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Distinguished Research Professor

Director, Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

University of Texas, Austin, 1991

Primary focus on three interrelated domains; (1) prevention and treatment of anxiety pathology, (2) investigation of biobehavioral parameters that affect the generation and maintenance of anxiety pathology, and (3) the relationship between anxiety pathology and physical health.

Our laboratory has received funding from a wide range of organizations including the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, James and Esther King Biomedical Research Program, Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). In 2019, we have ongoing or new grants from NIMH, MSRC and AFSP. These studies focus on translational research, prevention, and treatment of anxiety psychopathology.


Allan, N. P., Cooper, D., Oglesby, M. E., Short, N. A., Saulnier, K. G., & Schmidt, N. B. (In press). Clarifying a hierarchical model of risk factors for social anxiety and depression. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Raines, A.M., Oglesby, M.E., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (In press).  A triple vulnerability model of hoarding. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes. 

Albanese, B.J., Macatee, R.J., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., Norr, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (2018). Interactive effects of anxiety sensitivity and attentional control on post-traumatic stress in community and clinical populations. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes.

Short, N. A., Allan, N. P., Stentz, L., Portero, A. K., & Schmidt, N. B. (2018). Predictors of insomnia symptoms and nightmares among individuals with PTSD: An ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Sleep Research. 

Bakhshaie, J., Kulesz, P. A., Garey, L., Langdon, K. J., Businelle, M. S., Leventhal, A. M., Gallagher, M. W., Schmidt, N. B., Manning, K., Goodwin, R., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2018). A prospective investigation of the synergistic effect of change in anxiety sensitivity and dysphoria on tobacco withdrawal. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Macatee, R. J., McDermott, K. A., Albanese, B. J., Schmidt, N. B., & Cougle, J. R. (2018). Distress Intolerance Moderation of Attention to Emotion: An Eye-Tracking Study. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Bakhshaie, J., Garza, M., Valdivieso, J., Ochoa-Perez, M., Reitzel, L. R., Viana, A., Lemaire, C., Bogiaizian, D., Robles, Z., Manning, K., Mayorga, N. A., Schmidt, N. B., & Collado, A. (2018). Anxiety sensitivity and rumination: Transdiagnostic factors involved in the relation between subjective social status and anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders among economically disadvantaged Latinos in primary care. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.

Kauffman, B. Y., Garey, L., Jardin, C., Otto, M. W., Raines, A. M., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2018). Body mass index and functional impairment: The explanatory role of anxiety sensitivity among treatment-seeking smokers. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

Short, N. A., Allan, N. P., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Sleep disturbance as a predictor of affective functioning and symptom severity among individuals with PTSD: An ecological momentary assessment study. Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Garey, L., Manning, K, Jardin, C., Leventhal, A. M., Stone, M., Raines, A. M., Pang, R. D., Neighbors, C., Schmidt, N. B. & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Smoking consequences questionnaire: A reevaluation of the psychometric properties across two independent samples of smokers. Psychological Assessment.

Albanese, B.J., Macatee, R.J., Schmidt, N.B., Leeson, B., Clemans, T.A., Mintz, J., Rudd, M.D., & Bryan, C.J. (2017). Interactive effects of traumatic brain injury and anxiety sensitivity cognitive concerns on post-traumatic stress among active duty soldiers. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Zvolensky, M. J., Paulus, D. J., Garey, L., Raines, A. M., Businelle, M., Shankman, S. A., Manning, K., Goodwin, R. D., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Anxiety sensitivity and nicotine replacement therapy side effects: Examining the role of emotion dysregulation among treatment-Seeking smokers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Bakhshaie, J., Paulus, D.J., Medvedeva, A., Otal, T., Lemaire, C., Garza, M., Ochoa-Perez. M., Valdivieso, J., Bogiaizian, D., Robles, Z., Viana, A.G., Collado, A., Schmidt, N.B., & Zvolensky, M.J. (2017). The differential role of anxiety sensitivity and its components in the relation between emotional nonacceptance and anxiety and depressive symptoms and disorders among Latinos in primary care. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment.

Raines, A.M., Chavarria, J., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Hoarding and alcohol use: The mediating role of emotion dysregulation. Substance Use and Misuse.

Schmidt, N.B., Norr, A.M., Allan, N.P., Raines, A.M., & sCapron, D.W. (2017). A randomized clinical trial targeting anxiety sensitivity for patients with suicidal ideation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85, 595-610.

Clancy, K., Ding, M., Bernat, E., Schmidt, N.B. & Li, W. (2017). Restless “rest”: Intrinsic sensory hyperactivity and disinhibition in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Brain, 140, 2041-2050.

Macatee, R.J., Albanese, B.J., Schmidt, N.B., & Cougle, J.R. (2017). The moderating influence of heart rate variability on stressor-elicited change in pupillary and attentional indices of emotional processing: An eye-tracking study. Biological Psychology, 123, 83-93.

Capron, D.W., sNorr, A.M, Albanese, B.J., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Fear reactivity to cognitive dyscontrol via novel head-mounted display perceptual illusion exercises. Journal of Affective Disorders, 217, 138-143.

Garey, L.,Jardin, C., Kauffman, B. Y., Sharp, C., Neighbors, C., Schmidt, N. B. & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Psychometric evaluation of the barriers to cessation scale. Psychological Assessment, 29,844-856. 

