Our work explores how invalidation, experiential avoidance, and disengagement from personally meaningful activities contributes to psychological distress (particularly anxiety and associated depression) and studies how prevention and intervention programs can target these processes and help people cultivate the skills they need to enhance their well-being and quality of life.
Susan M. Orsillo, PhD
To learn more about Dr. Sue Orsillo and her work, please visit her faculty page.
Current Research Projects
The Mindful Way through Anxiety
Dr. Sue Orsillo has spent the past sixteen years developing, refining, delivering, examining, supervising, providing training in, and writing about acceptance-based behavioral therapy for anxiety and related disorder in collaboration with her colleague Liz Roemer from UMass Boston. Currently, this lab is focused on developing adaptations of ABBTs for use in different contexts aimed at increasing access to care. For example, we are now examining the effectiveness of a self-help book based on the treatment. We are also conducting research aimed exploring the best way to train therapists in this approach and measure ABBT competence.
In conjunction with this project, doctoral student Alexandria Miller is leading research looking at the effectiveness of the self-help workbook Worry Less Live More in reducing anxiety and increasing quality of life among Black readers.
College Student/URM Doctoral Student Mental Health
This lab is exploring how an acceptance-based behavioral therapy (ABBT) program might help undergraduate, doctoral, and law students build resiliency and improve psychological well-being. Additionally, doctoral student Virginia McCaughey is conducting a study looking at the effectiveness of an ABBT informed program online program designed for doctoral and law students drawing from several in-person and online Mindful Way through the Semester (MWTS) programs that have been shown to be helpful in protecting students against depression. This work is also informed by research led by doctoral student Alexandria Miller who is exploring the factors that contribute to psychological well-being among URM doctoral students
Consent Negotiation among Sexual Minorities
Doctoral student John McKenna is the lead researcher on a mixed-method project aimed identifying the methods that LGBTQ+ young adults use to negotiate consent in order to inform inclusive sexual violence prevention programming. We have collected data from almost 400 young adults (over 250 sexual minorities) and are in the process of exploring the roles of gender identity, sexual identity, gender role endorsement, and sexual assertiveness on use of consent strategies and attitudes about consent. We are also currently using multi-group confirmatory factor analyses to explore whether or not there is measurement invariance across diverse sexual identity groups on measures of internal and external consent and coding responses participants provided about how they define consent and communicate and interpret both sexual consent and sexual refusal signals.
Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S.M. (2020). Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy Treating Anxiety and Related Challenges. New York: Guilford.
- Developed over two decades of ongoing clinical research, acceptance-based behavioral therapy (ABBT) is a flexible framework shown to be effective in treating generalized anxiety and co-occurring problems.
Orsillo, S.M. & Roemer, L., (2016) Worry Less, Live More: The Mindful Way through Anxiety workbook. New York: Guilford.
- This award-winning book (Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT) Self-Help Book of Merit) has also been published in Japanese, Swedish, and Latvian
Orsillo, S.M. & Roemer, L. (2011). The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life. New York: Guilford.
- This best-selling (over 50,000 copies in print), award-winning book (ABCT Self-Help Book of Merit) has also been published in Spanish, German, Finnish, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Greek, and Russian
Orsillo, S.M. & Roemer, L. (2005). Acceptance and Mindfulness-based Approaches to Anxiety: Conceptualization and Treatment. New York: Springer.
Antony, M., Orsillo, S.M., & Roemer, L. (2001). Practitioner’s Guide to Empirically-based Measures of Anxiety. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishing.
Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S.M. (in press). Acceptance-based behavior therapy for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In D.H. Barlow (Ed.). Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, 6th Edition. New York: Guilford Press
Roemer, L., Orsillo, S. M. (in press). Acceptance-based behavioral therapies for GAD. In A Gloster & A Gerlach (Ed.), Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Worrying: A Comprehensive Handbook for Clinicians and Researchers. Wiley-Blackwell.
Roemer, L., Arbid, N., Martinez, J., Orsillo, S. M. (2017). Mindfulness-based treatments (pp.175-197). In Stefan Hoffman (Ed.), The Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: From Theory to Therapy. New York, NY: Elsevier.
Danitz, S., & Orsillo, S.M. (2016). Acceptance-based behavior therapy for pre-professional students. In J. Block-Lerner & L. Cardaciotto (Eds.). The Mindfulness Informed Educator: Building Acceptance and Psychological Flexibility in Higher Education. New York: Routledge.
