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Research

In 2019, the USU Psychology Department produced 146 "intellectual contributions," including journal articles, book chapters, books, and textbooks. Of these, 138 were journal articles. Of the publications, 64 included at least one student co-author. The faculty submitted $12.3M in proposals in 2019 a record year for grant proposals in department history. In 2019, the faculty were awarded $3.8M in grants and contracts. 

Featured Publications

Research Labs


Lab Name | Faculty Faculty Program Affiliation
Challenging Behavior Assessment and Intervention Lab Katie Brown Behavior Analysis
Behavioral Ecomonics Lab Greg Madden Behavior Analysis
Timothy Shahan Lab Timothy Shahan Behavior Analysis
Amy Odum Lab Amy Odum Behavior Analysis
Mona Buhusi Lab Mona Buhusi Brain and Cognition & Neuroscience
Multisensory Cognition Lab Kerry Jordan Brain and Cognition
Warren Neuromodulation Lab Christopher Warren Brain and Cognition & Neuroscience
Sue Crowley Lab Sue Crowley Combined Clinical/Counseling
Culture and Mental Health Lab Melanie Domenech Rodriguez Combined Clinical/Counseling
PR2IDE Lab Renee Galliher Combined Clinical/Counseling
ACT Research Group Michael Levin & Michael Twohig Combined Clinical/Counseling
Tyler Lefevor's Research Lab Tyler Lefevor Combined Clinical/Counseling
Tohi Lab Melissa Tehee Combined Clinical/Counseling
Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Disorders Lab JoAnn Tschanz Combined Clinical/Counseling
Physical Mental Health Interactions Lab Maria Kleinstaeuber Combined Clinical/Counseling
The Self Regulated Learning Lab Greg Callan School Psychology
Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Lab Maryellen McClain Verdoes School Psychology
School Mental Health Lab Tyler Renshaw School Psychology
Statistical Learning and Longitudinal Modeling Lab Sarfaraz Serang Quantitative Psychology
Catalin Buhusi Lab Catalin Buhusi Brain and Cognition & Neuroscience
Factotum Lab Jennifer Grewe & Crissa Levin  Undergraduate

Previously Featured Publications

Amador Buenabad, N. G., Sánchez Ramos, R., Schwartz, S., Gutiérrez López, M. L., Díaz Juárez, A. D., Ortiz Gallegos, A. B., González Ortega, T. G., Vázquez Pérez, L., Medina-Mora Icaza, M. E., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., & Villatoro Velázquez, J. A. (2019). Cluster Randomized Trial of a Multicomponent School-Based Program in Mexico to Prevent Behavioral Problems and Develop Social Skills in Children. Child & Youth Care Forum

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Blais, R. K. (2019, epub ahead of print). Lower sexual satisfaction and function mediate the association of assault military sexual trauma and relationship satisfaction in partnered female service members/veterans. Family Process.


Callan, G. L., & Cleary, T. J. (2019). Examining cyclical phase relations and predictive influence of self-regulated learning processes on mathematics task performance. Metacognition and Learning14(1), 43-63. doi:10.1007/s11409-019-09191-x.  

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Gallistel, C. R., Craig, A. R., & Shahan, T. A. (2019). Contingency, contiguity, and causality in conditioning: Applying information theory and Weber’s Law to the assignment of credit problem. Psychological Review.

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Levin, M.E., Krafft, J.*, Hicks, E.T.*, Pierce, B.* & Twohig, M.P. (2020). A randomized dismantling trial of the open and engaged components of acceptance and commitment therapy in an online self-help program for distressed college students. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 126, 103557.

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Odum, A. L., Becker, R. J., Haynes, J. M., Galizio, A., Frye, C. C. J., Downey, H., Friedel, J. E., & Perez, D. M. (2020). Delay discounting of different outcomes: Review and theory. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.589

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Recent Faculty Publications
(October - December 2021)

Bricker, J. B., Levin, M., Lappalainen, R., Mull, K., Sullivan, B., & Santiago-Torres, M. (2021). Mechanisms of Smartphone Apps for Cigarette Smoking Cessation: Results of a Serial Mediation Model from the iCanQuit Randomized Trial. JMIR MHealth and UHealth, 9(11). https://doi.org/10.2196/32847

Cassinat, J. R., Whiteman, S. D., Serang, S., Dotterer, A. M., Mustillo, S. A., Maggs, J. L., & Kelly, B. C. (2021). Changes in Family Chaos and Family Relationships During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence From a Longitudinal Study. Developmental Psychology, 57(10), 1597–1610. https://doi.org/10.1037/dev0001217

Chakravarty, D., Heaton, T. B., Bradshaw, W. S., Galliher, R. V., & Dehlin, J. P. (2021). The Relationship of Religiosity and Sexuality in Non-heterosexual Mormon Women: A Mixed Methods Study. Sexuality and Culture. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-021-09929-3

Feigt, N. D., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., & Vázquez, A. L. (2021). The impact of gender-based microaggressions and internalized sexism on mental health outcomes: A mother–daughter study. Family Relations. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12622

Ferrell, J., & Crowley, S. L. (2021). Emotional Support Animals: A Framework For Clinical Decision-Making. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. https://doi.org/10.1037/pro0000391

