Researcher Profile

Researcher Profile

Michelle Gayle Newman, PhD

Michelle Gayle Newman, PhD

Professor, Psychology
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Scientific Program:Cancer Control

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications


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.
Kim, H, Rackoff, GN, Fitzsimmons-Craft, EE, Shin, KE, Zainal, NH, Schwob, JT, Eisenberg, D, Wilfley, DE, Taylor, CB & Newman, MG 2021, 'College Mental Health Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results From a Nationwide Survey', Cognitive Therapy and Research.
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.
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2021, 'Depression and worry symptoms predict future executive functioning impairment via inflammation', Psychological medicine.
Shin, KE, Newman, MG & Jacobson, NC 2021, '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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Llera, SJ & Newman, MG 2020, 'Worry impairs the problem-solving process: Results from an experimental study', Behaviour Research and Therapy, vol. 135, 103759.


Luo, Y, Ye, J, Adams, RB, Li, J, Newman, MG & Wang, JZ 2020, 'ARBEE: Towards Automated Recognition of Bodily Expression of Emotion in the Wild', International Journal of Computer Vision, vol. 128, no. 1.
Dawood, S, Hallquist, MN, Pincus, AL, Ram, N, Newman, MG, Wilson, SJ & Levy, KN 2020, 'Comparing Signal-Contingent and Event-Contingent Experience Sampling Ratings of Affect in a Sample of Psychotherapy Outpatients', Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 13-24.
Zainal, NH, Newman, MG & Hong, RY 2021, 'Cross-Cultural and Gender Invariance of Transdiagnostic Processes in the United States and Singapore', Assessment, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 485-502.
Szkodny, LE & Newman, MG 2019, 'Delineating Characteristics of Maladaptive Repetitive Thought: Development and Preliminary Validation of the Perseverative Cognitions Questionnaire', Assessment, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 1084-1104.
Ellison, WD, Levy, KN, Newman, MG, Pincus, AL, Wilson, SJ & Molenaar, PCM 2019, 'Dynamics Among Borderline Personality and Anxiety Features in Psychotherapy Outpatients: An Exploration of Nomothetic and Idiographic Patterns', Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
Kanuri, N, Arora, P, Talluru, S, Colaco, B, Dutta, R, Rawat, A, Taylor, BC, Manjula, M & Newman, MG 2020, 'Examining the initial usability, acceptability and feasibility of a digital mental health intervention for college students in India', International Journal of Psychology, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 657-673.
LaFreniere, LS & Newman, MG 2019, 'Exposing Worry's Deceit: Percentage of Untrue Worries in Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment', Behavior Therapy.
Cho, S, Przeworski, A & Newman, MG 2019, Pediatric generalized anxiety disorder. in Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. Elsevier, pp. 251-275.
Ye, J, Li, J, Newman, MG, Adams, RB & Wang, JZ 2019, 'Probabilistic Multigraph Modeling for Improving the Quality of Crowdsourced Affective Data', IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, vol. 10, no. 1, 7872458, pp. 115-128.
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2019, 'Relation between cognitive and behavioral strategies and future change in common mental health problems across 18 years', Journal of abnormal psychology, vol. 128, no. 4, pp. 295-304.
Shin, KE & Newman, MG 2019, 'Self- and other-perceptions of interpersonal problems: Effects of generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and depression', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 65, pp. 1-10.
Newman, MG, Jacobson, NC, Zainal, NH, Shin, KE, Szkodny, LE & Sliwinski, MJ 2019, 'The Effects of Worry in Daily Life: An Ecological Momentary Assessment Study Supporting the Tenets of the Contrast Avoidance Model', Clinical Psychological Science, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 794-810.
LaFreniere, LS & Newman, MG 2019, 'The impact of uncontrollability beliefs and thought-related distress on ecological momentary interventions for generalized anxiety disorder: A moderated mediation model', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 66, 102113.
Kim, H & Newman, MG 2019, 'The paradox of relaxation training: Relaxation induced anxiety and mediation effects of negative contrast sensitivity in generalized anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 259, pp. 271-278.
Newman, MG, Shin, KE & Lanza, ST 2019, 'Time-varying moderation of treatment outcomes by illness duration and comorbid depression in generalized anxiety disorder', Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, vol. 87, no. 3, pp. 282-293.


Kim, H, Lu, X, Costa, M, Kandemir, B, Adams, RB, Li, J, Wang, JZ & Newman, MG 2018, 'Development and validation of Image Stimuli for Emotion Elicitation (ISEE): A novel affective pictorial system with test-retest repeatability', Psychiatry Research, vol. 261, pp. 414-420.
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2018, 'Executive function and other cognitive deficits are distal risk factors of generalized anxiety disorder 9 years later', Psychological medicine, vol. 48, no. 12, pp. 2045-2053.
Borgueta, AM, Purvis, CK & Newman, MG 2018, 'Navigating the ethics of Internet-guided self-help interventions', Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, vol. 25, no. 2, e12235.
LaFreniere, LS & Newman, MG 2019, 'Probabilistic Learning by Positive and Negative Reinforcement in Generalized Anxiety Disorder', Clinical Psychological Science, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 502-515.
Jacobson, NC, Chow, SM & Newman, MG 2019, 'The Differential Time-Varying Effect Model (DTVEM): A tool for diagnosing and modeling time lags in intensive longitudinal data', Behavior research methods, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 295-315.
Newman, MG & Przeworski, A 2018, 'The increase in interest in GAD: Commentary on Asmundson & Asmundson', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 56, pp. 11-13.
Scala, JW, Levy, KN, Johnson, BN, Kivity, Y, Ellison, WD, Pincus, AL, Wilson, SJ & Newman, MG 2018, 'The role of negative affect and self-concept clarity in predicting self-injurious urges in borderline personality disorder using ecological momentary assessment', Journal of personality disorders, vol. 32, pp. 36-57.
Zainal, NH & Newman, MG 2018, 'Worry amplifies theory-of-mind reasoning for negatively valenced social stimuli in generalized anxiety disorder', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 227, pp. 824-833.


Lu, X, Adams, RB, Li, J, Newman, MG & Wang, JZ 2017, An investigation into three visual characteristics of complex scenes that evoke human emotion. in 2017 7th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2017. 2017 7th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2017, vol. 2018-January, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 440-447, 7th International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, ACII 2017, San Antonio, United States, 10/23/17.
Jacobson, NC & Newman, MG 2017, 'Anxiety and depression as bidirectional risk factors for one another: A meta-analysis of longitudinal studies', Psychological Bulletin, vol. 143, no. 11, pp. 1155-1200.
Llera, SJ & Newman, MG 2017, 'Development and validation of two measures of emotional contrast avoidance: The contrast avoidance questionnaires', Journal of Anxiety Disorders, vol. 49, pp. 114-127.
Jacobson, NC, Lord, KA & Newman, MG 2017, 'Perceived emotional social support in bereaved spouses mediates the relationship between anxiety and depression', Journal of Affective Disorders, vol. 211, pp. 83-91.
Shin, KE & Newman, MG 2018, 'Using Retrieval Cues to Attenuate Return of Fear in Individuals With Public Speaking Anxiety', Behavior Therapy, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 212-224.

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