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Dr. Brad Schmidt

University of Texas, Austin, 1991

Distinguished Research Professor

Director, Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic

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Dr. Schmidt will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2021 admission.

Research Interests

Primary focus on three interrelated domains; (1) prevention and treatment of anxiety pathology, (2) investigation of biobehavioral parameters that affect the generation and maintenance of anxiety pathology, and (3) the relationship between anxiety pathology and physical health.

Current Research

We have a broad research agenda. Our laboratory is currently participating in approximately 10 different grant funded studies (NIMH, NIDA, OC Foundation, James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program). These studies focus on translational research, prevention, and treatment of anxiety psychopathology as well as smoking.

Selected Publications

Clancy, K., Ding, M., Bernat, E., Schmidt, N.B. & Li, W. (In press). Restless “rest”: Intrinsic sensory hyperactivity and disinhibition in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Brain.

Capron, D.W., Norr, A.M, Albanese, B.J., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). Fear reactivity to cognitive dyscontrol via novel head-mounted display perceptual illusion exercises. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Albanese, B. J., Boffa, J.W., Macatee, R.J., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). Anxiety sensitivity mediates the gender discrepancy in post-concussive symptoms in a clinical sample. Psychiatry Research. 

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Garey, L., Raines, A. M., Businelle, M., Shankman, S. A., Manning, K., Goodwin, R. D., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). Anxiety Sensitivity and Nicotine Replacement Therapy Side Effects: Examining the Role of Emotion Dysregulation among Treatment-Seeking Smokers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Albanese, B.J., Macatee, R.J., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., Norr, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). Interactive effects of Anxiety Sensitivity and Attentional Control on Post-traumatic Stress in Community and Clinical Populations. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes.

Raines, A.M., Chavarria, J., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). Hoarding and alcohol use: The mediating role of emotion dysregulation. Substance Use and Misuse.

Short, N. A., Boffa, J. W., Norr, A. M., Albanese, B. J., Allan, N. P., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). A randomized clinical trial investigating the direct and indirect effects of an anxiety sensitivity intervention on posttraumatic stress symptoms: A replication and extension. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Raines, A.M., Vidaurri. D.N., Portero, A.K., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). Associations between rumination and obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions. Personality and Individual Differences. 

Bakhshaie, J., Paulus, D.J., Medvedeva, A., Otal, T., Lemaire, C., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez. M., Valdivieso, J., Bogiaizian, D., Robles, Z., Viana, A.G., Collado, A., Schmidt, N.B., & Zvolensky, M.J. (In press). The Differential Role of Anxiety Sensitivity and its Components in the Relation between Emotional Nonacceptance and Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms and Disorders among Latinos in Primary Care. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Oglesby, M.E. & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). The role of threat level and intolerance of uncertainty (IU) in anxiety: An experimental test of IU theory. Behavior Therapy, 48, 427-434

Short, N. A., Fuller, K., Norr, A. M., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Acceptability of a brief computer-based intervention targeting anxiety sensitivity cognitive concerns. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 46, 250-274.

Norr, A. M., Gibby, B. A., Fuller, K. L., Portero, A. K., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). Online dissemination of the Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment (CAST) using Craigslist: A pilot study. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Schmidt, N.B., Norr, A.M., Allan, N.P., Raines, A.M., & Capron, D.W. (In press). A randomized clinical trial targeting anxiety sensitivity for patients with suicidal ideation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Capron, D.W., Norr, A.M, Allan, N.P., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Combined "Top-Down" and "Bottom-Up" intervention for anxiety sensitivity: Development and pilot randomized trial. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 85, 75-82

Macatee, R.J., Albanese, B.J., Schmidt, N.B., & Cougle, J.R. (In press). The moderating influence of heart rate variability on stressor-elicited change in pupillary and attentional indices of emotional processing: An eye-tracking study. Biological Psychology.

Paulus, D. J., Valadka, J., Businelle, M. S., Gallagher, M.W., Viana, A. G., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (In press). Emotion dysregulation explains associations between anxiety sensitivity and hazardous drinking and drinking motives among adult treatment-seeking smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Garey, L.,Jardin, C., Kauffman, B. Y., Sharp, C., Neighbors, C., Schmidt, N. B. & Zvolensky, M. J. (In press). Psychometric evaluation of the barriers to cessation scale. Psychological Assessment. 

Allan, N. P., Oglesby, M. E., Uhl, A., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Cognitive risk factors explain the relations between negative affect and social anxiety for males and females. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 46, 224-238

Timpano, K.R., Cek, D., Rubenstein, L., Murphy, D.L., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). The association between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and loneliness: Specificity and gender. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., Jeffries, E.R., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). Robust impact of social anxiety in relation to coping motives and expectancies, barriers to quitting, and cessation-related problems. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

Foster, D. W., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (In press). Influences of barriers to cessation and reasons for quitting on substance use among treatment-seeking smokers who report heavy drinking. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy.

