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Howard Berenbaum

Division: Clinical/Community

Professor of Psychology

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    727 Psychology Bldg.
    603 E. Daniel Street
    M/C 716
    Champaign, IL 61820
  • Telephone: (217)333-9624

Research Description

The ultimate goal of my research is to explain the development of adult psychopathology, with a focus on the role of emotional processes. My research is not limited to a single circumscribed etiological factor or experimental paradigm.  This is important because of the overwhelming evidence that psychopathological conditions are complex and multidetermined.  The vast majority of work in my lab has been guided by a framework for describing emotional disturbances that was proposed by my students and me (Berenbaum et al, 2003).  Specifically, we proposed that there are three broad types of emotional disturbances (each of which includes several subtypes): (a) disturbances in emotional valence (e.g., excessive levels of unpleasant emotion); (b) disturbances in emotional intensity/variability/regulation; and (c) disturbances in emotional awareness.  In recent years, my work has focused on the following phenomena: (a) emotional awareness and other meta-emotion factors; (b) emotional intensity and variability; (c) peculiarity; and (d) worry.

Education

  • Ph.D. from Indiana University

Recent Publications

Berenbaum, H., Boden, M.T., Baker, J.P., Dizen, M., Thompson, R.T., & Abramowitz, A. (2006). Emotional correlates of the different dimensions of schizotypal personality disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115, 359-368.

Berenbaum, H., Raghavan, C., Le, H.N., Vernon, L., & Gomez, J. (2003). A taxonomy of emotional disturbances. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 10, 206-226.

Berenbaum, H., Thompson, R.J., & Bredemeier, K. (2007). Perceived threat: Exploring its association with worry and its hypothesized antecedents. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 2473-2482.

Berenbaum, H., Valera, E.M., & Kerns, J.G. (2003). Psychological trauma and schizotypal symptoms. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 29, 143-152.

Thompson, R.T., & Berenbaum, H. (2006). Shame reactions to everyday dilemmas are associated with depressive disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 30, 415-425.