Richard Zinbarg Professor

Program Area(s):

Personality and Health; Clinical


Anxiety and its treatment; measurement theory

Research Interests

Research Interests...Personality traits that might act as vulnerability factors to the development of anxiety disorders including the cognitive and affective processes that might mediate these associations; psychotherapy for anxiety disorders with a main focus currently on generalized anxiety disorder; associations between anxiety disorders and couple functioning including the impact of couple functioning on the outcome of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders; the structure and measurement of anxiety and related affects; measurement and psychometric theory.

Selected Publications

Pinsof, W., Zinbarg, R. Lebow, H., Knobloch-Fedders, L., Durbin, E., Chambers, A., Karam, E., Goldsmith, J., Friedman, G. & Mann, B.  (2009). Laying the foundation for progress research in family, couple and individual therapy:  The development and psychometric features of the Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change.  Psychotherapy Research, 19, 143 – 156.

Yoon, L. & Zinbarg, R. Interpreting Neutral Faces as Threatening is a Default Mode for Socially Anxious Individuals.  (2008).  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 680 – 685.

Li, W., Zinbarg, R., Boehm, S. & Paller, K. (2008).  Neural and behavioral evidence for affective priming from unconsciously perceived emotional facial expressions and the influence of trait anxiety.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 95 - 107.

Zinbarg, R. & Yoon, L.  (2008).  Reinforcement sensitivity theory and clinical disorders:  Anxiety and depression.  In P. J. Corr (Ed.), The Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory of Personality (pp. 360 – 397).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

Zinbarg, R., Lee, J.E. & Yoon, L. (2007). Dyadic Predictors of Outcome in a Cognitive-Behavioral Program for Patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Committed Relationships: A ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ and a Dose of Non-Hostile Criticism May Help.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 699 – 713.

Zinbarg, R., Yovel, I., Revelle, W. & McDonald, R.  (2006). Estimating generalizability to a universe of indicators that all have an attribute in common:  A comparison of estimators for .  Applied Psychological Measurement, 30, 121 – 144.