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Fresco, David Marc


Professor of Psychology

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EDUCATION/TRAINING  (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable.)



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Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA




University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA




University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA




Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA









A. Personal Statement

I am professor of psychological sciences at Kent State University and adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I direct the Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL). I received my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University. My program of research adopts an affective science perspective to the study of anxiety and mood disorders. Working at the interface of cognitive behavioral and emotion regulation approaches, I conduct survey, experimental, and treatment research to examine factors associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) including metacognitive factors (e.g., explanatory flexibility, decentering, rumination, worry), peripheral psychophysiology, and emerging work from affective neuroscience, utilizing neuroimaging and electrophysiological techniques. Another focus of the PERL lab is the development of treatments informed by affective and contemplative neuroscience findings that incorporate mindfulness meditation and other practices derived from Buddhist mental training exercises. Much of my NIH-funded treatment research has focused on the infusion of mindfulness into Western psychosocial treatments. I am presently Associate Editor for two journals, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Therapy and Research and a member of the editorial board of several journals including Journal of Abnormal Psychology. I am also a frequent reviewer for the Interventions Committee of Adult Disorders (ITVA) of the National Institute of Mental Health.

B.   Positions and Employment

2001 to 2007         Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Kent State University

2007 to Present     Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Kent State University

2011 to Present     Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

2014 to Present     Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, Kent State University

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2012-               Associate Editor, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

2013-               Associate Editor, Cognitive Therapy and Research

2009-2013       Associate Editor, Behavior Therapy

2010-               Editorial Board, Journal of Abnormal Psychology

2010-               Editorial Board, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology

2006-               Editorial Board, Cognitive Therapy and Research

2005-               Editorial Board, Behavior Therapy

2012-               Temporary Member, Fellowships and Dissertation Grants (ZMH1 ERB-M 04 S)

2009-2012       Temporary Member, Interventions Committee for Adult Disorders (ITVA)

2007- 2008      Temporary Member, Interventions for Anxiety and Mood Disorders Review Committee (ITMA)

2006                Temporary Member, Adult Interventions Special Emphasis Panel (ZMH1 ERB-P-01)

2004-2006       Temporary Member, Interventions Review Committee (ITV)



C.  Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (Selected from over 60 peer-reviewed publications & chapters)

1.     Fresco, D. M., Segal, Z. V., Buis, T., & Kennedy, S. (2007). Relationship of post treatment decentering and cognitive reactivity following an emotion evocation challenge to relapse of major depressive disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 447-455.

2.     Fresco, D. M., Moore, M. T., van Dulmen, M., Segal, Z. V., Teasdale, J. D., Ma, H., & Williams, J. M. G. (2007). Initial psychometric properties of the Experiences Questionnaire:  A self-report survey of decentering. Behavior Therapy, 38, 234-246.

3.     Petersen, T., Feldman, G., Harley, R., Fresco, D. M., Graves, L., Holmes, A., Bogdan, A., Papakostas, G. I., Bohn, L., Lury, E., Fava, M., & Segal, Z. V. (2007). Extreme Response Style in Recurrent and/or Chronically Depressed Patients – Change With Acute Antidepressant Treatment and Stability During Continuation Treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 145-153.

4.     Fresco, D. M., Flynn, J. J., Mennin, D. S., & Haigh, E. A. P. (2010). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (pp. 57-82). In J. D. Herbert & E. Forman. Acceptance and Mindfulness in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. New York: Wiley.

5.     Fresco, D. M., Frankel, A., Mennin, D. S., Turk, C. L., & Heimberg, R. G. (2002). Distinct and overlapping features of rumination and worry:  The relationship of cognitive production to negative affective states. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 26, 179-188.

6.     Fresco, D. M., Heimberg, R. G., Abramowitz, A., & Bertram, T. L. (2006). The effect of a negative mood priming challenge on dysfunctional attitudes, explanatory style, and explanatory flexibility. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45, 167-183.

7.     Fresco, D. M., Rytwinski, N. K., & Craighead, L. W. (2007). Explanatory flexibility and negative life events interact to predict depression symptoms. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 595-608.

8.     Mennin, D. S, Holaway, R. M., Fresco, D. M., Moore, M. T., & Heimberg, R. G. (2007). Delineating Components of Emotion Dysregulation in Anxiety and Mood Psychopathology. Behavior Therapy, 38, 284-302.

9.     Mennin, D. S., Heimberg, R. G., Fresco, D. M., & Ritter, M. R. (2008). Is generalized anxiety disorder an anxiety or mood Disorder? Considering multiple factors as we ponder the fate of GAD. Depression and Anxiety, 25, 289-299.

10.  Ledley, D.R., Heimberg, R.G., Hope, D.A., Hayes, S.A., Zaider, T.I., Van Dyke, M., Turk, C.L., Kraus, C., & Fresco, D.M. (2009). Efficacy of a manualized and workbook-driven individual treatment for social anxiety disorder. Behavior Therapy, 40, 414-424.

11.  Armey, M., Moore, M. T., Fresco, D. M., Mennin, D. S., Turk, C. L., & Heimberg, R. G., Spasojevic, J, & Alloy, L. B. (2009). Brooding and Pondering: Isolating the active ingredients of depressive rumination with confirmatory factor analysis. Assessment, 16, 315-327.

