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Dr. Naomi Koerner, C.Psych.

Associate Professor
EducationPhD, Concordia University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 552151
Areas of Expertisepsychopathology; cognitive processes; cognitive mechanisms; worry; anxiety


Dr. Naomi Koerner (PhD, 2007, Concordia University) is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Ryerson University. Her research interests are in the area of cognition and psychopathology with a specific focus on the ways in which concepts and methods from cognitive psychology can be used to inform and refine cognitive-behavioral theories and treatments for anxiety-related disorders, in particular generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Areas of interest include: the causal role of cognitive processes in worry and anxiety; mechanisms of action in exposure-based treatments, in particular imaginal exposure for GAD; and the development and testing of cognitive training procedures for anxiety psychopathology using proof-of-concept experiments. Dr. Koerner has been awarded highly competitive funding for her research from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.


Selected Publications

Kusec, A., Tallon, K., & Koerner, N. (in press). Intolerance of uncertainty, causal uncertainty, causal importance, self-concept clarity and their relations to generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Koerner, N., Mejia, T., & Kusec, A. (in press). What’s in a name? Intolerance of uncertainty, other uncertainty-relevant constructs, and their differential relations to worry and generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Pawluk, E.J., & Koerner, N. (in press). The relationship between negative urgency and generalized anxiety disorder symptoms: The roles of intolerance of negative emotions and intolerance of uncertainty. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping.

Tallon, K., Koerner, N., & Yang, L. (2016). Working memory in generalized anxiety disorder: Effects of verbal and image-based worry and relation to cognitive and emotional processes. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7, 72 – 94.

Koerner, N., Tallon, K., & Kusec, A. (2015). Maladaptive core beliefs and their relation to generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 441 – 455.

MacDonald, E.M., Pawluk, E.J., Koerner, N., & Goodwill, A. (2015). An examination of distress intolerance in undergraduate students high in symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 74 – 84.

Fracalanza, K., Koerner, N., & Antony, M.M. (2014). Testing a procedural variant of written imaginal exposure for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 559 – 569.

Fracalanza, K., Koerner, N., Deschenes, S.S., & Dugas, M.J. (2014). Intolerance of uncertainty mediates the relation between generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and anger. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 43, 122 – 132.

Ogniewicz, A.S., Dugas, M.J., Langlois, F., Gosselin, P., & Koerner, N. (2014). The Word-Sentence Association Paradigm for generalized anxiety disorder: Assessing interpretation bias. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 457 - 476.

Koerner, N. (2014). The importance of taking an integrative approach to the study of worry, intolerance of uncertainty and generalized anxiety disorder. Canadian Psychology, 55, 44 – 47.

Koerner, N., & Fracalanza, K. (2012). The role of anxiety control strategies in imaginal exposure. In P. Neudeck & H-U Wittchen (Eds.), Exposure therapy: Rethinking the model – Refining the method (pp. 197-216). New York, NY: Springer.