Orsillo, S.M., Danitz, S., & Roemer, L. (2015). Mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral and cognitive therapies (pp. 172-199). In A.M. Nezu & C.M. Nezu (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. New York: Oxford University Press.
Morgan, L., Danitz, S., Orsillo, S., & Roemer, L. (2016). Mindfulness approaches to psychological disorders. In H. Friedman (Ed), Encyclopedia of Mental Health (pp. 148 – 155), 2nd ed. New York, NY: Elsevier.
Roemer, L., Fuchs, C., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). Incorporating mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies in the behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In R. Baer (Ed), Mindfulness-Based Treatment Approaches: Clinician’s Guide to Evidence Base and Applications, 2nd Edition (pp. 96-120). New York: Academic Press.
Roemer, L., Graham, J. R., Morgan, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (2014). Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies for anxiety disorders. In P.M.G Emmelkamp & T. Ehring (Eds.), International Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: Theory, Research and Practice (Volume 2). (pp. 804-823). Wiley-Blackwell.
Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S.M. (2014). Acceptance-based behavior therapy for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In D.H. Barlow (Ed.). Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders, 5th Edition (vol. 5th edition, pp.206-237). New York: Guilford Press
Roemer, L. & Orsillo, S.M. (2013). Anxiety: Accepting what comes and doing what matters. In C. K. Germer, R. D. Siegel, & P. R. Fulton (Eds.). Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition (pp.167-183). New York: Guilford Press.
Roemer, L. & Orsillo, S.M. (2012). Anxiety disorders: Acceptance, compassion and wisdom. In C. Germer & R.D. Siegel (Eds.). Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice (pp.234–248). New York: Guilford.
Miller, A., & Orsillo, S.M. (2020). Values, acceptance, and belongingness in graduate school: Perspectives from underrepresented minority students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 15, 197-206.
Serowik, K. L., Roemer, L., Suvak, M., Liverant, G., & Orsillo, S. M. (2020). A randomized controlled pilot study evaluating Worry Less, Live More: The Mindful Way Through Anxiety Workbook. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/16506073.2020.1765858
Serowik, K. L., Orsillo, S. M. (2019). The relationship between substance use, experiential avoidance, and personally meaningful experiences. Substance Use and Misuse, 54(11), 1834-1844. DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1618329
Eustis, E. H., Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Orsillo, S. M., Roemer, L. (2018). Surviving and Thriving During Stress: A randomized clinical trial comparing a brief web-based therapist-assisted acceptance-based behavioral Intervention versus waitlist control for college students. Behavior Therapy, 49, 889-903. DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2018.05.009
Danitz, S. B., Orsillo, S. M., Beard, C., Björgvinsson, T. (2018). The relationship between personal growth and psychological functioning in individuals treated in a partial hospital setting. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74, 1759-1774. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22627
Sagon, A. L., Danitz, S. B., Suvak, M., Orsillo, S. M. (2018). The Mindful Way through the Semester: Evaluating the feasibility of delivering an acceptance-based behavioral program online. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 9, 36-44., doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2018.06.004
Serowik, K. L., Khan, A. J., LoCurto, J., Orsillo, S. M. (2018). The conceptualization and measurement of values: A review of the psychometric properties of measures developed to inform values work with adults. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 40, 615-635. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10862-018-9679-1
Arauz, J., Danitz, S. B., Orsillo, S. M., Coyne, L. W. (2017). A preliminary exploration of education values, distress, and acceptance among self-identified white and non-white incoming college freshmen at a private university. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6, 288-292 doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2017.05.001
Eustis, E. H., Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Roemer, L., Orsillo, S. M. (2016). Reductions in experiential avoidance as a mediator of change in symptom outcome and quality of life in acceptance-based behavior therapy and applied relaxation for generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 87, 188-195. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2016.09.012
Fuchs, C. H., West, L. M., Graham, J. R., Kalill, K. S., Morgan, L. P.K., Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Orsillo, S. M., Roemer, L. (2016). Reactions to an Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy for GAD: Giving voice to the experiences of clients from marginalized backgrounds. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 473-484. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2015.09.004
Danitz, S. B., Suvak, M., Orsillo, S. M. (2016). The Mindful Way Through the Semester: Evaluating the impact of integrating an acceptance-based behavioral program into a first-year experience course for undergraduates. Behavior Therapy, 47, 487 - 499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2016.03.002
Margolis, S. E., Orsillo, S. M. (2016). Acceptance and Body Dissatisfaction: Examining the efficacy of a brief acceptance-based intervention for body dissatisfaction in college women. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 44, 482-92. DOI: 10.1017/S1352465816000072
Current Student Graduates
I am a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University. I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. There I conducted sleep and meditation research and studied mindfulness as a resilience factor in hematologic oncology patients. Post-undergrad I was a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital studying functional neurological disorder. Currently I am interested in researching mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions. In my free time I can be found out snapping photos around New England, searching for fluffy pups to pet, or attempting to re-learn Spanish.
