Joshua Magee

Joshua Magee

Associate Professor

214 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056
Research Lab: SCOUT Lab

Teaching Interests

Across my students’ classes and research lab experiences, I treasure my students’ curiosity around psychological phenomena and seek to explore together the many approaches and tools scientists use as part of their systematic investigations. I strongly encourage learning by collaboration across psychology subareas as well as other related health disciplines. I am interested in teaching multiple classes at the undergraduate and graduate level, including seminars tied to my research interests in unwanted, intrusive thinking, introductory clinical courses (e.g., abnormal psychology), psychological methods and statistics, and clinical intervention.

Research Interests

My lab conducts work across anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and nicotine dependence. I am fascinated by the observation that nearly everyone experiences relatively common unwanted thoughts, images, and urges, such as a student experiencing a fleeting wish for a friend to be in a car accident, a quitting smoker imagining putting a cigarette to his lips, or an older woman worrying about her declining health. While these thoughts can be distressing for anyone, unwanted thinking sometimes develops into a clinically impairing problem. My research seeks to evaluate mechanisms that distinguish ‘normal’ from ‘abnormal’ unwanted thinking and connect real-time thinking processes with chronic mental and behavioral health conditions. In doing so, I examine models of unwanted thinking in anxiety and OCD and adapt them to novel areas such as nicotine dependence and older adulthood.

Throughout my research, I use eHealth (electronic health) and mHealth (mobile health) technologies for assessment and intervention. Health technologies 1) are adaptable to a wide variety of settings and diverse populations, giving them significant potential to broadly impact public health; 2) allow intervention or study content to be individually-customized; and 3) are accessible at most times and locations, including high-risk ones. For more information about these lines of research, please visit SCOUT Lab.

Professional Recognition

  • Current/past principal investigator or co-investigator on over $1 million in funding awarded by federal, state, and community agencies
  • K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award for Clinical Research, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Fellow, LIFE academy, International Max Planck Research School
  • University of Virginia Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Sciences & Engineering

Representative Publications

  • Magee, J. C., Dreyer-Oren, S. E., Sarfan, L. D., Teachman, B. A., & Clerkin, E. M. (in press). Don’t tell me what to think: Comparing self- and other-generated distraction methods for controlling intrusive thinking. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
  • Magee, J. C., & Winhusen, T. (2016). The coupling of nicotine and stimulant craving during treatment for stimulant dependence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 230-7. 
  • Magee, J. C., Lewis, D. F., & Winhusen, T. (2016). Evaluating nicotine craving, withdrawal, and substance use as mediators of smoking cessation in cocaine- and methamphetamine-dependent patients. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 18, 1196-1201.
  • Magee, J. C., Smyth, F. L., & Teachman, B. A. (2014). A web-based examination of responses to intrusive thoughts across the adult lifespan. Aging and Mental Health, 18, 326-339.
  • Magee, J. C., Harden, K. P., & Teachman, B. A. (2012). Thought suppression and psychopathology: A quantitative review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 189-201.
  • Magee, J. C., & Teachman, B. A. (2012). Distress and recurrence of intrusive thoughts in younger and older adults. Psychology and Aging, 27, 199-210.
  • Magee, J. C., & Teachman, B. A. (2007). Why did the white bear return? Attributions for unsuccessful thought suppression and obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Behavior Research and Therapy, 45, 2884-2998.