­­­­­­­­­­Alissa S. Yamasaki

Licensed Psychologist

 

1993 Cato Avenue

State College, PA 16801

(814) 231-8820

asy109@psu.edu

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical), Pennsylvania State University at University Park                       2006

            Dissertation: “Concordance between self-reported and physiological measures

            of emotion during fear imagery in anxiety disorders”

            Chair: William J. Ray, Ph.D.

M.S. in Psychology, Pennsylvania State University at University Park                                      2002

B.S. in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign (magna cum laude)                1998

B.S. in Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign (highest honors)                    1998

 

CLINICAL FOCUS

Treatment of mental health issues in adults with an integration of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral conceptualization and intervention, including treatment of anxiety disorders, borderline personality, mood disorders, and schizophrenia.

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

Psychologist, Centre Psychology Group                                                                                 12/07 - Present

Conduct neuropsychological assessments for a variety of problems, including dementia and head injury.  Also provide individual psychotherapy for clients presenting with a wide range of disorders and level of functioning, and serve as a psychology consultant for individuals in nursing home placements. 

 

Staff Therapist, Penn State Psychological Clinic                                                                    11/07 – Present

Psychotherapist for clients presenting with a wide range of disorders and level of functioning. Provide supervision for doctoral student therapists.        

 

Postdoctoral Trainee, Penn State Psychological Clinic                                                          10/06 – 11/07

Psychotherapist for clients presenting with a wide range of disorders and level of functioning. Provide supervision for doctoral student therapists.  Trained as protocol therapist for a study investigating short-term, psychodynamic psychotherapy implementing homework.

 

Predoctoral Intern, Albany Medical Consortium                                                                    9/05 – 8/06

·         Capital District Psychiatric Center, inpatient and crisis units: Created treatment plans and conducted individual therapy for the chronically mentally ill. Co-facilitated dialectical behavior group therapy. Worked closely with multidisciplinary treatment team. Provided case management. Conducted cognitive evaluations.

·         Child and Adolescent Service Outpatient Clinic: Conducted intake interviews. Worked closely with multidisciplinary treatment team. Conducted family therapy, parent training and individual therapy. Conducted psychological assessments. Conducted classroom observations and work with schools

·         Stratton VA Medical Center, Behavioral Health Clinic: Conducted short- and long-term, individual therapy. Co-facilitated group therapy for survivors of childhood sexual trauma. Conducted psychological assessments of veterans. Conducted couples therapy.

·         Albany Medical Center, acute inpatient unit: Conducted psychological assessments. Provided brief psychotherapy interventions.

 

Staff Therapist, Penn State University Psychological Clinic                                                   1/00 – 7/05

·         Completed over 800 hours of direct client contact in a community mental health setting, including treatment for adult clients seeking services for a wide range of psychological disorders. Awarded clinical assistantship position for Psychological Clinic for three years. Primarily conducted individual psychotherapy.  Also conducted clinical intake interviews and neuropsychological testing.

·         Received training and supervision in theoretical and technical approaches from licensed psychologists who specialize in cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Clinical supervisors (listed chronologically): J. Gowen Roper, Ph.D., Gordon Hall, Ph.D., Diana Damer, Ph.D., Mary Boutselis, Ph.D., Ellen Johnson, M.D.

 

Clinical Supervisor, Pennsylvania State University Psychological Clinic                               5/04 – 5/05

Supervised beginning graduate students, including review of videotaped therapy sessions, weekly supervision and guidance in all aspects of service provision, and feedback of supervisees’ progress. Participated in weekly course about supervision.  Supervisors: J. Gowen Roper, Ph.D., Mary Boutselis, Ph.D.

 

Clinical Assessor, Pennsylvania State University, Department of Kinesiology                       11/01 - 12/01

Conducted clinical assessments designed to identify students with psychological disorders

      and at high risk for the development of eating disorders

 

Intern, National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders, Highland Park, IL         9/98 - 4/99

Helped to provide educational and support services for people dealing with eating disorders

      and their families

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Investigator, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                                                1/04 – 12/05

Collaborated on examination of interpersonal factors of GAD. Analyzed relationship between the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems and other measures of psychopathology.  Collaborative investigators: Aaron L. Pincus, Ph.D. and Amy Przeworski, M.S.

 

Principal Investigator, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                                 8/04 – 12/05

Conducted and managed all aspects of an experimental investigation of emotional imagery in phobia and GAD for dissertation project. Advised two undergraduate honors students’ data collection as subset of data collection.  Advisor: William J. Ray, Ph.D.

