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Assistant Professor


1165 Morris Park Ave

Bronx, NY 10461


Website: genagorlin.com

Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2016

M.A., University of Virginia, 2012

B.S., Tufts University, 2008

Dr. Eugenia (Gena) Gorlin is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program in the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy from Tufts University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia, and her clinical internship training from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed two years of postdoctoral training at Boston University, where she conducted experimental and clinical intervention research in the Translational Research Program and provided psychotherapy to anxious and depressed adults at the renowned Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and related approaches to the treatment of anxiety, depression, and various concerns tied to motivation and goal pursuit.

Dr. Gorlin pursues interdisciplinary research on the moral, epistemic, and psychological foundations of adaptive self-change. She is particularly interested in what motivates people to think actively and honestly about their reasons for changing - even when doing so "runs against the grain" of their current habits, or is otherwise excruciatingly painful or hard. Ultimately she is interested in designing interventions that more effectively inspire and empower people to change themselves for the better. She has a 3-year junior investigator grant through the Genetics and Human Agency initiative (funded by the Templeton Foundation) to investigate the psychological loci of human agency in light of genetic and environmental influences on complex human behavior. For more information, visit Dr. Gorlin's website

Junior Investigator Award for "Nurturing our Better Nature: Probing the Interplay between Heredity and Choice in Moral Character Development," via Genetics and Human Agency initiative, Templeton Foundation, 2016-2019
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program Award, 2017
Rebecca Boone Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Virginia, 2015


Sample publications:


Gorlin, E. I., & Schuur, R. (2018). Nurturing our better nature: Parsing the roles of heredity, shared environment, and volitional cognitive processes in moral character development. Behavior Genetics. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1007/s10519-018-9919-x (full text)


Gorlin, E. I., Werntz, A. J., Fua, K. C., Lambert, A. E., Namaky, N., & Teachman, B. A. (2018). Remembering or knowing how we felt: Depression and anxiety symptoms predict retrieval strategy use during emotional self-report. Emotion. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1037/emo0000436


Gorlin, E. I., Lee, J., & Otto, M. W. (2017). A topographical map approach to representing treatment efficacy: A focus on positive psychology interventions. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/16506073.2017.1342173


Gorlin, E. I., & Teachman, B. A. (2017). Training the “how” and the “why” of restoring adaptive goal-pursuit after a failure. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 8(2), 88-109. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/jep.051015 (full text)


Gorlin, E., I., Dalrymple, K., Chelminski, I., & Zimmerman, M. (2016). Diagnostic profiles of adult psychiatric outpatients with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 70, 90-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2016.06.015


Gorlin, E., I., Lambert, A. E., & Teachman, B. A. (2016). When does it hurt to try? Effort as a mediator of the links between anxiety symptoms and the frequency and duration of unwanted thought recurrence. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 137-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.070


Gorlin, E. I., & Teachman, B. A. (2015). Threat interference biases predict socially anxious behavior: moderation by inhibitory control and minute of stressor. Behavior Therapy, 46, 493-509. DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2015.03.001


1165 Morris Park Ave

Bronx, NY 10461


Website: genagorlin.com


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Spring 2019
Integrating Clinical Practice and Research


Fall 2018
Lifespan I Psychopathology