Eastern Michigan University
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Ellen I. Koch


Dr. Koch 2018 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.

Current doctoral students are completing projects related to heart rate variability and response to anxiety sensitivity subgroup (i.e. physical, social, and cognitive) challenges/tasks, long-term follow-up of treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder, classification of ADHD diagnoses based on working memory and processing speed tasks, and role of cognitions and differences by gender and race for PTSD resulting from military sexual trauma. A recently completed project involved negative affect symptoms in PTSD and the relationship with cortisol.

Dr. Koch’s research interest includes: Exposure-based treatments for PTSD as well as other anxiety disorders, behavior therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy for adult anxiety disorders, treatment outcome research, anxiety sensitivity and its relationship to other constructs predicting psychopathology, secondary prevention of PTSD, secondary prevention of psychopathology resulting from elevated anxiety sensitivity, and one-session exposure treatment for small animal phobias.

Dr. Koch teaches in the doctoral program including providing clinical supervision in the EMU Psychology Clinic. Additionally, she occasionally teaches abnormal psychology at the undergraduate level.

Selected Publications

Koch, E. I. & Fernando, M. A. (2018). Specific phobia treatment in integrated care. In A. Maragakis & W. T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-based stepped care and brief psychotherapy for integrated care settings. New York: Springer.

Koch, E. I. & Fernando, M. A. (2018). Treating panic disorder and agoraphobia in integrated care. In A. Maragakis & W. T. O’Donohue (Eds.), Principle-based stepped care and brief psychotherapy for integrated care settings. New York: Springer. 

Porcari, C., Koch, E. I., Rauch, S. A. M., Hoodin, F., Ellison, G., & McSweeney, L. (2017). Predictors of help-seeking intentions in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and service members. Military Medicine, 182, e1640-e1647. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-16-00105 

Koch, E. I., Eye, B. D., Ellison, G., & Gourley, B. (2017) Targeting anxiety sensitivity to prevent the development of psychopathology.  In M. Israelashvili & J. L. Romano (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of international prevention science. New York: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316104453 

McSweeney, L. B., Koch, E. I., Saules, K. K., & Jefferson, S. (2016). Exploratory factor analysis of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5th edition criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 204, 9-14. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000390 

Porter, K. E., Koch, E. I., Saules, K., & Sexton, M. B. (2015). The impact of sexual assault history on perceived consequences of risky dating scenarios. Acta Psychopathologica, 1, 1-9. DOI: 10.4172/2469-6676.100004  

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. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2008.080612  

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.  

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. 

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2003.10.005

Courses Taught

  • Clinical Supervision, EMU Psychology Clinic
  • PSY 881 Doctoral Seminar I: Assessment and Diagnosis
  • PSY 882 Doctoral Seminar II: Assessment and Treatment
  • PSY 721 Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
  • PSY 360 Abnormal Psychology