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  • Adele Hayes, Professor

    Professor
    University of Delaware
    226 Wolf Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    302-831-0484

    Biography

    ​Dr. Hayes’ research focuses on identifying mechanisms of therapeutic change that are common across cognitive-behavioral therapies for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She studies the process of change in the context of dynamic systems theory, which involves the study of associative networks, system flexibility, destabilization of pathological patterns, and the development of new patterns or attractors. She studies system change in three disorders characterized by entrenched patterns of avoidance and chronic, unproductive processing: Depression, PTSD, and personality disorders (avoidant and obsessive-compulsive). On the basis of this research, Dr. Hayes developed a treatment for depression, exposure-based cognitive therapy (EBCT). This treatment applies principles of exposure and emotional processing from interventions for PTSD and general principles of change from dynamic systems theory. EBCT has been evaluated in two open trials and in a randomized controlled trial that compared EBCT to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which was conducted in Switzerland by Dr. Martin Grosse Holtforth. EBCT was associated with significant improvement in depression and large effect sizes in all three trials. She is developing a smartphone app to accompany the treatment and to give feedback on risk and wellness factors to help prevent relapse. Dr. Hayes is also investigating the roles of avoidance, unproductive processing, depressive network destabilization, and therapeutic emotional processing in CBT for treatment-resistant depression with Dr. Willem Kuyken and colleagues in England. The overall goal of this program of research is to develop more potent treatments for depression and to reduce the risk for relapse in this often recurrent disorder.

    Degrees

    Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook

    Courses Regularly Taught

    PSYC 827-010: Adult Psychotherapy: Empirically-Supported Treatments

    PSYC 827-010: Adult Psychopathology

    PSYC 834-012: Clinical Supervision (Depression rotation)

    PSYC 380: Psychopathology (undergraduate)

    Recent Publications

    Hayes, A. M. (in press). The application of principles of exposure to the treatment of depression. In C. Beevers (Ed.) Depression, special issue of Current Opinion in Psychology. Available on line.

    Ready, C.B., Hayes, A.M., Yasinski, C.W., Webb, C.M., Gallop, R., & Deblinger, E., & Laurenceau, J. P. (in press). Overgeneralized beliefs, accommodation, and treatment outcome in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for childhood trauma. In A. Meuret & D. Hermans (Eds.) Generalization of fear and anxiety, special issue of Behavior Therapy. Available on line.

    Hayes, A. M., Yasinski, C., & Barnes, J. B., & Bockting, C., (in press). Network destabilization and transition in depression: new methods for studying the dynamics of therapeutic change. In Koster, E., Bockting, C., & De Raedt, R. (Eds.) Psychological interventions for depression: A roadmap to stable remission, special issue of Clinical Psychology Review.

    Yasinski, C., Hayes, A.M. & Laurenceau, J.P. (in press). Countering rumination in everyday life: An investigation of daily self-distancing, self-immersion, and distraction in a ruminative sample. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

    Hayes, A. M. & Yasinski. C. (2015) Pattern destabilization and emotional processing in the context of cognitive therapy for personality disorders. In Salvatore, S., Tschacher, W., Gelo, O. C., & Koch. S. (Eds.) Dynamical systems theory in psychotherapy research: A new look at process and outcome, special section of Frontiers in Psychology.

    Cummings, J. A., Hayes, A. M., Saint, D. S., & Park, J. (2014). Expressive writing in psychotherapy: A tool to promote and track therapeutic change. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44 (5), 1-9.

    Hayes, A. M., Ready, C. B., & Yasinski, C. (2014). Exposure to emotion in depression: Exposure-based cognitive therapy. In Nathan Thoma and Dean McKay (Eds.). Engaging emotion in cognitive behavioral therapy: experiential techniques for promoting lasting change. (pp. 121-145). Guildford Press.

    Webb, C., Hayes, A.M., Grasso, D., Berman, I., Laurenceau, J.P., & Deblinger, E. (2014). Trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy for youth: effectiveness in a community setting. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice, 6 (5), 555-562.

    Representative publications

    Hayes, A. M., Yasinski, C., & Barnes, J. B., & Bockting, C., (in press). Network destabilization and transition in depression: new methods for studying the dynamics of therapeutic change. In Koster, E., Bockting, C., & De Raedt, R. (Eds.) Psychological interventions for depression: A roadmap to stable remission, special issue of Clinical Psychology Review.

    Hayes, A. M. & Yasinski. C. (2015) Pattern destabilization and emotional processing in the context of cognitive therapy for personality disorders. In Salvatore, S., Tschacher, W., Gelo, O. C., & Koch. S. (Eds.) Dynamical systems theory in psychotherapy research: A new look at process and outcome, special section of Frontiers in Psychology.

    Ready, C.B., Hayes, A.M., Yasinski, C.W., Webb, C.M., Gallop, R., & Deblinger, E., & Laurenceau, J. P. (in press). Overgeneralized beliefs, accommodation, and treatment outcome in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for childhood trauma. In A. Meuret & D. Hermans (Eds.) Generalization of fear and anxiety, special issue of Behavior Therapy. Available on line.

    Hayes, A. M., Laurenceau, J. P., & Cardaciotto, L. (2007). Methods for capturing the process of change. In A. M. Nezu and C. M. Nezu (Eds.). Evidence-based outcome research: A practical guide to conducting randomized clinical trials for psychosocial interventions. (pp. 335-358). Oxford University Press.

    Hayes, A. M., Feldman, G., Beevers, C., Laurenceau, J. P., & Cardaciotto, L., & Lewis-Smith (2007). Discontinuities and cognitive changes in exposure-based cognitive therapy for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 409-421.

    Hayes, A. M., Laurenceau, J. P., Feldman, G. C., Strauss, J. L., & Cardaciotto, L.A. (2007). Change is not always linear: The study of nonlinear and discontinuous patterns of change in psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology Review, 27, 715-724.​

    Laurenceau, J. P., Hayes, A. M., & Feldman, G. C. (2007). Statistical and methodological issues in the study of change in psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology Review, 27, 682-695.

    Hayes, A. M., Feldman, G. C., & Goldfried, M. R. (2006). The CHANGE: A measure of insight and emotional processing. In L. G. Castonguay & C. Hill (Eds.) Insight in psychotherapy. (pp. 231-253). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

 

 

 

 

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