Recent Publications

Below is a sample of recent publications resulting from research conducted in our lab. These articles are representative of our team’s work. Feel free to download PDF copies where available. Visit Google Scholar for a full list of Dr. Abramowitz’s publications.

2021

Ojalehto, H. J., Hellberg, S. N., Butcher, M. W., Buchholz, J. L., Timpano, K. R., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2021). Experiential avoidance and the misinterpretation of intrusions as prospective predictors of postpartum obsessive-compulsive symptoms in first-time parents. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 20, 137-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.04.003. (download PDF)

Reuman, L., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2021). GIV CARE: A group intervention to reduce symptom accommodation in fear-based disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Practice, 28, 336-349. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2020.12.008 (download PDF)

Kühne, F., Paunov, T., Abramowitz, J. S.., Fink-Lamotte, J., Hansen, B., Kvale, G., & Weck, F. (2021). Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: Validation of the Dimensional Obsessive-Compulsive Scale – English and German Short Forms. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 21, 100625. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jocrd.2021.100625 (download PDF)

Abramovitch, A., Abramowitz, J. S., & McKay, D. (2021). The OCI-4: An ultra-brief screening scale for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 78, 102354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2021.102354 (download PDF)

 

2020

Hellberg, S. N., Buchholz, J. L., Twohig, M. P., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2020). Not just thinking, but believing: Obsessive beliefs and domains of cognitive fusion in the prediction of OCD symptom dimensions. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 27, 69-78. DOI: 10.1002/cpp.2409 (download PDF)

Buchholz, J. L., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2020). The Therapeutic Alliance in Exposure Therapy for Anxiety-Related Disorders: A Critical Review. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 102194. doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102194 (download PDF)

Ojalehto, H. J., Abramowitz, J. S., Hellberg, S. N., Buchholz, J. L., & Twohig, M. P. (2020). Adherence to exposure and response prevention as a predictor of improvement in obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 102210. Doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102210 (download PDF)

2019

Buchholz, J. L., Abramowitz, J. S., Blakey, S. M., Reuman, L., & Twohig, M. P. (2019). Sudden Gains: How important are they during exposure and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder? Behavior Therapy, 50, 672-681. DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2018.10.004 (Download PDF)

Buchholz, J. L., Abramowitz, J. S., Riemann, B., Reuman, L., Blakey, S. M., Leonard, R., & Thompson, K.A.(2019). Scrupulosity, religious affiliation and symptom presentation in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 47, 478-492. doi: 10.1017/S1352465818000711 (download PDF)

Buchholz, J. L., Blakey, S. M., Abramowitz, J. S., Leonard, R. C., & Riemann, B. C. (2019). Transdiagnostic predictors of concurrent depressive symptoms in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 279, 267-271. Doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2019.03.052 (Download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Abramowitz, J. S., Blakey S. M., & Reuman, L. (2019). Is the hierarchy necessary? A randomized clinical trial of gradual versus variable exposure intensity in the treatment of unacceptable obsessional thoughts. Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 64, 54-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2019.02.008 (Download PDF)

Blakey, S. M., Abramowitz, J. S., Buchholz, J. L., Jessup, S. C., Jacoby, R. J., Reuman, L., & Pentel, K. Z. (2019). A randomized controlled trial of the judicious use of safety behaviors during exposure therapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 112, 28-35. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2018.11.010. (download PDF)

Blakey, S. M., Abramowitz, J. S., Leonard, R. C., & Reimann, B. C. (2019). Does exposure and response prevention behaviorally activate patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder? A preliminary test. Behavior Therapy, 50, 214-224. Doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2018.05.007 (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Reuman, L., Blakey S. M., Hartsock, J., & Abramowitz, J. A. (2019). What if I make a mistake?: Examining uncertainty-related distress when decisions may harm oneself vs. others. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 20, 50-58. (Download PDF)

Blakey, S. M. & Abramowitz, J. S. (2019). Dropping safety aids and maximizing retrieval cues: Two keys to optimizing inhibitory learning during exposure therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 26, 166-175. (Download PDF)

 

2018

Jacoby, R. J., Abramowitz, J. A., Buchholz, J. L., Reuman, L., & Blakey S. M. (2018). Experiential avoidance in the context of obsessions: Development and validation of the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire for Obsessions and Compulsions. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 19, 34-43. doi: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2018.07.003. (download PDF)

