Michael S. Christopher, PhD

Phone Number: 
503-352-7330

Courses

Self-Care & The Science and Practice of Mindfulness

Practica I & II

Evidence-Based Practice Sample

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital, Behavioral Medicine Program, 2005

PhD, The University of South Dakota, Department of Psychology, doctor of philosophy in clinical psychology, 2004

Pre-Doctoral Intern, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, 2003

MS, Loyola College in Maryland, Department of Psychology, master of arts degree in clinical psychology, 2000                           

BA, Loyola College in Maryland, Department of Psychology, bachelor of arts in psychology, 1996

Roles and Interests

Clinical Interests: treatment of anxiety, depression, psychophysiological/stress-related disorders, and adjustment issues related to physical disabilities. Clinical orientation combines an acceptance and mindfulness-based perspective with multicultural approaches.

Research Interests: Transcultural mindfulness assessment and practice, cultural influences on help-seeking, and positive psychology.

Professional Membership

American Psychological Association, Division 52, International Psychology

Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology

Selected Recent Publications (2009-Present)

Rogers, B. S., Christopher, M. S., & Bilgen-Sunbay, Z. (in press). Mindfulness, self-care, and participatory medicine: A community's clinical evidence. Journal of Participatory Medicine.

Rogers B. S., Christopher M. S., Bilgen-Sunbay, Z., Pielage, M., Fung, H., Dahl, L…Beale, N. (in press). Mindfulness in participatory medicine: Context & relevance. Journal of Participatory Medicine.

Christopher, M. S., Woodrich, L. E., & Tiernan, K. A. (in press). Using cognitive interviews to assess the cultural validity of state and trait measures of mindfulness among Zen Buddhists. Mindfulness.

Christopher, M. S., Ramsey, M. M., & Antick, J. R. (in press). The role of dispositional mindfulness in mitigating the impact of stress and impulsivity on alcohol-related problems.Addiction Research and Theory.

Bilgen-Sunbay, Z., Christopher, M. S., & Rogers, B. S. (2012). Examining a proactive self-care index in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 4, e22.

 Christopher, M. S., Neuser, N. J., Michael, P. G., & Baitmangalkar, A. (2012). Exploring the psychometric qualities of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire. Mindfulness, 3, 124-131.

Christopher, M. S., Norris, P., D’Souza, J. B., & Tiernan, K. (2012). A test of the multidimensionality of the Self-Construal Scale in Thailand and the United States. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 43, 758-773.

Jacob, K. S., Christopher, M. S., & Neuhaus, E. C. (2011). Development and validation of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Skills Questionnaire (CBTSQ). Behavior Modification, 35,595-611.

Christopher, M. S., D’Souza, J. B., Dhaliwal, S., & Peraza, J. (2010). A test of the personality-culture clash hypothesis among college students in an individualistic and collectivistic culture. International Journal of Culture & Mental Health, 3, 107-116. 

Gilbert, B. D., & Christopher, M. S. (2010). Mindfulness-based attention as a moderator of the relationship between depressed affect and negative cognitions. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 34, 514-521.

Christopher, M. S., & Gilbert, B. D. (2010). Incremental validity of facets of mindfulness in the prediction of depression and satisfaction with life. Current Psychology, 29, 10-23.

La Roche, M. J., & Christopher, M. S. (2009). Changing paradigms from empirically supported treatment to evidence-based practice: A cultural perspective. Professional   Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 396-402.

Christopher, M. S., Charoensuk, S., Gilbert, B. D., Neary, T. J., & Pearce, K. (2009).     Mindfulness in Thailand and the United States: A case of apples versus oranges? Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 590-612.

Christopher, M. S., Christopher, V., & Charoensuk, S. (2009). Assessing “Western”       mindfulness among Thai Theravāda Buddhist Monks. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 12,303-314.

Christopher, M. S., Jacob, K. S., Neuhaus, E. C., Neary, T. J., & Fiola, L. B. (2009). Cognitive and behavioral changes related to symptom improvement among patients receiving intensive cognitive behavioral therapy. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 15, 95-102.

Christopher, M. S., & Skillman, G. D. (2009). Exploring the link between self-construal and distress among African American and Asian American college students. Journal of College Counseling, 12, 44-56.

Selected Recent Conference Presentations (2012-present)

Woodrich, L. E., Tiernan, K. A., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, August).The divergence of Western and Buddhist definitions of mindfulness: Zen Buddhist cognitive interviews. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawai‘i.

Colgan, D., Baron, G., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, May). The elusive construct of mindfulness. Poster to be presented at the annual Symposium for Portland Area Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Silver, A. R., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, April). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for HIV+ gay men. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nev.

Bergman, A., Cornelli, B., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, April). Gender differences in various help-seeking and coping practices among college students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nev.

Bergman, A., Cornelli, B., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, April). Psychological help-seeking and the Theory of Reasoned Action: The moderating role of gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association, Reno, Nev.

Gross, C. R., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, April). Mindfulness measures: Gaps in the state of the art. Paper to be presented at the annual scientific conference of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Worcester, Mass.

Rogers, B., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, April). Mindfulness in participatory medicine: An updated perspective. Paper to be presented at the annual scientific conference of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Worcester, Mass.

Marino, C., Radabaugh, J., Potter, D. A., Smith, R. M., & Christopher, M. S. (2013, March).Changing definitions of women’s liberation and implications for the discipline of psychology.Structured discussion presented at the annual conference of the Association for Women in Psychology, Salt Lake City.

Randall, J., Shipley, L. J., Christopher, M. S., & Davies, W. (2012, November). Emotion dysregulation mediates the relationship between social anxiety symptoms and hazardous alcohol use. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Baltimore.

Randall, J., & Christopher, M. S. (2012, November). Exploring the psychometrics of the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire-II and its relationship to social anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Baltimore.

Randall, J., & Christopher, M. S. (2012, November). Acceptance and suppression as    moderators of the relationship between fear of negative evaluation and social anxiety symptomology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Baltimore.

Christopher, M. S., Christopher, V., Charoensuk, S., Woodrich, L., & Tiernan, K. (2012, July). Using cognitive interviews to assess the cultural validity of state and trait measures of mindfulness among Zen Buddhists. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the European Association of Personality Psychology, Trieste, Italy.

Christopher, M. S., Christopher, V., Charoensuk, S., Tiernan, K., & Woodrich, L. (2012, July). Measuring mindfulness: Insights from Tibetan, Theravada, and Zen clergy. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Test Commission, Amsterdam.

Christopher, M. S., & Christopher, V. (2012, May). Operationalization and assessment of mindfulness: The perspective of Buddhist clergy and laypersons [Published Abstract]Paper presented at the annual International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, Portland, Ore.

Rogers, B., Sunbay-Bilgen, Z., & Christopher, M. S. (2012, March). Mindfulness in participatory medicine: Context, research, and clinical evidence for the relevance of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on the ground. Paper presented at the annual scientific conference of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, Worcester, Mass.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Office Location: 
Health Professions Building 2 268