Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Jasper Smits


ProfessorPh.D., University of Texas at Austin

Jasper Smits

Contact

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

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)

Biography


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.

Courses


PSY 394Q • Adv Pract: Stress & Anxiety

43360 • Fall 2016
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.

PSY 394Q • Adv Pract: Stress & Anxiety

42563 • Spring 2016
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.

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.

Selected Publications



 

Mechanisms of Fear Reduction


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., Powers, M. B., Cho, Y. C., & Telch, M. J. (2004). Mechanism of change in cognitive-behavioral treatment of panic disorder: Evidence for the fear of fear mediational hypothesis. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 72, 646-652.


Smits, J. A. J., Rosenfield, D., McDonald, R., & Telch, M. J. (2006). Cognitive mechanisms of social anxiety reduction: An examination of specificity and temporality. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 74, 1203-1212.


Smits, J. A. J., Julian, K., Rosenfield, D., & Powers, M. B. (2012). Threat reappraisal as a mediator of symptom change in cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 80, 624-635.


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Augmentation of Exposure Therapy


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.


Nations, K., Smits, J. A. J., Tolin, D. F., Rothbaum, B. O., Hofmann, S. G., Tart, C. D., Lee, A., Schipper, J., Sjogren, M., Xue, D., & Otto, M. W. (2012). Evaluation of the glycine transporter inhibitor Org25935 as augmentation to cognitive-behavioral therapy in panic disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 73, 647-653. 


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


Tart, C. D., Handelsman, P. R., DeBoer, L. B., Rosenfield, D., Pollack, M. H., Hofmann, S. G., Powers, M. B., Otto, M. W., & Smits, J. A. J. (2013). Augmentation of exposure therapy with post-session administration of d-cycloserine. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47, 168-174. 


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Anxiety and Health Behaviors


DeBoer, L. B., Tart, C. D., Presnell, K. E., Powers, M. B., Baldwin, A. S., & Smits, J. A. J. (2012). Physical activity as a moderator of the association between anxiety sensitivity and binge eating. Eating Behaviors, 13, 194-201.


Johnson, K. A., Farris, S. G., Schmidt, N. B., Smits, J. A. J., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2013). Panic attack history and anxiety sensitivity in relation to cognitive-based smoking processes among treatment-seeking daily smokers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15, 1-10.


Smits, J. A. J., Tart, C. D., Rosenfield, D., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2011). The interplay between physical activity and anxiety sensitivity in predicting fearful responding to carbon dioxide challenge. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73, 498-503.


Zvolensky, M. J., Farris, S. G., Schmidt, N. B., &  Smits, J. A. J.  (2014). The role of smoking inflexibility/avoidance in the relation between anxiety sensitivity and tobacco use and beliefs among treatment-seeking smokers. Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology, 22, 229-237. 


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Exercise Interventions


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


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


Smits, J. A. J., Berry, A. C., Rosenfield, D., Powers, M. B., Behar, E., & Otto, M. W. (2008). Reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise. Depression & Anxiety, 25, 689-699.


Smits, J. A. J., Zvolensky, M. J., Davis, M. L., Rosenfield, D., Marcus, B. H., Church, T. S., Powers, M. B., Frierson, G. M., Otto, M. W., Hopkins, L. B., & Baird, S. O. (in press). The efficacy of vigorous-intensity exercise as an aid to smoking cessation in adults with high anxiety sensitivity: A randomized controlled trial. Psychosomatic Medicine.


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Books


Anxiety in health behaviors and physical illness

Anxiety in health behaviors and physical illness

Jasper A. J. Smits, Michael J. Zvolensky

Anxiety in health behaviors and physical illness
November 2007
Springer

 

Exercise for mood and anxiety disorders: Workbook

Exercise for mood and anxiety disorders: Workbook

Jasper A. J. Smits, Michael W. Otto

Exercise for mood and anxiety disorders: Workbook
June 2009
Oxford University Press

 

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Therapist Guide

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Therapist Guide

Jasper A. J. Smits, Michael W. Otto

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Therapist Guide
June 2009
Oxford University Press

 

Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well-Being

Routledge Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health

The Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Volume 3: CBT for Specific Disorders

The Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Volume 3: CBT for Specific Disorders

Stefan G. Hofmann, Jasper A. J. Smits

The Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
December 2013
Wiley-Blackwell

 

Grants


NIH/NIMH

R34MH099318 (Smits)                                                                  06/01/14-05/31/17
3/3-Dose Timing of D-cycloserine to Augment CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder
The goal of this trial is to evaluate the efficacy of targeted post-session d-cycloserine augmentation of exposure therapy.
Role: Principal Investigator

NIH/NIDA

R34DA034658 (Smits, Otto, Zvolensky)                                      09/15/13-08/31/16
Enhancing Panic and Smoking Reduction Treatment with D-Cycloserine
The goal of this trial is to evaluate the potential efficacy of the addition of DCS versus placebo to a specialized cognitive-behavioral program targeting the role of anxiety sensitivity, distress intolerance, and panic attacks in smoking maintenance.
Role: Principal Investigator

NIH/NIDA

K01DA035930 (Powers)                                                                07/01/13-06/30/18
Integrated PTSD and Smoking Treatment
The objective of this study is to develop an integrated treatment for smoking cessation for adults with PTSD.
Role: Mentor

NIH/NIDA

F31DA036919 (Medina)                                                                 09/01/14-08/31/16
Biobehavioral Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Yoga on Nicotine Withdrawal
The objective of this study is to test the efficacy of yoga for reducing nicotine withdrawal.
Role: Mentor 


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