Twohig, M., Abramowitz, J. S., Smith, B. M., Fabricant, L. E., Jacoby, R. J., Morrison, K. L., Bluett, E. J., Reuman, L., Blakey, S. M., & Lederman, T. (2018). Adding acceptance and commitment therapy to exposure and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 108, 1-9. doi 10.1016/j.brat.2018.06.005 (download PDF)

Reuman, L. & Abramowitz, J. S. (2018). Predictors of accommodation among families affected by fear based disorders. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 49, 49-62. doi 10.1007/s10578-017-0728-x (download PDF)

Blakey, S. M., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2018). Interoceptive exposure: An overlooked modality in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 25, 145-155. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2017.01.002 (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S., Blakey, S. M., Reuman, L., & Buchholz, J. L. (2018). New directions in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of OCD: Theory, research, and practice. Behavior Therapy, 49, 311-322. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.09.002 (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Blakey, S. M., Reuman, L., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2018). Mental contamination obsessions: An examination across the obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 17, 9-15. doi:10.1016/j.jocrd.2017.08.005 (download PDF)

2017

Blakey, S. M., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2017). Psychological predictors of health anxiety in response to the Zika virus. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24, 270-278. (download PDF)

Fischer, M., Baucom, D. A., Baucom, B. R., Abramowitz, J. S., Kirby, J. S., & Bulik, C. M. (2017). Disorder-specific patterns of emotion coregulation in couples: comparing obsessive compulsive disorder and anorexia nervosa. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 304-315.

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. (download PDF)

Blakey, S. M., Reuman, L., Buchholz, J. L., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2017). Experiential avoidance and dysfunctional beliefs in the prediction of body image disturbance in a nonclinical sample of women. Body Image, 22, 72-77. (download PDF)

Reuman, L., Jacoby, R. J., Blakey, S. M., Riemann, B. C., Leonard, R. C., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2017). Predictors of illness anxiety symptoms in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatry Research, 256, 417-422. (download PDF)

2016

Blakey, S. B., Abramowitz, J. S., & Mahaffey, B. L. (2016). Do obsessive beliefs predict body image disturbance? Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 11, 96-100. (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2016). Inhibitory learning approaches to exposure therapy: A critical review and translation to obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 49, 28-40. (download PDF)

Blakey, S. M. & Abramowitz, J. S, (2016). The effects of safety behaviors during exposure therapy for anxiety: Critical analysis from an inhibitory learning perspective. Clinical Psychology Review, 49, 1-15. (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Abramowitz, J. S., Reuman, L., & Blakey, S. M. (2016). Enhancing the ecological validity of the beads task as a behavioral measure of intolerance of uncertainty. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 41, 43-49. (download PDF)

Blakey, S. M., Jacoby, R. J., Reuman, L., & Abramowitz, J. S, (2016). More than anxiety: The relative contributions of distress tolerance and experiential avoidance to OC symptoms. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44, 460-471. (download PDF)

2015

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 risk. Journal of Behaviour Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 47, 111-119. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S. & Jacoby, R. J. (2015). Obsessive-compulsive related disorders: A critical review of the new diagnostic class. Annual review of Clinical Psychology, 11, 165-186. Doi: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032813-153713. (download PDF)

Blakey, S. M., Reuman, L., Jacoby, R. J., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2015). Tracing “Fearbola”: Examining the psychological predictors of anxious responding to the Ebola virus. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 816-825. doi:10.1007/s10608-015-9701-9 (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Berman, N., Graziano, R., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2015). Examining attentional bias in scrupulosity: Null findings from the dot probe paradigm. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29, 302-314. doi:10.1891/0889-8391.29.4.302. (download PDF)

2014

Abramowitz, J. S. & Arch, J. J. (2014). Strategies for improving long-term outcomes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder: Insights from learning theory.Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21, 20-31. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S., Fabricant, L. E., Taylor, S., Deacon, B. J., McKay, D., & Storch, E. A. (2014). The relevance of analogue studies for understanding obsessions and compulsions. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 206-217. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S., & Jacoby, R. J. (2014). Scrupulosity: A cognitive-behavioral analysis and implications for treatment. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 140-149. (download PDF)

Berman, N.C., Stark, A., Ramsey, K., Cooperman, A., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2014).  Prayer in Response to Negative Intrusive Thoughts: Closer Examination of a Religious Neutralizing Strategy. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 28, 87-100. (download PDF)

