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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

Amy Odum

Dr. Amy Odum's Featured Publication

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

Michael Levin

Dr. Michael Levin's Featured Publication Spotlight

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.

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
Military Social Science Lab Rebecca Blais Combined Clinical/Counseling
Sue Crowley Lab Sue Crowley Combined Clinical/Counseling
Youth Development, Context and Prevention Lab Rick Cruz Combined Clinical/Counseling
Culture and Mental Health Lab Melanie Domenech Rodriguez Combined Clinical/Counseling
Renee Galliher 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
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
Latent Variable Analysis Lab Christian Geiser Quantitative Psychology
Statistical Learning and Longitudinal Modeling Lab Sarfaraz Serang Quantitative Psychology
Catalin Buhusi Lab Catalin Buhusi 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.

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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Recent Faculty Publications
(April - July 2020)


Baker, J. M., Gillam, R. B., & Jordan, K. E. (2020). Children’s neural activity during number line estimations assessed by functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Brain and Cognition, 144.

Benallie, K. J., McClain, M. B., Harris, B., & Schwartz, S. E. (2020). Validation of the ASKSG with a Parent Sample in the United States. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Berry, M. S., Repke, M. A., Metcalf, A. L., & Jordan, K. E. (2020). Promoting Healthy Decision-Making via Natural Environment Exposure: Initial Evidence and Future Directions. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

Bringhurst, R. F., Wagner, D. R., & Schwartz, S. (2020). Wingate Anaerobic Test Reliability on the Velotron With Ice Hockey Players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(6), 1716–1722.

Burns, G. L., Geiser, C., Servera, M., Becker, S. P., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2020). Promises and Pitfalls of Latent Variable Approaches to Understanding Psychopathology: Reply to Burke and Johnston, Eid, Junghänel and Colleagues, and Willoughby. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 48(7), 917–922.

Crapo, J. S., Bradford, K., Barrett, T. S., Miller, J. A., & Higginbotham, B. J. (2020). Couple Relationship Education Outcomes Predicted by Family Life Stage and Traditionality. Contemporary Family Therapy.

Downs, J. D., Mohr, K. A. J., & Barrett, T. S. (2020). Determining the academic and affective outcomes of dyad reading among third graders. Journal of Educational Research, 113(2), 120–132.

Graham, C., Reither, E. N., Ciciurkaite, G., Dev, D. A., & Fargo, J. (2020). Does context matter? A multilevel analysis of neighborhood disadvantage and children’s sleep health. Sleep Health.

Haeger, J. A., Davis, C. H., & Levin, M. E. (2020). Utilizing ACT daily as a self-guided app for clients waiting for services at a college counseling center: A pilot study. Journal of American College Health.

Henriques Wollach, C.-A., Cardaciotto, L., Levin, M., & Lee Armstrong, S. (2020). Implementing a Web-Based Cognitive Defusion Program to Target Negative Self-Referential Thoughts in College Students: A Pilot Study. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 16, 183–191.

Isaacs, D. S., Tehee, M., Green, J., Straits, K. J. E., & Ellington, T. (2020). When psychologists take a stand: Barriers to trauma response services and advocacy for American Indian communities. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 21(4), 468–483.

Jones, A. L., Pettey, W. B. P., Carter, M. E., Brignone, E., Redd, A., Suo, Y., Divita, G., Blais, R. K., Fargo, J. D., & Gundlapalli, A. V. (2019). Regional Variations in Documentation of Sexual Trauma Concepts in Electronic Medical Records in the United States Veterans Health Administration. AMIA ... Annual Symposium Proceedings. AMIA Symposium, 2019, 514–522.

Krafft, J., Twohig, M. P., & Levin, M. E. (2020). A Randomized Trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Traditional Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Self-Help Books for Social Anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Lansford, K. L., Borrie, S. A., Barrett, T. S., & Flechaus, C. (2020). When Additional Training Isn’t Enough: Further Evidence That Unpredictable Speech Inhibits Adaptation. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research : JSLHR, 63(6), 1700–1711.

