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Michelle Gayle Newman, PhD

Michelle Gayle Newman, PhD

Professor, Psychology
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
MGN1@psu.edu

Research Interests

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Therapeutics
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotions
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social Phobia
  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Panic Disorder
  • Students
  • Major Depressive Disorder

Recent Publications

2024

Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2024, 'A cross-lagged prospective network analysis of depression and anxiety and cognitive functioning components in midlife community adult women - CORRIGENDUM', Psychological medicine, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 434. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291723003574
Chen, SZ, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2024, 'Elevated depression and anxiety predict future patterns of individualistic and collectivistic cultural values: A cross-lagged longitudinal network analysis', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 349, pp. 310-320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2023.12.083
Basterfield, C, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Taylor, CB, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE & Newman, MG 2024, 'Internalizing psychopathology and its links to suicidal ideation, dysfunctional attitudes, and help-seeking readiness in a national sample of college students', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 350, pp. 255-263. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2024.01.058
Newman, MG & Przeworski, A 2024, 'Introduction to a special issue on the contrast avoidance model', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 102, 102831. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2024.102831
Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Wilfley, DE, Accurso, EC, Balantekin, KN, Celio Doyle, A, Eisenberg, D, Firebaugh, ML, Flatt, RE, Goel, NJ, Graham, AK, Jacobi, C, Jones Bell, M, Monterubio, GE, Newman, MG, Sadeh-Sharvit, S, Taylor, K & Weissman, RS 2024, 'Nurturing innovation, catalyzing change: Honoring the legacy of Dr. C. Barr Taylor in the eating disorders field', International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 543-547. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.24145
Ng, MHS, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2024, 'Positive reappraisal coping mediates the relationship between parental abuse and lack of affection on adulthood generalized anxiety severity', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 102, 102826. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2024.102826
Przeworski, A & Newman, MG 2024, 'The Contrast Avoidance Model: Conclusion and synthesis of new research in the special issue', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 102, 102830. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2024.102830
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2024, 'Which client with generalized anxiety disorder benefits from a mindfulness ecological momentary intervention versus a self-monitoring app? Developing a multivariable machine learning predictive model', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 102, 102825. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2024.102825

