Michelle Newman



Professor of Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
371 Moore Building University Park, Pa 16802
(814) 863-1148

Curriculum Vitae


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

Professional Bio

Research Interest 

Michelle Newman's research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Newman uses cutting edge methodology to examinine 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; artificial intelligence for emotion detection, diagnostic classification, and prediction of therapy outcomes; evaluation of technologically driven mobile momentary interventions in the U.S.; 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.  Rackoff, G. N.*, Fitzsimmons-Craft, E., Taylor, C. B., Wilfley, D. E., & Newman, M. G. (in press). Psychotherapy utilization by United States college students. Journal of American College Health. https://doi.org/10.1109/FG52635.2021.9667028  
2.  Wang, J. Z., Zhao, S., Wu, C., Adams, R. B., Newman, M. G., Shafir, T., Tsachor, R. (in press). Unlocking the emotional world of visual media: An overview of the science, research, and impact of emotion understanding. Proceedings of the IEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/JPROC.2023.3273517  
3.  Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (in press). Prospective network analysis of proinflammatory proteins, lipid markers, and depression components in midlife community women. Psychological Medicine. (Accepted July 4, 2022) PMID: 35924730, PMCID: 9898473 https://doi.org/10.1017/S003329172200232X   
4.  Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2023). A cross-lagged prospective network analysis of depression and anxiety and cognitive functioning components in midlife community adult women. Psychological Medicine, 53(9), 4060-4171. PMID: 35534458 PMCID: 9646930 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291722000848  
5.  D’Adamo, L. D.*, Paraboschi, L.*, Grammer , A. C.*, Fennig, M.*, Graham, A. K., Yaeger, L. H., Newman, M. G., Wilfley, D. E., Taylor, C. B., Eisenberg, D., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E. (2023). Reach and uptake of digital mental health interventions based on cognitive-behavioral therapy for college students: A systematic review. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, 33(2), 97-117.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2023.05.002  
6.  Rackoff, G. N.*, Monocello, L. T., Fowler, L. A.*, Vázquez, M. M.*, Shah, J.*, Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Taylor, C. B., Eisenberg, D., Wilfley, D. E., & Newman, M. G. (2023). Using social influence strategies to improve rates of online mental health survey participation: Results from two experiments. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, 33(2), 81-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2023.05.001  
7.  LaFreniere, L. S.* & Newman, M. G. (2023). Upregulating positive emotion in generalized anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial of the Skilljoy ecological momentary intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 91(6), 381–387. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000794 Featured publication of the American Psychological Association’s Kudos Showcase. Winner of the 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award in Clinical Psychology from APA Division 12   
8.  Jacobson, N. C.*, Evey, K. J.*, Wright, A. G. C., & Newman, M. G. (2023). Integration of discrete and global structures of affect across three large samples: Specific emotions within-persons and global affect between-persons. Emotion. 23(4), 1202–1211. PMID: 34591509  PMCID: PMC8964824 https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0001022  
9.  Sanghvi, D. E.*, Rackoff, G. N.*, & Newman, M. G. (2023). Latent class analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms after exposure to hurricane Ike: Associations with demographics, mental health, and well-being. Social Science & Medicine, 327, 115942. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115942  
10.  Llera, S. J. & Newman, M. G. (2023). Incremental validity of the contrast avoidance model: A comparison with intolerance of uncertainty and negative problem orientation. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 95, 102699.185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102699  
11.  Baik, S. Y.* & Newman, M. G. (2023). The transdiagnostic use of worry and rumination to avoid negative emotional contrasts following negative events: A momentary assessment study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 95, 102679. PMID: 36565682, PMCID: 10080671  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102679 (Winner of the 2023 Best Clinical Paper Award, Penn State, Department of Psychology)  
12.  Sanghvi, D.*, Zainal, N. H.*, & Newman, M. G. (2023) Trait self-acceptance mediates parental childhood abuse predicting depression and anxiety symptoms in adulthood. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 94, 102673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102673 
13.  Kim, H.* & Newman, M. G. (2023). Worry and rumination enhance a positive emotional contrast based on the framework of the contrast avoidance model. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 94, 102671 PMID: 36681058, PMCID: 10071830 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102671  
14.  Llera, S. J.* & Newman, M. G. (2023). Contrast avoidance predicts and mediates the effect of trait worry on problem-solving impairment. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 94, 102674. PMID: 36681059, PMCID: 9987319. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102674 
15.  Barber, K. E.,* Zainal, N. H.*, & Newman, M. G. (2023). The mediating effect of stress reactivity in the 18-year relationship between generalized anxiety and depression severity.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 325, 502-512. PMID: 36642311, PMCID: 9930685 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2023.01.041  
16.  Zainal, N. H.*, & Newman, M. G. (2023). A randomized controlled trial of a 14-day mindfulness ecological momentary intervention (MEMI) for generalized anxiety disorder. European Psychiatry, 66(1), e12 https://www.doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2023.2. Winner of the ABCT Best dissertation award and the FABBS dissertation award.  
17.  Barber, K. E.* Zainal, N. H.*, & Newman, M. G. (2023). Positive relations mediate the bidirectional connections between depression and anxiety symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 324, 387-394. PMID: 36584704, PMCID: 9893796 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.12.082  
18.  Newman, M. G., Rackoff, G. N.,* Zhu, Y.,* & Kim , H.* (2023). A transdiagnostic evaluation of contrast avoidance across generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 93, 102662.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102662  
19.  LaFreniere, L. S.* & Newman, M. G. (2023). Reducing contrast avoidance in GAD by savoring positive emotions: Outcome and mediation in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 93, 102659. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102659 PMID:36549218, PMCID: 9976801  
20.  Woods, W. C., Edershile, E. A. Ringwald, W. R., Sharpe, B. M., Himmelstein, P. H., Newman, M. G., Wilson, S. J., Ellison, W. D., Levy, K. N. Pincus, A. L., Creswell, J. D., & Wright, A. G. C. (2023). Psychometric evaluation of a Visual Interpersonal Analogue Scale. Psychological Assessment, 35(4), 311-324. PMID: 36656726 https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001210  
21.  Constantino, M. J., Castonguay, L. G., Coyne, A. E., Boswell, J. F., & Newman, M. G. (2023). Baseline overly accommodating interpersonal problems in relation to parsed alliance-outcome associations in cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy Research, 33(1), 3-15. Special Section Part II- CBT Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2022.2086836 PMID: 35696653, PMCID: PMC9744962 
22.  Newman, M. G., Schwob, J. T.*, Rackoff, G. N.*, Van Doren, N.*, Shin, K. E.*, & Kim, H.* (2022). The naturalistic reinforcement of worry from positive and negative emotional contrasts: Results from a momentary assessment study within social interactions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 92, 102634. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102634 




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Adult Clinical