Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Office: Wister M-16
Dr. Spokas received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from Saint Joseph’s University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. Her clinical training focused on utilizing cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also completed a post-doctoral training program at the University of Pennsylvania, funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her current interests focus on improving suicide prevention efforts, as well as understanding how experiencing traumatic events can increase suicide risk.
Dr. Spokas joined La Salle University in 2009. She teaches primarily in the Psy.D. program, including supervision of the adult anxiety treatment team in the La Salle Community Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. She is a licensed psychologist, and a trainer/ consultant for a national training initiative in CBT for depression within the Veterans Affairs healthcare system.
In her free time, Dr. Spokas enjoys reading, baking, and hiking in the Wissahickon Park.
Areas of Expertise
Anxiety disorders, CBT, suicide prevention, reactions to trauma, training and consultation in evidence-based treatments
- B.A. Psychology, St. Joseph's University
- M.A. Clinical Psychology, Temple University
- Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Temple University
- Psychopathology Research Unit, University of Pennsylvania
- Licensed Psychologist (Pennsylvania)
- PSY 702: Mechanisms of Change in Psychotherapy
- PSY 704: Psychopathology
- PSY 714: Personality and Individual Differences
- PSY 740: Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
- PSY 782/783: Practicum Seminar
- PCC 544: Human Behavior: A Developmental Perspective
- PSY/HON 155: Introduction to Psychology
Spokas, M., Wenzel., A., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2012). Characteristics of individuals making impulsive suicide attempts. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136, 1121-1125.
Wiltsey Stirman, S., Bhar, S. S., Spokas, M., Creed, T. C., Perivoliotis, D., Farabaugh, D., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2010). Training and consultation in evidence based psychosocial treatments in public mental health settings: The ACCESS Model. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 48-56.
Spokas, M., & Heimberg, R.G. (2009). Overprotective parenting, social anxiety, and external locus of control: Cross-sectional and longitudinal relationships. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33, 543-551.
Garson, J., Silverman, A., & Spokas, M. (November 2012). The efficacy of a one-hour suicide risk assessment training in a group of health and mental health professionals who service older adults. Symposium presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
Handschuh, L., & Spokas, M. (November 2012). Psychology graduate students’ training experiences in suicide risk assessment and intervention. Symposium presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
Bordfeld, A., Winch, E., & Spokas, M. (November 2011). Associations between maternal social anxiety and parenting practices: Examination of both maternal and offspring reports. Poster presented at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Philadelphia Behavioral Therapy Association (PBTA)
Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)
American Psychological Association (APA)