Department of Psychology

Dr. Jan Mohlman

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Office: Science East 2042; Lab 2022A
Phone: 973-720-2000
Office Hours: On sabbatical until Fall 2019

Department: Psychology
Position: Professor

Area Specialization
Clinical Psychology


My research focuses on the etiology, course, and treatment of anxiety disorders, anxiety in older adults, mechanisms of cognitive behavior therapy, and the relation of executive functioning and anxiety.  My lab utilizes a neurocognitive approach in researching these topics, with the overarching goal of bridging applied and basic science to advance our understanding of the nature and treatment of anxiety. 

More recently, my research extends to the experience of anxiety across age groups (e.g., older adults versus college students), within families (e.g., transmission of phobic fear from grandparents and parents to their children), and in clinical settings (e.g., the transmission of anxiety from therapists to clients in treatment sessions and the impact on clients’ subsequent moods).

Also, students in the Cognition and Emotion Lab can immerse themselves in research on emotional contrast, brain fitness, and the relation of emotion and cognition.


Selected Publications:

Mohlman, J., DeVito, A., Lauderdale, S., & Dobkin, R. (in press). Initial outcomes of a combined cognitive behavioral therapy and Attention Process Training intervention for older adults with Parkinson’s disease. Practice Innovations.

 Mohlman, J., & DeVito, A. (2017). The impact of social threat cues on a card sorting task with attentional-shifting demands. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

 Mohlman, J., Eldreth, D.A., Price, R. B., Staples, A., M., & Hanson, C.  (2016). Prefrontal-limbic connectivity during worry in older adults with generalized anxiety disorder. Aging & Mental Health.

 Mohlman, J., Hamlat, E., & Price, R. B. (2015). Keeping a well-established field moving forward –Why I founded the Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research Special Interest Group. Behavior Therapist, 39, 289-290. 

 Mohlman, J., Deckersbach, T., & Weissman, A.S. (2015). From symptom to synapse: A neurocognitive perspective on clinical psychology. New York: Routledge.

Mohlman, J. (2013).GuestEditor, Special issue (27), Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Understanding Late Life Anxiety and Cognitive Processes: We Are Rapidly Gaining Momentum.

Mohlman, J., Beaudreau, S. A., & Price, R. B. (in press).The neurocognitive profile of generalized anxiety disorder in later life. In J. Mohlman & T. Deckersbach (Eds.) From symptom to synapse: A neurocognitive perspective on clinical psychology.

Mohlman, J., & Bryant, C. (in press). Anxiety in later life. In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.) Encyclopaedia of adulthood and aging. Hoboken NJ: Wiley & Sons. 

Lenze, E. J., Mohlman, J., & Wetherell, J. L. (in press). Anxiety disorders. In D. Blazer, D. Steffens, & M. Thakur  (Eds.) Textbook of geriatric psychiatry. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Mohlman, J., Price, R. B., & Vietri, J. (2013). Attentional bias in older adults: Effects of generalized anxiety disorder and cognitive behavior therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 585-591.

Mohlman, J. (2013). Executive skills in older adults with GAD: Relations with clinical variables and CBT outcome. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 131-139.

Bryant, C., Mohlman, J., Lenze, E. J., Stanley, M. A, Gum, A., Flint, A., et al. (2013). Anxiety disorders in older adults: Looking to DSM5 and beyond... American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21, 8772-876.

Price, R. B., Siegle, G. S., & Mohlman, J. (2012). Emotional Stroop performance in older adults: Effects of habitual worry. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20, 798-805.

Mohlman, J. (2012). A community based survey of older adults’ treatment preferences for  anxiety. Psychology & Aging, 27, 1182-1190; DOI: 10.1037/a0023126.

Mohlman, J., Bryant, C., Lenze, E. J., Stanley, M. A, Gum, A., Flint, A., et al. (2012). Improving recognition of late life anxiety disorders in DSM-V: Observations and recommendations of the Advisory Committee to the Lifespan Disorders Work Group. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27, 549-556.

Mohlman, J, Eldreth, D. A., Price, R. B., & Chazin, D. (2012). Predictors of unsuccessful magnetic resonance imaging scanning in older generalized anxiety disorder patients and nonanxious controls. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35, 19-26.

I am a strong proponent of the scientist-practitioner model, and I currently supervise therapist trainees in CBT for anxiety and other disorders. I am also investigating new approaches to boosting CBT, such as through the use of cognitive rehabilitation techniques.  One major goal of my current clinical work is to integrate scientific research with aspects of psychotherapy, such as assessment, treatment, and measurement of outcome.

Undergraduate Teaching:
General Psychology, Honors Section
Abnormal Psychology
Substance Abuse
Developmental Psychology

Graduate Teaching:
Cognition and Affect
Developmental Psychopathology
Group Dynamics