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

Phone: (815)753-7086
Fax: (815)753-8088
dvalentiner@niu.edu
Office: PM 422
Personal Web Page

EDUCATION

Ph.D.: University of Texas, 1994

RESEARCH INTERESTS

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.

FREQUENTLY TAUGHT CLASSES

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

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

  • 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.