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Travis A. Cos, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Before class, after class, and by appointment
B.A.- Psychology: Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY
M.S.- Clinical Psychology: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D.- Clinical Psychology: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York
My theoretical orientation is from a cognitive-behavioral therapeutic perspective, utilizing approaches such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, and Problem-Solving Therapy, as well as incorporating systems-oriented perspectives, where applicable. I follow the scientist-practitioner model of practice, emphasizing evidence-based clinical interventions and incorporating research endeavors into my clinical work.
I am a clinician at The Devereux Foundation, Whitlock Campus, working in a residential setting with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric and behavioral challenges. My work includes individual and group psychotherapy, applied behavioral analysis, psychological assessment, and facillitating growth-oriented activities in the therapeutic milieu.
In addition to my clinical interests in developmental disabilities, I also have strong interests in the areas of behavioral medicine, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, and sexual-offending behaviors. Previous clinical placements have included: primary-care clinical practice at University of Rochester (NY) Medical Center; organ transplantation assessment services at MCP Hahnemann Hospital; community mental health services in Walpole, MA; pediatric services, focusing on autism and elimination disorders, in Fall River, MA; and a college counseling center at Drexel University.
My major research interest is the manner in which psychiatric disorders and challenging behavior are expressed across the spectrum of intellectual disability. This is in the service of finding better-fit treatments for adults with intellectual disabilities and comorbid psychiatric diagnoses. My research aims focus on better understanding how psychopathology develops, manifests, and remits in this population and how we can tailor psychotherapeutic interventions to address these mental health needs for this specialized population.
I also have additional interests in chronic medical diseases and how individuals using coping to manage stress and prevent psychological distress. I have a particular focus on how people cope with the daily stressors of hemodialysis treatment for kidney failure, and potential intervention strategies to reduce the risk of psychological distress.
Research Publications & Professional Writing:
Cos, T.A.., Speice, J., Mullin, D., Podgorski, C., McCann, R., & McCormick, K. (In Preparation). Hospital to Home: Patient centered training in the core competencies of internal medicine residents’ care of older patients
Reed, D.D., DiGennaro Reed, F.D., Cos, T., & Reed, A.J. (In Submission). Applied behavior analysis and behavioral medicine: A descriptive analysis of publication trends in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Cos, T.A., DiTomasso, R.A, Cirilli, C. (In Press). The consultation process in primary care: Models of collaborative health psychology. In R.A. DiTomasso, B.A. Golden, & H.Morris (Ed.) The Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Primary Care. New York: Springer.
Nezu, A.M., Nezu, C.M., Cos, T.A. (2007). Case formulation in behavior therapy: A problem- solving approach. In. T.D. Eells (Ed.) Handbook of Psychotherapy Case Formulation (2nd Edition). New York: Guilford.
Nezu, A.M., Nezu, C.M., Jain, D. Shepanski Xanthopaulos, M. Cos, T., Friedman, J., & Lee, M. (2007). Social Problem Solving and Noncardiac Chest Pain, Psychosomatic Medicine, 69, 944-951.
Cos, T.A, Nezu, A.M., Spangler, P., & Nezu, C.M. (2006). Diagnostic challenges: Investigation of behavioral profiles and psychiatric classification. NADD Bulletin, 9, 94-99
Nezu, C.M., Cos, T.A., & Nezu, A.M. (2006). The American Board of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology: Focus on Diversity. The Specialist, 25, 14, 36-37.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
American Psychological Association
Previous Teaching Experience:
I have previously instructed classes at Drexel University and West Chester University, with courses in psychopathology, professional ethics, counseling techniques, and learning and memory. I also have served as a clinical educator at the University of Rochester Medical School for resident physicians and medical students.
I enjoy live concerts, watching professional sporting events, running, kayaking, movies, and traveling.