MEREDITH E. COLES
Associate Professor of Psychology
Curriculum vitae (pdf, 375kb)
Editorial board: Cognition and Emotion, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Behavior Therapy. Ad hoc reviewer: Behaviour Research and Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
Professional Societies (memberships): American Psychological Association, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12, Section 3), Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy (AABT), AABT Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Anxiety Disorders Association of America Scientific Advisory Board.
Dr. Coles is director of the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic, an anxiety specialty clinic devoted to treatment, research, and training. The BAC was established in 2004 and serves members of the greater Binghamton community. The BAC provides comprehensive anxiety assessments and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and social phobia.
Nature and treatment of OCD and social phobia in adults and children. Factors involved in the etiology and maintenance of OCD, including childhood experiences, cognitive factors and sleep/circadian rhythms. Role of information-processing biases (e.g., attention, memory, interpretation) in anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral treatment of social phobia and OCD. Understanding barriers to treatment-seeking for anxiety disorders.
My work focuses on enhancing the functioning of individuals with OCD and social phobia. Multiple perspectives and methods are drawn from to address this goal including both basic and applied research. Through the Binghamton Anxiety Clinic we conduct research examining outcomes from cognitive-behavioral therapy for these disorders, and predictors of and mechanisms of change. Clinical, community, and high-risk samples are utilized to examine risk factors for the onset of OCD including cognitive vulnerabilities and childhood experiences. In addition, we are developing a line of work addressing the role of disruptions in sleep/circadian rhythms in OCD. Finally, clinical, community and national samples are used to investigate barriers to treatment-seeking for anxiety disorders, particularly the role of low mental health literacy.
Philosophy of Graduate Training:
My approach to training emphasizes learning through experience. To this end, students are invited to participate in all phases of the research process, from study conceptualization and design through presentation. Opportunities to develop empirically based clinical skills are also provided. Emphasis is placed on developing core skills, including critical thinking, research design, statistical methods, and written and oral expression. A scientist-practitioner approach to research and treatment is emphasized and modeled.
Coles, M.E., & *Coleman, S. (2010). Barriers to treatment seeking for anxiety disorders: Initial data on the role of mental health literacy. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 63-71.
Coles, M.E., *Schubert, J., & *Johnson, E. (2011). Retrospective reports of the onset of obsessive compulsive disorder: Extending knowledge of the protracted symptom phase. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 39, 579-589.
* Schofield, C.A., *Johnson, A.L., Inhoff, A.W., & Coles, M.E. (in press). Social anxiety and difficulty disengaging threat: Evidence from eye-tracking. Cognition and Emotion.
Coles, M.E., *Hart, A.S. & *Schofield, C.A. (in press). Initial Data Characterizing the Progression from Obsessions and Compulsions to Full-Blown Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research.
Coles, M.E., *Schubert, J.R. & Sharkey, K.M. (in press). Delayed Bedtimes and Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms. Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
* indicates graduate student co-author