Han Joo Lee

Associate Professor
 (414) 229-5858
 Garland Hall 211

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Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Research Interests:

My primary research interests are centered in adult psychopathology of anxiety disorders and their related emotional and personality problems with respect to their clinical manifestations, maintenance mechanisms, and potential risk factors (with an emphasis on obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder). Particularly, I am conducting experimental psychopathology studies to investigate the nature of maladaptive cognitive-perceptual information processing (e.g., attentional bias) underlying anxiety problems. Another line of my research interests is the utilization of web-based techniques in psychological assessment and intervention. I have developed several online assessment systems with my colleagues, including an online diagnostic interview system designed to evaluate individuals presenting with a variety of anxiety problems.

Selected Publications

Santos, M. M., Nagy, G. A., Hurtado, G. D., West, P., Santiago-Rivera, A. L., Lee, H. J., & Kanter, J. W. Acculturative Stress as a Moderator of Treatment Engagement and Retention in Behavioral Activation and Treatment As Usual for Latinos with Depression. Journal of Latina/o Psychology.
Siwiec, S. G., Davine, T. P., Kresser, R. C., Rohde, M. M., & Lee, H. J. (2017). Modifying Thought-Action-Fusion via a Single-Session Computerized Interpretation Training. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 12, 15-22.
Snorrason, I., Lee, H. J., de Wit, S., & Woods, D. (2016, May). Are nonclinical obsessive-compulsive symptoms associated with bias toward habits? Psychiatry Research, 241, 221-223.
Snorrason, I., Olafsson, R. P., Houghton, D. C., Woods, D. W., & Lee, H. J. (2016). ’Wanting’ and ’liking’ skin picking: A validation of the Skin Picking Reward Scale. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 4(4), 250-262.
Lancaster, C., Cobb, A., Lee, H. J., & Telch, M. J. (2016). The Role of Perceived Threat in the Emergence of PTSD and Depression Symptoms During War-zone Deployment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8(4), 528-534.
Goetz, A. R., Davine, T. P., Siwiec, S. G., & Lee, H. J. (2016). The functional value of preventive and restorative safety behaviors: A systematic review of the literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 44, 112-124.
Goetz, A. R., & Lee, H. J. (2015, March). The effects of preventive and restorative safety behaviors on a single-session of exposure therapy for contamination fear. Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry, 46, 151-7.
Lee, H. J., Goetz, A. R., Turkel, J. E., & Siwiec, S. G. (2015, February). Computerized attention retraining for individuals with elevated health anxiety. Anxiety, stress, and coping, 28(2), 226-237.
Telch, M. J., Beevers, C. G., Rosenfield, D., Lee, H. J., Reijntjes, A., Ferrell, R. E., & Hariri, A. R. (2015). 5-HTTLPR genotype potentiates the effects of war zone stressors on the emergence of PTSD, depressive and anxiety symptoms in soldiers deployed to Iraq. World Psychiatry, 14, 198-206.
Snorrason, I., Berlin, G. S., & Lee, H. J. (2015). Optimizing psychological interventions for trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder). Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 8, 105-113.
Bagge, C. B., Littlefield, A. K., Conner, K. R., Schumacher, J. A., & Lee, H. J. (2014, May). Near-Term Predictors of the Intensity of Suicidal Ideation: An Examination of the 24 Hours Prior to a Recent Suicide Attempt. Journal of Affective Disorder, 165, 53-58.
Cougle, J. R., & Lee, H. J. (2014). Pathological and non-pathological features of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Revisiting basic assumption of cognitive models. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3(1), 12-20.
Lee, H. J., Turkel, J. E., Cotter, S. P., Milliken, J. M., Cougle, J. R., Goetz, A. R., & Lesnick, A. M. (2013). Attentional bias toward personally relevant health-threat words. Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 26(5), 493-507.
Goetz, A. R., Lee, H. J., & Cougle, J. R. (2013). The association between health anxiety and disgust reactions in a contamination-based behavioral approach task. Anxiety, Stress & Coping: An International Journal, 26(4), 431-446.
Disner, S. G., Beevers, C. G., Lee, H. J., & Telch, M. J. (2013). War Zone Stress Interacts With the 5-HTTLPR Polymorphism to Predict the Development of Sustained Attention for Negative Emotion Stimuli in Soldiers Returning From Iraq. Clinical Psychological Science, 1(4), 413-425.
Bagge, C. L., Littlefield, A. K., & Lee, H. J. (2013). Correlates of Proximal Premeditation Among Recently Hospitalized Suicide Attempters. Journal of Affective Disorder, 150, 559-564.
