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Michael G. Wheaton

Assistant Professor of Psychology




415J Milbank Hall
Tuesdays/Thur 11:30am-12:30pm or by appointment


Michael G. Wheaton, Assistant Professor of Psychology, joined Barnard's faculty in 2017. Prior to coming to Barnard Dr. Wheaton was a postdoctoral clinical researcher in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and he previously taught at Yeshiva University. His research interests focus on the psychopathology and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and OCD-related disorders, with a particular emphasis on behavioral therapy. He is a licensed psychologist in New York State and teaches classes in abnormal psychology and clinical psychology at Barnard.

  • B.A., Cornell University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Wheaton, M. G., Gillan, C. M., & Simpson, H. B. (2019). Does cognitive-behavioral therapy affect goal-directed planning in obsessive-compulsive disorder?. Psychiatry research273, 94-99.

Wheaton, M., & Gallina, E. (2019). Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder With Co-Occurring Depression. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy33(3), 228-241.

Wheaton, M. G., Gershkovich, M., Gallagher, T., Foa, E. B., & Simpson, H. B. (2018). Behavioral avoidance predicts treatment outcome with exposure and response prevention for obsessive–compulsive disorder. Depression and anxiety, 35, 256-263.

Wheaton, M. G. & Pinto, A. (2017). The role of experiential avoidance in obsessive-compulsive personality disorder traits. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 8, 383-388.

Wheaton, M. G., Sternberg, L., McFarlane, K., & Sarda, A.. (2016). Self-concealment in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Associations with symptom dimensions, help seeking attitudes, and treatment expectancy. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 11, 43-48.

Wheaton, M. G., Galfalvy, H., Steinman, S. A., Wall, M. M., Foa, E. B. & Simpson, H. B. (2016). Patient adherence and treatment outcome with exposure and response prevention for OCD: Which components of adherence matter and who becomes well?  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 85,  6-12. 

Wheaton, M. G. (2016). Understanding and treating Hoarding Disorder: A review of cognitive-behavioral models and treatment. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 9, 43-50.

Wheaton, M. G., Carpenter, J. K., Kalanthroff, E., Foa, E.B, & Simpson, H. B. (2016). Augmenting SRIs for OCD: Patient preference for rispderidone does not limit effectiveness of exposure and ritual prevention. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 85, 314-316.

Wheaton, M. G., Abramowitz, J. S., Jacoby, R. J., Zwerling, J., & Rodriguez, C. I. (2016). An investigation of the role of intolerance of uncertainty in hoarding symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 193,  208-214.

Wheaton, M. G.,  Rosenfield, D., Foa, E. B. & Simpson, H. B. S. (2015). Augmenting serotonin reuptake inhibitors in obsessive-compulsive disorder: What moderates improvement? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 926-937.

Wheaton, M. G., Fitzgerald, D. A., Phan, K. L., &  Klumpp, H.,. (2014). Perceptual load modulates anterior cingulate cortex response to threat distractors in generalized social anxiety disorder. Biological Psychology, 101, 13-17. 

Wheaton, M. G., Holman, A., Rabinak, C. A., MacNamara, A., Proudfit, G. H., & Phan, K. L. (2013). Danger and disease: Electrocortical responses to disgust and threat-eliciting images. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90, 235-239.

Wheaton, M. G., Fabricant, L. E., Berman, N. C., & Abramowitz (2013). Experiential avoidance in individuals with hoarding disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 779-785.

Wheaton, M. G., Deacon, B., McGrath, P., Berman, N. C., Abramowitz, J. S. (2012). Dimensions of anxiety sensitivity in the anxiety disorders: Evaluation of the ASI-3. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 401-408.

Wheaton, M. G., Mahaffey, B., Timpano, K. R., Berman, N. C., & Abramowitz, J. (2012).The Relationship between anxiety sensitivity and obsessive-compulsive symptom dimensions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 43, 891-896.

Wheaton, M. G., Abramowitz, J. S., Fabricant, L. E., Berman, N. C., & Franklin, J. C. (2011). Is hoarding a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder? International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 4, 225-238.

Wheaton, M. G., Abramowitz, J. S., Berman, N. C., Riemann, B. C., & Hale, L. R.(2010). The relationship between obsessive beliefs and symptom dimensions in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 949-954.