Michael Anestis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

I am currently an assistant professor in the clinical psychology program in the Department of Psychology and the director of the Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation laboratory.

My research and that of my students focuses primarily on what makes an individual vulnerable to thinking about and engaging in suicidal behavior. Our studies include work with undergraduates, community participants, and soldiers. Additionally, my research team and I focus a substantial amount of our energy on the various ways that individuals regulate their emotions - how they identify them and either attempt to sustain or alter them.

Anestis, M.D., Moberg, F.B., & Arnau, R.C. (in press). Hope and the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior: Replication and extension of prior findings. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Anestis, M.D., Knorr, A.N., Tull, M.T., Lavender, J.M., & Gratz, K.L. (in press). The importance of high distress tolerance in the relationship between non-suicidal self-injury and suicide potential. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Anestis, M.D., Pennings, S.M., Lavender, J.M., Tull, M.T., & Gratz, K.L. (in press). Low distress tolerance as an indirect risk factor for suicidal behavior: Considering the explanatory role of non-suicidal self-injury. Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Nadorff, M.R., Anestis, M.D., Nazem, S., Harris, H.C., & Winer, E.S. (in press). Sleep disorders and the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide: Independent pathways to suicidality? Journal of Affective Disorders.

Pennings, S.M., & Anestis, M.D. (in press). Discomfort intolerance and the acquired capability for suicide. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Lavender, J.M., De Young, K.P., Anestis, M.D., Wonderlich, S.A., Crosby, R.D., Engel, S.G., Mitchell, J.E., Crow, S., Peterson, C.B., & le Grange, D. (article submitted). Affective lability and anxiety in anorexia nervosa: Examining associations between trait versus ecological momentary assessment measures of affect and eating disorder symptoms. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Smith, A.R., Fink, E.L., Anestis, M.D., Riberio, J.D., Gordon, K.H., Davis, H., Keel, P.K., Bardone-Cone, A.M., Peterson, C.B., Klein, M.H., Crow, S., Mitchell, J.E., Crosby, R.D., Wonderlich, S.A., le Grant, D., & Joiner, T.E. (in press). Exercise Caution: Over-exercise is associated with suicidality among individuals with disordered eating. Psychiatry Research.

Anestis, M.D., & Bryan, C.J. (2013). Means and capacity for suicidal behavior: A comparison of the ratio of suicide attempts and deaths by suicide in the US military and general population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 148, 42-47.

Weiss, N.H., Tull, M.T., Anestis, M.D., & Gratz, K.L. (2013). The relative and unique contributions of emotion dysregulation and impulsivity to posttraumatic stress disorder among substance dependent inpatients. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 128, 45-51.

Anestis, M.D., Gratz, K.L., Bagge, C.L., & Tull, M.T. (2012). The interactive role of distress tolerance and borderline personality disorder in suicide attempts among substance users in residential treatment. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53, 1208-1216.

Anestis, M.D., Silva, C., Lavender, J.A., Crosby, R.D., Wonderlich, S.A., Engel, S.G., & Joiner, T.E. (2012). Predicting non-suicidal self-injury episodes over a discrete period of time in a sample of women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa: An analysis of affective lability and previous suicide attempts. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45, 808-811.

Anestis, M.D., Lavender, J.A., Marshall-Berenz, E.C., Gratz, K.L., Tull, M.T., & Joiner, T.E. (2012). Evaluating distress tolerance measures: Interrelations and associations with impulsive behaviors. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 593-602.

Anestis, M.D., Fink, E.L., Bender, T.W., Selby, E.A., Smith, A.R., Witte, T.K., & Joiner, T.E. (2012). Re-considering the association between negative urgency and suicidality. Personality and Mental Health, 6, 138-146.

Anestis, M.D., Tull, M.T., Bagge, C.L., & Gratz, K.L. (2012). The moderating role of distress tolerance in the relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters and suicidal behavior among trauma-exposed substance users in residential treatment. Archives of Suicide Research, 16, 198-211.

Anestis, M.D., & Joiner, T.E. (2012). Behaviorally-indexed distress tolerance and suicidality. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 703-707.

Bender, T.W., Anestis, M.D., Anestis, J.C., Gordon, K.H., & Joiner, T.E. (2012). Affective and behavioral paths towards the acquired capability for suicide. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 31, 81-100.

Van Orden, K.A., Braithwaite, S.R., Anestis, M.D., Timmons, K.A., Fincham, F.D., Joiner, T.E., & Lewinsohn, P.M. (2012). An exploratory investigation of marital functioning and order of spousal onset in couples concordant for psychopathology. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38 S1, 308-319.

Weiss, N.H., Tull, M.T., Viana, A.G., Anestis, M.D., & Gratz, K.L. (2012). Impulsive behaviors as an emotion regulation strategy: Examining associations between PTSD, emotion dysregulation, and impulsive behaviors among substance dependent inpatients. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 453-458.

Anestis, M.D., Coffey, S.F., Schumacher, J.A., & Tull, M.T. (2011). Affective vulnerabilities and self-injury in suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 15, 291-303.

