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Arch, Joanna Jennifer Associate Professor

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Research

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  • My work focuses on the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders and stress in both general and cancer contexts. In studies of anxiety disorders, we have rigorously evaluated the utility of mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions relative to the current gold standard of cognitive behavioral therapy, and sought to understand the pathways by which such interventions operate and for whom they may be most effective. We translate mindfulness and acceptance based interventions such as acceptance and commitment therapy to address anxiety and related distress among cancer survivors. Our work also examines the behavioral impact and biopsychological mechanisms of specific intervention components, including self-compassion, acceptance, and mindfulness, on reducing anxiety and stress reactivity and increasing well-being.

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  • anxiety disorders, mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments for anxiety disorders, anxiety (more generally), cancer-related anxiety, psycho-oncology, cognitive behavioral therapy, experimental psychopathology focused on anxiety, mindfulness and self-compassion

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Teaching

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  • PSYC 3303 - Abnormal Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    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 - Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health: Science and Skills
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    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 7693 - Personality Measurement
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Covers theory and basic applications of psychological assessment, with an emphasis on measurement theory and the assessment of psychopathology and personality. Instructor consent required.

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