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Carl W. Lejuez, Ph.D.

West Virginia University (2001)
Professor, Clinical Psychology

Dr. Carl Lejuez will not be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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Research Interests:

My research focuses on the intersection of psychological science and treatment development/implementation, with this work conducted in the laboratory and in the community. The laboratory component utilizes rigorous methods based in the experimental social sciences with an interdisciplinary perspective drawing from philosophy, neuroscience, genetics, public health, and engineering. The application of this laboratory work to community settings uses a values-based framework that draws on disciplines in the arts and humanities to integrate basic science findings into substance use interventions. Much of my early work focused on disadvantaged neighborhoods in Washington, DC, with later projects set in high need areas across the Middle East, Central America, and South America.


Books (Authored and Edited)

Lejuez, C. W., & Magidson, J. (under contract and in preparation). Brief Behavioral Activation. (part of the Treatments that Work Series). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

Lejuez, C. W., & Gratz, K. L. (2020). Handbook on personality disorders (Edited Volume). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Kopetz, C., & Lejuez, C. W. (2016). Addictions: A social psychological perspective (Edited Volume). New York, NY: Rutledge, Taylor, & Francis Group. 

Psychotherapy Training Videos

Lejuez, C. W. (2017). Functional analysis and behavioral activation for substance use. Psychotherapy Video Series. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles (Selected; 10 of 250+)

* indicates (current or previous) student as first author

indicates research supported by grant award to Lejuez as PI

†Felton, J. W., Collado, A., Cinader, M., Lejuez, C. W., Chronis-Tuscano, A., & Yi, R. (in press). Exposure to maternal depressive symptoms and growth in adolescent substance use: The mediating role of delay discounting. Development and Psychopathology.

†Felton, J.W., Collado, A., Ingram, K., Lejuez, C.W., & Yi, R. (2020). Changes in delay discounting, substance use, and weight status across adolescence. Health Psychology, 39, 413-420.

Kopetz, C., Woerner, J. I., MacPherson, L., Lejuez, C. W., Nelson, C., Zeanah, C. H., & Fox, N. A. (2019). Early psychosocial deprivation and adolescent risk-taking: The role of motivation and executive control. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 148, 388-399.

*Borges, A. M., Lejuez, C. W., & Felton, J. W. (2018). Positive alcohol use expectancies moderate the association between anxiety sensitivity and alcohol use across adolescence. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 187, 179-184. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.02.029

*Collado, A., Calderón, M., MacPherson, L., & Lejuez, C. W. (2016). The efficacy of behavioral activation treatment among depressed Spanish-speaking Latinos. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 651-657.

Bolton, P., Bass, J. K., Zangana, G. A., Kamal, T., Murray, S. M., Kaysen, D., Lejuez, C.W. ... & Rosenblum, M. (2014). A randomized controlled trial of mental health interventions for survivors of systematic violence in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq. BMC Psychiatry, 14, 360.

*Magidson, J. F., Roberts, B. W., Collado, A., & Lejuez, C. W. (2014). Theory-driven intervention for changing personality: Expectancy value theory, behavioral activation, and conscientiousness. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1442-1450.

Lejuez, C. W., Hopko, D. R., Acierno, R., Daughters, S. B., & Pagoto, S. L. (2011). Ten year revision of the brief behavioral activation treatment for depression: Revised treatment manual. Behavior Modification, 35, 111-161.

*Daughters, S. B., Lejuez, C. W., Bornovalova, M. A., Kahler, C. W., Strong, D. R., Brown, R. A. (2005). Distress tolerance as a predictor of early treatment dropout in a residential substance abuse treatment facility. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114, 729-734.

Lejuez, C. W., Read, J. P., Kahler, C. W., Richards, J. B., Ramsey, S. E., Stuart, G. L., Strong, D. R., & Brown, R. A. (2002). Evaluation of a behavioral measure of risk-taking: The Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART). Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 8, 75-84.


Personality Disorder: Theory, Research, and Treatment (Founding Editor; 2008-2014)


Current Funding

Behavioral Activation for Stress Management for College First Year Students. (2019 – 2024). National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. [Role: Co-I; PI: Tara Fazzino (University of Kansas); R01 AA027791].

Previous Funding (Selected)

Development and Testing of a Behavioral Activation Mobile App for Depressed Latinos. (2016 – 2017). National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. [Role: PI; Co-PI: Cristina Risco (University of Maryland); R41 MD10491 – STTR].

Behavioral Technologies for Predicting HIV Risk. (2005 – 2015; One competitive renewal). National Institute on Drug Abuse. [Role: PI; R01 DA18647].

Novel Intervention for Drug Use and HIV Risk among Anxiety Sensitive Heroin Users. (2009 – 2012; ARRA funding). National Institute on Drug Abuse. [Role: PI; R01 DA23384].

Pre-Doctoral Institutional Training Grant: Integration of Basic Neuroscience Research into Addiction Treatment Development. (2010 – 2015). National Institute on Drug Abuse. [Co-PI: Cynthia Moss (University of Maryland); T32 DA28855].