Eastern Michigan University
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Ellen I. Koch

Professor | Director of Clinical Training

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.

Along with her doctoral student, Dr. Koch has a treatment outcome project starting soon examining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for elevated anxiety sensitivity. Students have also completed recent projects involving rates of attrition across empirically supported treatments for PTSD and a factor analysis of the new DSM-5 PTSD symptoms. Previous projects include the relationship between anxiety sensitivity, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and chronic worry; relationship between anxiety sensitivity and suicidal ideation in veterans from a VA PTSD Clinic; and an intervention to reduce anxiety in recent Asian immigrant children and their parents.  

Dr. Koch provides clinical supervision for doctoral students at the EMU Psychology Clinic and teaches the first year doctoral seminars. She also serves as the Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Koch’s research interest include; 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.

Selected Publications

Baldwin, S., Murray, D., Shadish, W., Pals, S., Holland, J., Abramowitz, J., Andersson, G., Atkins, D., Carlbring, P., Carroll, K., Christensen, A., Eddington, K., Ehlers, A., Feaster, D., Keijsers, G., Koch, E., Kuyken, W., Lange, A., Lincoln, T. M. , Stephens, R., Taylor, S., Trepka, C., & Watson, J. (2011). Intraclass Correlation Associated with Therapists: Estimates and Applications in Planning Psychotherapy Research. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 40, 15-33.

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.

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.

Anson, H. M., Byrd, M. R., & Koch, E. I. (2009). Cognitive behavioral treatment to improve adherence to hemodialysis fluid restrictions: A case report. Case Reports in Medicine, 2009, Article ID 835262, 5 pages.

Gloster, A. T., Richard, D.C.S., Himle, J., Koch, E., Anson, H., Lokers, L., & Thornton, J. (2008). Accuracy of retrospective memory and covariation estimation in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 642-655.

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.

Lauterbach, D., Koch, E. I., & Porter, K. (2007). The relationship between childhood support on later emergence of PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(5), 857-867.

Porter, K., Porcari, C., Koch, E. I., Fons, C., & Spates, C. R. (2006). In vivo exposure treatment for agoraphobia. the Behavior Analyst Today, 7, 434-441.

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.

Spates, C. R., & Koch, E. I. (2003). From Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing to Exposure Therapy: A review of the evidence for shared mechanisms. Japanese Journal of Behavior Analysis, 18, 62-76.

Spates, C. R., Waller, S., & Koch, E. I. (2000). A critique of Lohr et al.’s (1998) review of EMDR and Lipke’s commentary: Of messages and messengers. the Behavior Therapist, 23, 148-154.

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