Garcini, L. M., Cadenas, G., Rodríguez, M. M. D., Mercado, A., Campos, L., Abraham, C., Silva, M., & Paris, M. (2021). Lessons Learned From Undocumented Latinx Immigrants: How to Build Resilience and Overcome Distress in the Face of Adversity. Psychological Services, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000603

Golson, M. E., Benallie, K. J., Benney, C. M., Schwartz, S. E., McClain, M. B., & Harris, B. (2022). Current state of autism knowledge in the general population of the United States. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2021.101886

Golson, M. E., Ficklin, E., Haverkamp, C. R., McClain, M. B., & Harris, B. (2021). Cultural differences in social communication and interaction: A gap in autism research. Autism Research. https://doi.org/10.1002/aur.2657

Ha, J., McClain, M. B., Covington, B., & Golson, M. E. (2021). Brief Report: A Brief Video Intervention for Increasing Autism Knowledge in a General Population Sample. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05341-w

Lefevor, G. T., Skidmore, S. J., McGraw, J. S., Davis, E. B., & Mansfield, T. R. (2021). Religiousness and Minority Stress in Conservatively Religious Sexual Minorities: Lessons from Latter-day Saints. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. https://doi.org/10.1080/10508619.2021.2008131

McClain, M. B., Harris, B., Schwartz, S. E., Benallie, K. J., Golson, M. E., & Benney, C. M. (2021). Correction to: Brief Report: Development and Validation of the Autism Spectrum Knowledge Scale General Population Version: Preliminary Analyses (Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, (2019), 49, 7, (3007-3015), 10.1007/s10803-019-04019-8). Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05408-8

McClain, M. B., Roanhorse, T. T., Harris, B., Heyborne, M., Zemantic, P. K., & Azad, G. (2021). School-Based Autism Evaluations in the COVID-19 Era. School Psychology, 36(5), 377–387. https://doi.org/10.1037/spq0000447

McLean, E., Singer, J., Laurita, E., Kahler, J., Levin, C., & Papa, A. (2021). Perception of grief responses: Are maladaptive grief responses and the stages of grief considered normal? Death Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2021.1983890

Ong, C. W., Terry, C. L., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2021). Examining the Feasibility and Effectiveness of Online Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Self-Help in a Quasi-Stepped Care Model: A Pilot Study. Psychological Services. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000596

Parmenter, J. G., Galliher, R. V., Wong, E., & Perez, D. (2021). An Intersectional Approach to Understanding LGBTQ+ People of Color’s Access to LGBTQ+ Community Resilience. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 68(6), 629–641. https://doi.org/10.1037/cou0000578

Parra-Cardona, R., Fuentes-Balderrama, J., Vanderziel, A., López-Zerón, G., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., DeGarmo, D. S., & Anthony, J. C. (2021). A Culturally Adapted Parenting Intervention for Mexican-Origin Immigrant Families with Adolescents: Integrating Science, Culture, and a Focus on Immigration-Related Adversity. Prevention Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-021-01317-5

Petersen, J., Ona, P. Z., Blythe, M., Möller, C. M., & Twohig, M. (2022). Intensive outpatient acceptance and commitment therapy with exposure and response prevention for adolescents. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 23, 75–84. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.12.004

Petts, R. A., McClain, M. B., Azad, G., & Shahidullah, J. D. (2021). System Navigation Models to Facilitate Engagement in Pediatric Behavioral Health Services: A Systematic Review. Families, Systems and Health. https://doi.org/10.1037/fsh0000643

Rodriguez-Soto, M. M., Richmond, D. S., Ramirez, R. A., Xiong, X., & Enders, L. S. (2021). Characterizing billbug (Sphenophorus spp.) seasonal biology using DNA barcodes and a simple morphometric analysis. Insects, 12(10). https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12100930

Schliep, K. C., Ju, S., Foster, N. L., Smith, K. R., Varner, M. W., Østbye, T., & Tschanz, J. T. (2021). How good are medical and death records for identifying dementia? Alzheimer’s and Dementia. https://doi.org/10.1002/alz.12526

Senger, K., Rubel, J. A., Kleinstäuber, M., Schröder, A., Köck, K., Lambert, M. J., Lutz, W., & Heider, J. (2021). Symptom change trajectories in patients with persistent somatic symptoms and their association to long-term treatment outcome. Psychotherapy Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2021.1993376

Stein, J. S., & Madden, G. J. (2021). Choice bundling, unpacked: Observed and predicted effects on intertemporal choice in an additive model of hyperbolic delay discounting. PLoS ONE, 16(11 November). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0259830

Twohig, M. P., Plumb, J. C., Mukherjee, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2009). Suggestions from acceptance and commitment therapy for dealing with treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder. In Treatment Resistant Anxiety Disorders: Resolving Impasses to Symptom Remission. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203893869-14

Weeks, S. N., Renshaw, T. L., & Roberson, A. J. (2021). Screening Depression and Anxiety via Brief Measures of Psychological Inflexibility. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/07342829211050739

Weeks, S. N., Renshaw, T. L., & Vinal, S. A. (2021). Minority Stress as a Multidimensional Predictor of LGB+ Adolescents’ Mental Health Outcomes. Journal of Homosexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2021.2006000

Wong, E. G., Galliher, R. V., Pradell, H., Roanhorse, T., & Huenemann, H. (2021). Everyday Positive Identity Experiences of Spiritual/Religious LGBTQ+ BIPOC. Identity. https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2021.1996364

Updated 1/2022