Goetz, A. R., Cougle, J. R., & Lee, H. J. (2013). Revisiting the factor structure of the 12-item Disgust Propensity and Sensitivity Scale-Revised: Evidence for a third component. Personality and Individual Differences, 55(5), 579-584.
Goetz, A. R., Lee, H. J., Cougle, J. R., & Turkel, J. E. (2013). Disgust propensity and sensitivity: Differential relationships with obsessive-compulsive symptoms and behavioral approach task performance. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorder, 2(4), 412-419.
Bagge, C. L., Lee, H. J., Schumacher, J. A., Gratz, K. L., Krull, J. L., & Holloman, Jr, G. (2013, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Alcohol as an acute risk factor for recent suicide attempts: a case-crossover analysis. Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 74(4), 552-8.
Lee, H. J., Franklin, S. A., Turkel, J. E., Goetz, A. R., & Woods, D. W. (2012). Facilitated Attentional Disengagement from Hair-Related Cues among Individuals Diagnosed with Trichotillomania: An Investigation based on the Exogenous Cueing Paradigm. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorder, 1, 8-15.
Telch, M. J., Rosenfield, D., Lee, H. J., & Pai, A. (2012). Emotional Reactivity to a Single Inhalation of 35% Carbon Dioxide and its Association with Later Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress and Anxiety in Soldiers Deployed to Iraq. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(11), 1161-1168.
Lee, H. J., Turkel, J. E., Woods, D. W., & Coffey, S. F. (2012). Elevated Affective Lability and Poor Response Inhibition: An Investigation based on Emotional and Non-Emotional Go/No-Go Tasks. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 750-767.
Beevers, C. C., Lee, H. J., Wells, T. T., Ellis, A. J., & Telch, M. J. (2011, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Association of Predeployment Gaze Bias for Emotion Stimuli With Later Symptoms of PTSD and Depression in Soldiers Deployed in Iraq. American Journal of Psychiatry, 168, 735-741.
Beevers, C. G., Marti, C. N., Lee, H. J., Stote, D., Ferrell, R. E., Hariri, A. R., & Telch, M. J. (2011, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Serotonin transporter gene promoter region (5-HTTLPR) polymorphism and processing of emotional information: an eye-tracking study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 187-197.
Lee, H. J., K, G., B, B., & Telch, M. J. (2011). The Combat Experience Log: A Web-based System for the In Theater Assessment of War Zone Stress. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 794-800.
Lee, H. J., Bagge, C. L., Schumacher, J. A., & Coffey, S. F. (2010, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Does comorbid substance use disorder exacerbate borderline personality features?: A comparison of borderline personality disorder individuals with vs. without current substance dependence. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 1, 239-249.
Lee, H. J., & Telch, M. J. (2010). Differences in Latent Inhibition as a Function of the Autogenous-Reactive OCD Subtype. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 571-579.
Lee, H. J., Yost, B. P., & Telch, M. J. (2009). Differential performance on the go/no-go task as a function of the autogenous-reactive taxonomy of obsessions: Findings from a non-treatment seeking sample. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 47(4), 294-300.
Lee, H. J., & (2008). Attentional biases in social anxiety: An investigation using the inattentional blindness paradigm. Telch, M. J. (Ed.). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 819-835.
Lee, H. J., Cougle, J. R., & Telch, M. J. (2005). Thought-action fusion and its relationship to schizotypy and OCD symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 29-41.
Lee, H. J., Kim, Z. S., & Kwon, S. M. (2005). Thought disorder in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 401-413.
Lee, H. J., Kwon, S. M., Kwon, J. S., & Telch, M. J. (2005). Testing the autogenous–reactive model of obsessions. Depression and Anxiety, 21, 118-129.
Lee, H. J., Lee, S. H., Kim, H. S., Kwon, S. M., & Telch, M. J. (2005). A comparison of autogenous/reactive obsessions and worry in a non-clinical population: A test of the continuum hypothesis. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 999-1010.
Lee, H. J., & Telch, M. J. (2005). Autogenous/reactive obsessions and their relationship with OCD symptoms and schizotypal personality features. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 19, 793-805.
Lee, H. J., & (2003). Two different types of obsession: Autogenous obsessions and reactive obsessions. Kwon, S. M. (Ed.). Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 11-29.