Lab Reading List

The following journal articles and chapters (PDFs available for direct download) provide a basis for understanding the work we do in our lab. Lab members should read these materials and be familiar with the concepts and methods they cover.

Clark, D. M. (1999). Anxiety disorders: why they persist and how to treat them. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37 Suppl 1, S5-27. (PDF(This article provides an overview of the cognitive-behavioral approach to understanding and treating clinical anxiety and related problems)

Abramowitz, J. S.  (2017). The nature and treatment of obsessions and compulsions. In D. McKay, J. Abramowitz, & E. Storch (eds). Syndromes and treatments for psychological problems (pp. 74-88). New York: Wiley. (PDF(This book chapter provides an overview of the cognitive-behavioral perspective on OCD and its treatment)

Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). The practice of exposure therapy: Relevance of cognitive-behavioral theory and extinction theory. Behavior Therapy, 44(4), 548–558. (PDF(The most effective intervention for clinical anxiety is exposure therapy. This article explains how exposure is thought to work)

Reuman, L., Jacoby, R. J., Fabricant, L. E., Herring, B., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2015). Uncertainty as an anxiety cue at high and low levels of threat. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 47, 111-119. (PDF(This is an example of an experimental study our lab conducted that uncovered a phenomenon that we termed “uncertainty-based reasoning”)

Blakey, S. M., Abramowitz, J. S., Reuman, L., Leonard, R. C., & Riemann, B. C. (2017). Anxiety sensitivity as a predictor of outcome in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 57, 113-117. (PDF(This is an example of a study conducted in our lab examining an important predictor of outcome in the treatment of OCD. We collaborated with colleagues at the Rogers Hospital OCD Program.)