Belus, J. M., Baucom, D. A., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2014). The effect of a couple-based treatment for OCD on intimate partners. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychopathology, 45, 484-488. (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Abramowitz, J. S., Buck, B. E., Fabricant, L. E. (2014). How is the beads task related to intolerance of uncertainty in anxiety disorders? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 495-503. (download PDF)

Radomsky, A. S., Alcolado, G. M., Abramowitz, J. S., et al. (2014). Part 1: You can run but you can’t hide: Intrusive thoughts on six continents. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 269-279. (download PDF)

Moulding, R., Coles, M. E., Abramowitz, J. S., et al. (2014). Part 2: Do we all dislike intrusive thoughts for the same reasons? Links between appraisals, control strategies, and intrusions across cultures. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 280-291. (download PDF)

Clark, D. A., Abramowitz, J. S., et al.  (2014). Part 3: A Question of Perspective: The Association between Intrusive Thoughts and Obsessionality in 11 Countries. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 292-299(download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S. & Jacoby, R. J. (2014). Obsessive-compulsive disorder in the DSM-5: Clinical Psychology Science and Practice, 21, 221-235. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S. & Jacoby, R. J. (2014). The use and misuse of exposure therapy for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Current Psychiatry Reports, 10, 277-283. (download PDF)

Nota, J. A., Blakey, S. George-Denn, D., Jacoby, R. J., Schubert, J. R., Abramowitz, J. S., & Coles, M. E. (2014). The experience of OCD-related intrusive thoughts in African and European Americans: Testing the generalizability of cognitive models of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 115-123. (download PDF)

2013

Abramovitch, A., Abramowitz, J., S., & Mittleman, A. (2013). The neuropsychology of adult obsessive-compulsive disorder: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 1163-1171. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). The practice of exposure therapy: Relevance of cognitive-behavioral theory and extinction theory. Behavior Therapy, 44, 548-558. (download PDF)

Fabricant, L. E., Abramowitz, J. S., Twohig, M. & Dehlin, J. (in press). A comparison of two brief interventions for obsessional thoughts: Exposure and acceptance. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S. & Arch, J. (in press). Strategies for improving long-term outcomes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for OCD: Insights from learning theory. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. (download PDF)

Jacoby, R. J., Fabricant, L. E., Leonard, R. C., Riemann, B. C., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). Just to be certain: Confirming the factor structure of the Intolerance of Uncertainty Scale in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 535-542. (download PDF)

Abramowitz, J. S., Baucom, D. H., Boeding, S., Wheaton, M. G., Pukay-Martin, N., Fabricant, L. E., Paprocki, C., & Fischer, M. (2013). Treating obsessive-compulsive disorder in intimate relationships: A pilot study of couple-based cognitive-behavior therapy. Behavior Therapy, 44, 395-407. (download PDF)

Berman, N. C., Wheaton, M. G., Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). Childhood trauma and thought-action fusion: A multi-method examination. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 43-47. (download PDF)

Mahaffey, B., Wheaton, M. G., Fabricant, L. E., Berman, N. C., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). The contribution of experiential avoidance and social cognitions in the prediction of social anxiety. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 41, 52-65(download PDF)

Berman, N. C., Wheaton, M. G., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2013) Rigid Rules of Conduct and Duty: Prediction of Thought Action Fusion. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27, 83-95. (download PDF)

Wheaton, M. G., Fabricant, L. E., Berman, N. C., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). Experiential Avoidance in Individuals with Hoarding Disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 779-785. (download PDF)

Berman, N. C., Wheaton, M. G., Fabricant, L. E., & Abramowitz, J. S. (2013). Predictors of mental pollution: The contribution of religion, parenting strategies, and childhood trauma. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1, 153-158.

Abramowitz, J. S., Baucom, D. H., Wheaton, M. G., Boeding, S., Fabricant, L. E., Paprocki, C., & Fischer, M. S. (2013). Enhancing exposure and response prevention for OCD: A couple-based approach. Behavior Modification, 37, 189-210. (download PDF)

Boeding, S. E., Paprocki, C. M., Baucom, D. H., Abramowitz, J. S., Wheaton, M. G., Fabricant, L. E., & Fischer, M. S. (2013). Let me check that for you: Symptom accommodation in romantic partners of adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 316-322. (download PDF)

Berman, N.C., Calkins, A., & Abramowitz, J.S. (2013). Longer-Term Effects of Inducing Harm Related Intrusions: Implications for Research on Obsessional Phenomena. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 109-113.