Elise Clerkin

Elise Clerkin

Associate Professor

119 Psychology Building
Oxford, OH 45056
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Dr. Elise M. Clerkin is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Miami University. Prior to joining the faculty in 2012, Elise received her BA in History (minor, Psychology) from Northwestern University, followed by her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia. Elise also completed an APA accredited clinical psychology internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, and a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Elise is currently the director of the Anxiety, Cognition, and Emotion (ACE) Laboratory at Miami University.


  • Postdoctoral fellow, Brown University 2012
  • PhD, University of Virginia 2010
  • BA, Northwestern University 2003

Teaching Interests

I love mentoring and interacting with students, and I believe that high-quality teaching is at the heart of academic clinical psychology. My favorite courses to teach are those tied to my research and clinical interests, including introductory surveys (e.g., Intro to Abnormal Psychology), as well as advanced seminars (e.g., Cognitive Models of Anxiety).

Courses Taught

  • Lifespan Psychopathology (graduate)
  • Adult Evidence-Based Clinical Intervention (graduate)
  • Advanced Practicum: Evidence-based Practice of Psychology with Adults (graduate)
  • Evidence-Based Clinical Intervention (undergraduate)
  • Anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive, and Body Dysmorphic Disorders (undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Psychopathology (undergraduate)
  • Theories & Clinical Applications of Mindfulness and Acceptance (undergraduate)

Research Interests

I am driven to understand the factors that maintain pathological anxiety and other mental health problems, and to refine current evidence based approaches for treatment. My broad interests can be distilled into several more specific lines of research, including: a) understanding the ways in which biases in cognitive processing are associated with anxiety and related disorders; b) evaluating changes in cognitive processing and other symptoms over the course of treatment; and c) investigating causal factors maintaining psychopathology in order to develop novel experimental interventions. Currently, I am particularly interested in developing and testing computerized interventions that target key cognitive mechanisms (i.e., Cognitive Bias Modification programs). I am also interested in investigating questions stemming from mindfulness- and acceptance-based models of psychopathology.

Professional Recognition

  • Clinical, Treatment, and Health Services Research Grant, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  • American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
  • Research Excellence Award, Brown University
  • Women’s SIG Annual Student Research Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, University of Virginia
  • Career Development Leadership Program, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Selected Publications

    • Clerkin, E. M., Teachman, B. A., Smith, A. R., & Buhlmann, U. (2014). Specificity of implicit shame associations: comparison across body dysmorphic, obsessive compulsive, and social anxiety disorders. Clinical Psychological Science. DOI: 10.1177/2167702614524944
    • Clerkin, E. M., Magee, J. C., & Parsons, E. M. (2014). Evaluating change in beliefs about the importance/control of thoughts as a mediator of CBM-I and responses to an ICT stressor. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3(4), 311-318. DOI: 10.1016/j.jocrd.2014.07.002
    • Clerkin, E. M., Fisher, C. R., Sherman, J. W., & Teachman, B. A. (2014). Applying the Quadruple Process Model to evaluate change in implicit attitudinal responses during therapy for panic disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 52, 17-25. DOI: http://dx.DOI.org/10.1016/j.brat.2013.10.009
    • Clerkin, E. M., & Teachman, B. A. (2010). Training implicit social anxiety associations: an experimental intervention. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 300-308. DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.01.001
    • Clerkin, E. M., Beard, C., Fisher, C. R., & Schofield, C. A. (2015). An attempt to target anxiety sensitivity via Cognitive Bias Modification. PLoS One, 10, 1-13. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114578
    • Clerkin, E. M., & Teachman, B. A. (2011). Training interpretation biases among individuals with symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 42(3), 337-343. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2011.01.0030


    1. Clerkin, E. M., Teachman, B. A., Smith, A. R., & Buhlmann, U. (2014). Specificity of implicit shame associations: comparison across body dysmorphic, obsessive compulsive, and social anxiety disorders. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 560-575. DOI: 10.1177/2167702614524944

Selected Grants

  • 2016-2018, CFR grant, Miami University
  • 2013-2016, NIAAA R21 AA021151
  • 2013, Research Grant for New Tenure Track Faculty, Miami University
  • 2010-2012, NIAAA T32 AA07459
  • 2008-2009, NIMH F31 MH083337

*For a full list of grants, please see my CV.


Dr. Clerkin leads the Anxiety, Cognition, and Emotion (ACE) Laboratory. 

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