Elise Clerkin

Elise ClerkinAssistant Professor

Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 529-2483
119 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Teaching Interests:

I love mentoring and interacting with students, and I believe that high-quality teaching is at the heart of academic clinical psychology.  My favorite courses to teach are those tied to my research and clinical interests, including introductory surveys (e.g., Intro to Abnormal Psychology), as well as advanced seminars (e.g., Cognitive Models of Anxiety).

Research Interests:

I am driven to understand the factors that maintain pathological anxiety and other mental health problems, and to refine current evidence based approaches for treatment.  My broad interests can be distilled into several more specific lines of research, including: a) understanding the ways in which biases in cognitive processing are associated with anxiety and related disorders; b) evaluating changes in cognitive processing and other symptoms over the course of treatment; and c) investigating causal factors maintaining psychopathology in order to develop novel experimental interventions.  Currently, I am particularly interested in developing and testing computerized interventions that target key cognitive mechanisms (i.e., Cognitive Bias Modification programs). I am also interested in investigating questions stemming from mindfulness- and acceptance-based models of psychopathology.

Professional Recognition:

  • Clinical, Treatment, and Health Services Research Grant, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  • American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
  • Research Excellence Award, Brown University
  • Women’s SIG Annual Student Research Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, University of Virginia
  • Career Development Leadership Program, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Representative Publications:

Clerkin, E. M., Teachman, B. A., Smith, A. R., & Buhlmann, U. (2014).  Specificity of implicit shame associations: comparison across body dysmorphic, obsessive compulsive, and social anxiety disorders.  Clinical Psychological Science.  DOI: 10.1177/2167702614524944

Clerkin, E. M., Magee, J. C., & Parsons, E. M. (2014). Evaluating change in beliefs about the importance/control of thoughts as a mediator of CBM-I and responses to an ICT stressor. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders3(4), 311-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2014.07.002

Clerkin, E. M., Fisher, C. R., Sherman, J. W., & Teachman, B. A.  (2014).  Applying the Quadruple Process Model to evaluate change in implicit attitudinal responses during therapy for panic disorder.  Behaviour Research and Therapy52, 17-25.  DOI: http://dx.DOI.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.10.009

Clerkin, E. M., & Teachman, B. A. (2010).  Training implicit social anxiety associations: an experimental intervention. Journal of Anxiety Disorders24, 300-308.  DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.01.001

Clerkin, E. M., Beard, C., Fisher, C. R., & Schofield, C. A. (2015). An attempt to target anxiety sensitivity via Cognitive Bias Modification. PLoS One, 10, 1-13. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114578

Clerkin, E. M., & Teachman, B. A. (2011).  Training interpretation biases among individuals with symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder.  Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42(3), 337-343. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.01.003


Clerkin, E. M., Teachman, B. A., Smith, A. R., & Buhlmann, U. (2014).  Specificity of implicit shame associations: comparison across body dysmorphic, obsessive compulsive, and social anxiety disorders. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 560-575.  DOI: 10.1177/2167702614524944