Sarah Kertz | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Sarah Kertz

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology

Sarah Kertz

Office: Life Science II 271F
Phone: (618) 453-3551
Anxiety Research Lab

Dr. Sarah Kertz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Kertz directs the Anxiety, Behavior, and Cognition lab, which is dedicated to increasing understanding of the development, maintenance, and treatment of emotional disorders. She is specifically interested in the role of repetitive negative thinking, like worry and rumination, and cognitive and attentional factors that may drive emotional disorder symptoms. Dr. Kertz also has a strong interest in integrating novel technology and web based applications into the assessment and treatment of affective symptoms.

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Ph.D., University of Louisville

Representative Publications:

*Stevens, K. T., Kertz, S. J., McHugh, R. K., & Björgvinsson, T. (in press). A taxometric investigation of the underlying structure of distress intolerance. Psychiatry Research.

Kertz, S. J., *Stevens, K. T., & *Klein, K.P. (2017). The association between attention   control, anxiety, and depression: The mediating role of repetitive negative thinking and mood recovery. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 30(4), 456-468.

Kertz, S. J., Sylvester, C., Luby, J., Tillman, R., & Belden, A. (2017). Latent classes of anxiety symptom trajectories from preschool through school age. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2017.1295380

Kertz, S. J., *Kelly, M., *Stevens, K.T., Danitz, S., & Schrock, M. (2017). A review of free  iPhone applications designed to target anxiety and worry. Journal of Technology in    Behavioral Science, 1-10. doi: 10.1007/s41347-016-0006-y

*Kloep, M. L., Hunter, R.H., & Kertz, S. J. (2017). Examining the effects of a novel training program and use of psychiatric service dogs for military related PTSD and associated symptoms. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87(4), 425-433. doi: 10.1037/ort0000254

*Stevens, K.T., Rogers, T., Campbell, M., Bjorgvinsson, T., & Kertz, S.J. (2017). A transdiagnostic examination of decreased intolerance of uncertainty and treatment outcome. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 1-15.

Beard, C., Millner, A.J., Foregard, M., Fried, E.I. Hsu, K.J., Treadway, M., Leonard, C.V.,Kertz, S.J., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Network analysis of depression and anxiety symptom relations in a psychiatric sample. Psychological Medicine, 46(16), 3359-3369.

Kertz, S. J., Belden, A., Tillman, R., & Luby, J. (2016). Cognitive control deficits in shifting and inhibition in preschool age children are associated with increased depression and anxiety over 7.5 years of development. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(6), 1185-1196. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0101-0

Webb, C. A., Beard, C., Kertz, S. J., Hsu, K., & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Differential role of CBT, DBT, and ACT skills in depression treatment: The influence of symptom domain and severity. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 81, 12-20. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2016.03.006

Kertz, S. J., *Bakhti, R., *Stevens, K. T, & Curewitz, A. (2015). Testing cognitive and emotion-focused models of worry in Black and White samples. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44(5), 1-12. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2015.1013055

 *Indicates student author