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David M. Fresco


Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1999)

Research Area: Clinical - Adult Psychopathology

Website: PERL Site

Lab site: KENL Site

Research Interests

My lab adopts an affective science perspective to the study of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and major depressive disorder (MDD).  Working at the interface of cognitive behavioral and emotion regulation approaches, we conduct survey, experimental, and treatment research to examine factors associated with MDD and GAD including metacognitive factors (e.g., explanatory flexibility, decentering), peripheral psychophysiology, and emerging work in affective neuroscience, utilizing neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques.  Another focus of our lab is the development of treatments informed by affective and contemplative neuroscience findings that incorporate mindfulness meditation and other practices derived from Buddhist mental training exercises into Western psychosocial treatments.

Lab Site: Psychopathology & Emotion Regulation Lab

Courses Frequently Taught

  • Theories of Personality (undergraduate)
  • Abnormal Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Emotion (undergraduate)
  • Clinical Research Methods (graduate)
  • Behavior Therapy (graduate)
  • Clinical Supervision (graduate)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Mennin, D. S. & Fresco, D. M. (2014). Emotion Regulation Therapy. (pp. 469-490). In J. J. Gross (Ed.) Handbook of Emotion Regulation, 2nd Ed. New York: Guilford Press. Link

Hughes, J. W., Fresco, D. M., Myerscough, R., van Dulmen, M., Carlson, L. E., & Josephson, R. (2013). Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Prehypertension. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75, 721-728. Link

Mennin, D. S. & Fresco, D. M. (2013). What, me worry and ruminate about DSM-5 and RDoC?: The importance of targeting negative self-referential processing. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 20, 259-268. Link

Mennin, D. S., Ellard, K. K., Fresco, D. M., & Gross, J. J. (2013). Emphasizing commonalities of cognitive-behavioral therapies within a broadening field of intervention science. Behavior Therapy, 44, 234-248. Link

Fresco, D. M., Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., & Ritter, M. R. (2013). Emotion Regulation Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 282-300. Link

Moore, M. T. & Fresco, D. M. (2012). Depressive Realism: A Meta-Analytic Review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(6), 1-14. Link

Fresco, D. M., *Flynn, J. J., Mennin, D. S., & *Haigh, E. A. P. (2010). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (pp. 57-82). In J. D. Herbert & E. Forman. Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. New York: Wiley. Link

Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., Fresco, D. M., & Ritter, M. R. (2008). Is generalized anxiety disorder an anxiety or mood Disorder? Considering multiple factors as we ponder the fate of GAD. Depression and Anxiety, 25, 289-299. Link

Fresco, D. M., Segal, Z. V., Buis, T., & Kennedy, S. (2007). Relationship of post treatment decentering and cognitive reactivity following an emotion evocation challenge to relapse of major depressive disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 447-455. Link

Fresco, D. M., *Moore, M. T., van Dulmen, M., Segal, Z. V., Teasdale, J. D., Ma, D., & Williams, J. M. G. (2007). Initial psychometric properties of the Experiences Questionnaire: A self-report survey of decentering. Behavior Therapy, 38, 234-246. Link

* Denotes a KSU Graduate Student author.

David M. Fresco
Department of Psychology
Phone: 330-672-4049