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Maren Westphal

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology - PLV

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Dr. Westphal received her B.A. (Honors) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (With Distinction) from Columbia University. Dr. Westphal's research focuses on individual differences, psychosocial processes and neurobiological mechanisms that explain variability in response to adversity, ranging from resilience to psychopathology. This research included the experimental study of emotion regulation, including emotional expression and attention to emotion. Her most recent work has examined protective functions of mindfulness in health care professionals and the role of self-compassion in mental health. Dr. Westphal is a licensed psychologist and a certified Diplomate in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.


Frozen moments: flashback memories of critical incidents in emergency personnel
Kleim, B., Bingisser, M. B., Westphal, M. & Bingisser, R. Brain and Behavior.

Borderline personality disorder, exposure to interpersonal trauma, and psychiatric comorbidity in urban primary care patients
Westphal, M., Olfson, M., Bravova, M., Gameroff, M., Gross, R., Wickramaratne, P., Pilowsky, D. J., Neugebauer, R., Shea, S., Lantigua, R., Weissman, M. & Neria, Y. (2013, October). Psychiatry: Interpersonal and biological processes. Vol 76 (Issue 4) , pages 366-381.

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