Eastern Michigan University
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Claudia Drossel

Assistant Professor

Dr. Drossel 2018 301B Science Complex


[email protected]


Postdoctoral Fellowships:
University of Michigan Health System, Rehabilitation Psychology & Neuropsychology
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, South Central MIRECC

Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno -- Clinical Psychology
Ph.D. Temple University, Philadelphia -- Experimental Psychology

Interests and Expertise

  • Behavioral assessment and interventions 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
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) skills training groups for caregivers, funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund
    For individuals with cognitive loss, their caregivers, and providers: (734) 627-7620

Dr. Drossel teaches PSY 627, Behavioral and Other Evidence-based Therapies with prepracticum (PSY 671), PSY 723, Psychopharmacology, and PSY 762, Cognitive Assessment.

Selected Publications

Drossel, C., Forchheimer, M., & 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. , & 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.
, & McCausland, C. (2015). Akzeptanz und Commitment Therapie in der Betreuung Angehöriger von Menschen mit Neurokognitiven Störungen. In J. Martz, A. Gloster, & 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., & 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., & Mercer, V. (2011). A DBT skills training group for caregivers of persons with dementia. Behavior Therapy, 42(1), 109-119.

McCurry, S., & Drossel. C. (2011). Treating dementia in context: A step-by-step guide to working with individuals and families. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.




Clinical Behavior Analysis/Neurobehavioral Health Lab
  • Faculty: Claudia Drossel, Ph.D., Ph.D.; Tom Waltz, Ph.D., Ph.D.
  • Doctoral Fellows: Brenton Abadie, Jocelyn Hansson, Lily Ellis, Kate Krautbauer, Rachel VanPutten, Samantha Zohr
Lab meets on Thursdays, from 2-3:30 p.m. in MJ 327