The study and treatment of anxiety disorders with a special emphasis on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder; terror victimization; mental health program evaluation; clinical and experimental hypnosis; cross-cultural psychology. Current Projects: Investigation of the Comparative Efficacy of Three Evidence-Based Practices in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder [Grant Funded] (With Alyssa Kalata & Nishani Samaraweera) Investigation of the Implications of the Backward Masking Paradigm for Exposure Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress and Anxiety Disorders (With Nishani Samaraweera) Investigation of the Effects of Dosed-Exposure in the Treatment of Specific Animal Phobias (With Richard Seim) The Comparative Efficacy of Dosed, Enhanced Dosed, and Prolonged Exposure in the Treatment of Social Anxiety. (With Sophie Rubin) Evaluation of a Targeted Intervention for PTSD comorbid with Substance Abuse Disorder (With Theresa Souza) Development of an Interactive Multimedia-Assisted Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (With Amy Naugle, Sarah Verlee, & Mike Mort)
C.R., Koch, E., Cusack, K., Pagoto, S. & Waller, S. (2008). Eye
Movement Desensitization & Reproessing, In (Foa, E., Keane, T.,
Friedman, M. & Cohen, J.) Effective Treatments for PTSD, Guilford
Press, In Press.
- Spates, Samaraweera, N.,
Plaisier, B., Souza, T. & Otsui, K. (2007). Psychological Impact of
Trauma on Developing Children and Youth. Primary Care Clinics of North
America 34(2), 387-405
- Seim, R., Willerick, M.,
Gaynor, G., Spates, C.R. (2008). Circumventing the vasovagal fainting
response: A novel method of in vivo exposure for injection phobia.
Clinical Case Studies (In Press)
- Kozak, A.,
Spates, C.R., McChargue, D., Bailey, K., Schneider, K. & Liepman,
M. (2007). Naltrexone renders one-session exposure therapy less
effective: A control pilot study. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 21,
- Souza, T. & Spates, C. (2008). Treatment of PTSD and Substance Abuse Co-morbidity. Behavior Analyst Today. In Press.
C.R., Pagoto, S., Nakamura, K. (2007). Initial Trends in Depression
Predict Treatment Outcomes, International Journal of Morita Therapy (In
- Spates, C.R., Waller, S., Koch, E., Rubin,
S., Porter, K., Edmonds, K., Frye, L., & Ritter, J. (2007). Dosed
versus prolonged exposure in treating fear: Emerging evidence of a less
aversive treatment alternative. Australian and New Zealand Journal of
Psychiatry, 41 (Supplement 2), p. A352
C.R., Pagoto, S., & Nakamura, K. (2007). Effects of initial symptom
trends on outcomes of active and non-active treatments for Major
Depressive Disorder. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry,
41 (Supplement 2), p. A418
- Pagoto, S., Bodenlos,
J.S., Schneider, K.L., Olendzki, B.C., Spates, C.R., & Ma, Y.
(2008). Initial Investigation of Behavioral Activation Therapy for
Co-morbid Major Depressive Disorder and Obesity. Psychotherapy, (In
- Recent Professional Presentations:
E. Porter, Ellen I. Koch, Ph.D. , David C.S. Richard, Ph.D., Dean
Lauterbach, Ph.D. , & C. Richard Spates, Ph.D. (2007). Symptom
Reduction with Prolonged vs. “Dosed” Exposure for PTSD: An Exploratory
Study. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for
Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia PA.
C. R. (2007). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Current
Appraisal of the Evidence. Invited Colloquium, University of Wisconsin
– Milwaukee (October).
- Spates, C. R., Pagoto, S.,
Nakamura, K. (2007). Initial trends predict outcomes in depression
treatments. Paper presentation at the 6th International Congress of
Morita Therapy, Vancouver British Columbia.
R. W., Spates, C. R., & Naugle, A. E. (2008, March). Treatment of
spasmodic vomiting and lower GI distress related to travel anxiety.
Poster to be presented at the annual conference of the Anxiety
Disorders Association of America (ADAA), Savannah, Georgia.
R. W., Willerick, M. S., Gaynor, S. T., & Spates, C. R. (2007,
April). The use of exposure therapy in the treatment of injection
phobia. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Kalamazoo
Center for Medical Studies (KCMS), Kalamazoo, Michigan.
R. W., Frye, L. A., Humy, S. L., & Spates, C. R. (2007, March). The
prevalence and comorbidity of specific fears in college students.
Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior Analysis
Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
S., Seim, R. W., Frye, L. A., Ritter, J. D., Edmonds, K. R., &
Spates, C. R. (2007, March). The comparative efficacy of dosed,
enhanced dosed, and prolonged exposure in the treatment of social
anxiety. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Behavior
Analysis Association of Michigan, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
C. & Rubin, S. (2007). Dosed versus Prolonged Exposure in the
Treatment of Fear: Emerging Evidence of a Less Aversive Treatment
Alternative. Paper presentation at the World Psychiatric Association,
- Spates, C. R. (2008). PTSD:
Variations of Cognitive and Behavior Therapies. Workshop Presentation
to the North Dakota Psychological Association (Fargo ND)