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Samantha Moshier

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Contact Information

617-732-1734


Office Hours

Office: Administration Building, Room 421-C

Office hours: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 12:30-2:30 p.m. or Book an appointment: drmoshier.youcanbook.me

Education

Ph.D., M.A., Clinical Psychology, Boston University; B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania


Bio

Prior to joining Emmanuel College, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the VA Boston Healthcare System, where I conducted research and provided clinical services to veterans with PTSD and co-occurring mental health problems. I also instructed courses in psychology and writing at Boston University and Harvard University. In addition to the teaching and research I do at Emmanuel, I'm also a licensed psychologist. I've worked as a psychotherapist in settings including the Boston VA, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, and the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT.


What I love About Emmanuel: 
The community! I'm excited to be working with such curious, engaged students and love how the small size of Emmanuel allows me to get to know and work with them closely throughout their college careers.

Courses I Teach

  • PSYCH3601 - Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • PSYCH4494 and 4495 - Applied Internship in Psychology

Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications 

  • Moshier, S.J., Bovin, M.J., Gay, N., Wisco, B., Mitchell, K., Lee, D., Sloan, D., Weathers, F., Schnurr, P., Keane, T.M., & Marx, B.P. (2018). An examination of posttraumatic stress disorder symptom networks using clinician-rated and patient-rated data from military veterans. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 541-547.
  • Otto M.W., Pachas G.N., Cather C., Hoeppner S.S., Moshier S.J., Hearon B.A., Burrell H.A., Laffer A.B., Smits J.A.J., & Evins A.E. (2018 epub ahead of press). A placebo-controlled randomized trial of d-cycloserine augmentation of cue exposure therapy for smoking cessation. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Marx, B.P., Engel-Rebitzer, E., Bovin, M.J., Parker-Guilbert, K., Moshier, S.J., Barretto, K., Szafranski, D., Gallagher, M.W., Holowka, D.W., Rosen, R.C., Keane, T.M. (2017). The influence of psychometric testing and veteran race on VA PTSD disability exam outcomes. Psychological Assessment, 29, 710-719.
  • Moshier, S.J., & Otto, M.W. (2017). Behavioral activation therapy for major depression: A randomized trial of the efficacy of augmentation with cognitive control training. Journal of Affective Disorders, 210, 265-268.
  • Yamada, T., Moshier, S. J., & Otto, M. W. (2017). No site unseen: Predicting the failure to control problematic internet use among young adults. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 45, 496-500.
  • Moshier, S.J., Wootton, B.M., Bragdon, L.B., Tolin, D.F., Davis, E., DiMauro, J., & Diefenbach, G.J. (2016). The relationship between self-reported and objective neuropsychological impairments in patients with hoarding disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 9, 9-15.
  • Moshier, S.J., Szuhany, K.L., Hearon, B.A., Smits, J.A.J, & Otto, M.W. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity uniquely predicts exercise behaviors in young adults seeking to increase physical activity. Behavior Modification, 40 (1-2),178-198.
  • Diefenbach, G.J. Wootton, B.M., Bragdon, L.B., Moshier, S.J., & Tolin, D.F. (2015). Treatment outcome and predictors of Internet guided self-help for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavior Therapy, 46 (6), 764-774.
  • Moshier, S.J., Molokotos, E.K., Stein, A.T., & Otto, M.W. (2015). Assessing the effects of depressed mood and cognitive control training on memory confidence and accuracy following repeated checking. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 8(3), 206-221.
  • Otto, M.W., Moshier, S.J., Gordon, D., Simon, N.M., Pollack, M.H., & Orr, S.P. (2014). De Novo fear conditioning across diagnostic groups in the affective disorders: Evidence for learning impairments. Behavior Therapy, 45 (5), 619-629.
  • Hearon, B.A., Utschig, A.C., Smits, J.A.J, Moshier, S.J., & Otto, M.W. (2013). The role of anxiety sensitivity and eating expectancy in maladaptive eating behavior. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 923-933. 
  • Moshier, S.J., Ewen, M.,* & Otto, M.W. (2013). Impulsivity as a moderator of the intention-behavior relationship for illicit drug use in patients undergoing treatment. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1651-1655. 
  • Moshier, S.J., Hearon, B.A., Calkins, A.C., Szuhany, K.L., Utschig, A.C., Smits, J.A.J., & Otto, M.W. (2013). Clarifying the link between distress intolerance and exercise: Elevated anxiety sensitivity predicts less vigorous exercise. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 476-482. 

Book Chapters

  • Moshier, S.J., Parker-Guilbert, K., Marx, B.P., & Keane, T.M. (in press). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In Hunsley, J., & Mash, E.J. (Eds.). A guide to assessments that work, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Oxford. 
  • Moshier, S.J., Calkins, A.W., Kredlow, M.A., & Otto, M.W. (2015). Neurocognitive perspectives on anxiety disorders and their treatment. In J. Mohlman, T. Deckersbach, A. Weissman (Eds.). From symptom to synapse: A neurocognitive perspective on clinical psychology. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Moshier S. J. & Otto, M. W. (2013). Bipolar disorder (pp. 1189-1214). In S. G. Hofmann (Ed.). The Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. UK: Wiley.

