Faculty & Staff
Areas of Expertise
clinical psychology; cognitive-behavioral treatments of anxiety; treatment processes and mechanisms
PhD, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Professional Publications & Contributions
- Hayes-Skelton, S. A., Roemer, L., & Orsillo, S. M. (in press). Acceptance-based behavior therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Practice special issue on GAD.
- Norton, P. J., Hayes-Skelton, S. A., & Klenck, S. C. (2011). What happens in session does not stay in session: Changes within exposures predict subsequent improvement and dropout. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 654-660.
- Hayes, S. A, Orsillo, S. M., & Roemer, L. (2010). Mechanisms of action during an acceptance based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 238-245.
- Ledley, D. R., Heimberg, R. G., Hope, D. A., Hayes, S. A., Zaider, T. I., Van Dyke, M., Turk, C. L., Kraus, C. A., & Fresco, D. M. (2009). Establishing the efficacy of a widely-available manualized treatment for social anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 40, 414-424.
- Hayes, S. A., Hope, D. A., & Heimberg, R. G. (2008). Patterns of subjective anxiety during in session exposures for clients with social anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 39, 286-299.
- Norton, P. G., Hayes, S. A., & Springer, J. R. (2008). Transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Anxiety: Outcome and Process. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 1, 266-279.
- Hayes, S. A., Miller, N. A., Hope, D. A., Heimberg, R. G., & Juster, H. R. (2008). Assessing client progress session by session in the treatment of social anxiety disorder: The Social Anxiety Session Change Index. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 15, 203-211.
- Hayes, S. A., Hope, D. A., VanDyke, M., & Heimberg, R. G. (2007). Working alliance for clients with social anxiety: Relationship with session helpfulness and within-session habituation. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 36, 34-42.
Dr. Hayes-Skelton’s current research focuses on psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. Her work examines cognitive-behavioral and acceptance- and mindfulness-based approaches to behavior change in both clinical and analogue settings. She is particularly interested in the processes and mechanisms responsible for therapeutic change. In other words, how and why therapy works. Her recent research has examined the role of decentering and emotional processing in therapeutic change.