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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Michelle Rozenman

Dr. Rozenman is interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2021. She will review applications from students applying to the Clinical program.

Areas of Expertise

  • youth anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • cognitive and psychophysiological processes underlying anxiety
  • intervention development and implementation in health settings

Current Research and Projects

Anxiety is the most common mental health problem across the lifespan, and typically begins during the pediatric period. My research centers on understanding processes that underlie anxiety in children and adolescents in order to develop theoretically and practically efficient interventions. This includes 1) assessment and experimental modification of threat-based thinking patterns (cognitive biases), 2) studying the interplay of cognitive and psychophysiological processes in anxiety expression, and 3) development and evaluation of behavioral interventions for anxiety and related problems in youth. Together, this work aims to link mechanisms and interventions research to improve the evidence-base for pediatric anxiety interventions that have potential for translation into clinical and community settings.


  • Ph.D., SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 2013
  • MS., SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 2009
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Rozenman, M., Peris, T., Bergman, R. L., O'Neill, J., McCracken, J., & Piacentini, J. (2017). Distinguishing fear versus distress symptomatology in pediatric OCD. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 48(1), 63-72.
  • Rozenman, M., Vreeland, A., Iglesias, M., Mendez, M., & Piacentini, J. (2017). The tell-tale heart: Physiological reactivity during resolution of ambiguity in youth anxiety. Cognition & Emotion, 32(2), 389-396.
  • Rozenman, M., Sturm, A., McCracken, J. T., Piacentini, J. (2017). Autonomic arousal in anxious and typically-developing youth during a stressor involving error feedback. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 26(12), 1423-1432.
  • Rozenman, M., Vreeland, A., & Piacentini, J. (2017). Thinking anxious, feeling anxious, or both? Cognitive bias moderates the relationship between anxiety disorder and sympathetic arousal in youth. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 45, 34-42.
  • Weersing, V. R., Brent, D. A., Rozenman, M., Gonzalez, A., Jeffreys, M., Dickerson, J. F., et al. (2017). Brief behavioral therapy for pediatric anxiety and depression in primary care: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 74, 571-578.
  • Rozenman, M., Peris, T., Gonzalez, A., & Piacentini, J. (2016). Clinical characteristics of pediatric trichotillomania: Comparisons with obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 47(1), 124-132.
  • Asarnow, J. R., Rozenman, M., Wiblin, J., & Zeltzer, L. (2015). Improving child and adolescent behavioral health with integrated medical-behavioral care compared to usual primary care: A meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics, 169(10), 929-937.
  • Rozenman, M., Amir, N., & Weersing, V. R. (2014). Performance-based interpretation biases in clinically anxious youth: relationships with attention, anxiety, and negative cognition. Behavior Therapy, 45, 594-605.