Degree in Progress:

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Degrees:

2016, PhD in Psychology (Clinical Stream), Ryerson University

2011, MA in Psychology (Clinical Stream), Ryerson University

2008, BA (Honours) in Psychology, University of Western Ontario

Research interests:

Elizabeth’s research interests include investigations of cognitive-behavioural theories of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). For her dissertation, Elizabeth tested a theory of emotion dysregulation in GAD via two independent studies. First, she conducted an experiment to examine the extent to which people with GAD experience heightened emotional reactivity, based on their subjective and physiological response, compared to people with social anxiety disorder and people with no psychopathology. Second, she examined the emotional profiles of people with GAD compared to people with no psychopathology, by asking participants to conduct multiple, real-time assessments of their emotional experiences and level of worry on a smartphone throughout the day for one week.

Selected Publications:

MacDonald, E. M., Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., & Goodwill, A., M. (2015). An examination of distress intolerance in undergraduate students high in symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 74 – 84.

Pawluk, E. J., & Koerner, N. (2013). A preliminary investigation of impulsivity in generalized anxiety disorder. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 732-737.

Selected Conference Presentations:

Pawluk, E. J., & Koerner, N. (2014, November). Possible triggers for negative urgency in people with GAD. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Pawluk, E. J., MacDonald, E., & Koerner, N. (2013, November). Examining the dimensions of distress tolerance in the prediction of panic disorder. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Nashville, TX.

Pawluk, E. J., Koerner, N., & Antony, M. M. (2011, November). Impact of concreteness training on worry, intolerance of uncertainty, and problem solving. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, Toronto, ON.