|August 2015 - Present||Professor, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Counseling and Human Development|
|August 2010 - July 2015||Associate Professor, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology|
|June 2007 - July 2010||Assistant Professor, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology|
|April 2005 - May 2007||Visiting Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University ‐ Department of Psychology and Human Development|
|October 2001 - September 2007||Assistant Professor, University of Tubingen ‐ Department of Clinical and Developmental Psychology|
|January 2000 - September 2001||Post-Doctoral Position, University of Tubingen|
|October 1998 - February 2000||Associate Lecturer, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences ‐ Department of Social Pedagogy|
Honors and Awards
- Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) Outstanding Mentor Award (received) - 2013
- Faculty Favorite, nominated by students for outstanding teaching. University of Louisville 2010-2011
- Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) Outstanding Mentor Award (nominated) - 2009
- Faculty Favorite, nominated by students for outstanding teaching. University of Louisville - 2009
- University of Louisville Distinguished Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity within the Category of Social Science (nominated) - 2015
- Post-doctoral Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft –DFG: personal salary for 2 years & material) for the project “Development of a universal prevention program of adolescent depression” - 2005
- World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Travel Award, Kobe, Japan from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft –DFG) - 2004
- Anxiety Disorders
- Clinical Psychology I
- Depression in Children and Adolescents
- Developmental Disorders and Challenges
- Advanced Practicum in Counseling Psychology
- Advanced Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Practicum in Counseling Psychology
- Practicum in Mental Health
- Psychotherapy Research
- Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
- Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
- Practicum in Psychological Assessment
- Evaluation and Measurement
- Psychological Assessment I
- Experimental Practicum
- Practical Application of Psychophysiological Methods
- Psychophysiological Laboratory
- Social Psychology
|2004||PD, University of Tubingen ‐ Psychology|
|1999||Dr. rer. soc., University of Tubingen ‐ Psychology|
|1995||Dipl.-Psych., University of Giessen ‐ Psychology|
Department of Counseling & Human Development
College of Education & Human Development
University of Louisville
2301 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40292
Journal Articles (peer reviewed) (64)
Can the hopelessness model of depression and the response style theory be integrated? Faculty Scholarship (2017)
The hopelessness model (Abramson et al., 1989) and response style theory (Nolen-Hoeksema et al., 1992) have been integrated in various ways, but these integrations have not been compared. German college students (N = 311; mean ...
Inferential style, school teachers, and depressive symptoms in college students. Faculty Scholarship (2017)
Depressive symptoms affect around half of students at some point during college. According to the hopelessness theory of depression, making negative inferences about stressful events is a vulnerability for developing depression. Negative and socio-emotional teaching ...
Associations between teacher-reported school climate and depressive symptoms in Australian adolescents : a 5-year longitudinal study. Faculty Scholarship (2016)
Adolescent depression is serious and common. As adolescents spend approximately 15,000 h in school, this setting is a logical place to seek etiological factors. Research suggests there are negative associations between school climate and adolescent ...
Associations between perceived teaching behaviors and affect in upper elementary school students. Faculty Scholarship (2016)
We explored the associations between student-perceived teaching behaviors and negative affect (NA) and positive affect (PA) in upper elementary age students, both before and after controlling for perceived parenting behaviors. The Teaching Behavior Questionnaire (TBQ), ...
Associations of depression status and hopelessness with breast cancer. Faculty Scholarship (2016)
This study extended the literature by examining whether three profiles of depression predicted breast cancer status. In 1076 women of the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area study, depression status and hopelessness were measured at baseline and ...
Comparing different sequential mediational interpretations of Beck’s depression model in adolescents. Faculty Scholarship (2016)
Depression is a developmental phenomenon with significantly increasing rates during adolescence. As Beck’s cognitive model of depression has been commonly accepted to explain the development and maintenance of depression, it is crucial to understand how ...
Teaching Behavior Questionnaire : verifying factor structure and investigating depressive symptoms in Catholic middle and high schools. Faculty Scholarship (2015)
Teaching behavior impacts student psychopathology. This study explored the associations between teaching behavior types and depressive symptoms in students. The Teaching Behavior Questionnaire (TBQ) and the Center for Epidemiological Studies – Depression Scale (CES-D) were ...
Closeness and control : exploring the relationship between prayer and mental health. Faculty Scholarship (2015)
This study explores the relationship between prayer and mental health in the context of two factors of a perceived relationship with God: closeness to God, and an indirect locus of control through God. Three models ...
Disclosure during private prayer as a mediator between prayer type and mental health in an adult Christian sample. Faculty Scholarship (2015)
According to Poloma and Pendleton’s (1991) prayer model there are four prayer types (colloquial, meditative, petitionary, and ritual), all of which have varying associations with mental health. However, few studies have examined what mechanisms explain ...