Select Publications and Presentations
Diez, I.*, Larson, A. G.*, Nakhate, V., Dunn, E. C., Fricchione, G. L., Nicholson, T. R., Sepulcre, J., & Perez, D. L. (2020). Early-life trauma endophenotypes and brain circuit-gene expression relationships in functional neurological (conversion) disorder. Molecular psychiatry, 10.1038/s41380-020-0665-0. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41380-020-0665-0
Ospina, J. P., Larson, A. G., Jalilianhasanpour, R., Williams, B., Diez, I., Dhand, A., ... & Perez, D. L. (2019). Individual differences in social network size linked to nucleus accumbens and hippocampal volumes in functional neurological disorder: A pilot study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 258, 50-54.
Larson, A. G., Morris, K. J., Juckett, M. B., Coe, C. L., Broman, A. T., & Costanzo, E. S. (2019).Mindfulness, Experiential Avoidance, and Recovery From Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53(10), 886–895.
Larson, A. G., Morris, K. J., Juckett, M. B., Coe, C. L., & Costanzo, E. S. (2016, August). MindfulnessFacilitates Psychological and Physical Functioning After Stem Cell Transplantation. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
Virginia McCaughey is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University. She graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Crime, Law, and Society. Upon graduation, she began working as a research assistant at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Virginia’s research interests focus on investigating risk and resiliency in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder as well as identifying key variables that hinder or promote recovery from PTSD.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
McCaughey, V. K., & Street, A. E. (in press). What is psychological trauma? In V. Ades (Ed.), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence: A Complete Clinical Guide. New York, NY: Springer.
McCaughey, V. K., & Scholten, J. (2019). Gender differences in outcomes after traumatic brain injury among service members and veterans. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
McCaughey, V. K., Gradus, J., Street, A. E. (2019). The associations between deployment experiences, PTSD, and alcohol use among male and female veterans. Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106032
McCaughey, V. K. & Galovski, T. E. (2019, November). Modifying cognitive processing therapy: Do treatment gains extend beyond primary outcomes? In S. Krill Williston (Chair), Modifying trauma-focused evidence-based psychotherapies: What? Why? And How? Symposium to be conducted at the 35th annual meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Boston, MA.
McCaughey, V. K. (2018, September). Embracing mentorship and creating a network of professional support. International Society for Traumatic Stress, StressPoints, 32, 5.
McCaughey, V. K., Fuentes-Carpentier, M., Smith, B., Resick, P. A., & Galovski, T. E. (2017, November). Brain injury incurred during domestic violence: The influence on recovery from PTSD. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL.
I am a sixth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Suffolk University. Originally from Boston, I graduated from Northeastern University in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology with a focus on gender and sexuality studies. Prior to coming to Suffolk, I worked in a variety of labs investigating a range of topics, including pre-neural markers of developmental dyslexia and how the gender binary influences children’s categorization and reasoning processes.
Clinical and Research Interests
Throughout my doctoral training, I’ve worked in a variety of contexts including an elementary school, two inpatient units, a pediatric neuropsychology assessment clinic, and different CBT-focused outpatient centers in the Boston area. I am currently completing my predoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School / Cambridge Health Alliance on the Weil Foundation Track where I provide both inpatient and outpatient therapeutic and assessment services to children, adolescents, and young adults of various gender and sexual identities. I am passionate about working with LGBTQ+ and gender expansive populations and am interested in integrating mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies with other approaches.
My research interests broadly include gender and sexual identity development, sexual consent negotiation, and the dissemination of acceptance-based behavior therapy to sexual and gender minority populations.
Sexual Consent Negotiation Among LGBTQ+/Non-Binary Young Adults
Sexual and gender expansive young adults are at heightened risk for sexual assault by an intimate partner, yet programming aimed at improving consent negotiation is primarily informed by research on cisgender heterosexual samples and heteronormative theories. The primary aim of my dissertation is to advance our knowledge of the sexual consent attitudes and practices of sexual and gender minorities and contribute to the development of more inclusive, research-informed sexual assault risk reduction programming.
