Michael J. Zvolensky, Ph.D.
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor
Director of the Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory
Ph.D., West Virginia University
Heyne Building, Room 129
Dr. Michael J. Zvolensky received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 2001.Currently, he is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory at the University of Houston. Dr. Zvolensky’s research program cuts across basic and applied work in the area of anxiety and substance use disorders. In pursuit of this knowledge, he uses two interrelated and convergent research approaches: one is basic research on emotional vulnerability and the second is clinical extensions of that basic research in the form of theoretically-driven psychosocial interventions strategies. He has been especially involved in better understanding the role of cigarette smoking in terms of the etiology and maintenance of panic psychopathology, and at the same time, the role panic vulnerability factors may play in smoking cessation. His most recent work has been focused on the role of emotional sensitivity and tolerance processes in anxiety and health-related conditions. Dr. Zvolensky has published over 300 scientific articles and received a variety of early contribution to the field awards from professional organizations. His research has been continuously funded by NIH since receiving his doctoral degree.
- Risk and Maintenance Factors for Anxiety Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders Comorbidity with Anxiety Disorders
- Role of Physical Health and Health Behaviors (e.g., aerobic exercise) in Anxiety Disorders
- Experimental Psychopathology and Translational Research
- Health Disparities
- Behavior Therapy
- Clinical Psychology
- Research Methodology
Zvolensky, M. J., Bernstein, A., & Vujanovic, A. A. (Eds.) (2011), Distress tolerance: Theory, research, and clinical applications, New York: Guilford Press.
Zvolensky, M. J., Brandt, C., & Bernstein, A. (2011). Panic psychopathology and substance use disorders. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, 14, 28-41.
Zvolensky, M. J., Vujanovic, A. A., Bernstein, A., & Leyro, T. M. (2010). Distress tolerance: Theory, measurement, and relations to psychopathology. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 406-410.
Zvolensky, M. J., Marshall, E. C., Johnson, K., Hogan, J., Bernstein, A., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2009). Relations between anxiety sensitivity, distress tolerance, and fear reactivity to bodily sensations to coping and conformity marijuana use motives among young adult marijuana users. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology,17, 31-42.
Zvolensky, M. J., Stewart, S. H., Vujanovic, A., Gavric, D., & Steeves, D. (2009). Anxiety sensitivity and anxiety and depressive symptoms in the prediction of early smoking lapse and relapse during smoking cessation treatment. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 11, 323-331.
Zvolensky, M. J., Strong, D., Bernstein, A., Vujanovic, A. A., & Marshall, E. C. (2009). Evaluation of anxiety sensitivity among daily smokers using Item Response Theory analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 230-239.