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Jasper Smits received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and completed a clinical internship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. He was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University for nine years before joining the Department of Psychology at UT Austin in 2013. The main objective of his research program is to improve the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder) and related problems (e.g., smoking, overeating, physical inactivity). Using a translational research approach, studies in his laboratory aim to (1) identify targets for intervention; (2) develop and pilot test novel therapeutic strategies; and (3) examine the efficacy of promising behavioral and integrative treatments in clinical trials.

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Research Output 2002 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

Examining experiential avoidance as a mediator of the relation between anxiety sensitivity and depressive symptoms

Stein, A. T., Medina, J. L., Rosenfield, D., Otto, M. W. & Smits, J. A. J., Jan 2 2020, In : Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 49, 1, p. 41-54 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Psychological and pharmacological treatments for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

Carl, E., Witcraft, S. M., Kauffman, B. Y., Gillespie, E. M., Becker, E. S., Cuijpers, P., Van Ameringen, M., Smits, J. A. J. & Powers, M. B., Jan 2 2020, In : Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 49, 1, p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Anxiety Disorders
Randomized Controlled Trials
7 Citations (Scopus)

A meta-analytic review of cognitive processing therapy for adults with posttraumatic stress disorder

Asmundson, G. J. G., Thorisdottir, A. S., Roden-Foreman, J. W., Baird, S. O., Witcraft, S. M., Stein, A. T., Smits, J. & Powers, M., Jan 2 2019, In : Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 48, 1, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Cognitive Therapy
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

A placebo-controlled randomized trial of D-cycloserine augmentation of cue exposure therapy for smoking cessation

Otto, M. W., Pachas, G. N., Cather, C., Hoeppner, S. S., Moshier, S. J., Hearon, B. A., Ward, H. B., Laffer, A. B., Smits, J. & Evins, A. E., Jan 2 2019, In : Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 48, 1, p. 65-76 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Implosive Therapy
Smoking Cessation
Randomized Controlled Trials

Approach bias retraining to augment smoking cessation: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Smits, J., Baird, S. O., Rinck, M., Rosenfield, D., Beevers, C., Brown, R. A., Conroy, H. E., Alavi, N., Dutcher, C. D. & Freeman, S. Z., Jun 1 2019, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 14, 100340.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Smoking Cessation
Randomized Controlled Trials
Addictive Behavior