Select Publications & Presentations
McKenna, J. L. & Orsillo, S. (Accepted, November, 2020). Going beyond labels when capturing sexual identity among LGBQ+ individuals. In A. Miller (Chair.), Assessing demographics in research: How important is it, really? Symposium conducted at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
McKenna J. L., Roemer, L., Suvak, M., Orsillo, S. (Accepted, November, 2020). The relationship between sexual position preference and consent communication among sexual minority cisgender men. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
McKenna J. L., Roemer, L., Suvak, M., Orsillo, S. (November, 2019). Sexual Assertiveness as a Predictor of Sexual Consent Attitudes and Beliefs Among LGBTQ+/Non-Binary Young Adults. Poster presentation at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Atlanta, GA.
Coyne, L.W., Michel, R., McKenna, J.L., Gould, E.R. (June, 2019). Self-Harm and Depression in Adolescents with Severe OCD: Relationships with Family Accommodation and Psychological Inflexibility. Symposium at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) World Conference, Dublin, Ireland.
Bedard-Thomas, K. K., McKenna, J. L., Pantalone, D. W., Fireman, G., & Marks, A. K. (2019). A mixed-methods measurement study of female adolescent sexuality stress and support. Psychology & Sexuality, 1-22. DOI: 10.1080/19419899.2019.1596972
I am a fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Suffolk University. I graduated from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!) with honors in 2017 with a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in music. At Iowa, I was fortunate to spend time in Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA), a program specifically designed to mentor URM students in research as a preparation for graduate studies. This experience had a large impact on my research interests which center around multiculturalism, cultural adaptations for empirically based treatments, and mental health disparities. I am particularly interested in acceptance-based treatments (i.e. ABBT, ACT) and mindfulness for people of color and those with anxiety and stress. Clinically, it is a priority of mine to uplift, empower, and reduce mental health care disparities in communities of color, and I choose my practicum placements intentionally to serve those values. In my free time, you will frequently find me at farmer’s markets gathering ingredients as I cook my way through the many cookbooks, and see us (mostly me) spoiling our two cats!
Clinical and Research Interests
Multiculturalism, adaptation and development of empirically supported, culturally sensitive treatments. Mindfulness and acceptance-based behavioral therapies for individuals with anxiety disorders. I have completed a clinical practicum at McLean Hospital’s Obsessive & Compulsive Disorder Institute and Boston Medical Center in Internal Medicine. During my fourth year, I will be completing a practicum at Boston Children’s Martha Eliot Health Center.
ERP: Values and Belongingness in Graduate School: Underrepresented Minority Students’ Perspectives
The purpose of this project is to understand the impact that values-based living can have on the belongingness and psychological functioning of students of color in doctoral programs.
Miller, Alexandria N. and Orsillo, Susan M. (2020). Values, acceptance, and belongingness in graduate school: Perspectives from underrepresented minority students. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 15, 197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcbs.2020.01.002
Srivastava, Akanksha, Miller, Alexandria N., Tai, Ming-Him, Coles, Mandy S., Brigham, Rebecca., Peterson, Erin R., Kreida, E., Mueser, Kim T., and Ng, Lauren C. (2020). Development of a primary care intervention for PTSD: A three session treatment for adolescents. Revised and Resubmitted.
Miller, Alexandria N., and Orsillo, Susan M. (2019). The impact of values congruity on underrepresented minority (URM) graduate student psychosocial functioning. Revised and Resubmitted.
Miller, Alexandria N., Wadsworth, Lauren P., Kleiman, Keryn, Ablorh, Tsotso, McKenna, John L., & Roemer, Liz. (November, 2020). (Chair: A.N. Miller).Assessing demographics in research: How important is it, really?Symposium to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Philadelphia, PA.
Miller, Alexandria N., Graham-LoPresti, Jess R., Sawyer, Broderick, George, Jamilah, Printz, Destiny, & Davis, Darlene. (November, 2020). (Moderator: B. Sawyer).Blackadamia: Challenges for Black graduate students and professionals. Panel discussion to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Philadelphia, PA.
Miller, Alexandria N., Nagy, Gabriela, Hayes-Skelton, Sarah A., Raval, Vaishali, Guzman, Linda, Das, Akanksha, & Bridges, Ana Julia. (November, 2020). (Moderator: A. N. Miller).Supporting doctoral students of color: Practical suggestions for psychology departments. Panel discussion to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Philadelphia, PA.