Short, N. A., Mathes, B., Gibby, B., Oglesby, M. E., Zvolensky, M. J. & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Insomnia symptoms as a risk factor for cessation failure following smoking treatment. Addiction Research & Theory, 25, 17-23. 

Raines, A.M., Oglesby, M.E., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press).  A triple vulnerability model of hoarding. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes.

Oglesby, M.E., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., Raines, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press). Factor mixture modeling of intolerance of uncertainty. Psychological Assessment. 

Zvolensky, M. J., Bakhshaie, J., Paulus, D. J., Garza, M., Valdivieso, J., Sampongna, O., Bogiaizian, D., Robels, Z., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). The role of negative affect in the relation between subjective social status and mental health among economically disadvantaged Latinos in primary care. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.

Riccardi, C.J., Korte, K.J., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). False safety behavior elimination therapy: A randomized study of a brief individual transdiagnostic treatment for anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 46, 35-45.

Oglesby, M.E., Gibby, B.A., Mathes, B.M., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Intolerance of uncertainty and post-traumatic stress symptoms: An investigation within a treatment seeking trauma-exposed sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 72, 34-40.

Mathes, B.M., Oglesby, M.E., Short, N.A., Portero, A.K., Raines, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). An examination of the role of intolerance of distress and uncertainty in hoarding symptoms. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 72, 121-129.

Boffa, J.W., Stanley, I.H., Hom, M.A., Norr, A.M., Joiner, T.E., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 84, 277-283.

Garey, L., Farris, S.G., Schmidt, N.B., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2016). The role of smoking-specific experiential avoidance in the relation between perceived stress and tobacco dependence, perceived barriers to cessation, and problems during quit attempts among treatment-seeking smokers. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 5, 58-63. 

Foster, D. W., Buckner, J. D., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Multi-Substance use among treatment-seeking smokers: Synergistic effects of coping motives for cannabis and alcohol use and social anxiety/depressive symptoms. Substance Use & Misuse, 51, 165-178.

Garey, L., Cheema, M. K., Otal, T. K., Schmidt, N. B., Neighbors, C., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). The sequential pathway between trauma-related symptom severity and cognitive-based smoking processes through perceived stress and negative affect reduction expectancies among trauma exposed smokers. The American Journal on Addictions, 25, 565-572.

Raines, A.M., Oglesby, M.E., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016).  Understanding DSM-5 Hoarding disorder: A triple vulnerability model. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 79, 120-129.

Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez, M., Mayorga, N. A., Bogiaizian, D., Robles, Z., Lu, Q., Ditre, J., Vowles, K., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Pain severity and emotion dysregulation among Latinos in a Community Health Care Setting: Relations to mental health. Submitted for publication. General Hospital Psychiatry, 42, 41-48.

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Ocha-Perez, M., Medvedeva, A., Bogiazian, D., Robles, Z., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). Interactive effect of negative affectivity and anxiety sensitivity in terms of mental health among Latinos in primary care. Psychiatry Research, 243, 35-42.

Farris, S. G., Leyro, T. M., Allan, N. P., Øverup, C. S., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M.  J. (2016). Distress intolerance during smoking cessation treatment. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 85, 33-42.

Garey, L., Kauffman, B. Y., Neighbors, C., Schmidt, N. B. & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Treatment attrition: Associations with negative affect smoking motives and barriers to quitting among treatment-seeking smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 63, 165-171. 

Timpano, K.R., Raines, A.M., Shaw, A.M., Keough, M.E., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Effects of a brief anxiety sensitivity reduction intervention on obsessive compulsive spectrum symptomatology, Journal of Psychiatric Research, 83, 8-15.

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, 2-6, 125-132.

Albanese, B.J., Allan, N.P., Boffa, J.W., Chavarria, J., Raines, A.M., Zvolensky, M.J., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Suicidality prospectively predicts greater urges to smoke following a cessation attempt: Mediation through perceived barriers to cessation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 221-226.

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Ocha-Perez, M., Lemaire, C., Bogiazian, D., Robles, Z., Aldao, A., Collado, A., Lejuez, C.W., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). Interactive effect of negative affectivity and rumination in terms of mental health among Latinos in primary care. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 3, 646-657.

Norr, A.M., Albanese, B.J., Boffa, J.W., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). The relationship between gender and PTSD symptoms: Anxiety sensitivity as a mechanism. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 210-213.

Korte, K.J., Allan, N.P., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Factor-mixture modeling of the PSWQ: Evidence for distinct classes of worry. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 37, 40-47.

Short, N. A., Babson, K. A., Schmidt, N. B., Knight, C. B., Johnson, J., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2016). Sleep and affective functioning: Examining the association between sleep quality and distress tolerance among veterans. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 247-253.

Oglesby, M.E., Raines, A.M., Short, N.A., Capron, D.W., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Interpretation bias for uncertain threat: A replication and extension. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 51, 35-42.

Buckner, J.D., Ecker, A.H., Beighley, J.S., Zvolensky, M.J., Schmidt, N.B., Shah, S.M., & Carroll, K.M. (2016). Integrated cognitive behavioral therapy for comorbid cannabis use and anxiety disorders. Clinical Case Studies, 15, 68-83.    

