Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Department
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Tamara Loverich

Associate Professor

341H Science Complex




Ph.D., clinical psychology, University of Nevada, Reno 2002

M.A., community psychology, New York University 1994

B.A., psychology, Kent State University 1991

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Loverich completed her PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in forensic psychology in 2002. She worked as an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Central Michigan University from 2001-2006 when she moved to Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Loverich is very engaged in undergraduate and graduate education, research and clinical supervision and practice. She has published articles, chapters, and a workbook in the areas of behavioral assessment and treatment, sexual deviance, treatment development for sexual self-control problems and multicultural considerations in clinical practice.

Her research interests include experiential avoidance and emotion regulation, emotion and cognitive regulation problems in sexual offending, overeating and other excessive behaviors, and modern behavior therapies that address emotion dysregulation including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation. An interest in multiculturalism pervades all of these areas of study.

Dr. Loverich teaches Behavioral Assessment, Psychological Perspectives on Prejudice and Discrimination, Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Clinical Populations, Forensic Psychology and Sexual Deviance, and Modern Behavior Therapies.

She supervises doctoral fellows in behavioral assessment and psychotherapy, and is the coordinator of the Cognitive Behavioral Master's program and oversees clinical practica.

Selected Publications

Brown, K.W., Ryan, R.M., Loverich, T.M., Biegel, G.M., & West, A.M.  (2011). Out of the armchair and into the streets: Measuring mindfulness advances knowledge and improves interventions: Reply to Grossman.  Psychological Assessment, 23, 1014-1046.

Brown, K.W, West A.M., Loverich, T.M., & Biegel, G.M.  (2011).  Assessing adolescent mindfulness: Validation of an adapted Mindful Attention Awareness Scale in adolescent normative and psychiatric populations.  Psychological Assessment, pp. [np].

Brunswig, K.A., Sbraga, T. Penix, T.M., & Harris, C. D. (2003). Relapse prevention. In W. O’Donohue, J. E. Fisher, & S. C. Hayes (Eds.). Cognitive behavior therapy: Applying empirically supported techniques in your practice (pp. 321-329). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Brunswig, K.A., Penix, T.M., & O’Donohue, W. (2002). Relapse prevention. In M. Hersen & W. Sledge (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychotherapy (pp. 499-505). New York: Academic Press.

Nagra, A., Skeel, R., & Penix, T.M. (2007). A pilot investigation of the effects of stress on neuropsychological performance in Asian-Indians in the United States. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 13, 54-63. New York: Wiley and Sons.

O’Donohue, W., Brunswig, K.A., & Sbraga, T. Penix. (2006). Relapse prevention. In M. Hersen & J. Rosqvist (Eds.), Encyclopedia of behavior modification and cognitive behavior therapy. Volume I: Adult clinical applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

O’Donohue, W., & Sbraga, T. Penix. (2002). Functional analysis. In W.E. Craighead, & C.B. Nemeroff (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychology and neuroscience. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Penix, T.M. (in press). Paraphilia NOS: Assessment and treatment. In D.R. Laws & W.T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Sexual deviance: Theory, assessment and treatment. New York: Guilford Press.

Penix, T.M., & Suraweera, D.R. (2007). Sexual dysfunction and deviation. Handbook of clinical interviewing with adults Part II: Special disorders (pp. 317-339). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Penix, T.M., & Suraweera, D.R. (2007). Sexual dysfunction and deviation. Handbook of clinical interviewing with adults Part II: Special disorders (pp. 317-339). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Penix, T.M., & Pickett, L.R. (2006). Other paraphilias. In J. Fisher & W. O’Donohue(Eds.), Practitioners guide to evidence-based psychotherapy (pp. 478-493). New York: Springer.

Sbraga, T. Penix, T.M. (2004). Sexual deviance and forensic psychology: A primer. In W. O’Donohue, & E. Levensky (Eds.), Handbook of forensic psychology (pp. 429-470). New York: Elsevier Academic Press.

Sbraga, T., Penix, T.M., & O’Donohue, W. (2004). The Sex addiction workbook. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Press.

Sbraga, T. Penix. T.M., & O’Donohue, W. (2003) Post hoc reasoning in possible cases of child sexual abuse: Symptoms of inconclusive origins. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice,10, 320-334 (featured article).

Sbraga, T. Penix, T.M., & O’Donohue, W. (2001). Sexual harassment. In J. Heiman & C. Davis (Eds.), Annual Review of Sex Research (pp. 258-285). Allentown, Pennsylvania: Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

Courses Taught

PSY 340 Psychological Perspectives on Prejudice and Discrimination

PSY 619 and 641 Behavioral Assessment and Prepracticum

PSY 888 Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Clinical Populations


Lab Contact and Relevant Information

Loverich Lab: 360C Science Complex

Graduate Students: Matthew Poinsett, Natalie Nugent, Joohyun Lee, Ashley Wiedemann, and Meaghan Lewis.  Recent graduates: Eric Miller, PhD, Matthew Sabo, M.S., Amanda Taylor, M.S.

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