Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology - PLV
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.
Kleim, B., Bingisser, M. B., Westphal, M. & Bingisser, R. Frozen moments: flashback memories of critical incidents in emergency personnel. Brain and Behavior.
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