Reitzel, L. R., Short, N. A., Schmidt, N. B., Garey, L., Zvolensky, M. J., Moisiuc, A., Reddick, C., Kendzor, D. E., & Businelle, M. S. (2017). Distress tolerance links sleep problems with stress & health in homeless. American Journal of Health Behavior, 41, 760-774. 

Short, N. A., Boffa, J. W., Norr, A. M., Albanese, B. J., Allan, N. P., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). A randomized clinical trial investigating the direct and indirect effects of an anxiety sensitivity intervention on posttraumatic stress symptoms: A replication and extension. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 30, 296-303.

Oglesby, M.E., sAllan, N.P. & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Randomized control trial investigating the efficacy of a computer-based intolerance of uncertainty intervention. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 95, 50-57.

Garey, L., Taha, S. A., Kauffman, B. Y., Manning, K. F., Neighbors, C., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Treatment non-response: Associations with smoking expectancies among treatment-seeking smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 73, 172-177.

Norr, A. M., Gibby, B. A., Fuller, K. L., Portero, A. K., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Online dissemination of the Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment (CAST) using Craigslist: A pilot study. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41, 600-609.

Norr, A. M., Gibby, B. A., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Is computerized psychoeducation sufficient to reduce anxiety sensitivity in an at-risk sample? A randomized trial. Journal of Affective Disorders, 212, 48-55.

Raines, A.M., Vidaurri. D.N., Portero, A.K., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Associations between rumination and obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions. Personality and Individual Differences, 113, 63-67. 

Albanese, B. J., Boffa, J.W., Macatee, R.J., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Anxiety sensitivity mediates the gender discrepancy in post-concussive symptoms in a clinical sample. Psychiatry Research, 252, 242-246. 

Oglesby, M.E., Allan, N.P., Short, N.A., Raines, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Factor mixture modeling of intolerance of uncertainty. Psychological Assessment, 29, 435-445. 

Paulus, D. J., Valadka, J., Businelle, M. S., Gallagher, M.W., Viana, A. G., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2017). Emotion dysregulation explains associations between anxiety sensitivity and hazardous drinking and drinking motives among adult treatment-seeking smokers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 189-199.

Short, N. A., Mathes, B., Gibby, B., Oglesby, M. E., Zvolensky, M. J. & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Insomnia symptoms as a risk factor for cessation failure following smoking treatment. Addiction Research & Theory, 25, 17-23. 

Capron, D.W., sNorr, A.M, Allan, N.P., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Combined "Top-Down" and "Bottom-Up" intervention for anxiety sensitivity: Development and pilot randomized trial. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 85, 75-82. 

Oglesby, M.E. & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). The role of threat level and intolerance of uncertainty (IU) in anxiety: An experimental test of IU theory. Behavior Therapy, 48, 427-434. 

Short, N. A., Fuller, K., Norr, A. M., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Acceptability of a brief computer-based intervention targeting anxiety sensitivity cognitive concerns. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 46, 250-274.

Allan, N. P., Oglesby, M. E., Uhl, A., & Schmidt, N. B. (2017). Cognitive risk factors explain the relations between negative affect and social anxiety for males and females. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 46, 224-238. 

Macatee, R.J., Albanese, B.J., Schmidt, N.B., & Cougle, J.R. (2017). Attentional bias towards negative emotional information and its relationship with daily worry in the context of acute stress: An eye-tracking study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 90, 96-110.

Riccardi, C.J., Korte, K.J., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). False safety behavior elimination therapy: A randomized study of a brief individual transdiagnostic treatment for anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 46, 35-45.

Oglesby, M.E., Gibby, B.A., Mathes, B.M., Short, N.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Intolerance of uncertainty and post-traumatic stress symptoms: An investigation within a treatment seeking trauma-exposed sample. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 72, 34-40.

Mathes, B.M., Oglesby, M.E., Short, N.A., Portero, A.K., Raines, A.M., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). An examination of the role of intolerance of distress and uncertainty in hoarding symptoms. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 72, 121-129.

Boffa, J.W., Stanley, I.H., Hom, M.A., Norr, A.M., Joiner, T.E., & Schmidt, N.B. (2017). Posttraumatic stress symptoms and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 84, 277-283.​​

Zvolensky, M. J., Bakhshaie, J., Paulus, D. J., Garza, M., Valdivieso, J., Sampongna, O., Bogiaizian, D., Robels, Z., & Schmidt, N. B. (2016). The role of negative affect in the relation between subjective social status and mental health among economically disadvantaged Latinos in primary care. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare.

Foster, D. W., Schmidt, N. B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2015). Influences of barriers to cessation and reasons for quitting on substance use among treatment-seeking smokers who report heavy drinking. Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy.

Timpano, K.R., Cek, D., Rubenstein, L., Murphy, D.L., & Schmidt, N.B. (2014). The association between obsessive-compulsive symptoms and loneliness: Specificity and gender. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Buckner, J.D., Zvolensky, M.J., Jeffries, E.R., & Schmidt, N.B. (2014). Robust impact of social anxiety in relation to coping motives and expectancies, barriers to quitting, and cessation-related problems. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology.

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