Dr. Daniel Strunk

Dr. Daniel Strunk

Dr. Daniel Strunk

Professor, Clinical Area


(614) 688-4891

137 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH

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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, 2021 to begin graduate work Fall, 2022).


Selected Publications

Ezawa*, I. D., & Strunk, D. R. (in press). Working with Black vs. White patients: An experimental test of therapist decision-making in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Murphy*, S. T., Cooper*, A. A., Hollars*, S. N., & Strunk, D. R. (in press). Who benefits from a cognitive vs. behavioral approach to treating depression? A pilot study of prescriptive predictors. Behavior Therapy.

Whelen*, M. L., & Strunk, D. R. (in press). Does cognitive behavioral therapy for depression target positive affect? Examining affect and cognitive change session-to-session. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Goldstein*, L. A., Adler Mandel*, A. D., DeRubeis, R. J., & Strunk, D. R. (2020). Outcomes, skill acquisition, and the alliance: Similarities and differences between clinical trial and student therapists. Behaviour Research and Therapy129, 103608. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103608

Schmidt*, I. D., Pfeifer*, B. J., & Strunk, D. R. (2019). Putting the “cognitive” back in cognitive therapy: Sustained cognitive change as a mediator of in-session insights and depressive symptom improvement. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology87, 446-456. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000392

Strunk, D. R., Adler*, A. D., & Hollon, S. D. (2017). Cognitive therapy of depression. In R. J. DeRubeis and D. R. Strunk (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Mood Disorders (pp. 411 – 422). New York: Oxford University Press.

Adler*, A. D., Strunk, D. R., & Fazio, R. H. (2015). The nature of change in cognitive therapy: Skill acquisition or belief change? Behavior Therapy46, 96-109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2014.09.001

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 Psychology83, 976-984. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000045

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 Psychology, 80, 730-738. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0029281

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019631

Strunk, D. R., & Adler*, A. D. (2009). Cognitive biases in three prediction tasks: A test of the cognitive model of depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy47, 34-40. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2008.10.008

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 Psychology75, 523-530. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006X.75.4.523

* student working with Dan Strunk