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Dr. Roemer’s research focuses on understanding how individuals respond to unwanted emotional experiences in ways that ameliorate or exacerbate their difficulties, and applying this understanding to the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly generalized anxiety disorder. In collaboration with Sue Orsillo, she has developed an acceptance-based behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorder that incorporates mindfulness strategies; 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. Students working with Dr. Roemer often use experimental paradigms to investigate the mechanisms and consequences of avoidance or acceptance/mindfulness of unwanted emotional responses. Dr. Roemer and her students also examine the relevance of cultural and contextual factors in these phenomena, 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.

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.

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.

Articles and Chapters

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.

Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Usmani, A., Lee, J. K., Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2012).  A fresh look at potential mechanisms of change in applied relaxation for generalized anxiety disorder: A case series. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 451-462.