David ValentinerDavid P. Valentiner, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Phone: (815)753-7086
Fax: (815)753-8088
Office: PM 422
Personal Web Page


Ph.D.: University of Texas, 1994


My research examines cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal processes related to anxiety and anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorders, and panic disorder. Topics include: the process of fear reduction during exposure-based therapies for anxiety disorders and during natural recovery from trauma; clinical procedures, cognitive processes, and brain functioning  involved in fear reduction and natural recovery; how social anxiety and panic disorders develop during adolescence; early intervention for social anxiety; and statistical/methodological issues in anxiety assessment and research. I am also interested in terror management theory, self-verification theory, parapsychology and pseudoscience, and antiracism.


  • PSYC 316 Introduction to Psychopathology
  • PSYC 654 Practicum in Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 672 Seminar in Clinical Psychology: Multicultural Diversity, Supervision and Consultation


  • Fergus,T.A., Valentiner, D.P., Gillen, M., Hiraoka, R., Twohig, M., Abramowitz, J.A., & McGrath, P.B. (in press). Assessing psychological inflexibility: The psychometric properties of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth in two adult samples. Psychological Assessment.
  • Fergus, T.A., Valentiner, D.P., McGrath, P.B., Gier-Lonsway, S.L., & Kim, H.S. (in press). Short-forms of the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale and the Social Phobia Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment.
  • Valentiner, D.P., Skowronski, J.J., McGrath, P.B., Smith, S.A., & Renner, K.A. (in press). Self-verification and social anxiety: Preference for negative social feedback and low social self esteem. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.
  • Valentiner, D.P., Mounts, N.S., Durik, A.M., & Gier-Lonsway, S.L (2011). Shyness entity mindset: Applying mindset theory to the domain of inhibited social behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 1174-1179.
  • Fergus, T.A., & Valentiner, D.P. (2010). Disease phobia and disease conviction are separate dimensions underlying hypochondriasis. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41, 438-444.
  • Fergus, T.A., Valentiner, D.P., McGrath, P.B., & Jencius, S. (2010). Shame- and guilt-proneness: Relationships with anxiety disorder symptoms in a clinical sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 811-815.
  • Fergus, T.A., Valentiner, D. P., McGrath, P.B., Stephenson, K.L., Gier, S.L., & Jencius, S. (2009). The Fear of Positive Evaluation Scale: Psychometric properties in a clinical sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 1177-1183.
  • Stephenson. K.L., Valentiner, D.P., Orcutt, H., & Kumpala, M. (2009). Anxiety sensitivity and posttrauma stress symptoms in female undergraduates following a campus shooting. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22, 489-496.