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Dr. Roemer’s research focuses on understanding how individuals respond to unwanted emotional experiences in ways that enhance or detract from their lives, and applying this understanding to the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly generalized anxiety disorder, as well as to prevention programs and helping people thrive in the face of external and systemic stressors. In collaboration with Sue Orsillo, she has developed an acceptance-based behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorder that incorporates mindfulness strategies and valued action; along with Sarah Hayes-Skelton, they examine predictors and mechanisms of change in this intervention, as well as the process of change. They are currently studying adaptations for different settings, including prevention and health promotion; future studies will examine therapist training. They are also interested in examining common mechanisms across different treatment approaches, such as acceptance. Dr. Roemer’s research team also examines the relevance of cultural and contextual factors in these phenomena and barriers to care, as well as strategies to promote coping, resilience, and personally meaningful action in the face of racist experiences and other forms of systemic inequity.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Consumer Articles

Suyemoto, K.L., Roemer, L., Abdullah, T., & Rollins, L.G. (2017). Understanding racism and its related stress can help people of color cope with negative effects. Anxiety.org

Roemer, L., Suyemoto, K. L., Rollins, L.G., & Abdullah, T. (2017). Strategies to counter the stress of racist experiences. Anxiety.org

Books

Orsillo, S. M., & Roemer, L. (2016). Worry less, live more: The mindful way through anxiety workbook. New York: The Guilford Press. Language rights: Japanese, Latvian, Swedish.

Orsillo, S. M., & Roemer, L. (2011). The mindful way through anxiety: Break free from chronic worry and reclaim your life. New York: The Guilford Press. Language rights: Chinese-simplified, Finnish, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish.

Antony, M. M., & Roemer, L. (2011). Behavior Therapy. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S.M. (2009). Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies in practice. New York: The Guilford Press. Language rights: Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian territory), 2nd edition in preparation.

Selected Articles and Chapters

Suyemoto, K.L., Hochman, A.L., Donovan, R. A., & Roemer, L. (In press). Becoming and fostering allies through authentic relationships: Valuing justice over comfort. Women and therapy.

Eustis, E.H., Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Orsillo, S. M., & Roemer, L. (2018). Surviving and Thriving During Stress: A randomized clinical trial comparing a brief web-based therapist assisted acceptance-based behavioral intervention versus waitlist control for college students. Behavior Therapy, 49, 889-903.  

Roemer, L., Eustis, E.H., Williston, S. K., & Hayes-Skelton. S. A. (2016). Acceptance-based behavior therapy-informed clinical professional training practices (i.e., outside the classroom). In J. Block-Lerner & L. Cardaciotto (Eds.) The Mindfulness-Informed Educator: Building Acceptance & Psychological Flexibility in Higher Education. New York: Routledge.

Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Calloway, A., Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2015). Decentering as a potential common mechanism across two therapies for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 395-404.

Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). An acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. In D. H. Barlow (Ed). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders: A step-by-step treatment manual, 5th edition (pp. 206-236). New York: Guilford Press.

Fuchs, C., Lee, J.K., Roemer, L. & Orsillo, S.M. (2013). Using mindfulness- and acceptance-based treatments with clients from nondominant cultural and/or marginalized backgrounds: Client considerations, meta-analysis findings and Introduction to the Special Series. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 1-12.

Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Roemer, L., Orsillo, S. M., & Borkovec, T. D.  (2013). A contemporary view of applied relaxation for generalized anxiety disorder.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 42, 292-302.

Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2013). A randomized clinical trial comparing an acceptance based behavior therapy to applied relaxation for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 81, 761-773.doi: 10.1037/a0032871.

Roemer, L. & Orsillo, S.M. (2013). Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral treatment of anxiety. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition, (pp 167-183). New York: Guilford Press.