In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Pittman Wagers' expertise is focused on supervision of advanced clinical graduate students in the provision of empirically supported couple and individual therapy. She has published in the area of couples therapy. Recently, Dr. Pittman Wagers has developed an interest in the psychosocial impact of heart disease in women and has begun working on some new research efforts in that area. Over the summer and fall of 2015, she and her team conducted a survey focused on psychosocial factors among survivors of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) , the largest study of this population thus far. One study covering results from this survey was published this year, and another manuscript is in preparation. and are preparing another manuscript. working two new efforts related to SCAD as well, including the development of a SCAD app and a study of women who experienced SCAD during the peripartum.
Clinical psychology, psychopathology, behaviorally oriented couple and individual mental health services, ethics and strategies in psychological service delivery, women's mental health, psychosocial ramifications of heart disease in women
PSYC 3303 - Abnormal Psychology
Examines etiological, theoretical, clinical,diagnostic, and experimental perspectives of major mental health disorders, with an emphasis on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with these disorders.
PSYC 4263 - Psychological Treatment: An Evidence-Based Approach
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Provides an intensive introduction to behavioral interventions for common mental health problems and the framework of evidence-based practice in psychology, including helping students to acquire, critically evaluate and communicate about clinical psychological science intervention research and become familiar with applied skills that are relevant to a broad range of clinical settings.
PSYC 4553 - Women's Mental Health: A Biopsychosocial Approach
Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Provides a broad overview of current research and theory related to women's mental health, emphasizing topics and problems that are prevalent among or particularly relevant to women. Teaches students to develop a critical and integrative understanding women's mental health, including historical, social, cultural, biolotgical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional factors.