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Sarah Hayes-Skelton

Title: Grad Prog Dir/Assoc Professor

Phone: 617.287.6353


Department: Psychology

Areas of Expertise

clinical psychology; cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and mindfulness treatments of anxiety; treatment processes and mechanisms


PhD, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

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 committed to enhancing the cultural-sensitivity of these treatments. Her research focuses on 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. 

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Undergraduate: Principles of Psychotherapy

Graduate: Practicum and Ethics I & II; Advanced Statistics II (Latent Variable Modeling)