Professor and Department Chair, Psychology
Department of Psychology
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Dave Haaga is a Professor of Psychology and has been a faculty member at American University since 1989. Dr. Haaga received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has completed research on cigarette smoking and smoking cessation among depression-vulnerable smokers, with funding from the Office of Naval Research, the National Cancer Institute, and private foundations. His current research on stepped care in treating trichotillomania is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Haaga reviewed smoking cessation methods for the APA’s task force on empirically supported treatments, and he served as Editor of Behavior Therapy from 2002-2005.
DegreesAB, Psychology and Social Relations, Harvard College
MA, Psychology (Clinical) University of Southern California
PhD, Psychology (Clinical) University of Southern California
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Partnerships & Affiliations
Cognitive Therapy and Research
Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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Clinical Psychology Review
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The Open Addiction Journal
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Dr. Haaga conducts research on cigarette smoking, depression, and trichotillomania. He is also interested in cognitive and behavioral assessment methods and cognitive behavior therapy processes and outcomes.
Grants and Sponsored Research
- 1994-1995 The American University. University Research Award. "Emotional and Physiological Responses to Cigarette Cues Among Continuing Smokers."
- 1995-1996 Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy. "Priming Irrational Beliefs in Recovered Depressed Patients."
- 8/1/98--7/31/01 National Cancer Institute. "Cognitive Coping and Depression Among Cigarette Smokers" (1 R15 CA77732-01)
- 5/1/00--4/30/02 Office of Naval Research "Psychological Sequelae of Smoking Cessation among Trauma Survivors" (N00014-00-1-0706)
- 6/1/02--5/31/04 National Cancer Institute. "Applying Self-Regulatory Focus Theory to Cigarette Smoking Cessation" (1 R21 CA91829-01A1)
- 9/1/04—8/31/07 NCI "Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Smoking Cessation" 2 R15 CA77732-02-A1.
- 9/1/05—8/31/06 Maharishi University of Management Research Institute (subcontract on Abramson Family Foundation grant). "A Research and Demonstration Project on Effects of Consciousness Based Education on Neurophysiology, Cognitive Development and Health in College Students"
- 9/1/06—8/31/07 Maharishi University of Management Research Institute (subcontract on Abramson Family Foundation grant). "Transcendental Meditation for College Students".
- 12/1/08 to 12/1/13 1R01MH078982-01A2 "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy vs. Light Therapy for Preventing SAD" NIMH. [Consultant] [Kelly Rohan, Ph.D. PI].
- 4/1/09—6/1/11 R21 grant. "Motivational and Cognitive Intervention for Depressed and Anxious Drinkers" NIAAA. [Consultant] [Giao Tran, Ph.D. PI].
- Licensed Psychologist, Washington DC (#1585)
- 1994--1995 Associate Editor, Cognitive Therapy and Research
- 1999 Program Chair, annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
- 1996--2000 Associate Editor, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
- 2001-- Member, Scientists group, World Health Organization project on "Adherence to Long-Term Therapies: Toward Policies for Action"
- 2002--2005 Editor, Behavior Therapy
- 2008-2011 Chair, Awards and Recognition Committee, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
- 2009-2012 Chair, American University Institutional Review Board
- 2012-- Associate Editor, Cognitive Therapy and Research
- Haaga, D. A. F., Dyck, M. J., & Ernst, D. (1991). Empirical status of cognitive theory of depression. Psychological Bulletin, 110, 215-236.
- Haaga, D. A. F., & Stewart, B. L. (1992). Self-efficacy for recovery from a lapse after smoking cessation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 60, 24-28.
- Haaga, D. A. F., & Beck, A. T. (1995). Perspectives on depressive realism: Implications for cognitive theory of depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 33, 41-48.
- Rabois, D., & Haaga, D. A. F. (1997). Cognitive coping, history of depression, and cigarette smoking. Annual Review of Addictions Treatment and Research [a special issue of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 789-796].
- Compas, B. E., Haaga, D. A. F., Keefe, F. J., Leitenberg, H., & Williams, D. A. (1998). Sampling of empirically supported psychological treatments from health psychology: Smoking, chronic pain, cancer, and bulimia nervosa. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 89-112.
- Kirk, L., Haaga, D. A. F., Solomon, A., & Brody, C. (2000). Perceptions of depression among never-depressed and recovered-depressed people. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24, 585-594.
- Haaga, D. A. F., Thorndike, F. P., Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., Pearlman, M. Y., & Wernicke, R. A. (2004). Cognitive coping skills and depression vulnerability among cigarette smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 29, 1109-1122.
- Haaga, D. A. F., Hall, S. M., & Haas, A. (2006). Participant factors in treating substance use disorders. In L. G. Castonguay & L. E. Beutler (Eds.), Principles of therapeutic change that work (pp. 275-292). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., Haaga, D. A. F., Gunthert, K. C., Ahrens, A. H., & McIntosh, E. (2008). Depression, neuroticism, and expectancies for engagement and disengagement coping among cigarette smokers. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 105-115.
- Haaga, D. A. F. (1992). Cognitive theory and therapy of depression. Invited colloquium. Millersville, PA. Millersville University. Feb. 20, 1992.
- Tarlow, E. M., & Haaga, D. A. F. (1995). The experience of the self in minor depression. Paper presented at the 29th annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Washington, DC. Conference proceedings, p. 167.
- Haaga, D. A. F. (1997). Positive Aspects of the Task Force Recommendations. In J. Weinberger (Chair), How Should We See the Task Force on Empirically-Validated Psychological Treatments Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association. April 1997, Washington, DC.
- Haaga, D. A. F. (1998). Trauma research in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. In E. Newman (Chair), Meet the Editors. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Washington, DC.
- Haaga, D. A. F. (2001, February 22). Stepped-Care Models in Psychotherapy. Grand Rounds. Department of Psychiatry. Georgetown University Medical Center.
- Thorndike, F. P., Friedman-Wheeler, D. G., Haaga, D. A. F. (2003, November). Mechanism of action in CBT for smoking cessation: Are we really effecting change in cognitive style Paper presented at the 37th annual convention of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Boston, MA.
- Rohan, K. J., Lippy, R D., Seibert, C., Massac, A. I., Roecklein, K. A., Haaga, D. A. F. (2005, November). Cognitive vulnerability to depression across the seasonality continuum: A prospective, longitudinal study. Paper presented at the 39th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Washington, DC.
- Haaga, D. A. F. (2006, February 17). Cognitive behavior therapy for depression-vulnerable cigarette smokers. Lombardi Cancer Center. Tumor biology speaker series. Georgetown University Medical Center.
- Ardoin, A., Haaga, D. A. F. (2008, November). The effects of transferring patients on the therapeutic process. Paper presented at the 42nd annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Orlando, FL.
- Haaga, D. A. F. (2009). Anxiety, Depression, and Smoking. Keynote address at 3rd annual MDQUITS conference. University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- 1988 Distinguished Dissertation Award. University of Southern California.
- 1992 Faculty Honor Award for graduate teaching and advising. American University Graduate Student Council.
- 1992 New Researcher Award. Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy.
- 1998 Listed among Top 50 authors in behavior therapy 1990-1996 in "Leading Researchers and Institutions in Behavior Analysis and Therapy in the 1990s" (Richards, Cox, Norton, 1998, the Behavior Therapist, 21, 113-115.
- 2003 Male Open division Runner of the Year, Montgomery County Road Runners Club
- 2007 American University Faculty Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, Other Professional Contributions
- Honorable Mention, Running Times 2010 rankings of top American 45-49 year old male distance runners.
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