Miller, Alexandria N., Skinta, Matthew, West, Lindsey, Sawyer, Broderick, and Martinez, Jennifer. (November, 2019). Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Approaches with Marginalized Communities. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Atlanta, GA.
Miller, Alexandria N., Graham-LoPresti, Jessica, Grassetti, Stevie, Ledesma, Roselee, Abdullah, Tahira, Phan, Jenny, & Bridges, Ana Julia. (November, 2019). (Moderator: A. N. Miller). Supporting Graduate Students of Color: How to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Success in Predominantly White Institutions. Panel discussion presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Atlanta, GA.
Miller, Alexandria N., Serowik, Kristin, Orsillo, Susan M. (2018, November). Understanding the ABBT Model and Current Functioning. Poster Presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Washington, DC.
I grew up in Amherst, NH and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a major in psychology. At Michigan, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to enroll in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). I spent my four years researching a variety of subjects ranging from PTSD to emotional regulation and self-control. During my summers in college, I worked at a treatment program for children with psychosocial disorders, designing and implementing behavioral modification plans. After observing the effect of these programs on the children, I became passionate about exploring the value of taking an individualized approach to treatment. Both my research and clinical experiences steered me towards applying for and pursing a PhD in clinical psychology. My current clinical work focuses on the use of Acceptance and Commitment therapy in the context of anxiety, depression, and trauma. Outside of school I enjoy eating delicious foods, spending time with friends and family, and being active!
Clinical and Research Interests: Early on, my research focused on the intersection between acceptance based behavioral therapies, mindfulness, and social connection. My early research project was designed to examine the feasibility of using an online program to deliver strategies to alleviate the unique stressors of the transition to college for first year students. Currently, my research focuses on emotion regulation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My dissertation is designed to explore the unique profile of emotion regulation in children with ASD.
ERP Title: The Mindful Way Through the Semester: Evaluating the Feasibility of Delivering an Acceptance-Based Behavioral Program Online
The purpose of this project is to explore the applicability of an online acceptance-based workshop focused on mindfulness and values articulation aimed at addressing depressive symptoms in first-year students as they transition to college.
Emotion Regulation in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Emotion Regulation Coding System
The purpose of this project is to develop and examine a coding system for measuring emotion regulation behavior in a population of children with ASD. Psychometric analysis will be conducted to assess the fit of the modal model of emotion regulation for measuring emotion regulation in this population.
Sagon, A. L., Danitz, S. B., Suva, M. K., & Orsillo, S. M. (2018). The Mindful Way through the Semester: Evaluating the feasibility of delivering an acceptance-based behavioral program online. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 9, 36-44.
Sagon, A.L., Danitz, S. B., Orsillo, S. The Mindful Way through the Semester: Impact on social connectedness. (2016, October). Poster session presented at the ABCT Annual Convention, New York, NY.
Sagon, A.L., Danitz, S.B., Orsillo, S. The Mindful Way through the Semester: Impact on social connectedness. (2016, March). Poster session presented at the Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
Cheng, G.C., Cascio, C.N., O’Donnell, M.B., Tinney, F., Sagon, A., & Falk, E.B. (April, 2013). Mediated social influence associated with online reviews. Poster presented at the University of Michigan UROP Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.
Sagon, A.L., Siracusa M., Knox, D. (April, 2012). Testing scoring methods in fear conditioning experiment. Poster presented at the University of Michigan UROP Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI.
Interested in Joining the Lab?
If you are an undergraduate seeking a volunteer or independent research experience (Psych 510), please email Dr. Sue Orsillo directly.
Students seeking admission into the PhD program in clinical psychology who hope to join the lab are strongly encouraged to read over the clinical doctoral program material on the webpage and these lab-specific FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find out whether Dr. Orsillo intends to take a student for the upcoming year?
Check out our departmental admission webpage, which lists all of the faculty members taking students in the upcoming year.
Should I contact Dr. Orsillo directly to express my interest?
There is no need to contact us in advance of submitting your application to our graduate program. Unfortunately, given the volume of applicants to our program, we are unable to correspond via email with everyone who is potentially interested in the program. Decisions to admit a student is based solely on their application. Please feel free to contact Dr. Orsillo if you have questions, but know that doing so will not impact your admission decision.
What type of applicant are you looking for?
I am most interested in students who are passionate about clinical psychology, flexible, open to feedback, hard-working, self-motivated, and committed to improving mental health equity. It's also important to strong research experience, outstanding letters of recommendation, specific interests that match with my areas of expertise, and solid academic credentials.