Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Jasper Smits

ProfessorPh.D., University of Texas at Austin

Jasper Smits


  • Phone: 512-475-8095
  • Office: CLA 4.522
  • Campus Mail Code: E9000


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)


Dr. Smits, pending funding, tentatively plans to accept a graduate student for Fall 2016.

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

Davis, M. L., Powers, M. B., Medina, J. L.*, Handelsman, P. R., Zvolensky, M. J., & Smits, J. A. J. (2015). Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for treatment-seeking cannabis users: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 38, 94-114. doi: 10.1177/0163278714529970. 1

de Kleine, R. A., Smits, J. A. J., Hendriks, G. J., Becker, E. S., & van Minnen, A. (2015). Effects of extinction learning on d-cycloserine enhancement of exposure therapy for PTSD. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 34, 63-67. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.06.005.

Hofmann, S. G., Carpenter, J. K., Otto, M. W., Rosenfield, D., Smits, J. A. J., Pollack, M. H. (2015). Dose timing of d-cycloserine to augment cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety: Study design and rationale. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 4, 223-230. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2015.06.015

Medina, J. L., Hopkins, L. B., Powers, M. B., Baird, S. O., & Smits, J. A. J. (2015). Hatha yoga to increase distress tolerance. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 288-300. doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1028433 122.

Medina, J. L., Jacquart, J.., & Smits, J. A. J. (2015). Optimizing the exercise prescription for the treatment of depression: The search for biomarkers of response. Current Opinion in Psychology, 4, 434-447. doi:10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.02.003 123.

Powers, M. B., Medina, J. L., Burns, S., Kauffman, B. Y., Monfils, M. H., Asmundson, G. J. G., Diamond, A., McIntyre, C., & Smits, J. A. J. (2015). Exercise augmentation of exposure therapy for PTSD: Rationale and pilot efficacy data. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 237-239. doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1047286

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.


PSY 394Q • Adv Pract: Stress & Anxiety

42494 • Fall 2015
Meets F 100pm-400pm CLA 4.510

Seminars in Clinical Psychology. One or three lecture hours a wekk for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

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