Eastern Michigan University
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Claudia Drossel

Assistant Professor

Dr. Drossel 2018 301B Science Complex




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
  • Care partner skills training (e.g., behavior management, dialectical behavioral therapy skills group)

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

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.




From Research to Clinical Practice:

EMU Geropsychology Training
, with funding from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Assessment and interventions for individuals with cognitive loss and their families

Phone: (734) 627-7620
  • Faculty: Claudia Drossel, Ph.D., Ph.D., and Alexandros Maragakis, Ph.D.
  • Doctoral Fellows: Jennifer Battles, Lily Ellis, Kate Krautbauer, Rachel VanPutten, Michael Vriesman, Samantha Zohr
  • Masters Students: Emily Brennan, Lindsey Bunio, Tori Humiston, Brandon Miller, Kayla Rinna, Qing Yin
Clinical training meetings: Thursdays, 8-10 a.m., 363C