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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

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


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rackoff, GN & Newman, MG 2022, 'Distinct Psychological Characteristics Predict Resilience and Recovery Throughout Widowhood', Behavior Therapy, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 428-439.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.


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.
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 2022, 'College Mental Health Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results From a Nationwide Survey', Cognitive Therapy and Research, vol. 46, no. 1.
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.
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 2022, 'Depression and worry symptoms predict future executive functioning impairment via inflammation', Psychological medicine, vol. 52, no. 15, pp. 3625-3635.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, pp. 1-25.
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 2020, 'Exposing Worry's Deceit: Percentage of Untrue Worries in Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment', Behavior Therapy, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 413-423.
Shin, KE, Lafreniere, LS & Newman, MG 2019, Generalized Anxiety Disorder. in The Cambridge Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders. Cambridge University Press, pp. 517-549.
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.