My primary interests focus on emotions, stress, and physical health. I am particularly interested in individual differences in emotional abilities and deficits, such as the personality construct of alexithymia, and how emotional awareness and expression influence stress and coping and affect health status. Much of my recent research tests the effects of various stress management techniques, including written emotional disclosure and emotional exposure techniques, on health and functioning of people with chronic illnesses, particularly pain problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and fibromyalgia.

I am a native of Detroit and attended Wayne State University as an undergraduate, majoring in both Psychology and Biology. I attended the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida in Gainesville from 1985 until 1990, when I received the Ph.D. I completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship (1989 – 1990) at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, and I spent one year (1990 - 1991) as a post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral Medicine Program of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. I have been a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University since 1991 and was promoted to Professor in 2005.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in Michigan, and I maintained a small practice for many years until I became the Director of Clinical Training in the Department (in 2005). I enjoy teaching and mentoring graduate students, and have graduated over 30 Ph.D. students. I also conduct clinical supervision at our in-house training clinic and develop and test novel therapy interventions with students in my lab.

As one who studies disclosure, I also value it highly. So... on a final note, I'll disclose that I am married, a father of four sons (born in 1990 - twins- 1992, and 1994), try to play soccer, get injured often, and sing in a Methodist church contemporary group (tenor).



Graduate Courses  

  • Psychotherapy (especially experiential and interpersonal)
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Health Psychology I: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations 
  • Health Psychology II: Clinical Applications 
  • Practicum in Psychotherapy
  • Ethics and Profession Issues 
  • Psychotherapy Supervision (WSU Psychology Clinic)
  • Human Diversity

Undergraduate Courses  

  • Introductory Psychology (Regular and Honors) 
  • Health Psychology
  • Controversial Topics in Psychology (University Life Science Honors course
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Sleep and Dreams


  • American Psychological Association (APA); Divisions: 38 (Health Psychology; Elected Fellow) & 12 (Clinical)
  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS)
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
  • American Pain Society
  • International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Licensed Psychologist: State of Michigan (# 6301007840) 


  • Recipient, Wayne State University Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, 2016
  • Recipient, Frank J. McDevitt Excellence in Reearch Award, BCBS of Michigan Foundation, 2015
  • Recipient, Charles H. Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2014
  • Recipient, New Faculty Mentor Award (Mentoring Dr. Richard Slatcher), 2011
  • Nominee, WSU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2008
  • Recipient, WSU College of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2003
  • Recipient, New Faculty Mentor Award (Mentoring Dr. Annmarie Cano), 2002
  • Recipient, WSU Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, 2002
  • Recipient, WSU Career Development Chair Award, 2000-2001
  • Recipient, WSU President’s Exceptional Service Award, 2000 (with Psychology Clinic)
  • Recipient, New Faculty Mentor Award (Mentoring Dr. Rodney Clark), 1999
  • Recipient, WSU College of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
  • Nominee, WSU President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1994, 2008
  • Research Trainee, (National Institute of Dental Research), University of Florida, 1988 - 1989
  • Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship , University of Florida, 1985 - 1988
  • Research Trainee, Sleep Disorders Center, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, 1984 - 1985
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa (elected, 1984)
  • Scholarship, Golden Key National Honor Society, 1985
  • Merit Scholarship, Wayne State University , 1980 - 1985 


  • Treasurer, Division 38 (Health Psychology), American Psychological Association (2012 - 2017)  
  • Member, Council, & Chair, Awards Committee, American Psychosomatic Society (2003 – 2006)
  • Program Chair , Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society (2002, 2003)

Associate Editor:

  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research (2010 - present)

Editorial Board Member:

  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (2000-2002)
  • Psychosomatic Medicine (1999 – present)
  • PAIN (2004 – 2014t)
  • British Journal of Health Psychology (2006 – present) 
  • Health Psychology (2011 - present)
  • Translational Behavioral Medicine (2010 - present)


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