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Research Experience

Presentations at Academic Conferences

  • Westra, H. A., Ahmed, M., & Constantino, M. J. (2012, May). The impact of client initial outcome expectations on early interpersonal process in cognitive behavioral therapy. Paper presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Virginia Beach, VA.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A., Constantino, M. J. (2011, September). Interpersonal Process and Client Outcome Expectations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Paper presented at the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Banff, Canada.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A., Constantino, M. J. (2011, May). Impact of Interpersonal Process During Resistance on Client Outcome Expectations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Generalized Anxiety. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Toronto, Canada.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A., Constantino, M. J. (2010, November). Impact of Therapist Management of Resistance on Client Outcome Expectations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Generalized Anxiety. Poster to be presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A., Constantino, M. J. (2010, June). Therapist Responses to Resistance Associated with High versus Low Client Outcome Expectations: A Micro Process Analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Asilomar, CA.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A., Kester, L., Cho, W. (2009, October). The Impact of First-Person Accounts of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on Beliefs about Treatment and Help-Seeking. Poster presented at Canadian Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Montreal, Canada.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2008, November). Impact of Expectancies for Change on Response to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Rationale in Social Anxiety. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2008, October). Impact of Counselor Warmth on Attitudes towards Seeking Mental Health Services. Paper presented at the North American Chapter of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, New Haven, CT.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2007, November). Counselor Warmth as a Moderator of the Impact of Change Expectations on Response to the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Rationale in Social Anxiety. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2007, June). Counselor Influence on Response to a Treatment Rationale. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Madison, WI.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2006, November). Improving Confidence in Doing Exposure: The Impact of the CBT Rationale in Social Anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2006, November). Expectations, Involvement with Treatment Procedures, and Symptom Change in Social Anxiety. Paper presented at the North American Chapter of Society for Psychotherapy Research, Burr Oak, OH.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2006, April). Improving Confidence in Doing Exposure: The Impact of the CBT Rationale in Social Anxiety. Paper presented at the York Institute for Health Research (YIHR) 11th Annual Graduate Student Symposium, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A. (2006, October). Expectations, Involvement with Treatment Procedures, and Symptom Change in Social Anxiety. Paper presented at the department of psychology at York University, Toronto, Ontario.

Academic Manuscripts

  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H. A., & Constantino, M. J. (2012). Early therapy interpersonal process differentiating clients high and low in outcome expectations. Psychotherapy Research, 22, 731-745.
  • Westra, H. A., Aviram, A., Connors, L., Kertes, A., & Ahmed, M. (2012). Therapist Emotional Reactions on Client Resistance in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Psychotherapy, 49,163-172.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H.A. (2009). Impact of a Treatment Rationale on Expectancy and Engagement in Cognitive Behaivoral Therapy for Social Anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33 (3), 314-322.
  • Ahmed, M., Westra, H.A., & Stewart, S.H. (2008). Helping Clients Help Themselves in Discontinuing Benzodiazepines During CBT: A Patient Resource Aid. Cognitive and Behavioral practice, 15, 317-324.
  • Featured on the website for the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (September, 2008). Retrieved fromhttp://www.abct.org/Public/?m=mPublic&fa=dPublic
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