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Our lab engages in a number of activities that include basic and applied research surrounding the topic of the nature and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders (see the "Projects" tab for more details).

Dr. Michelle Newman's research focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders. She is examining the etiology and classification, individual predictors of psychotherapy outcome, and impact of brief psychotherapy with respect to social phobia, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and trauma. 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.

Latest Placements of Dr. Newman's Graduate Students

Congratulations to Hani, Hanjoo, Kay, and Luc for completing their doctoral studies and moving on to the next chapter!

  • Nur Hani Zainal graduated 2022 (Currently a postdoctoral research associate at Harvard Medical School).

  • Hanjoo Kim graduated 2020 (Currently a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan Medicine, University of Michigan).

  • Ki Eun Shin graduated 2020 (Currently an assistant professor of Long Island University, Post Campus).

  • Lucas LaFreniere graduated 2020 (Currently an assistant professor at Skidmore College).

Latest News, Awards, Publications & Media Attention

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Latest Awards received by Dr. Newman, her graduate and undergraduate students

Congratulations to Dr. Newman and her graduate students for these achievements!

 

2022 Awards

  • Ellen V. Piers Graduate Scholarship in Clinical Psychology (Jeremy Schwob)

  • Best Clinical Paper Award (Gavin Rackoff)

2021 Awards

  • ADAA CDLP Award (Ki Eun Shin)

  • ADAA CDLP Award (Hanjoo Kim)

  • ADAA CDLP Award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • ABCT student travel award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • National University of Singapore Development Grant (SGD $10,000) (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • APA Division 29 Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentorship Award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • Eric A. Walker Award. The award is presented annually to the student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities (Anibal (A.J.) Rodriguez)

  • Best Clinical Paper Award (Gavin Rackoff)

  • Honorable Mention Best Departmental Paper award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • Charles N. Cofer Memorial Award in Psychology and Student Marshall (Emma Win)

  • Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship in Psychology (Shuangshuang (Sydney Thiem))

  • Mona Shibley Bird Memorial Scholarship in Psychology (Shuangshuang (Danielle) Chen))

  • Costello Family Scholarship in Psychology (Kaitlin Mazor)

  • Costello Family Scholarship in Psychology (Emma Win)

2020 Awards

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  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award (Nur Hani Zainal).​

  • Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Award 2019-20 This award is to acknowledge and honor graduate student scientists who have conducted doctoral dissertation research of superior scientific quality and broader societal impact. (Nur Hani Zainal) http://fabbs.org/honoring-our-scientists/research-excellence-awards/doctoral-dissertation/

  • Peter T. Lukie Award for Outstanding Research in Social and Behavioral Science. Undergraduate research award given to a junior at Penn State (Shuangshuang Chen).

  • 2020-2021 – Susan Welch/Nagle Family Graduate Fellowship-awarded to a Penn State graduate student exhibiting academic excellence in a program within the College of the Liberal Arts (Nur Hani Zainal).

  • American Psychological Association, Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology Distinguished Dissertation Award in Clinical Psychology award for excellence, innovation, and commitment to research demonstrated by a dissertation in clinical psychology (Lucas LaFreniere).

  • ​2019-2020 – Sigma Chi Madson Graduate Scholarship (USD $1,000) (Jeremy Schwob)

2019 Awards

  • Dr. Newman was awarded the Raymond Lombra Award for Distinction in the Social or Life Sciences. This award recognizes a tenured faculty member of the Penn State University College of the Liberal Arts who, by his or her outstanding work in the field of social or life sciences, has demonstrated excellence in research and scholarship.

  • Dr. Newman was also awarded Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology from American Psychological Association Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12). For excellence in mentoring clinical psychology graduate students, interns, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty and providing outstanding support, encouragement, and promoting education and training, professional and personal development, and career guidance to junior colleagues. 

  • Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society for performing in the top 10% of doctoral students across all disciplines (Lucas LaFreniere).

  • Singapore-based LBKM Prestigious scholarship. (Nur Hani Zainal).

  • National University of Singapore Development Grant. (Nur Hani Zainal).

  • National University of Singapore-Overseas Graduate Scholarship (Nur Hani Zainal) A scholarship that supports Singaporeans with a high likelihood for a career in academia following their doctoral studies and post-doctoral fellowship, eventually serving as a tenure-track faculty member in a clinical PhD program at NUS by mid-2024.

  • American Psychological Association, Division 29 Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Award (Ki Eun Shin).

  • Pennsylvania State University Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) Dissertation Support Award (Nur Hani Zainal).

  • College of Liberate Arts – Superior Teaching and Research Award (Ki Eun Shin)

  • College of Liberate Arts – Superior Teaching and Research Award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • Honorable Mention Best Departmental Paper Award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • Penn State University Best Clinical Paper Award (Nur Hani Zainal)

  • Singapore-based LBKM Merit scholarship. (Nur Hani Zainal).

  • Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award. (Luc LaFreniere)

  • Singapore-based LBKM Merit scholarship. (Nur Hani Zainal).

  • Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) Doctoral Dissertation Research Excellence Award 2017-18 This award is to acknowledge and honor graduate student scientists who have conducted doctoral dissertation research of superior scientific quality and broader societal impact. (Nick Jacobson) http://fabbs.org/honoring-our-scientists/research-excellence-awards/doctoral-dissertation/

  • Penn State University Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, Pennsylvania State University Department of Psychology (Luc LaFreniere)

Our recent publications in 2022 (updated as of September 2nd, 2022):

Congratulations to Dr. Newman, her graduate students, and all of our collaborators!

