Dr. Cahill

Shawn P. Cahill

Associate Professor

Office: Garland Hall 233
Phone: (414) 229-5099
e-mail: cahill@uwm.edu


Ph.D., Binghamton University (SUNY)

Research Interests:

I am interested in understanding the nature and treatment of anxiety and other emotional reactions to stress, such as anger reactions. I have particular interests in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic in adults. My research program is focused on identifying therapeutic procedures that alleviate dysfunctional anxiety and other emotional reactions and understanding the psychological and biological mechanism that are responsible for the reduction of these reactions.

Teaching Interests:

Nature, assessment, and treatment of anxiety disorders, with particular emphasis on PTSD, OCD, and panic; clinical trials methodology; epistemology and the philosophy of science as applied to psychology; conditioning and basic learning theory.

Courses Taught:

Psych 215: Introduction to Conditioning and Learning

Recent Publications:

Orth, U., Cahill, S.P., Foa, E.B., & Maercker, A. (2008). Anger and PTSD symptoms in crime victims: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 208-218.

Rothbaum, B.O., Cahill, S.P., Foa, E.B., Davidson, J.R.T., Compton, J., Connor, K., Astin, M., & Hahn, C. (2006). Augmentation of sertraline with prolonged exposure in the treatment of PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 625-638.

Simpson, H.B., Foa, E.B., Liebowitz, M.R., Ledley, D.R., Huppert, J.D., Cahill, S.P., et al. (2008). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for augmenting pharmacotherapy in obsessive-compulsive disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 621-630.

Cahill, S.P., Gallo, L.A., Lisman, S.A., & Weinstein, A. (2006). Willing or able? The meanings of self-efficacy. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 25, 196-209.

Cahill, S.P., Hembree, E.A., & Foa, E.B. (2006). Dissemination of prolonged exposure therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Successes and challenges. In Y. Neria, R. Gross, R. Marshall, & E. Susser (Eds.), 9/11: Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks (pp. 475-495). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Cahill, S.P., & Pontoski, K. (2005). Posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder I: Their nature and assessment considerations. Psychiatry, 2, 14-25.

Cahill, S.P., Pontoski, K., & D'Olio, C.M. (2005). Posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder II: Considerations for treatment and prevention. Psychiatry, 2, 34-46.

Foa, E.B., Hembree, E.A., Cahill, S.P., Rauch, S.A., Riggs, D.S., Feeny, N.C., and Yadin, E. (2005). Randomized trial of prolonged exposure for PTSD with and without cognitive restructuring: Outcome at academic and community clinics. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 953-964.

Cahill, S. P., Zoellner, L. A., Feeny, N. C., & Riggs, D. S. (2004). Sequential treatment for child abuse-related PTSD: Methodological comment on Cloitre et al. (2002). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 543-548.

Cahill, S.P., & Foa, E.B. (2004). A glass half empty or half full? Where we are and directions for future research in the treatment of PTSD. In S. Taylor (Ed.), Advances in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Cognitive-behavioral perspectives (pp. 267-313). New York: Springer.

Cahill, S.P., Rauch, S.A., Hembree, E.A., & Foa, E.B. (2003). Effect of cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD on anger. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 17, 113-131.

Abramowitz, J.S., Huppert, J.D., Cohen, A.B., Tolin, D.F. & Cahill, S.P. (2002). Religious obsessions and compulsions in a non-clinical sample: the Penn Inventory of Scrupulosity (PIOS). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 40, 825-838.