Do depressive symptoms mediate the relationship between hopelessness and diurnal cortisol rhythm? Faculty Scholarship (2015)
Purpose: Research has revealed a well-established relationship of depressive symptoms and hopelessness with a variety of physical illnesses that are associated with a dysfunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis. The purpose of this study was to test ...
Do depressive symptoms predict the incidence of myocardial infarction independent of hopelessness? Faculty Scholarship (2015)
Depression and hopelessness predict myocardial infarction (MI), but it is unclear whether depression and hopelessness are independent predictors of MI incidents. Hopelessness, depression, and MI incidence rate 18 years later were measured in 2005 men. ...
Integrating Beck’s cognitive model and the response style theory in an adolescent sample. Faculty Scholarship (2015)
Depression becomes more prevalent as individuals progress from childhood to adulthood. Thus, empirically supported and popular cognitive vulnerability theories to explain depression in adulthood have begun to be tested in younger age groups, particularly adolescence, ...
Do trust-based beliefs mediate the associations of frequency of private prayer with mental health? : a cross-sectional study. Faculty Scholarship (2014)
Significant associations of private prayer with mental health have been found, while mechanisms underlying these associations are largely unknown. This cross-sectional online study (N = 325, age: 35.74, SD: 18.50, 77.5% female) used path modeling ...
Teachers or psychologists : who should facilitate depression prevention programs in schools? Faculty Scholarship (2014)
The current study evaluates a depression prevention program for adolescents led by psychologists vs. teachers in comparison to a control. The universal school-based prevention program has shown its efficacy in several studies when implemented by ...
Testing three different sequential mediational interpretations of Beck's cognitive model for the development of depression. Faculty Scholarship (2014)
Objectives: This study tested and compared three sequential interpretations of Beck’s cognitive model of the development of depression (1996). The causal mediational interpretation identifies dysfunctional attitudes as most distal to depressive symptoms, followed by cognitive ...
Teacher support mediates concurrent and longitudinal associations between temperament and mild depressive symptoms in sixth grade. Early Child Development and Care (2014)
The combination of changes occurring at the transition to middle school may be a catalyst for the onset of depressive symptoms, yet teacher support at this transition is protective. Research points to certain temperamental traits ...
Associations between teacher emotional support and depressive symptoms in Australian adolescents : a 5-year longitudinal study. Faculty Scholarship (2013)
Approximately one-fifth of adolescents develop depressive symptoms. Given that youth spend a good deal of their lives at school, it seems plausible that supportive relationships with teachers could benefit their emotional well-being. Thus, the purpose ...
Hopelessness the ‘active ingredient’? : associations of hopelessness and depressive symptoms with Interleukin-6. Faculty Scholarship (2013)
Objective: Previous research has revealed a relationship of depressive symptoms and hopelessness with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) which are associated with elevated levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6). The objective of this study was to explore whether depressive ...
Teaching behaviour and well-being in students : development and concurrent validity of an instrument to measure student-reported teaching behaviour. Faculty Scholarship (2013)
Teaching behavior has important implications for students’ emotional well-being. Multiple models suggest students’ perceptions of teaching behaviors are more critical than other measures for predicting well-being, yet student-report instruments that measure concrete and specific teaching ...
The combined effects of self-referent information processing and ruminative responses on adolescent depression. Faculty Scholarship (2013)
Adolescents who develop depression have worse interpersonal and affective experiences and are more likely to develop substance problems and/or suicidal ideation compared to adolescents who do not develop depression. This study examined the combined effects ...
A randomized controlled trial of a cognitive-behavioral program for the prevention of depression in adolescents compared to nonspecific and no-intervention control conditions. Faculty Scholarship (2013)
Adolescent depression is a common and recurrent disorder associated with significant impairment and other forms of psychopathology. Finding an effective intervention that prevents depression in adolescents is an important public health priority. Participants were 518 ...
Assessing depression in cancer patients : a longitudinal comparison of three questionnaires. Faculty Scholarship (2013)
The article by Johns et al. (1) compares the Hopkins Symptom Checklist 20-item depression scale (HSCL-20) (2), the Short-Form 36 Mental Health Inventory five-item distress scale (MHI-5) (3), and the Patient Health Questionnaire nine-item depression ...
Assessments of student-teacher relationships in residential treatment center schools. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (2013)
Students in residential treatment center (RTC) schools are likely to have histories of extreme or ongoing relational trauma (e.g., abuse and neglect by primary caregivers), have substantial interpersonal and relationship problems, and exhibit many high-risk ...
Costing program implementation using systematic reviews : interventions for the prevention of adolescent depression. Research Synthesis Methods (2012)
Systematic reviews can provide up-to-date syntheses of reliable evidence on “what works” to help policymakers, practitioners, and people who use services make well-informed decisions about social and behavioral interventions. However, systematic reviews of social and ...