2023

Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'A cross-lagged prospective network analysis of depression and anxiety and cognitive functioning components in midlife community adult women', Psychological medicine, vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 4160-4171. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291722000848
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'A randomized controlled trial of a 14-day mindfulness ecological momentary intervention (MEMI) for generalized anxiety disorder', European Psychiatry, vol. 66, no. 1, e12. https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2023.2
Newman, MG, Rackoff, GN, Zhu, Y & Kim, H 2023, 'A transdiagnostic evaluation of contrast avoidance across generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and social anxiety disorder', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 93, 102662. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102662
Schwob, JT & Newman, MG 2023, 'Brief imaginal exposure exercises for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial of a self-help momentary intervention app', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 98, 102749. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102749
Llera, SJ & Newman, MG 2023, 'Contrast avoidance predicts and mediates the effect of trait worry on problem-solving impairment', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 94, 102674. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102674
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'Corrigendum: Curiosity does help to protect against anxiety and depression symptoms but not conversely (Journal of Affective Disorders (2022) 296 (642–652), (S0165032721010697), (10.1016/j.jad.2021.10.001))', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 323, pp. 894-897. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.11.038
Barber, KE, Rackoff, GN & Newman, MG 2023, 'Day-to-day directional relationships between sleep duration and negative affect', Journal of psychosomatic research, vol. 172, 111437. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2023.111437
Baik, SY & Newman, MG 2023, Generalized anxiety disorder. in Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition: Volume 1-3. vol. 2, Elsevier, pp. V2-66-V2-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-91497-0.00264-2
Llera, SJ & Newman, MG 2023, 'Incremental validity of the contrast avoidance model: A comparison with intolerance of uncertainty and negative problem orientation', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 95, 102699. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102699
Sanghvi, DE, Rackoff, GN & Newman, MG 2023, 'Latent class analysis of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms following exposure to Hurricane Ike', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 327, 115942. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2023.115942
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2024, 'Mindfulness enhances cognitive functioning: a meta-analysis of 111 randomized controlled trials', Health Psychology Review, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 369-395. https://doi.org/10.1080/17437199.2023.2248222
Barber, KE, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'Positive relations mediate the bidirectional connections between depression and anxiety symptoms', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 324, pp. 387-394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.12.082
D'Adamo, L, Grammer, AC, Rackoff, GN, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Lipson, SK, Newman, MG, Taylor, CB, Eisenberg, D & Wilfley, DE 2023, 'Preferred treatment focus among college students with eating disorders and comorbid mental health problems in a digital cognitive-behavioral guided self-help program', International Journal of Eating Disorders, vol. 56, no. 12, pp. 2349-2357. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.24065
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'Prospective network analysis of proinflammatory proteins, lipid markers, and depression components in midlife community women', Psychological medicine, vol. 53, no. 11, pp. 5267-5278. https://doi.org/10.1017/S003329172200232X
Woods, WC, Edershile, EA, Ringwald, WR, Sharpe, BM, Himmelstein, PH, Newman, MG, Wilson, SJ, Ellison, WD, Levy, KN, Pincus, AL, Creswell, JD & Wright, AGC 2023, 'Psychometric Evaluation of a Visual Interpersonal Analog Scale', Psychological Assessment, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 311-324. https://doi.org/10.1037/pas0001210
Rackoff, GN, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Taylor, CB, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE & Newman, MG 2023, 'Psychotherapy utilization by United States college students', Journal of American College Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2023.2225630
D'Adamo, L, Paraboschi, L, Claire Grammer, A, Fennig, M, Graham, AK, Yaeger, LH, Newman, MG, Wilfley, DE, Barr Taylor, C, Eisenberg, D & Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE 2023, 'Reach and uptake of digital mental health interventions based on cognitive-behavioral therapy for college students: A systematic review', Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 97-117. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2023.05.002
LaFreniere, LS & Newman, MG 2023, 'Reducing contrast avoidance in GAD by savoring positive emotions: Outcome and mediation in a randomized controlled trial', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 93, 102659. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102659
Barber, KE, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'The mediating effect of stress reactivity in the 18-year bidirectional relationship between generalized anxiety and depression severity', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 325, pp. 502-512. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2023.01.041
Baik, SY & Newman, MG 2023, 'The transdiagnostic use of worry and rumination to avoid negative emotional contrasts following negative events: A momentary assessment study', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 95, 102679. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102679
Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Rojas, E, Topooco, N, Rackoff, GN, Zainal, NH, Eisenberg, D, Shah, J, Desage, C, Wilfley, DE, Taylor, CB & Newman, MG 2023, 'Training, supervision, and experience of coaches offering digital guided self-help for mental health concerns', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 14, 1217698. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1217698
Sanghvi, DE, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, 'Trait self-acceptance mediates parental childhood abuse predicting depression and anxiety symptoms in adulthood', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 94, 102673. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102673
Wang, JZ, Zhao, S, Wu, C, Adams, RB, Newman, MG, Shafir, T & Tsachor, R 2023, 'Unlocking the Emotional World of Visual Media: An Overview of the Science, Research, and Impact of Understanding Emotion', Proceedings of the IEEE, vol. 111, no. 10, pp. 1236-1286. https://doi.org/10.1109/JPROC.2023.3273517
LaFreniere, LS & Newman, MG 2023, 'Upregulating Positive Emotion in Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the SkillJoy Ecological Momentary Intervention', Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, vol. 91, no. 6, pp. 381-387. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000794
Rackoff, GN, Monocello, LT, Fowler, LA, Vázquez, MM, Shah, J, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Barr Taylor, C, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE & Newman, MG 2023, 'Using social influence strategies to improve rates of online mental health survey participation: Results from two experiments', Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 81-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2023.05.001
Kim, H & Newman, MG 2023, 'Worry and rumination enhance a positive emotional contrast based on the framework of the Contrast Avoidance Model', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 94, 102671. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2023.102671

