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David P. Valentiner

Research Interests

My research examines cognitive and emotional factors related to anxiety, anxiety disorders, and change in anxiety during treatment and during the natural recovery following trauma, addressing questions such as: what are the mechanisms of change in effective therapies for anxiety disorders?; what are the implications of these mechanisms for how we understand the psychopathology, including etiology and maintenance?; and how can treatment and prevention be improved based on what we learn about mechanisms of change? I also have interests in brain areas involved in fear reduction and recovery, racism and belief change, and research on pseudoscience and scientific anomalies.

Frequently Taught Classes

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

Representative Publications

  • Valentiner, D.P., Hiraoka, R., & Skowronski, J.J. (2014). Borderline Personality, Self-Verification, and Romantic Relationships. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33, 463-480.
  • Valentiner, D.P., Jencius, S., Jarek, E., Gier-Lonsway, S.L., & McGrath, P.B. (2013). Pre-treatment shyness mindset predicts less reduction of social anxiety during exposure therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 267-271.
  • Fergus,T.A., Valentiner, D.P., Gillen, M., Hiraoka, R., Twohig, M., Abramowitz, J.A., & McGrath, P.B. (2012). Assessing psychological inflexibility: The psychometric properties of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth in two adult samples. Psychological Assessment, 24, 402-408.
  • Hook, J.N., Valentiner, D.P., & Connelly, J. (2013). Performance and interaction anxiety: Specific relationships with other- and self-evaluation concerns. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 26, 203-216.
  • Valentiner, D.P., Skowronski, J.J., McGrath, P.B., Smith, S.A., & Renner, K.A. (2011). Self-verification and social anxiety: Preference for negative social feedback and low social self-esteem. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38, 601-617.
  • 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.


Professor, Clinical Psychology

Director, NIU Anxiety Disorders Research Lab

PM 422


Ph.D.: University of Texas, 1994