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Jasper Smits

Professor Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Jasper Smits

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Biography

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 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.

Davis, M. L., Smits, J. A. J. & Hofmann, S. G. (in press). Update on the efficacy of pharmacotherapy for social anxiety disorder: A meta-analysis. Expert Opinion On Pharmacotherapy. 

Kangas, J., Baldwin, A. S., Rosenfield, D., Smits, J. A. J., & Rethorst, C. (in press). Examining the influence of depressive symptoms on exercise self-efficacy during initiation of regular exercise. Health Psychology.

Medina, J. L., DeBoer, L. B., Davis, M. L., Rosenfield, D., Powers, M. B., Otto, M. W., & Smits, J. A. J. (in press). Gender moderates the effect of exercise on anxiety sensitivity. Mental Health & Physical Activity.

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. (2013). D-cycloserine augmentation of cognitive behavioral group therapy of social anxiety disorder: prognostic and prescriptive variables. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 81, 1100-1112.

Smits, J. A. J., Rosenfield, D., Davis, M. L., Julian, K., Handelsman, P. H., Otto, M. W., Tuerk, P., Shiekh, M., & Powers, M. B. (2014). Yohimbine enhancement of exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Biological Psychiatry, 75,840-846.

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

Recent Books:

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. (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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