Richey, J.A., White, B.A., Valdespino, A., Ghane, M. & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Attentional control mediates fearful responding to an ecologically valid stressor. Anxiety Stress and Coping, 26, 60-79.

Farris, S. G., DiBello, A. M., Heggeness, L. F., Reitzel, L. R., Vidrine, D. J., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Sustained smoking abstinence is associated with reductions in smoking-specific experiential avoidance among treatment-seeking smokers. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 51,51-57.

Farris, S. G., Zvolensky, M. J., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). Difficulties with emotion regulation and psychopathology interact to predict early smoking cessation lapse. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 357-367.

Robles, Z., Garey, L., Hogan, J., Bakhshaie, J., Schmidt, N.B., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2016). Examining an underlying mechanism between perceived stress and smoking cessation-related outcomes. Addictive Behaviors, 58, 149-154.

Guillot, C. R., Leventhal, A. M., Raines, A. M., Zvolensky, M. J., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity in relation to tobacco use, abstinence-related problems, and cognitions in treatment-seeking smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 56, 30-35.

Macatee, R. J., Allan, N. P., Gajewska, A., Norr, A. M., Medley-Raines, A., Albanese, B. J., Boffa, J. W., 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.

Norr, A. M., Allan, N. P., Macatee, R. J., Capron, D. W., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). The role of anxiety sensitivity cognitive concerns in suicidal ideation: A test of the Depression-Distress Amplification Model in clinical outpatients. Psychiatry Research, 238, 74-80.

Capron, D.W., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Development and evaluation of a novel computer-delivered anxiety sensitivity intervention. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 81, 47-55.

Garey, L., Bakhshaie, J., Vujanovic, A. A., Reitzel, L. R., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Posttraumatic stress symptom severity and cognitive-based smoking processes among trauma-exposed treatment-seeking smokers: The role of perceived stress. Addictive Behaviors, 60, 84-89.    

Oglesby, M.E., Boffa, J.W., Short, N.A., Raines, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Intolerance of uncertainty as a predictor of post-traumatic stress symptoms following a traumatic event. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 41, 82-87.

Schmidt, N.B., Raines, A.M., Allan, N.P., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity risk reduction in smokers: A randomized controlled trial examining effects on panic. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 77, 138-146.

Allan, N. P., Oglesby, M. E., Short, N. A., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). Examining the panic attack specifier in social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45, 177-181

Saigo, T., Takebayashi, Y., Tayama, J., Bernick, P.J., Schmidt, N.B., Shirabe, S., & Sakano, Y. (2016). Validation of the Japanese version of the Body Vigilance Scale. Psychological Reports, 118, 918-936.

Garey, L., Bakhshaie, J., Brandt, C.P., Langdon, K.J., Kauffman, B.Y., Schmidt, N. B., Leventhal, A.M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Interplay of dysphoria and anxiety sensitivity in relation to emotion regulatory cognitions of smoking among treatment-seeking smokers. American Journal on Addictions, 25, 267-274.    

Bakhshaie, J., Zvolensky, M.J., Salazar, A., Vujanovic, A.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity and smoking behavior among trauma-exposed daily smokers: The Explanatory role of smoking-related avoidance and inflexibility. Behavior Modification, 40, 218-238.

Allan, N. P., Felton, J. W., Lejuez, C. W., MacPherson, L., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). Longitudinal investigation of anxiety sensitivity growth trajectories and relations with anxiety and depression symptoms in adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 28, 459-469.

Bakhshaie, J., Zvolensky, M.J., Langdon , K.J., Leventhal, A.M., Smits, J.A., Allan, N.,  & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity class membership moderates the effects of pre-quit reduction in anxiety sensitivity on quit-day tobacco craving. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 39, 79-87.

Boffa, J.W., Norr, A.M., Raines, A.M., Albanese, B.J., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity prospectively predicts posttraumatic stress symptoms following a campus shooting. Behavior Therapy, 47, 367-376.

Raines, A.M., Short, N.A., Fuller, K.L., Allan, N.P., Oglesby, M.E., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Hoarding and depression: The mediating role of perceived burdensomeness. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 83, 24-28.

Farris, S.G., Zvolensky, M.J., Norton, P.J., Hogan, J. Smith, A.H., Talkowsky, A.M., Garey, L., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). Smoking-specific experiential avoidance is indirectly associated with trait worry and smoking processes among treatment-seeking smokers. Behavioral Medicine, 42, 254-263.

Brand, S., Kirov, R., Kalak, N., Gerber, M., Schmidt, N.B., Lemola, S., Correll, C.U., Holsboer-Trachsler, E. (2016). Poor sleep is related to lower emotional competence among adolescents. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 14, 602-614.

Short, N.A., Norr, A.M., Mathes, B.M., Oglesby, M.E., & Schmidt, N.B. (2016). An examination of the specific associations between facets of difficulties in emotion regulation and posttraumatic stress symptom clusters. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 783-791.


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