2022

Rackoff, GN, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Taylor, CB, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE & Newman, MG 2022, 'A Randomized Controlled Trial of Internet-Based Self-Help for Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic', Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 71, no. 2, pp. 157-163. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.01.227
Kim, H & Newman, MG 2022, 'Avoidance of negative emotional contrast from worry and rumination: An application of the Contrast Avoidance Model', Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 33-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbct.2021.12.007
Constantino, MJ, Castonguay, LG, Coyne, AE, Boswell, JF & Newman, MG 2023, 'Baseline overly accommodating interpersonal problems in relation to parsed alliance-outcome associations in cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder', Psychotherapy Research, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 3-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2022.2086836
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2022, 'Curiosity helps: Growth in need for cognition bidirectionally predicts future reduction in anxiety and depression symptoms across 10 years', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 296, pp. 642-652. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.10.001
Topooco, N, Fowler, LA, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, DePietro, B, Vázquez, MM, Firebaugh, ML, Ceglarek, P, Monterubio, G, Newman, MG, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE & Taylor, CB 2022, 'Digital interventions to address mental health needs in colleges: Perspectives of student stakeholders', Internet Interventions, vol. 28, 100528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2022.100528
Rackoff, GN & Newman, MG 2022, 'Distinct Psychological Characteristics Predict Resilience and Recovery Throughout Widowhood', Behavior Therapy, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 428-439. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2021.11.002
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2023, '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, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 218-238. https://doi.org/10.1177/21677026221114076
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2022, 'Executive Functioning Constructs in Anxiety, Obsessive–Compulsive, Post-Traumatic Stress, and Related Disorders', Current psychiatry reports, vol. 24, no. 12, pp. 871-880. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-022-01390-9
Marr, NS, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2022, 'Focus on and venting of negative emotion mediates the 18-year bi-directional relations between major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder diagnoses', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 303, pp. 10-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2022.01.079
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2022, 'Inflammation mediates depression and generalized anxiety symptoms predicting executive function impairment after 18 years', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 296, pp. 465-475. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.08.077
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2022, 'Life satisfaction prevents decline in working memory, spatial cognition, and processing speed: Latent change score analyses across 23 years', European Psychiatry, vol. 65, no. 1, e27. https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2022.19
Newman, MG, Basterfield, C, Erickson, TM, Caulley, E, Przeworski, A & Llera, SJ 2022, 'Psychotherapeutic treatments for generalized anxiety disorder: cognitive and behavioral therapies, enhancement strategies, and emerging efforts', Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 751-770. https://doi.org/10.1080/14737175.2022.2125800
Newman, MG, Schwob, JT, Rackoff, GN, Doren, NV, Shin, KE & Kim, H 2022, 'The naturalistic reinforcement of worry from positive and negative emotional contrasts: Results from a momentary assessment study within social interactions', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 92, 102634. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102634
Nguyen, VV, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 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, vol. 90, 102601. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102601
Newman, MG, Schwob, JT & Rackoff, GN 2022, 'Within-Day Sudden Gains and Generalized Anxiety Disorder Psychotherapy Outcome', Psychotherapy, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 460-469. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000445

