Faculty Profile: Susan Wenze, Ph.D.

Susan Wenze
Susan Wenze, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-455-6456
My main areas of interest are cognitive and emotional processing in mood disorders, and developing innovative psychosocial treatments for mood disorders using ecological momentary interventions (EMIs). EMIs use mobile technology (e.g., smartphones) to extend treatment beyond traditional settings by delivering interventions as clients engage in their typical daily routines, in their usual surroundings. I am also interested in the intersection between clinical and social psychology.


Dr. Wenze received her BA in psychology from Cornell University, and her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from American University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Brown from 2008-2009. She remained at Brown for a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship, under the mentorship of Ivan Miller, PhD, after which she joined the faculty in 2012.

Grants and Awards

NIMH Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder, Invited Attendee, University of Pittsburgh, 2011

Competitive Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, American University, 2007-2008

College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellowship; Hurst Fellowship, American University, 2003-2007

Mellon travel award, American University, 2006-2007

Robyn Rafferty Mathias Student Research Conference winner, American University, 2005, 2006, 2007

Milton & Sonia Greenberg Endowment travel award, American University, 2005, 2006

BA cum laude in Psychology, Cornell University, 2001


American Psychological Association

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Technology and Behavior Change SIG, Cognitive Therapy SIG)

Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology

Funded Research


K23 MH093410
"A Novel Intervention to Improve Treatment Adherence in Bipolar Disorder"
Agency: NIMH
Period: 8/17/12-5/31/17
Dollar Amount: $828,917 (total costs)
Role: Principal Investigator


T32 MH067553
"Training in Treatment Research"
Agency: NIMH
Period: 7/1/09-6/30/10, 6/9/11-6/8/12
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow (PI: I. W. Miller, Ph.D.)

"Feasibility of Palm Pilot Computer-Delivered Adjunctive Therapy to Improve Treatment Adherence in Individuals with Bipolar I Depression" (Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship Seed Money Research Grant)
Period: 2010-2012
Dollar Amount: $1300
Role: Principal Investigator

"Stress as a Predictor of Inter-episodic Functioning in Bipolar Disorder: Pilot Data and Feasibility" (Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium Predoctoral Seed Money Research Grant)
Period: 2009
Dollar Amount: $800
Role: Principal Investigator

"Biases in Affective Forecasting and Recall in Individuals with Dysphoric and Anxiety Symptoms" (Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant)
Agency: Psi Chi
Period: 2006-2007
Dollar Amount: $1500
Role: Principal Investigator

Teaching Experience

My teaching interests are broad and include courses related to psychopathology, clinical/counseling psychology, social psychology, assessment, and research methods. I have served as an instructor for the following courses: General Psychology, Theories of Personality, Psychology of Women, and Psychology and the Media.

Selected Publications

  • Weinstock, L. M., Wenze, S. J., Munroe, M. K., & Miller, I. W. (in press). Concordance between patient and family reports of family functioning in bipolar I disorder and major depressive disorder. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. (IN PRESS)
  • Wenze, S. J., Gunthert, K. C., & German, R. E. (2012). Biases in affective forecasting and recall in individuals with depression and anxiety symptoms. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38, 895-906. (2012)
  • Wenze, S. J. & Miller, I. W. (2010). Use of ecological momentary assessment in mood disorders research. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 794-804. (2010)
  • Wenze, S. J., Gunthert, K. C., & Forand, N. R. (2010). Cognitive reactivity in everyday life as a prospective predictor of depressive symptoms. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34, 554-562. (2010)
  • Wenze, S. J., Gunthert, K. C., Forand, N. R., & Laurenceau, J. P. (2009). The influence of dysphoria on reactivity to naturalistic fluctuations in anger. Journal of Personality, 77, 795-824. (2009)
  • Goldberg, J. F., Gerstein, R. K., Wenze, S. J., Welker, T. M., & Beck, A. T. (2008). Dysfunctional attitudes and cognitive schemas in bipolar manic and unipolar depressed outpatients: Implications for cognitively based psychotherapeutics. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 196, 207-210. (2008)
  • Cohen, L., Gunthert, K. C., Butler, A., Parrish, B., Wenze, S. J., & Beck, J. S. (2008). Negative affective spillover from daily events predicts early response to cognitive therapy for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 955-965. (2008)
  • Wenze, S. J., Gunthert, K. C., & Forand, N. R. (2007). Influence of dysphoria on positive and negative cognitive reactivity to daily mood fluctuations. Behavior Research and Therapy, 45, 915-927. (2007)
  • Goldberg, J. F., Wenze, S. J., Welker, T. M., Steer, R. A., & Beck, A. T. (2005). Content-specificity of dysfunctional cognitions for patients with bipolar mania versus unipolar depression: A preliminary study. Bipolar Disorders, 7, 49-56. (2005)