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LeeAnn Cardaciotto, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: Wister Hall 228
Wister Hall Phone: 215.951.5119
Fax: 215-951-5140

B.A. Franklin & Marshall College; M.A. MCP Hahnemann University; Ph.D. Drexel University; Internship – Long Island Jewish Medical Center; Postdoctoral Fellowship – University of Delaware

Research interests:
More recently my interests have focused on constructs related to psychological wellness. Specifically, I am interested in the study of mindfulness, acceptance, defusion/ decentering/ distancing, and self-compassion. My work in this area began with the development of the Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale (PHLMS; Cardaciotto et al., 2008); I would like to explore other ways of measuring mindfulness that go beyond self-report. I am also interested in studying how mindfulness, acceptance, and related constructs might be “active ingredients” in traditional cognitive-behavior therapy and acceptance-based approaches.     A separate research interest is the study of active learning and other pedagogical methods. In my clinical work as a psychologist, I utilize empirically-based methods and am interested in understanding how they work. As an instructor, I am interested in applying the same principles in the classroom: identifying pedagogical methods that improve student learning and engagement and understanding their mechanisms of action.

Opportunities for student research involvement:
I welcome both undergraduate and graduate students to share in my research endeavors. There is opportunity to assist with the data collection, data analysis, and presentation/publication of results of current projects. Students may also consider developing a project of their own under my supervision as part of a research course or independent study.

Clinical interests:
I received a broad-based generalist training during graduate school. I gained experience with clients across the entire developmental spectrum in many levels of care (e.g., inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, student counseling center). Currently, my main clinical interests are anxiety disorders, depression, and the use of mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions.

Recent Publications:

  • Cardaciotto, L., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Moitra, E., & Farrow, V. (2008). The assessment of present-moment awareness and acceptance: The Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale. Assessment, 15, 204-223.

  • Wenzel, A., Cardaciotto, L., & Fingerhut, R. (2007). The city of brotherly love hosts the 2007 ABCT convention. The Behavior Therapist, 30, 141-143.
  • Hayes, A. M., Laurenceau, J.-P., & Cardaciotto, L. Methods for studying the process of change in psychotherapy clinical trials. (2007). In A. M. Nezu and C. M. Nezu (Eds.). Evidence-based outcome research: A practical guide to conducting randomized clinical trials for psychosocial interventions. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Hayes, A. M., Laurenceau, J-P, & Feldman, G. C., Strauss, J. L., & Cardaciotto, L. (2007). Discontinuous change: New approaches to the study of nonlinear patterns of change in psychotherapy. In D. Hope & A. M. Hayes (Eds.) Clinical Psychology Review, 27, 715-723.
  • Leff, S. S., Goldstein, A. B., Angelucci, J., Cardaciotto, L., & Grossman, M. (2006). Using a participatory action research model to create a school-based intervention program for relationally aggressive girls: The Friend to Friend Program. In J. Zins, M. Elias, & C. Maher (Eds.), Handbook of prevention and intervention in peer harassment, victimization, & bullying. New York: Haworth Press.
  • Herbert, J. D., & Cardaciotto, L. (2005). An acceptance and mindfulness-based perspective on social anxiety disorder. In S. Orsillo & L. Roemer (Eds.), Acceptance and Mindfulness-based approaches to anxiety: Conceptualization and Treatment (pp. 189-212). New York: Springer.
  • Cardaciotto, L. & Herbert, J. D. (2004). Cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder in the context of Asperger’s Syndrome: A single-subject report. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 11, 75-81.

Professional Organization Memberships:
Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, American Psychological Association, Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies

Courses taught at La Salle University:

  • Psych 502 – Counseling Laboratory
  • Psych 661 - Professional/Ethical Issues in Counseling Psych
  • 690/691/692 - Professional/Case Seminar
  • Psych 704 - Psychopathology

Hobbies and Interests:
When I’m not at work, I’m usually spending time with family and friends, reading, or at the gym taking part in “Boot Camp” and spinning classes.