2021

Newman, MG, Kanuri, N, Rackoff, GN, Jacobson, NC, Bell, MJ & Taylor, CB 2021, 'A Randomized Controlled Feasibility Trial of Internet-Delivered Guided Self-Help for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Among University Students in India', Psychotherapy, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 591-601. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000383
Grammer, AC, Vázquez, MM, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Fowler, LA, Rackoff, GN, Schvey, NA, Lipson, SK, Newman, MG, Eisenberg, D, Taylor, CB & Wilfley, DE 2021, 'Characterizing eating disorder diagnosis and related outcomes by sexual orientation and gender identity in a national sample of college students', Eating Behaviors, vol. 42, 101528. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2021.101528
Kim, H, Rackoff, GN, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Shin, KE, Zainal, NH, Schwob, JT, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE, Taylor, CB & Newman, MG 2022, 'College Mental Health Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results From a Nationwide Survey', Cognitive Therapy and Research, vol. 46, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-021-10241-5
Van Doren, N, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Cross-cultural and gender invariance of emotion regulation in the United States and India', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 295, pp. 1360-1370. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.04.089
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Depression and executive functioning bidirectionally impair one another across 9 years: Evidence from within-person latent change and cross-lagged models', European Psychiatry, vol. 64, no. 1, e43. https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2021.2217
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2022, 'Depression and worry symptoms predict future executive functioning impairment via inflammation', Psychological medicine, vol. 52, no. 15, pp. 3625-3635. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291721000398
Shin, KE, Newman, MG & Jacobson, NC 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, vol. 61, no. S1, pp. 31-50. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjc.12295
Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Taylor, CB, Newman, MG, Zainal, NH, Rojas-Ashe, EE, Lipson, SK, Firebaugh, ML, Ceglarek, P, Topooco, N, Jacobson, NC, Graham, AK, Kim, HM, Eisenberg, D & Wilfley, DE 2021, 'Harnessing mobile technology to reduce mental health disorders in college populations: A randomized controlled trial study protocol', Contemporary Clinical Trials, vol. 103, 106320. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2021.106320
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Increased Inflammation Predicts Nine-Year Change in Major Depressive Disorder Diagnostic Status', Journal of abnormal psychology, vol. 130, no. 8, pp. 829-840. https://doi.org/10.1037/abn0000716
Bartek, ME, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Individuals’ marital instability mediates the association of their perceived childhood parental affection predicting adulthood depression across 18 years', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 291, pp. 235-242. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.04.091
Jacobson, NC, Evey, KJ, Wright, AGC & Newman, MG 2021, 'Integration of Discrete and Global Structures of Affect Across Three Large Samples: Specific Emotions Within-Persons and Global Affect Between-Persons', Emotion, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 1202-1211. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0001022
Zainal, NH, Chan, WW, Saxena, AP, Taylor, CB & Newman, MG 2021, 'Pilot randomized trial of self-guided virtual reality exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 147, 103984. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2021.103984
Win, E, Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Trait anger expression mediates childhood trauma predicting for adulthood anxiety, depressive, and alcohol use disorders', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 288, pp. 114-121. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.03.086

2020

Newman, MG, Jacobson, NC, Rackoff, GN, Bell, MJ & Taylor, CB 2020, 'A randomized controlled trial of a smartphone-based application for the treatment of anxiety', Psychotherapy Research, pp. 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1080/10503307.2020.1790688
Newman, MG, Zainal, NH & Hoyer, J 2020, Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). in Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Worrying: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians and Researchers. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 203-230. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119189909.ch10
Newman, MG & Zainal, NH 2020, Interpersonal and emotion-focused therapy (i/ep) for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). in Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Worrying: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians and Researchers. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 231-244. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119189909.ch11
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Larger increase in trait negative affect is associated with greater future cognitive decline and vice versa across 23 years', Depression and anxiety, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 146-160. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.23093
Rackoff, GN & Newman, MG 2020, 'Reduced positive affect on days with stress exposure predicts depression, anxiety disorders, and low trait positive affect 7 years later.', Journal of abnormal psychology, vol. 129, no. 8, pp. 799-809. https://doi.org/10.1037/abn0000639
Lord, KA, Jacobson, NC, Suvak, MK & Newman, MG 2020, 'Social criticism moderates the relationship between anxiety and depression 10 years later', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 274, pp. 15-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.05.030
Newman, MG & Zainal, NH 2020, 'The value of maintaining social connections for mental health in older people', The Lancet Public Health, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. e12-e13. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(19)30253-1
King, BR, Boswell, JF, Schwartzman, CM, Lehrbach, K, Castonguay, LG & Newman, MG 2020, 'Use of common and unique techniques in the early treatment phase for cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal/emotional, and supportive listening interventions for generalized anxiety disorder', Psychotherapy, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 457-463. https://doi.org/10.1037/pst0000277
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Within-person increase in pathological worry predicts future depletion of unique executive functioning domains', Psychological medicine, vol. 51, no. 10, pp. 1676-1686. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291720000422
Llera, SJ & Newman, MG 2020, 'Worry impairs the problem-solving process: Results from an experimental study', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 135, 103759. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103759