. doi: 10.1037/abn0000428 PMID: 31045412 PMCID: PMC6707366
  12. Newman, M. G., Shin, K. E.* #, & Lanza S. T. (2019). Time-varying moderation of treatment outcomes by illness duration and comorbid depression in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(3), 282-293. doi:10.1037/ccp0000385 PMID: 30714750 PMCID: PMC6632089
  13. Jacobson, N. C.*, Chow, S, & Newman, M. G. (2019). The differential time-varying effect model (DTVEM): A tool for diagnosing and modeling time lags in intensive longitudinal data. Behavior Research Methods, 51(1), 295–315. doi:10.3758/s13428-018-1101-0 PMID: 30120682  PMCID: PMC6395514
  14. Ye, J.*, Li, J., Newman, M. G., Adams, R., & Wang, J. (2019). Probabilistic multigraph modeling for improving the quality of crowdsourced affective data. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 10(1), 115-128. doi:10.1109/TAFFC.2017.2678472
  15. Zainal, N. H*. & Newman, M. G. (2018). Executive function and other cognitive deficits are distal risk factors of generalized anxiety disorder nine years later. Psychological Medicine, 48(12) 2045-2053. doi: 10.1017/S0033291717003579 PMID: 29224581 PMCID: PMC6707521
  16. Newman, M. G., LaFreniere, L. S.*, & Jacobson, N. C.* (2018). Relaxation-induced anxiety: Effects of peak and trajectories of change on treatment outcome for generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy Research, 28(4), 616-629. doi:10.1080/10503307.2016.1253891 PMID: 27855541 PMCID: PMC6134846
  17. Borgueta, M., Purvis, C. & Newman, M. G. (2018). Navigating the ethics of Internet-guided self-help interventions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 25(2), e12235. doi: 10.1111/cpsp.12235
  18. Newman, M. G., & Przeworski, A.* (2018). The increase in interest in GAD: Commentary on Asmundson & Asmundson. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 56, 11-13. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.04.006 PMID: 29859657
  19. Kim, H.*, Lu, X.*, Costa, M., Kandemir, B.*, Adams, R. B., Jr., Li, J., Wang, J. Z., & Newman, M. G. (2018). Development and validation of Image Stimuli for Emotion Elicitation (ISEE): A novel affective pictorial system with test-retest repeatability. Psychiatry Research, 261, 414-420. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.12.068 PMID: 29353766 PMCID: PMC6510029
  20. Scala, J. W.*, Levy, K. N., Johnson, B. N.*, Kivity, Y., Ellison, W. D., Pincus, A. L., Wilson, S. J. & Newman, M. G. (2018). 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, 32, 36-57. doi:10.1521/pedi.2018.32.supp.36 PMID: 29388895
  21. Shin, K. E.* & Newman, M. G. (2018) Using retrieval cues to attenuate return of fear in individuals with public speaking anxiety. Behavior Therapy, 49(2), 212-224. Doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.07.011 PMID: 29530260 PMCID: PMC6658328
  22. Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2018). Worry amplifies theory-of-mind reasoning of negatively-valenced social stimuli in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 227, 824-833. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.11.084 PMID: 29254067 PMCID: PMC6707505



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