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C. Richard Spates, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Western Michigan University. His clinical and research interests include the study and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, and the identification of essential features of efficacious interventions. He has conducted empirical and conceptual work on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Exposure Therapy for anxiety disorders, and Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression. At present he is developing an Interactive Multimedia assisted treatment for depression and co-morbid conditions, and evaluating the comparative effectiveness of three evidence-based treatments for depression.


  • 1976 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Illinois
  • 1975 MA Clinical Psychology University of Illinois
  • 1972 MA Psychology - Behavior Analysis Western Michigan University
  • 1970 BS Psychology Western Michigan University

Master's Thesis: M.A. WMU - Imitation: Some Theoretical Issues| M.A. U of I - The differential effects of training in the components of a multistage self-regulation model Dissertation: Self-monitoring reactivity and its relationship to self-regulation

Licensures and Certifications

Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, Diplomate American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Japan Studies Institute Fellow - 2000 - San Diego State University
  • WMU Research Ethics Fellow - 2002
  • Psychologist of the Year 1992: West Michigan Psychological Association
  • Honorary Positions:
  • Visiting Professor of Psychology - Deakin University, Melbourne Australia (1996-7)
  • Visting Research Fellow - Morita Therapy Institute, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo Japan (2003)
  • Visiting Professor of Psychology - University of New Mexico - Neuroimaging Center, Albuquerque (2004)
  • 6th International Morita Therapy Conference - International Advisory Board Consultant (2007)
  • Michigan Governor's Commendation - Public Mental Health Leadership, 1987
  • Michigan Department of Mental Health Commendation for Distinguished Service 1987



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