 

Principal Investigator, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                                 8/02 – 11/04

Collaborated on development and implementation of 4-stage mini-psychotherapy outcome study. Created E-Studio program for presentation of emotional stimuli during psychophysiological recordings. Trained and supervised undergraduate students in psychophysiological recordings. Analyzed psychophysiological data of cardiovascular functioning. Collaborative Investigator: Evelyn S. Behar, M.S.  Advisors: Thomas D. Borkovec, Ph.D. and William J. Ray, Ph.D.

 

Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, Human Dev. & Family Studies Department       1/02 - 5/02

Traveled to family homes to interview parents in longitudinal study of family relationships. Supervised undergraduate interviewers who performed sibling interviews. Advisors: Nancy Crouter, Ph.D. and Susan McHale, Ph.D.

 

Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                        8/99 - 8/01

Performed electroencephalography and autonomic measures with participants as they are involved with various tasks, including relaxation, worry, Stroop, imagery and mental math. Administered structured and unstructured clinical interviews of participants. Analyzed EEG measures and cardiovascular measures. Advisors: William J. Ray, Ph.D. and Thomas D. Borkovec, Ph.D.

 

Research Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                        8/99 - 8/01

Performed electroencephalography measures while administering a computerized number string memory task and analyze data.  Analyzed EEG measures. Advisor: William J. Ray, Ph.D.

 

Therapy Coder, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                                1/00 - 4/01 

Gained training in use of therapy coding manual. Provided expert coding of therapy sessions transcripts.

Advisors: Louis Castonguay, Ph.D., Alex Schut, M.S.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                                        7/04 - 8/04

Awarded teaching position for an advanced undergraduate course in personality theory.  Created and implemented all aspects of the course, including daily lectures, exams, quizzes, papers and assignment of grades for 30 students

 

Instructor, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                                        5/03 - 7/03

Awarded teaching position for an advanced undergraduate course in the psychology of adjustment. Created and implemented all aspects of the course, including daily lectures, exams, quizzes, papers and assignment of grades for 50 students

 

Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University, Psychology Department                         8/99 – 5/05

Assisted in teaching undergraduate psychology courses, including courses in psychopathology, psychophysiology, psychology of adjustment, biological psychology, and health psychology. Duties included writing and grading exams, teaching recitation and laboratory sections, and managing grades.

 
COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIPS

Clinic assistant representative for Clinic Operations committee                                                     4/04 - 8/04

Graduate student representative for adult clinical faculty search                                                   11/03 - 5/04

Adult clinical representative for RGSO travel award committee                                                    8/03 - 5/04

 

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

American Psychological Association                                                                                           1999 - Present  

Pennsylvania Psychological Association                                                                                      2007 - Present

Japanese American Citizens’ League                                                                                         1996 - Present  

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

Penn State RGSO Travel Award                                                                                                2002, 2004

Penn State Department of Psychology Bruce V. Moore Award                                                   2003, 2005

Penn State Department of Psychology Trumbo Travel Award                                                      2000

 

CONFERENCE SYMPOSIA

Yamasaki, A.S., Behar, E., Borkovec, T.D., & Ray, W.J. (2004, November). Parasympathetic and sympathetic

nervous system activity as an index of emotional processing following imaginal exposure in GAD. In, S. Hayes (Chair), New Advances in Emotional Processing and Exposure-based Treatments. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, LA.

 

Behar, E., Yamasaki, A.S., Borkovec, T.D., & Ray, W.J. (2003, November). Physiological processing of emotional

material following imaginal exposure for GAD. In, E. Behar and A. Przeworski (Chairs), An Examination

of Moderating Variables, Mediating Variables, and Therapeutic Techniques in the Treatment of GAD.

Symposium conducted for annual meeting at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy,

Boston, MA.

 

Behar, E., & Yamasaki, A.S. (2002, November). Imagery vs. Thought Training: Which Treatment Component Best

Targets Emotional Processing in GAD? In, M.G. Newman (Chair), Emotion, Emotional Expression, and

Emotional Processing in GAD. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for the

Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV.

 

Oathes, D.J., Yamasaki, A.S., Ray, W.J. (2002, November). EEG Gamma-band Activity: Role in Negative Affect,

Worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In, M.G. Newman (Chair), Emotion, Emotional Expression, and

Emotional Processing in GAD. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association for the

Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV.

