Claudia Drossel

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Assistant Professor


Science Complex 301B


[email protected]


  • Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno, Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. Temple University, Philadelphia, Experimental Psychology
Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • University of Michigan Health System, Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, South Central MIRECC

Interests and Expertise

  • Behavioral assessment and interventions ("third-wave" behavior therapies) at the intersection of chronic medical conditions and psychological problems
  • Application of behavior analysis to assess cognitive losses and to develop interventions
  • Prevention and reduction of emotional and behavioral changes commonly associated with neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer's disease, Lewy Body's disease, stroke, brain tumors, and other diseases that lead to problems with thinking, attending, reasoning, remembering, or problem-solving
  • Care partner skills training (e.g., behavior management, dialectical behavioral therapy skills group)


  • PSY 627 Behavioral and Other Evidence-based Therapies
  • PSY 671 Practicum in Behavioral and Other Evidence-Based Psychotherapies
  • PSY 723 Psychopharmacology

Publications and Presentations

  • Drossel, C., Forchheimer, M., and Meade, M. (2016). Characteristics of individuals with spinal cord injury who use cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury, 22(1), 3–12.
  • Drossel, C. , and Trahan, M. (2015). Behavioral interventions are first-line treatments for managing changes associated with cognitive decline. The Behavior Therapist, 38(5), 126–131.
  • Drossel, C. , and McCausland, C. (2015). Akzeptanz und Commitment Therapie in der Betreuung Angehöriger von Menschen mit Neurokognitiven Störungen. In J. Martz, A. Gloster, and M. Waadt (Eds.), Arbeiten mit der Akzeptanz- und Commitment-Therapie: Ein Fallbuch (pp. 97–129). Bern, Switzerland: Verlag Hans Huber.
  • Drossel, C., McCausland, C., Schneider, N., and Cattavelli, R. (2014). Functional adaptation of acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies: An ethical imperative. In Masuda, A. (Ed.), Mindfulness and acceptance in multicultural competency: A contextual approach to sociocultural diversity in theory and practice (pp. 129–146). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  • Drossel, C., Fisher, J. E., and Mercer, V. (2011). A DBT skills training group for caregivers of persons with dementia. Behavior Therapy, 42(1), 109–119.
  • McCurry, S., and Drossel. C. (2011). Treating dementia in context: A step-by-step guide to working with individuals and families. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.


From Research to Clinical Practice:

Center for the Advancement of Neurobehavioral Health, with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Phone: 734.627.7620

  • Faculty: Claudia Drossel, Ph.D., and Alexandros Maragakis, Ph.D.
  • Doctoral Fellows: Jennifer Battles, Lily Ellis, Michelle Fernando, Kate Krautbauer, Rachel VanPutten, Michael Vriesman
  • Masters Students: Lindsey Bunio, Kayla Rinna, Qing Yin, Samantha Zohr
  • Undergraduate Student: Cody McIntire