Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Department
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Ellen I. Koch

Associate Professor

301G Science Complex




Postdoctoral Fellowship in Anxiety Disorders, University of Michigan Health System, 2001-2003

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Western Michigan University, 2001

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Western Michigan University, 1998

B.A., Western Michigan University, 1992

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Koch earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in 2001. Her dissertation project compared behavioral and cognitive-behavioral one-session exposure treatments for small animal phobias (Koch, Spates, & Himle, 2004). Dr. Koch completed her predoctoral internship at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System in Biloxi, MS including the following rotations: inpatient psychiatry, PTSD clinic, Women’s clinic, research, administration, Primary care, ER triage, long-term therapy, and neuropsychological assessment. Prior to joining the faculty at EMU, she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Health Systems specializing in behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment for adult anxiety disorders. Additionally, she received advanced training in behavioral medicine and PTSD treatment for veterans. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Koch initiated a treatment outcome study for Acute Stress Disorder to prevent the development of PTSD. Dr. Koch is a fully licensed Clinical Psychologist in Michigan.

Along with her doctoral students, Dr. Koch currently has projects examining two forms of exposure treatment for PTSD, help seeking among veterans, assessment of PTSD cross-culturally, memory bias and anxiety, relationship between anxiety sensitivity and various psychological conditions, and the interaction of sexual health concerns and anxiety disorders. Additionally, she is the advisor for an undergraduate honors thesis project.

Dr. Koch provides clinical supervision for doctoral students at the EMU Psychology Clinic. She also teaches undergraduate courses in Abnormal Psychology (PSY 360) and graduate courses in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders and the Doctoral Seminar I.

My research interest include; Exposure treatment for PTSD as well as other anxiety disorders, behavior therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy for adult anxiety disorders, treatment outcome research, secondary prevention of PTSD, and one-session exposure treatment for small animal phobias

Selected Publications

Spates, C. R., Koch, E. I., Pagoto, S., Cusack, K., & Waller, S. (2009). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing for adults, children and adolescents. In E. B. Foa, T. M. Keane, M. J. Friedman, & J. Cohen (Eds.). Effective Treatments for PTSD: Practice guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Porcari, C. E., Amdur, R., Koch, E. I., Richard, D. C. S., Favorite, T., Martis, B., & Liberzon, I. (2009). Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans by videoconferencing and by face-to-face methods. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 15, 89-94.

Anson, H. M., Byrd, M. R., & Koch, E. I. (2009). Cognitive behavioral treatment to improve adherence to hemodialysis fluid restrictions: A case report. Case Reports in Medicine, 2009, Article ID 835262, 5 pages.

Gloster, A. T., Richard, D.C.S., Himle, J., Koch, E., Anson, H., Lokers, L., & Thornton, J. (2008). Accuracy of retrospective memory and covariation estimation in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 642-655.

Koch, E. I., Gloster, A. T., & Waller, S. A. (2007). Exposure treatments for panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. In D. S. Richard & D. Lauterbach (Eds.). Comprehensive Handbook of the Exposure Therapies. New York: Academic Press.

Lauterbach, D., Koch, E. I., & Porter, K. (2007). The relationship between childhood support on later emergence of PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(5), 857-867.

Porter, K., Porcari, C., Koch, E. I., Fons, C., & Spates, C. R. (2006). In vivo exposure treatment for agoraphobia. the Behavior Analyst Today, 7, 434-441.

Koch, E. I., Spates, C. R., & Himle, J. A. (2004). Comparison of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral one-session exposure treatments for small animal phobias. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 42, 1483-1504.

Spates, C. R., & Koch, E. I. (2003). From Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to Exposure Therapy: A review of the evidence for shared mechanisms. Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis, 18, 62-76.

Spates, C. R., Waller, S., & Koch, E. I. (2000). A critique of Lohr et al.’s (1998) review of EMDR and Lipke’s commentary: Of messages and messengers. the Behavior Therapist, 23, 148-154.

Courses Taught

PSY 360 Abnormal Psychology

Clinical Supervision

PSY 681 Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

PSY 881 Doctoral Seminar I

PSY 882 Doctoral Seminar II

The Psychology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344