Page Anderson

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1998
Associate Professor
Member, Clinical Psychology Program
Joint Appointment:  Neuroscience Institute
Affiliate:  Partnership for Urban Health Research
1180 Urban Life

I am a scientist-practitioner who conducts clinical outcome research on the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly social anxiety. The process by which I conduct research is influenced by my desire to conduct research that contributes to our scientific knowledge base, strengthens the connection between science and practice, and has practical applications for those who are suffering. I value creative and innovative approaches to the development and implementation of treatment programs. In one line of research, I have investigated the use of technology (virtual reality, computer based interventions) to understand anxiety and improve access to treatment. This aspect of my research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Additional ongoing work includes attention bias within social anxiety disorder, identifying mediators and moderators of treatment outcome, treatment process variables, and mindfulness. I enjoy collaborations with my GSU colleagues, with joint projects on attention bias within social anxiety (Erin Tone, Ph.D) and mental health stigma & mindfulness (Aki Masuda, Ph.D). My doctoral students often work across these labs, in particular.

I also have interests in multicultural competence that cut across my research, teaching, and practice. I have co-taught the clinical program’s diversity course, collected qualitative data to understand some of intersections amongst culture and anxiety, co-chaired the Psychology department’s diversity committee, and received funding from APA for multicultural training within our doctoral program.

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests parallel my research interests, as I specialize in working with adults suffering with anxiety disorders. My clinical work is grounded in the scientist-practitioner model, and I am strongly committed to both research and clinical practice. I find that clinical work inspires new research questions and that my research guides my practice. My theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive-behavioral.


  • A virtual reality biofeedback game for pediatric pain relief
    NIMH, with Lindsey Cohen
  • Virtual reality exposure therapy in the treatment of social anxiety
    NIMH, Principal Investigator, completed
  • Multicultural competence in education: Training the teachers of today and tomorrow
    American Psychological Association, completed
  • Response to cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder: Examining neurocorrelates using fMRI
    Anxiety Disorders Association of America Junior Faculty Research Award, with Erin Tone, Ph.D., completed
  • Computer-based exposure therapy for Social Anxiety
    NIMH, Principal Investigator, completed
  • Impact of Prior Treatment on the Fear of Flying Subsequent to the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
    Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Principal Investigator, completed

Publications – last 5 years

(Student authors are in italics)

Anderson, P. L., Price, M., Edwards, S. M., Obasaju, M. A., Schmertz, S. K., Zimand, E., & Calamaras, M. R. (in press). Virtual reality exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Morgan, J. R., Masuda, A., & Anderson, P. L. (in press). A preliminary analysis of the psychometric properties of the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale among African American college students. Mindfulness.

Morgan, J., Price, M., Schmertz, S. K., Johnson, S. B., Masuda, A., Calamaras, M. R. & Anderson, P. L. (accepted). Cognitive processes as mediators of the relation between mindfulness and change in social anxiety symptoms following cognitive behavioral treatment. Anxiety Stress and Coping: An International Journal

Self-Brown, S, Anderson, P. L., Edwards, S., McGill, T. (in press). Child maltreatment prevention following a natural disaster: What do states do? Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Burton*, M., Schmertz, S. K., Price, M., Masuda, A., & Anderson, P. L. (2013). The relation between mindfulness and fear of negative evaluation over the course of cognitive behavioral therapy for social phobia.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(3), 222-228. doi: 10.1001/jclp.21929.

Calamaras, M. R., Tone, E. B., & Anderson, P. L. (2012). A pilot study of attention bias subtypes: Examining their relation to cognitive bias and their change following cognitive behavioral therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68(12), 745-754. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21875

Masuda, A. Anderson, P. L. Edmonds, J. (2012). Help-seeking attitudes, mental health stigma, and self-concealment among African American college students. Journal of Black Studies, 43, 773-786.

Price, M. & Anderson, P. L. (2012). Outcome expectancy as a predictor of treatment response for cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Psychotherapy, 49. 173-179. doi: 10.1037/a0024734.

Schmertz, S. K., Masuda, A., & Anderson, P. L., (2012). Cognitive process mediates the relation between mindfulness and social anxiety within a clinical sample. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68 (3), 362-371. doi:10.1002/jclp20861.

Price, M. & Anderson, P. L. (2011b). Latent growth curve analysis of fear during a speech task before and after treatment for social phobia. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 763-770.

Price, M. & Anderson, P. L. (2011a). The effect of post event processing on response to cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49,132-137.

