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Jennifer Block Lerner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office: Wister Hall M-1
Phone: 215-951-5179

B.A., Psychology, University at Albany; Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Albany; NIMH postdoctoral fellowship, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University.

Research Interests:
Broadly, my research interests include the role of experiential avoidance (i.e., avoidance of thoughts, feelings, memories, bodily sensations) in psychopathology, as well as the incorporation of acceptance and mindfulness-based methods into established intervention approaches for anxiety, trauma, and other psychological difficulties. I am particularly interested in shedding light on the active ingredients of these approaches, as well as the processes by which they achieve their effects. Related lines of research include understanding the relation between experiential avoidance/acceptance and spirituality/religiosity; parenting styles and how they impact emotional experiencing; and the role of experiential avoidance/acceptance in health behavior choices and various facets of psychological well-being.

Opportunities for student research involvement:
I have greatly enjoyed supervising students in research-related activities and I look forward to continuing to share my passion for empirical investigation with students at La Salle. I welcome involvement from students, both undergraduate and graduate, in all phases of my program of research, including study design, data collection and analysis, and presentation/publication of results. Interested individuals are encouraged to contact me to discuss possibilities for collaboration.


  • Block Lerner, J. & Makhmali, N. (in press). Stress, the brain, and depression: Book review. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
  • Block Lerner, J., Salters, K., & Tull, M. (in press). Assessment of mindfulness and experiential acceptance: Attempts to capture inherently elusive phenomena. In S. M. Orsillo and L. Roemer (Eds.), Acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches to anxiety: Conceptualization and treatment. New York: Plenum Press/Kluwer Publishing.
  • Orsillo, S.M., Roemer, L., Block Lerner, J., LeJeune, C., & Herbert, J.D. (2005). ACT with anxiety disorders. In S. C. Hayes and K. Strosahl (Eds.), A clinician's guide to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. New York: Plenum Press/ Kluwer Publishing.
  • Orsillo, S.M., Roemer, L., Block Lerner, J., Tull, M. T. (2004). Acceptance, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy: Comparisons, contrasts and applications to anxiety. In S. C. Hayes, V. M. Follette, and M. M. Linehan (Eds.), Mindfulness and acceptance: Expanding the cognitive-behavioral tradition. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Block, J. (2003). The predoctoral clinical internship: Applying, interviewing, and making the most of the year. The Behavior Therapist, 26, 243-245.
  • Canna, M. A., Blanchard, E. B., Freidenberg, B. M., Beck, J. G., Moore, E., & Block, J. (2003). The graduate school experience: Academic and personal opportunities and challenges within psychology doctoral programs. The Behavior Therapist, 26, 233-234.
  • Freidenberg, B.M., Blanchard, E., Block, J., & Malta, L. (2002). The effects of PMR on chronic tinnitus. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 24, 216.
  • Wulfert, E., Block, J., SantaAna, E., Rodriguez, M. E., & Colsman, M. (2002). Adolescent delay of gratification. Impulsive choices and problem behaviors in early and late adolescence. Journal of Personality, 70, 533-552.
  • Block, J., & Wulfert, E. (2000). Acceptance or change: Treating socially anxious college students with ACT or CBGT. Behavior Analyst Today, 1, 3-10.

In addition to spending time with my family and friends, I enjoy time in nature, running/weight lifting, listening to music, and reading.

Courses taught at La Salle University:

  • Psych 155 - Introduction to Psychology
  • Psych 210 - Developmental Psychology
  • Psych 708 - Human Behavior I: Developmental Bases