Joshua Magee

Joshua Magee

Joshua Magee, Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

While most people experience unwanted thinking, the emotional consequences vary widely among individuals, and can sometimes contribute to clinically impairing problems like anxiety disorders or nicotine dependence. My SCOUT lab focuses primarily on unwanted thoughts, images, and urges that are implicated in chronic mental and behavioral health conditions. Our research evaluates the mechanisms that differentiate “normal” intrusive thinking from “abnormal” intrusive thinking, and attempts to translate working models of unwanted thinking from anxiety to areas such as nicotine dependence and older adulthood. Currently most of my research effort is dedicated to a K23 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse titled "Text Message Support to Prevent Smoking Relapse in Community Treatment Settings." In this project, we are conceptualizing nicotine craving as a type of unwanted thinking and designing a technology-informed intervention to coach individuals through cravings during quit attempts.