Mental Disorders; Emotions; Psychotherapy; Suicide
The underlying goal of my research is to ensure that effective behavioral treatments are available to all individuals, and especially to those with high-risk problems like suicidal ideation or substance abuse. To this end, my current work focuses on three overlapping areas: the adaptation and implementation of behavioral treatments, including understanding treatment mechanisms and factors that moderate treatment effects; high-risk impulsive behaviors like suicidality and substance abuse; and emotion dysregulation as a potential mechanism for substance use and mental health problems. In collaboration with the Yale Psychotherapy Development Center, some of my recent work has examined assessment approaches in clinician training efforts and clinical trials. My current position with the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center has afforded me the time to develop several projects on Veterans' suicidality and emotion dysregulation. I'm currently conducting a pilot trial on Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups for Veterans with suicidal ideation and collaborating with several research groups on projects related to Veterans suicidal ideation, emotion dysregulation, and factors that influence treatment outcome.
- Decker, S. E., Kiluk, B., Frankforter, T., Babuscio, T., Nich, C., & Carroll, K. M. (in press). Just showing up is not enough: Homework completion and outcome in cognitive-behavioral therapy for cocaine dependence. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, in press.
- Decker, S.E., & Martino, S. (2013). Unintended effects of training on clinicians’ interest, confidence, and commitment in using motivational interviewing. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 132, 681-687.
- Decker, S.E., Carroll, K.M., Nich, C., Canning-Ball, M., & Martino, S. (2013). Correspondence of motivational interviewing adherence and competence ratings in real and role-played sessions. Psychological Assessment, 25, 306-312.
- Decker, S. E., Frankforter, T., Babuscio, T., Nich, C., Ball, S. A., & Carroll, K. M. (2014). Assessment concordance and predictive validity of self‐report and biological assay of cocaine use in treatment trials. The American Journal on Addictions, 23, 466-474.
- Decker, S.E., Rosenheck, R.A., Tsai, J., Hoff, R., & Harpaz-Rotem, I. (2013). Military sexual assault and homeless women veterans: Clinical correlates and treatment preferences. Women’s Health Issues, 23, e373–e380
- Decker, S.E., Jameson, M.T., & Naugle, A.E. (2011). Therapist training in empirically supported treatments: A review of evaluation methods for short- and long-term outcomes. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38, 254-286.