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Maren Westphal

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology - PLV

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Dr. Westphal received her B.A. (Honors) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (With Distinction) from Columbia University. Dr. Westphal's research focuses on individual differences, psychosocial processes and neurobiological mechanisms that explain variability in response to adversity, ranging from resilience to psychopathology. This research included the experimental study of emotion regulation, including emotional expression and attention to emotion. Her most recent work has examined protective functions of mindfulness in health care professionals and the role of self-compassion in mental health. Dr. Westphal is a licensed psychologist and a certified Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.


Westphal, M., Bingisser, M. B., Feng, T., Wall, M., Blakley, E., Bingisser, R. & Kleim, B. (2015, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 1). Protective benefits of mindfulness in emergency room personnel. Journal of Affective Disorders. Vol 175 , pages 79-85. http://www.jad-journal.com/

Kleim, B., Bingisser, M. B., Westphal, M. & Bingisser, R. Frozen moments: flashback memories of critical incidents in emergency personnel. Brain and Behavior.

Westphal, M., Bonanno, G. & Mancini, A. D. (2014, February 1). Attachment and attentional biases for facial expressions of disgust. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Vol 33 (Issue 2) , pages 149-166. http://guilfordjournals.com/loi/jscp

Westphal, M., Olfson, M., Bravova, M., Gameroff, M., Gross, R., Wickramaratne, P., Pilowsky, D. J., Neugebauer, R., Shea, S., Lantigua, R., Weissman, M. & Neria, Y. (2013, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 1). Borderline personality disorder, exposure to interpersonal trauma, and psychiatric comorbidity in urban primary care patients. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and biological processes. Vol 76 (Issue 4) , pages 366-381.


Westphal, M. (2015, May 22). 27th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Society (APS). On being present and keeping one's calm: exploring mental health benefits of mindfulness from a transdiagnostic emotion regulation perspective. American Psychological Society (APS), New York, NY

Horowitz, M. & Westphal, M. (2014, October 17). 4th Annual Conference of the Trauma Institute ofOrange County, New York.. Treating emotion regulation deficits in PTSD comorbid with eating disorders from a DBT perspective. http://www.orangecountygov.com/traumainstitute, Middletown, NY

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