  • Zainal, N. H. & Newman, M. G. (2022). Commentary: Understanding the relationship between life satisfaction and cognitive decline. Clinical Psychiatry Newshttps://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/257114/alzheimers-cognition/understanding-relationship-between-life-satisfaction Pdf

  • 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.https://doi.org/10.1017/S003329172200232X  Pdf

  • Constantino, M. J., Castonguay, L. G., Coyne, A. E., Boswell, J. F., & Newman, M. G. (in press). Baseline overly accommodating interpersonal problems in relation to parsed alliance-outcome associations in cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2022.2086836  Pdf

  • Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (in press). Elevated anxious and depressed mood relates to future executive dysfunction in older adults: A longitudinal network analysis of psychopathology and cognitive functioning. Clinical Psychological Science. Pdf

  • Newman, M. G., Schwob, J. T.*, & Rackoff, G. N.* (2022) Within-day sudden gains and generalized anxiety disorder psychotherapy outcome. Psychotherapy, 59(3), 460-469. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000445  Pdf

  • Nguyen, V.V.*, Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2022). Why sleep is key: Poor sleep quality is a mechanism for the bidirectional relationship between major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder across 18 years. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 90, 102601. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102601  Pdf

  • Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2022). Life satisfaction prevents decline in working memory, spatial cognition, and processing speed: Latent change score analyses across 23 years. European Psychiatry, 65(1), e27, 1-13. Selected as Editor’s choice by European Psychiatric Association. PMID: 35437134 PMCID: PMC9121850 https://www.doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2022.19. Pdf

  • Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (in press). A cross-lagged prospective network analysis of depression and anxiety and cognitive functioning components in midlife community adult women. Psychological Medicine. PMID: 35534458 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291722000848 Pdf

  • Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (in press). Depression and worry symptoms predict future executive functioning impairment via inflammation. Psychological Medicine. PMID: 33653430 PMCID: PMC8413386 https://doi.org/10.1017/s0033291721000398 (Honorable Mention of the 2021 Outstanding Publication by a Graduate Student Award, Penn State, Department of Psychology.) Pdf

  • Jacobson, N. C.*, Evey, K. J.*, Wright, A. G. C., & Newman, M. G. (in press). Integration of discrete and global structures of affect across three large samples: Specific emotions within-persons and global affect between-persons. Emotion.PMID: 34591509  PMCID: PMC8964824 https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0001022 Pdf

  • Rackoff, G. N.*, Fitzsimmons-Craft, E., Taylor, C. B., Eisenberg, D., Wilfley, D. E., & Newman, M. G. (2022). A randomized controlled trial of internet-based self-help for stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Adolescent Health, 71(2), 157-163. PMID: 35351353 PMCID: PMC8813578 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.01.227 (Winner of the 2022 Best Clinical Paper Award, Penn State, Department of Psychology.) Pdf

  • Rackoff, G. N.* & Newman, M. G. (2022). Distinct psychological characteristics predict resilience and recovery throughout widowhood. Behavior Therapy, 53(3), 428-439. PMID: 35473647; PMCID: PMC9046682. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2021.11.002 Pdf

  • Topooco, N., Fowler, L. A., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., DePietro, B., Vazquez, M., Firebaugh, M. L., Ceglarek, P., Monterubio, G., Newman, M. G., Eisenberg, D., Wilfley, D. E., Taylor, C. B. (2022). Digital interventions to address mental health needs in colleges: Perspectives of student stakeholders. Internet Interventions, 28,100528. PMID: 35378846; PMCID: PMC8976123.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2022.100528  Pdf

  • Kim, H.* & Newman, M. G. (2022). Avoidance of negative emotional contrast from worry and rumination: An application of the contrast avoidance model. Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, 32(1), 33-43. Special edition on Anxiety Disorders. PMID: 35693377; PMCID: PMC9181176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2021.12.007 Pdf

  • Marr, N. S., Zainal, N. H., & Newman, M. G. (in press). Focus on and venting of negative emotion mediates the 18-year bi-directional relations between major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders. Pdf

  • Kim, H.*, Rackoff, G. N.* Fitzimmons-Craft, E., Shin, K. E.*, Zainal, N. H.*, Schwob, J. T.*, Eisenberg, D., Wilfley, D. E., Taylor, C. B. & Newman, M. G. (in press). College mental health before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: Results from a nationwide survey. Cognitive Therapy and Research. PMID: 34177004 PMC: PMC8214371 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-021-10241-5  Pdf

  • Shin, K. E.*, Newman, M. G., & Jacobson, N. C.* (2022). Emotion network density is a potential clinical marker for anxiety and depression: Comparison of ecological momentary assessment and daily diary. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61(S1), 31-50. Special Issue: mHealth and Technology Innovations for Anxiety and OC Spectrum Disorders. PMID: 33963538 PMCID: PMC8572316 https://doi.org/10.1111/bjc.12295  Pdf

  • Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2022). Curiosity helps: Growth in need for cognition bidirectionally predicts future reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms across 10 years. Journal of Affective Disorders, 296, 642–652. PMID: 34627855 PMCID: PMC8759714 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.10.001 Pdf

  • Zainal, N. H.* & Newman, M. G. (2022). Inflammation mediates depression and generalized anxiety symptoms predicting executive function impairment after 18 years. Journal of Affective Disorders, 296, 465-475. PMID: 34649180 PMC8603378 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.077  Pdf

 

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