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  • Susie Margolis

    Current Position: Doctoral student 

    Clinical and Research Interests:
    My clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults using acceptance based behavioral treatments for depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. My research has centered on exploring various components of acceptance based treatments. I am interested in researching mechanisms of treatment and exploring the integration of acceptance based behavioral treatments across a variety of therapeutic approaches.

    Background:
    I am originally from Westwood, MA and have been living in Boston for a number of years. After graduating from Simmons College in 2005, I worked for two years at Massachusetts General Hospital on an RCT in the Behavioral Medicine Department of Psychiatry. My work at MGH gave me excellent research experience and solidified my interest in pursuing clinical psychology. Other than psychology, I love to run, ski, and enjoy the city. I'm also a VERY avid follower of the Red Sox.

    Dissertation Title:
    Acceptance and body dissatisfaction: Examining the efficacy of a brief acceptance based intervention for body dissatisfaction in college women.

    Brief Description of Dissertation: As rates of body dissatisfaction among college women reach 88% according to some estimates, effective treatment is essential. The most well researched approaches are cognitive behavioral and while there is some research to support these approaches, we are proposing that an acceptance based intervention would better target the mechanisms driving body dissatisfaction. The current study examines a brief acceptance based intervention for body dissatisfaction in college women. It is hypothesized that the acceptance intervention will be superior to cognitive restructuring and a neutral comparison condition in improving body dissatisfaction, decreasing distress about thoughts and emotions related to the body, decreasing the extent to which one feels defined by one’s outward appearance and increasing one’s willingness to approach stimuli that may elicit thoughts and feeling about one’s body.

    ERP Title:  An assessment of values-consistent behavior in Generalized Anxiety Disorder

    Brief Description of ERP: The purpose of the current study was to examine potential differences in values consistency between individuals with and without Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), to explore the relationship between experiential avoidance, quality of life, and restriction in valued action, and to examine the efficacy of an acceptance-based behavior therapy (ABBT) on self-reported values consistent behavior. Participants with GAD reported significantly less values consistent behavior than those without the disorder. Further, values inconsistency was significantly correlated with experiential avoidance and diminished quality of life. An ABBT significantly improved the extent to which participants with GAD reported living consistently with their values.

    Recent Publications and Presentations:

    Michelson, S. E.
    , Lee, J.K., Orsillo, S.M., & Roemer, L. (2011) The role of values-consistent behavior in generalized anxiety disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 358-366.

    Michelson, S.M., Lee, J.K., Orsillo, S.M., & Roemer, L. (2010, June) The role of values-consistent behavior in generalized anxiety disorder. World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.

    Michelson, S.M., Lee, J.K., Orsillo, S.M., & Roemer, L. (2008, November). The relationship between values in symptom severity, experiential avoidance, and quality of life in generalized anxiety disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.