Selected Presentations

  • Moshier, S.J., Bovin, M.J., Lee, D.J., Gauthier, G., Zax, A., Rosen, R.C., Marx, B.P. (2018, November). A crosswalk for the PTSD Checklist: Translating scores from DSM-IV to DSM-5. Poster to be presented at the 38th annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.
  • Lee, D. J., Lee, L. O., Bovin, M. J., Moshier, S. J., Dutra, S. J., Kleiman, S. E., Rosen, R. C., Keane, T. K., & Marx, B. P. (2018, November). Longitudinal posttraumatic stress disorder symptom trajectories among Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans. Symposium presented at the 34th annual convention of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, DC.
  • Moshier, S.J., Kleiman, S.E., Abdulkerim, H., Bovin, M.J., Zax, A., Gauthier, G., Bertenthal, D., Rosen, R.C., Keane, T.M., Marx, B.P. (2018, August). Demographic predictors of psychotherapy utilization at VA hospitals among veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder: Who gets an adequate dose? Poster to be presented at the Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS), Orlando, FL.
  • Moshier, S.J., Bovin, M.J., Kleiman, S.E., Lee, D.J., Sloan, D.M., Keane, T.M., Marx, B.P. (2018, April). Performance of the PCL-5 relative to the CAPS-5 in the assessment of individual PTSD symptoms. In B. Marx (chair), Understanding the nature and course of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms: Implications of assessment and measurement strategies. Symposium presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 38th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Moshier, S.J., Gay, N.G., Wisco, B.E., Mitchell, K.S., Lee, D.J., Sloan, D.M., Weathers, F.W., Schnurr, P.P., Keane, T.M., & Marx, B.P. (2017, November). Applying network theory to DSM-5 PTSD: A Comparison of clinician- and patient-rated data. In D.J. Lee (chair), Competing conceptualizations of PTSD: Differences across measurement models, analytic techniques, and classification systems. Symposium presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Moshier, S.J., Klein, A.B., Kleiman, S., Parker-Guilbert, K., Harwell, A.M., Trachtenberg, F., Rosen, R.C., Keane, T.M., & Marx, B.P. (2017, April). Treatment satisfaction and early termination in US veterans seeking treatment for PTSD. In A. Asnaani (chair), From RCTs to the clinic: predictors, moderators, and other factors influencing naturalistic CBT outcomes for populations with anxiety disorders. Symposium to be presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America 37th Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • Moshier, S.J., Klein, A.B., Harwell, A.M., Parker-Guilbert, K., Erb, S., Trachtenberg, F., Rosen, R.C., Keane, T.M., Marx, B.P. (2016, November). Who can't get no satisfaction? Satisfaction with VA and non-VA mental health care among OIF/OEF Veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, TX.
  • Moshier, S.J., Erb, S., Parker-Guilbert, K., Trachtenberg, F., Rosen, R.C., Keane, T.M., & Marx B.P. (2016, November). Less symptomatic but more impaired: Correlates of early treatment termination among returning veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, TX.
  • Moshier, S. J., & Otto, M.W. (2013, November). Cognitive control training as an adjunct to brief behavioral activation therapy in the treatment of depression. In A. Fang & A. W. Calkins (Chairs), Brain matters! The Importance of neuroscience in depression and anxiety interventions. Symposium conducted at the 47th annual convention for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.
  • Moshier, S.J., Utschig, A., & Otto, M.W. (2011, November). Exercise avoidance and anxiety sensitivity in cardiovascular disease. In B.A. Hearon (Chair), Expanding the application of anxiety sensitivity to health Behaviors: Enhancing treatment across diverse domains. Symposium presented at the 45th annual convention for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, ON.
  • Leonard Krasner Dissertation Award, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, 2014 
  • John and Geraldine Weil Dissertation Award, 2012

Research Focus

The goal of my research is to improve the understanding and treatment of emotional disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress. 

My first line of research centers on the assessment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the factors which affect treatment engagement and effectiveness in veterans. Although evidence-based treatments for PTSD have been developed and disseminated throughout the Veterans Affairs system, research suggests that fewer than 15% of veterans with PTSD receive a minimally adequate dose of psychotherapy in the year after diagnosis, and dropout rates can exceed 40% in those who are referred to evidence-based therapies. In collaboration with colleagues from VA Boston Healthcare System and the National Center for PTSD, I am interested in understanding:

  1. Treatment outcomes in veterans with PTSD receiving VA psychotherapy or other mental healthcare
  2. Patient- and treatment- related characteristics that predict or contribute to early termination from mental health treatment
  3. Patient- and medical center- characteristics that influence a veteran's participation in a minimally adequate dose of psychotherapy

My second area of research seeks to understand the intersection between cognitive control, repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination), and emotional disorders. Studies show that individuals with symptoms of depression or other emotional disorders tend to show subtle alterations in cognitive control (such as working memory and inhibitory control), particularly when processing emotional stimuli. These alterations have also been associated with the degree to which one engages in rumination, a well-established vulnerability factor for these disorders. I am interested in using network analysis techniques to more precisely understand the dynamics between cognitive control, rumination, and individual psychiatric symptoms.

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