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Dr. Jesse Cougle

University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Associate Professor

Director of Clinical Training

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Dr. Cougle will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2020 admission.

Research Interests

Cognitive, behavioral, and biological processes in anxiety disorders, PTSD, problematic anger, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders; treatment of anxiety disorders and problematic anger; computerized treatments; courage and strategies to facilitate courageous behavior.

Current Research

Computerized interventions for anxiety disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and anger; understanding maintaining factors in obsessions, compulsive checking, contamination fear, and body dysmorphic disorder; risk factors for PTSD; computerized treatments for distress intolerance; computerized treatments for substance use problems (tobacco, cannabis, and alcohol).

Selected Publications

Cougle, J. R., Summers, B. J., Harvey, A. M., Dillon, K. H., & Allan, N. P. (in press). Contamination-focused exposure as a treatment for disgust-based fears: A preliminary test in spider-fearful women. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Dillon, K. H., Allan, N. P., Cougle, J. R., & Fincham, F. D. (in press). Measuring hostile interpretation bias: The WSAP-Hostility Scale. Assessment.

Macatee, R. J., Albanese, B. J., Allan, N. P., Schmidt, N. B. , & Cougle, J. R. (2016). Distress intolerance as a moderator of the relationship between daily stressors and affective symptoms: Tests of incremental and prospective relationships. Journal of Affective Disorders, 206, 125-132.

Smith, H. L., Summers, B. J., Dillon, K. H., Macatee, R. J., & Cougle., J. R. (2016). Hostile interpretation bias in depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 203, 9-13. 

Macatee, R. J., Allan, N. P., Gajewska, A., Norr, A. M., Medley-Raines, A., Albanese, B., Boffa, J., Schmidt, N. B., & Cougle, J. R. (2016). Shared and distinct cognitive/affective mechanisms in intrusive cognition: An examination of worry and obsessions. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 80-91.

Smith, H. L., Summers, B. J., Dillon, K. H., & Cougle, J. R. (2016). Is worst-event trauma type related to PTSD symptom presentation and associated features? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 38, 55-61.

Summers, B. J., Matheny, N. L., Sarawgi, S., & Cougle, J. R. (2016). Intolerance of uncertainty in body dysmorphic disorder. Body Image, 16, 45-53.

Macatee, R. J., Sarawgi, S., Norr, A. M., Oglesby, M. E., Lejuez, C. W., & Cougle, J. R. (2015). Behavioral assessment of risk-taking under uncertain threat: Associations with affect and pain tolerance. Personality and Individual Differences, 87, 256-260.

Macatee, R. J., Capron, D. W., Guthrie, W., Schmidt, N. B., & Cougle, J. R. (2015). Distress tolerance and pathological worry: Tests of incremental and prospective relationships. Behavior Therapy, 46, 449-462.

Cougle, J. R., Hakes, J. K., Macatee, R. J., Chavarria, J., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2015). Quality of life and risk of psychiatric disorders among regular users of alcohol, nicotine, and cannabis: An analysis of the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC).  Journal of Psychiatric Research, 66-67, 135-141.

Macatee, R. J., & Cougle, J. R. (2015). Development and evaluation of a computerized intervention for low distress tolerance and its effect on performance on a neutralization task. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 48, 33-39.

Summers, B. J., Fitch, K. E., & Cougle, J. R. (2014). Visual, tactile, and auditory ‘not just right’ experiences: Associations with obsessive-compulsive symptoms and perfectionism. Behavior Therapy, 45, 678-689.

Timpano, K. R., Shaw, A. M., Cougle, J. R., & Fitch, K. E. (2014). A multi-faceted assessment of emotional tolerance and intensity in hoarding. Behavior Therapy, 45, 690-699.

Hawkins, K. A.,  Hames, J. L., Ribeiro, J. D., Silva, C., Joiner, T. E., & Cougle, J. R. (2014). An examination of the relationship between anger and suicide risk through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 50, 59-65.

Cougle, J. R., & Lee, H. J. (2014). Pathological and non-pathological features of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Revisiting basic assumptions of cognitive models. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 12-20.

Hawkins, K. A., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). The effects of nicotine on intrusive memories in non-smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 21, 434-442.

Macatee, R. J., Capron, D. W., Schmidt, N. B. & Cougle, J. R. (2013). An examination of low distress tolerance and life stressors as factors underlying obsessions. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47, 1462-1468.

Sarawgi, S., Oglesby, M. E., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). Intolerance of uncertainty and obsessive-compulsive symptom expression. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44, 456-462.

Hawkins, K. A., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). Effects of interpretation training on hostile attribution bias and reactivity to interpersonal insult. Behavior Therapy, 44, 479-488.

Cougle, J. R., Timpano, K. R., Sarawgi, S., Smith, C. M., & Fitch, K. E. (2013). A multi-modal investigation of the roles of distress tolerance and emotional reactivity in obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 26, 478-492.

Cougle, J. R., & Hawkins, K. A. (2013). Priming of courageous behavior: Contrast effects in spider fearful women. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 896-902.

Hawkins, K. A., Macatee, R. J., Guthrie, W., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). Concurrent and prospective relations between distress tolerance, life stressors, and anger. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 434-445.

Fitch, K. E., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). Perceived and actual information processing deficits in nonclinical hoarding. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 192-199.

Cougle, J. R., Purdon, C., Fitch, K. E., & Hawkins, K. A. (2013). Clarifying relations between thought-action fusion, religiosity, and obsessive-compulsive symptoms through consideration of intent. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 221-231.

Fitch, K. E., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). An evaluation of obsessive beliefs as predictors of performance on in vivo assessments of obsessive-compulsive symptoms. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 207-220.

Cougle, J. R., Fitch, K. E., Jacobson, S., & Lee, H-J. (2013). A multi-method examination of the role of incompleteness in compulsive checking. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 231-239.

Cougle, J. R., Resnick, H., & Kilpatrick, D. G. (2013). Factors associated with chronicity in posttraumatic stress disorder: A prospective analysis of a national sample of women. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5, 43-49.

Macatee, R. J., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). The roles of emotional reactivity and tolerance in generalized, social, and health anxiety: A multi-method exploration. Behavior Therapy, 44, 39-50.

Cougle, J. R., Goetz, A. R., Hawkins, K. A., & Fitch, K. E. (2012). Guilt and compulsive washing: Experimental tests of interrelationships. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 358-366.

Cougle, J. R. (2012). What makes a quality therapy? A consideration of parsimony, ease, and efficiency. Behavior Therapy, 43, 468-481. 


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