Adele M. Hayes
C. Beth Ready
Mechanisms and processes of change in psychotherapy; Regulation and processing of emotions; Alexithymia
I am a clinical science graduate student working with Adele Hayes. My main research interests include the mechanisms and processes of psychotherapy, particularly how one's ability to identify, tolerate, and regulate emotions influences treatment progress and the maintenance of treatment gains. As part of this line of research, I study both how improvements in emotion regulation may be associated with positive change and how deficits in emotion regulation may interfere with adaptive processing and treatment progress. Recent projects include examining how the concept of alexithymia, characterized as a lack of emotional awareness and difficulty expressing emotional experiences to others, may inhibit productive processing of a negative autobiographical event. In addition to these research areas, I have a particular interest in the mechanisms and processes of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and am currently working on a project to examine the association between cognitive processing of a traumatic event and treatment outcome in children receiving Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD symptoms.
- Pineles, S.L., Mostoufi, S.M., Ready, C.B., Street, A.E, Resick, P.A., & Griffin, M. (2011). Psychophysiological arousal, disengagement coping, and PTSD symptoms: A moderating relationship? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120(1), 240-246.
- Street, A.E., Bell, M., & Ready, C.B. (2011). Sexual assault. In D. Benedek & G. Wynn (Eds.) Clinical manual for the management of PTSD (pp. 325-348). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
- Wallace, H.M., Ready, C.B., & Weitenhagen, E. (2009). Narcissism and task persistence. Self & Identity, 8, 78-93.
- Ready, C.B., & Hayes, A.M. Limitations of a self-distanced perspective: Alexithymia as a moderator of self-distancing and emotional processing. Manuscript in preparation.