Price, M., Mehta, N., Tone, E. B., & Anderson, P. L. (2011). Does involvement with exposure yield better outcomes? Components of presence as a predictor of treatment response for virtual reality exposure therapy for public speaking fears.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 763-770. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.03.004

Price, M., Tone, E. B., & Anderson, P. L. (2011). Vigilant and avoidant attention biases as predictors of response to cognitive behavioral therapy for social phobia. Depression and Anxiety, 28,349-353.

Masuda, A. Anderson, P., Wendell, J. W., Chou, Y. Y., Price, M., & Feinstein, A. B. (2011).  The role of psychological inflexibility in the relation between self-concealment and emotional distress in a stressful interpersonal situation. Personality and Individual Differences, 50, 247-250.

Masuda, A., Price, M. Anderson, P., Wendell, J. W. (2010).  Disordered eating-related cognition and psychological flexibility as predictors of psychological health among college students. Behavior Modification, 34(1), 3–15.

Masuda, A., Price, M., Anderson, P., Schmertz, S. K., & Calamaras, M (2009). The role of psychological flexibility in mental health stigma and psychological distress for the stigmatizer. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 28, 1244-1262.

Masuda, A., Anderson, P., Twohig, M.P., Feinstein, A. B., Chou, Y. Y., Wendell, J. W., Stormo, A. R. (2009). Help-seeking experiences and attitudes among African American, Asian American, and European American college students. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling, 31,168-180.

Masuda, A., Anderson, P., & Sheehan, S. (2009). Mindfulness and mental health among African American college students. Contemporary Health Practice Review,14, 115-127.

Obasaju, M. A., Palin, F., Jacobs, C., Anderson, P., & Kaslow, N. (2009). Won’t you be my neighbor? Using an ecological approach to examine the impact of community on revictimization. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 38-53.

Schmertz, S. K., Anderson, P., & Robins, D. (2009). The relation between self-reported mindfulness and performance on tasks of sustained attention. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31, 60-66.

Kim, S., Palin, F., Anderson, P., Edwards, S., Lindner, G. K., Rothbaum, B. O. (2008).  Use of skills learned in cognitive behavior therapy for fear of flying: Impact on flying anxiety after September 11. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22, 301-309.

Price, M., Anderson, P., Henrich, C., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2008). Greater expectations: Hierarchical linear modeling of expectancies as a predictor of treatment outcome. Behavior Therapy, 39, 398-405.

Price, M., Anderson, P., & Rothbaum, B. O. (2008). Virtual reality as treatment for fear of flying: A review of recent research. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 4, 8-13.

Student Theses and Dissertations (chaired)

  • A multiple baseline investigation of the effects of yoga practice for individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Jessica R. Morgan
  • The effect of stereotype confirmation concerns on fear of negative evaluation and avoidance for those with social anxiety disorder, Suzanne B. Johnson
  • The experience of exposure across racial groups: Differences in presence during virtual reality exposure therapy for social phobia across African American and Caucasian women, Natasha Mehta
  • Cost and probability biases and Social Phobia: Evaluating their relation to treatment outcome and attention bias, Martha R. Calamaras
  • Evaluating changes in attentional biases following cognitive behavioral therapy for Social Phobia, Martha R. Calamaras
  • Forming bonds to challenge fears: Impact and course of the working alliance on cognitive behavioral treatment for social anxiety disorder, Irene Ngai
  • Long-term outcomes of cognitive behavioral therapy for social phobia, Shannan Edwards
  • The Relation between homework compliance and treatment outcome for individuals with Social Phobia, Shannan Edwards
  • The impact of cognitive behavioral therapy on post event processing among those with social anxiety disorder, Matthew Price
  • The relation of presence and virtual reality exposure for treatment of flying phobia, Matthew Price.
  • Rumination as a mediator of the relation between mindfulness and social anxiety in a clinical sample, Stefan K. Schmertz  
  • The relation between self-report mindfulness and two performance tasks of sustained attention, Stefan K. Schmertz.
  • Can I talk to you? The relation between fear of confirming stereotypes and social anxiety for African Americans, Mayowa A. Obasaju
  • Speaking while black: The relationship between African Americans’ racial identity, fear of confirming stereotypes, and public speaking anxiety, Mayowa A. Obasaju.
  • The impact of stereotypes on public speaking anxiety and performance, Simon J. Kim.


Dr. Anderson is planning to accept a doctoral student for 2014-2015