Joshua Magee

Joshua MageeAssistant Professor
Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 529-1754
214 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Teaching Interests

Across my students’ classes and research lab experiences, I treasure my students’ curiosity around psychological phenomena and seek to explore together the many approaches and tools scientists use as part of their systematic investigations.  I strongly encourage learning by collaboration across psychology subareas as well as other related health disciplines.  I am interested in teaching multiple classes at the undergraduate and graduate level, including seminars tied to my research interests in unwanted, intrusive thinking, introductory clinical courses (e.g., abnormal psychology), psychological methods and statistics, and clinical intervention.

Research Interests

Nearly everyone experiences relatively common intrusive thoughts, images, and urges, such as a student experiencing a fleeting wish for a friend to be in a car accident, a quitting smoker imagining putting a cigarette to his lips, or an older woman worrying about her declining health. While these thoughts can be distressing for anyone, intrusive thinking sometimes develops into a clinically impairing problem. My research seeks to evaluate mechanisms that distinguish ‘normal’ from ‘abnormal’ intrusive thinking and connect chronic mental and behavioral health conditions with real-time thinking processes. In doing so, I adapt models of intrusive thinking from anxiety to areas such as nicotine dependence and older adulthood.

Throughout my research, I use eHealth (electronic health) and mHealth (mobile health) technologies for assessment and intervention. Health technologies 1) are adaptable to a wide variety of settings and diverse populations, giving them significant potential to broadly impact public health; 2) allow intervention or study content to be individually-customized; and 3) are accessible at most times and locations, including high-risk ones.  For more information about these lines of research, please visit here.

Professional Recognition

  • Current/past principal investigator or co-investigator on over $1 million in funding awarded by federal, state, and community agencies
  • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award for Clinical Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Fellow, LIFE academy, International Max Planck Research School
  • University of Virginia Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences & Engineering

Representative Publications

Magee, J. C., & Winhusen, T. (in press). The coupling of nicotine and stimulant craving during treatment for stimulant dependence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Magee, J. C., Lewis, D. F., & Winhusen, T. (in press). Evaluating nicotine craving, withdrawal, and substance use as mediators of smoking cessation in cocaine- and methamphetamine-dependent patients. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Magee, J. C., Smyth, F. L., & Teachman, B. A. (2014). A web-based examination of responses to intrusive thoughts across the adult lifespan. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 326-339.

Magee, J. C., Harden, K. P., & Teachman, B. A. (2012). Thought suppression and psychopathology: A quantitative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 189-201.

 Magee, J. C., & Teachman, B. A. (2012). Distress and recurrence of intrusive thoughts in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 27, 199-210.