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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Jasper Smits

Professor Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Jasper Smits

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Biography

Dr. Smits plans to accept a graduate student to his laboratory in the Fall of 2014.

Jasper Smits received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his clinical internship at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital. He was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University for 9 years before joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. The main objective of his research program is to improve the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder) and related problems (e.g., smoking, overeating, physical inactivity). Using a translational research approach, studies in his laboratory aim to (1) identify targets for intervention; (2) develop and pilot test novel therapeutic strategies; and (3) examine the efficacy of promising behavioral and integrative treatments in clinical trials.

 

Recent Representative Articles

Asmundson, J. G., Fetzner, M. G., DeBoer, L. B., Powers, M. B., Otto, M. W., & Smits, J. A. J. (2013). Let’s get physical: A contemporary review of the anxiolytic effects of physical exercise for anxiety and its disorders. Depression & Anxiety, 30, 362-373.

Hofmann, S. G., Smits, J. A. J., Rosenfield, D.,Simon, N. M., Otto, M. W., Meuret, A. E., Marques, L., Fang, A., Tart, C. D., & Pollack, M. H. (2013). d-cycloserine as an augmentation strategy of cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 751-758.

Olatunji, B. O., Rosenfield, D., Tart, C. D., Cottraux, J., Powers, M. B., & Smits, J. A. J. (2013). Behavioral versus cognitive treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder: An examination of outcome and mediators of change. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 81, 415-428.

Smits, J. A. J., Hofmann, S. G., Rosenfield, D., DeBoer, L. B., Costa, P., Simon, N. M., O’Cleirigh, C., Meuret, A. E., Marques, L., Otto, M. W., Pollack, M. H. (in press). D-cycloserine augmentation of cognitive behavioral group therapy of social anxiety disorder: prognostic and prescriptive variables. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology.

Smits, J. A. J., Rosenfield, D., Davis, M. L., Julian, K., Handelsman, P. H., Otto, M. W., Tuerk, P., Shiekh, M., & Powers, M. B. (in press). Yohimbine enhancement of exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Biological Psychiatry.

Smits, J. A. J., Rosenfield, D., Otto, M. W., Powers, M. B., Hofmann, S. G., Telch, M. J., Pollack, M. H., & Tart, C. D. (2013). D-cycloserine enhancement of fear extinction is specific to successful exposure sessions: Evidence from the treatment of height phobia. Biological Psychiatry, 71, 1054-1058.

Smits, J. A. J., Zvolensky, M. J., Rosenfield, D., Marcus, B. H., Church, T. S., Frierson, G., Powers, M. B., Otto, M. W., Davis, M. L., DeBoer, L. B., & Briceno, N. F. (2012). The efficacy of vigorous-intensity exercise as an aid to smoking cessation in adults with elevated anxiety sensitivity: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13, 207

Swift, D. L., Johannsen, N. M., Myers, V. H., Earnest, C. P., Smits, J. A. J., Blair, S. N., & Church, T. S. (2012). The effect of exercise training modality on brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. PLoS ONE, 7(8), e42785.

 

Recent Books:

Otto, M. W., & Smits, J. A. J. (2009). Exercise for mood and anxiety disorders: Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

Otto, M. W., & Smits, J. A. J. (2011). Exercise for mood and anxiety: Proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well-being. New York: Oxford University Press.

Smits, J. A. J., & Otto, M. W. (2009). Exercise for mood and anxiety disorders: Therapist Guide.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Smits, J. A. J. (Ed.) (2013). Anxiety disorders. Section in: Ekkekakis, P.  (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of physical activity and mental health. London: Routledge. 

Smits, J. A. J. (Ed.) (2014). The Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Volume 3: CBT for specific disorders II. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Interests

Development of behavioral and integrative treatments for anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder) and related problems (smoking, overeating, physical inactivity)
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