Dr. Daniel Strunk

Associate Professor, Clinical Area

My research focuses on the relationship between cognition and abnormal emotional states, particularly the emotional states characteristic of Major Depressive Disorder. I have worked to address several questions in this domain, including: How do treatments for depression, such as Cognitive Therapy (CT), achieve their effects? What is the role of cognitive change in these treatments? How might treatments be adapted to best suit different patients? What kinds of changes predict resistance to relapse and recurrence following treatment? I have also been addressing more basic questions, such as: what kinds of cognitive biases are evident among depressed people? Thus, my work has focused on three related areas: (1) investigations of how treatments for depression achieve their effects; (2) how treatment strategies for depression can be refined and integrated to better serve depressed patients; and (3) investigations of the nature of cognitive biases associated with depression.

To learn more about the research in my lab, please follow the link to the Depression Research Lab page, which includes a list of publications. A few example publications are listed below.

Note: I am open to admitting a student in the next graduate school admissions cycle (i.e., applying Fall, 2017 to begin graduate work Fall, 2018).


Selected Publications

Braun*, J. D., Strunk, D. R., Sasso*, K. E., & Cooper*, A. A. (2015). Therapist use of Socratic questioning predicts session-to-session symptom change in cognitive therapy for depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy70, 32-37. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2015.05.004

Sasso*, K. E., Strunk, D. R., Braun*, J. D., DeRubeis, R. J., & Brotman, M. A. (2015). Identifying moderators of the adherence-outcome relation in cognitive therapy for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000045 Advance online publication available.

Strunk, D. R., Cooper*, A. A., Ryan*, E. T., DeRubeis, R. J., & Hollon, S. D. (2012). The process of change in cognitive therapy for depression when combined with antidepressant medication: Predictors of early inter-session symptom gains. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology80, 730-738.

Cheavens, J. S., Strunk, D. R., Lazarus*, S., & Goldstein*, L. A. (2012). Cognitive behavioral approaches to the treatment of depression: A preliminary test of the compensation and capitalization models. Behaviour Research and Therapy50, 699-706.

Strunk, D. R., Brotman, M. A., & DeRubeis, R. J. (2010). The process of change in Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Predictors of early inter-session symptom gains. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 599-606.

Strunk, D. R., Brotman, M. A., DeRubeis, R. J., & Hollon, S. D. (2010). Therapist competence in Cognitive Therapy for Depression: Predicting subsequent symptom change. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology78, 429-437.

Strunk, D. R., & Adler*, A. D. (2009). Cognitive biases in three prediction tasks: A test of the cognitive model of depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy37, 34-40.

Strunk, D. R., DeRubeis, R. J., Chui*, A., & Alvarez, J. A. (2007). Patients’ competence in and performance of cognitive therapy skills: Relation to the reduction of relapse risk following treatment for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 523-530. 

* student working with Dan Strunk



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