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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
(August - October 2021)

Bean, R. C., Ledermann, T., Higginbotham, B. J., & Galliher, R. V. (2021). Adjustment Difficulties and Marital Stability in Remarriages: The Role of Stepfamily Constellation. Marriage and Family Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2021.1958123

Blais, R. K., Hess, R. A., & Serang, S. (2021). The buffering role of higher romantic relationship satisfaction on the association of hazardous drinking with PTSD and depression symptoms among female military service members/veterans. Addictive Behaviors, 123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107081

Davis, A. N., Carlo, G., Maiya, S., Schwartz, S. J., Szapocznik, J., & Des Rosiers, S. (2021). A longitudinal study of paternal and maternal involvement and neighborhood risk on recent immigrant Latino/a youth prosocial behaviors. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2021(177), 13–30. https://doi.org/10.1002/cad.20417

Ficklin, E., Tehee, M., Killgore, R. M., Isaacs, D., Mack, S., & Ellington, T. (2021). Fighting for our sisters: Community advocacy and action for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Journal of Social Issues. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12478

Gillam, R. B., Serang, S., Montgomery, J. W., & Evans, J. L. (2021). Cognitive Processes Related to Memory Capacity Explain Nearly All of the Variance in Language Test Performance in School-Age Children With and Without Developmental Language Disorder. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.724356

Golson, M. E., Haverkamp, C. R., McClain, M. B., Schwartz, S. E., Ha, J., Harris, B., & Benallie, K. J. (2021). Influences of student race/ethnicity and gender on autism special education classification considerations. Autism. https://doi.org/10.1177/13623613211050440

Huang, Q., Li, D., Zhou, C., Xu, Q., Li, P., & Warren, C. M. (2021). Multivariate pattern analysis of electroencephalography data reveals information predictive of charitable giving. NeuroImage, 242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2021.118475

Krafft, J., & Levin, M. E. (2021). Does the Cognitive Fusion Questionnaire measure more than frequency of negative thoughts? Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 22, 63–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2021.09.002

Krafft, J., Ong, C. W., Davis, C. H., Petersen, J. M., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2021). An Open Trial of Group Acceptance and Commitment Therapy With an Adjunctive Mobile App for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2021.05.008

Levin, M. E., Krafft, J., Davis, C. H., & Twohig, M. P. (2021). Evaluating the effects of guided coaching calls on engagement and outcomes for online acceptance and commitment therapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 50(5), 395–408. https://doi.org/10.1080/16506073.2020.1846609

McClain, M. B., Shahidullah, J. D., Harris, B., McIntyre, L. L., & Azad, G. (2021). Reconceptualizing Educational Contexts: The Imperative for Interprofessional and Interagency Collaboration in School Psychology. School Psychology Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/2372966X.2021.1949247

Nist, A. N., & Shahan, T. A. (2021). The extinction burst: Impact of reinforcement time and level of analysis on measured prevalence. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 116(2), 131–148. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeab.714

Petersen, J. M., Durward, C., & Levin, M. (2021). Weight-related psychological inflexibility as a mediator between weight self-stigma and health-related outcomes. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 85(3), 316. https://doi.org/10.1521/bumc.2021.85.3.316

Petersen, J., Ong, C. W., Hancock, A. S., Gillam, R. B., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2021). An Examination of the Relationship Between Perfectionism and Neurological Functioning. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35(3), 195–211. https://doi.org/10.1891/JCPSY-D-20-00037

Phelps, P., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., Alvarez, M. C., & Johnson, J. L. (2021). Shifts in Attitudes and Intentions to Practice Following Medication-Assisted Treatment Training. The Journal of Physician Assistant Education : The Official Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association, 32(3), 182–184. https://doi.org/10.1097/JPA.0000000000000368

Sulzer, S. H., Prevedel, S., Barrett, T., Voss, M. W., Manning, C., & Madden, E. F. (2021). Professional education to reduce provider stigma toward harm reduction and pharmacotherapy. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2021.1936457

Tobias, M. R., Landy, L. N., Levin, M. E., & Arch, J. J. (2021). A Randomized Trial of Brief Online Interventions to Facilitate Treatment Seeking for Social Anxiety. Behavior Modification. https://doi.org/10.1177/01454455211040051

Vázquez, A. L., Alvarez, M. D. L. C., Navarro Flores, C. M., González Vera, J. M., Barrett, T. S., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2021). Youth mental health service preferences and utilization patterns among Latinx caregivers. Children and Youth Services Review, 131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106258

Vázquez, A. L., Chou, T., Navarro Flores, C. M., Barrett, T. S., Villodas, M. T., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2021). High value correlates of caregiver reported counseling service need and utilization for adolescents at-risk for childhood maltreatment and neglect. PLoS ONE, 16(10 October). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0258082

Vázquez, A. L., Culianos, D., Flores, C. M. N., Alvarez, M. C., Barrett, T. S., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2021). Psychometric Evaluation of a Barriers to Mental Health Treatment Questionnaire for Latina/o/x Caregivers of Children and Adolescents. Child and Youth Care Forum. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-021-09656-8

Vázquez, A. L., Domenech Rodríguez, M. M., Barrett, T. S., Amador Buenabad, N. G., Gutiérrez López, M. L., Bustos Gamiño, M. N., & Villatoro Velázquez, J. A. (2021). Parent Characteristics and Practices Classify Lifetime Substance Use Among Mexican Children. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-021-00634-8

Updated 10/2021