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Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman

Professor of Psychology

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. Borgueta, M., Purvis, C. & Newman, M. G. (in press). Navigating the ethics of Internet-guided self-help interventions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. doi: 10.1111/cpsp.12235

2. Zainal, N. H*. & Newman, M. G. (in press). Executive function and other cognitive deficits are distal risk factors of generalized anxiety disorder nine years later. Psychological Medicine. doi: 10.1017/S0033291717003579 PMID: 29224581

3. 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 PMID: 28355881

4. Newman, M. G., LaFreniere, L. S.*, & Jacobson, N. C.* (in press). Relaxation-induced anxiety: Effects of peak and trajectories of change on treatment outcome for generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy Research. doi:10.1080/10503307.2016.1253891 PMID: 27855541

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. Jacobson, N. C.* & Newman, M.G. (2017). Anxiety and depression as bidirectional risk factors for one another: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies. Psychological Bulletin, 143(11), 1155-1200. doi:10.1037/bul0000111 PMID:28805400 PMID: 28805400

10. 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 PMID: 28500921

11. 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 PMID: 28077221 NIHMSID:801407 PMCID: PMC5240795

12. 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 PMID: 28577589

13. Jacobson, N. C.* Lord, K. A.* & Newman, M.G. (2017). Perceived emotional social support in bereaved spouses mediates the relationship between anxiety and depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 211, 83-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.01.011 PMID: 28103522 PMCID: PMC5304338

14. 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 PMID: 27466747 NIHMSID:801415 PMCID: PMC5077703

15. 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 PMID: 27062682




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