Anestis, M.D., Bender, T.W., Selby, E.A., Ribeiro, J.D., & Joiner, T.E. (2011). Sex and emotion in the acquired capability for suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 15, 172-182.

Anestis, M.D., Bagge, C.L., Tull, M.T., & Joiner, T.E. (2011). Clarifying the role of emotion dysregulation in the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior in an undergraduate sample. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 603-611.

Anestis, M.D., & Joiner, T.E. (2011). Examining the role of emotion in suicidality: Negative urgency as an amplifier of the relationship between components of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior and lifetime number of suicide attempts. Journal of Affective Disorders, 129, 261-269.

Anestis, M.D., Anestis, J.C., & Lilienfeld, S.O. (2011). When it comes to evaluating psychodynamic therapy, the devil is in the details. American Psychologist, 66, 149-151.

Bryan, C.J., & Anestis, M.D. (2011). Re-experiencing symptoms and the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior among deployed service members evaluated for traumatic brain injury. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 856-864.

Anestis, M.D., Selby, E.A., Crosby, R.D., Wonderlich, S.A., Engel, S. G., & Joiner, T.E. (2010). A comparison of self-report versus ecological momentary assessment measures of affective lability in an examination of its relationship with bulimic symptomatology. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 607-613.

Selby, E.A., Anestis, M.D., Bender, T.W., Ribeiro, J.D., Nock, M.K., Rudd, M.D., Bryan, C.J., Lim, I.C., Baker, M.T., Gutierrez, P.M., & Joiner, T.E. (2010). Overcoming the fear of lethal self-injury: Evaluating suicide in the military through the lens of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 298-307.

Fink, E.L., Anestis, M.D., Selby, E.A., & Joiner, T.E. (2010). Negative urgency fully mediates the relationship between alexithymia and dysregulated behaviors. Personality and Mental Health, 4, 284-293.

Bryan, C.J., Morrow, C.E., Anestis, M.D., & Joiner, T.E. (2010). A preliminary test of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior in a military sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 47-50.

Gordon, K.H., Selby, E.A., Anestis, M.D., Bender, T, Witte, T.K., Braithwaite, S., Van Orden, K.A., Bresin, K., & Joiner T.E. (2010). The reinforcing properties of repeated deliberate self-harm in adults. Archives of Suicide Research, 14, 329-341.

Anestis, M.D., Fink, E.L., Smith, A., & Joiner, T.E. (2009). Dysregulated eating and distress: Examining the specific role of negative urgency in a clinical population. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33, 390-397.

Anestis, M.D., Anestis, J.C., & Joiner, T.E. (2009). Affective considerations in antisocial behavior: An examination of negative urgency in primary and secondary psychopathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 668-670.

Anestis, M.D., Pederson, C.B., Bardone-Cone, A.M., Klein, M., Mitchell, J.E., Crosby, R.D., Wonderlich, S.A., Crow, S.J., le Grange, D., & Joiner, T.E. (2009). Affective lability and impulsivity in a clinical sample of women with bulimia nervosa: The role of affect in severely dysregulated behavior. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, 259-266.

Anestis, M.D., Bryan, C.J., Cornette, M.M. & Joiner, T.E. (2009). Understanding suicidal behavior in the military: An evaluation of Joiner’s interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior in two case studies of post-deployers. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 31, 60-75.

Anestis, M.D., Anestis, J.C., Selby, E.A., & Joiner, T.E. (2009). Anger rumination across forms of aggression. Personality and Individual Differences, 46, 192-196.

Anestis, M.D., & Anestis, J.C. (2009). Using social media tools in clinical psychology: The experience of Psychotherapy Brown Bag. The Behavior Therapist, 32, 140-144.

Selby, E.A., Anestis, M.D., Bender, T.W., & Joiner, T.E. (2009). An exploration of the emotional cascade model in borderline personality disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 375-387.

Anestis, M.D., Holm-Denoma, J.M., Gordon, K.H., Schmidt, N.B., & Joiner, T.E. (2008). The role of anxiety sensitivity in eating pathology. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32, 370-385.

Selby, E.A., Anestis, M.D., & Joiner, T.E.. (2008). Understanding the relationship between emotional and behavioral dysregulation: Emotional cascades. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 593-611.

Anestis, M.D., Selby, E.A., & Joiner, T.E. (2007). The role of urgency in maladaptive behaviors. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 3018-3029.

Anestis, M.D., Selby, E.A., Fink, E., & Joiner, T.E. (2007). The multifaceted role of distress tolerance in dysregulated eating behaviors. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 40, 718-726.

Selby, E.A., Anestis, M.D., & Joiner, T.E. (2007). Daydreaming about death: Violent daydreaming as a form of emotion dysregulation in suicidality. Behavior Modification, 31, 867-879.

Joiner, T.E., Sachs-Ericsson, N.J., Wingate, L.R., Brown, J.S., Anestis, M.D., & Selby, E.A. (2007). Childhood physical and sexual abuse and lifetime number of suicide attempts: A persistent and theoretically important relationship. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 539-547.