Larson, A. L., Barrett, T. S., & McConnell, S. R. (2020). Exploring early childhood language environments: A comparison of language use, exposure, and interactions in the home and childcare settings. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 51(3), 706–719.

Lee, E. B., Barney, J. L., Twohig, M. P., Lensegrav-Benson, T., & Quakenbush, B. (2020). Obsessive compulsive disorder and thought action fusion: Relationships with eating disorder outcomes. Eating Behaviors, 37.

Levin, M. E., Krafft, J., & Twohig, M. P. (2020). Examining processes of change in an online acceptance and commitment therapy dismantling trial with distressed college students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 17, 10–16.

Liu, F. F., Cruz, R. A., Rockhill, C. M., & Lyon, A. R. (2020). Dr. Liu et al. Reply: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59(5), 577–579.

Livingston, W. S., Fargo, J. D., Gundlapalli, A. V., Brignone, E., & Blais, R. K. (2020). Comorbid PTSD and Depression Diagnoses Mediate the Association of Military Sexual Trauma and Suicide and Intentional Self-Inflicted Injury in VHA-Enrolled Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans, 2004-2014. Journal of Affective Disorders, 274, 1184–1190.

Mahamane, S., Wan, N., Porter, A., Hancock, A. S., Campbell, J., Lyon, T. E., & Jordan, K. E. (2020). Natural Categorization: Electrophysiological Responses to Viewing Natural Versus Built Environments. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

McClain, M. B., Harris, B., Schwartz, S. E., & Golson, M. E. (2020). Differential Item and Test Functioning of the Autism Spectrum Rating Scales: A Follow-Up Evaluation in a Diverse, Nonclinical Sample. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Nagaraj, N. K., Magimairaj, B. M., & Schwartz, S. (2020). Auditory distraction in school-age children relative to individual differences in working memory capacity. Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics.

Nelson, L. H., Anderson, K., Whicker, J., Barrett, T., Muñoz, K., & White, K. (2020). Classroom listening experiences of students who are deaf or hard of hearing using listening inventory for education–revised. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 51(3), 720–733.

Ong, C. W., Levin, M. E., & Twohig, M. P. (2020). Beyond Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Process-Based Therapy. Psychological Record.

Parmenter, J. G., Galliher, R. V., & Maughan, A. D. A. (2020). An Exploration of LGBTQ+ Community Members’ Positive Perceptions of LGBTQ+ Culture. Counseling Psychologist.

Renda, C. R., Rung, J. M., Peck, S., & Madden, G. J. (2020). Reducing impulsive choice VII: effects of duration of delay-exposure training. Animal Cognition.

Ridgley, L. M., DaVia Rubenstein, L., & Callan, G. L. (2020). Gifted underachievement within a self-regulated learning framework: Proposing a task-dependent model to guide early identification and intervention. Psychology in the Schools, 57(9), 1365–1384.

Serang, S. (2020). A Monte Carlo Test for Longitudinal Structural Equation Models in Small Samples. Structural Equation Modeling, 1–17.

Shahidullah, J. D., McClain, M. B., Azad, G., Mezher, K. R., & McIntyre, L. L. (2020). Coordinating Autism Care Across Schools and Medical Settings: Considerations for School Psychologists. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Thompson, B. L., Twohig, M. P., & Luoma, J. B. (2020). Psychological Flexibility as Shared Process of Change in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Single Case Design Study. Behavior Therapy.

Torres, L., Reveles, A. K., Mata-Greve, F., Schwartz, S., & Domenech Rodriguez, M. M. (2020). Reactions to witnessing ethnic microaggressions: An experimental study. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 39(2), 141–164.

Zhang, Z., Lu, Z., Warren, C. M., Rong, C., & Xing, Q. (2020). The late parietal event-related potential component is hierarchically sensitive to chunk tightness during chunk decomposition. Cognitive Neurodynamics, 14(4), 501–508.

Updated 08/2020