12.  Blanco, C., Heimberg, R.G., Schneier, F.R., Fresco, D.M., Chen, H., Turk, C.L., Vermes, D., Erwin, B.A., Schmidt, A.B., Juster, H.R., Capeas, R., Liebowitz, M.R. (2010). A Placebo-Controlled Trial of Phenelzine, Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy and their Combination for Social Anxiety Disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 286-295.

13.  Moore, M. T., & Fresco, D. M. (2012). Depressive realism: A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(6), 1–14. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2012.05.004

14.  Mennin, D. S., Ellard, K. K., Fresco, D. M., & Gross, J. J. (in press). Emphasizing commonalities of cognitive-behavioral therapies within a broadening field of intervention science. Behavior Therapy.

15.  Mennin, D. S. & Fresco, D. M. (in press). Emotion Regulation Therapy. In J. J. Gross (Ed.) Handbook of Emotion Regulation, 2nd Ed. New York: Guilford Press.


D.   Research Support

Ongoing Research Support

Kent State University Postdoctoral Seed Grant (Co-PI) 06/01/14-05/31/16
"Basic, translational and clinical aspects of normative and disordered biobehavioral functioning: An interdisciplinary consortium in the new Kent State Neuroimaging Laboratory." With Robert Clements (Biological Sciences) and Will Kalkhoff (Sociology)

Mind and Life Institute Shepherd (PI) 01/01/13-12/31/16
This Francisco J. Varela Research Award, given to my doctoral student, Kathrine Shepherd, entitled, “Examining the relationship of meditation experience to the neural correlates of spontaneous emotion regulation,“ will examine the neural correlates associated with implicit, spontaneous emotion regulation in adept Tibetan meditators as compared to demographically matched meditation naïve individuals.
Role: Faculty Mentor


College of Arts and Sciences Innovation Research Seed Awards, Kent State University (PI) 07/01/12-06/30/14
The grant application, entitled “Dissociable neural markers of anxious depression,” will compare individuals with comorbid major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder to healthy control participants on a series of neurobehavioral markers with fMRI assessment to identify tasks that reliably differentiate patients from control participants and lead to potential targets of change in treatment. 
Role:  PI


Mind and Life Institute Flynn (PI) 01/01/11-12/31/14
This Francisco J. Varela Research Award, given to my doctoral student, Jessica Flynn, entitled, “Effects of Training in Loving-Kindness Meditation on Underlying Approach and Avoidance Motivations,” is examining the neural correlates associated with training in loving-kindness meditation in relation to approach and avoidance motivations.
Role: Faculty Mentor



Completed Research Support

Ohio Board of Regents           Fresco (PI)                                                                              06/01/10-5/31/12

This Research Incentive Grant sought to identify signature patterns of cognitive, emotional, and physiological reactivity among individuals with generalized anxiety disorder, current major depression, remitted major depression, and healthy controls in the context of an emotion evocation challenge.

Role:  PI


R34 MH070682                        Heimberg (PI)                                                                           06/01/06-05/31/10

Development of a novel, manualized treatment for generalized anxiety disorder that combines elements of cognitive-behavior therapy with skills to promote adaptive emotion regulation.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator & PI of Subcontract to Kent State University


R21 AT002698-01                   Hughes (PI)                                                                             09/01/06-08/31/09

Randomized clinical trial comparing Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) as augmentation to standard care (i.e., lifestyle improvement) for unmedicated hypertension.

Role: Co-Principal Investigator


Kent-Summa CTSTS                Fresco (PI)                                                                              07/01/06-08/31/09

Replicate and extend previous findings showing that nondepressed individuals show a protective bias and avoid negative stimuli (words and pictures) whereas depressed individuals attend to emotional stimuli in an unbiased manner, and hence lack this protective bias.

Role:  PI


Ohio Board of Regents           Fresco (PI)                                                                              06/01/04-05/31/07

This Research Challenge Award identify point prevalence rates of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder in a primary care medical population; and to evaluate whether there are signature serum neurotransmitter profiles of individuals as a function of current MDD and/or GAD.

Role:  PI


R10 MH44119-13                    Heimberg (PI)                                                                           1/1/00-12/31/02

The major goals of this project were to evaluate the acute efficacy of cognitive-behavioral group therapy, phenelzine, the combination of phenelzine and cognitive-behavioral group therapy, and pill placebo in a 12-week trial in persons with social phobia; 2-year continuation to complete study enrollment (plus no-cost extension).

Role:  Co-Investigator, Project Coordinator, and Protocol Therapist


R10 MH57148-06                    Heimberg (PI)                                                                           7/1/96-6/30/02

The major goals of this project are to compare the individual and combined effects of cognitive-behavioral group therapy and phenelzine as treatments for social phobia. Specifically, this study examines whether responders to 12 weeks of acute treatment with one of the study treatments will (1) show enhanced response over a 12 week intensive continuation phase, (2) whether gains will be maintained or enhanced over a 28-week maintenance phase, (3) whether gains will be maintained over a one-year follow-up period. Furthermore, this study examines whether there is differential long-term response to treatments among patients with generalized versus nongeneralized social phobia.

Role:  Co-Investigator, Project Coordinator, and Protocol Therapist