 

Yamasaki, A.S., Behar, E., & Ray, W.J. (2002, November).  Is there a Processing Bias Toward General

Emotionality, Regardless of Valence in Generalized Anxiety Disorder? In, M.G. Newman (Chair), Emotion, Emotional Expression, and Emotional Processing in GAD. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV.

 

Ray, W., Oathes, D., Yamasaki, A., Blai, A., Aikins, D., Molnar, C., Borkovec, T. (2000, October). Generalized

anxiety disorder clients show normalized EEG patterns after psychotherapy. In, W.J. Ray (Chair), Applying psychophysiological measures to assess treatment changes with clinical problems: Implications of psychophysiological reorganization following clinical intervention. Symposium conducted at the 40th Annual Meeting for the Society for Psychophysiological Research, San Diego, CA. Psychophysiology, 37, S8-S8, (Suppl. 1).

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Sibrava, N.J., Pincus, A.L., Przeworski, A., Yamasaki, A.S., Newman, M.G., & Borkovec, T.D. (2007, November).

Heterogeneity in the presentation of GAD. Poster to be presented at the 41st Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Philadelphia, PA.

 

Bowes, J.D., Yamasaki, A.S., & Ray, W.J. (2005, November). A Comparison of Meditation and Relaxation Effects

on GAD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington DC.

 

Oathes, D.J., Yamasaki, A.S., Behar, E.S., Ray, W.J., & Borkovec, T.D. (2003, May).  Anticipatory anxiety,

emotion and adaptation. Poster presented at Penn State Neuroscience Day, Central Pennsylvania Chapter,

Society for Neuroscience, University Park, PA.

 

Behar, E., Solomon, A., & Yamasaki, A.S. (2002, November). Reliability of Trauma Reports in Generalized

Anxiety Disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the annual meeting of the Society for

Research in Psychopathology, Reno, NV.

 

Yamasaki, A.S., Oathes, D.J., Ray, W,.J., Borkovec, T.D., & Newman, M.G. (2002, October). Generalized anxiety

disorder and parasympathetic activity: The effects of worry and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Poster

session at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, San Francisco, CA.

 

Schut, A.J., Castonguay, L.G., Barber, J.P., Bedics, J.D., Smith, T.L., Flanagan, K.M., & Yamasaki, A.S. (2002,

June). Therapist interpretation, patient-therapist interpersonal process, and outcome in psychodynamic

psychotherapy for avoidant personality disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Society for

Psychotherapy Research, Santa Barbara, CA.

 

Behar, E., Yamasaki, A.S., Borkovec, T.D., and Ray, W.J. (2002, September). Autonomic Activity During

Exposure to Emotion-Eliciting Stimuli in Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, San Francisco, CA.

 

Oathes, D., Yamasaki, A.S., Borkovec, T.D., and Ray, W.J.  (2001, November). EEG measures in

generalized anxiety disorder before and after psychotherapy. Poster presented at 16th Annual Meeting for the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Madison, WI.

 

Yamasaki, A., Oathes, D., Ray, W., and Borkovec, T.D. (2001, October). Vagal tone in generalized anxiety

disorder before and after psychotherapy. Poster session at 41st annual meeting for the Society for

Psychophysiological Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

 

PAPERS (IN PREPARATION, SUBMITTED OR ACCEPTED)

Oathes, D.J., Ray, W.J., Yamasaki, A.S., & Borkovec, T.D. (submitted). Worry, generalized anxiety disorder, and

negative affect: Evidence from the EEG gamma band.

 

Ray, W.J., Molnar, C., Aikens, D., Yamasaki, A.S., Oathes, D.J., Borkovec, T.D., Newman, M.G., & Castonguay,

L.G. (accepted). Startle response in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Depression and Anxiety.

 

Schut, A.J., Castonguay, L.G., Bedics, J.D., Smith, T.L., Barber, J.P., Flanagan, K.M., & Yamasaki, A.S. (2005).

Therapist interpretation, patient-therapist interpersonal process, and outcome in psychodynamic

psychotherapy for avoidant personality disorder. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice and Training, 42, 494-511.

 

Yamasaki, A.S., Behar, E., Borkovec, T.D., & Ray, W.J. (in preparation). Generalized anxiety disorder and phasic

cardiac reactions to cue images varying on arousal and valence.

 

COMPUTER EXPERIENCE

SPSS for Windows, SCAN 4.1, ANS Suite 6.0, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, E-Studio

 

REFERENCES

Provided upon request