Ashley Higgins, Psy.D.

Ashley Higgins, Psy.D.
Title: 
Assistant Professor
Office: 
10E Nazareth
Phone Extension: 
3703
Email Address: 
ahiggins@immaculata.edu
Education: 

Psy.D., M.S.,  Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

M.S., Villanova University

B.S., Ursinus College

 

Teaching Philosophy: 

As a faculty member in Immaculata University’s Graduate Psychology Department, I approach teaching in a manner that serves to maximize critical thinking and flexibility in my students.  I encourage an interactive and collaborative environment, and draw upon multisensory approaches to learning.  I draw upon my clinical experience and research background to bring life to the content of my courses.  It is my goal to help students grow as critical thinkers and as informed consumers of the current research literature, and to understand how the course material informs their practice in the professional world of clinical psychology.

Biography: 

Dr. Higgins received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internship through Immaculata University’s Pre-doctoral Internship Consortium, where she trained at TEAMCare Behavioral Health, LLC, an outpatient community mental health center.  She completed her post-doctoral training at the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health, LLC, focusing on cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical therapy skills training with adults and adolescents.

Dr. Higgins has worked in a variety of clinical and research settings. She trained at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she provided treatment to adults and adolescents.  She is an experienced researcher and has worked on a number of research studies, including a National Science Foundation grant. 

Dr. Higgins is primarily trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Research interests include exploring gender differences, body image and eating patterns in sub-clinical and clinical populations, and treatment outcomes.

Courses Taught: 

Psychometrics – PSYC 663

Client-Centered Therapy – PSYC 712

Cognitive & Behavior Theories & Therapy - PSYC 710

Research Interests: 
  • Gender differences
  • Eating disorders and eating behaviors
  • Meta-analysis
  • Treatment outcomes and receptivity to cognitive-behavioral interventions
  • Trauma-focused interventions
  • Predictors and correlates of high-risk behaviors 
Publications: 

Else-Quest, N. M., Mineo, C., & Higgins, A. (2013). Math and science attitudes and achievement at the intersection of gender and ethnicity. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 293–309. 

Else-Quest, N. M., Higgins, A., Allison, C.,& Morton, L. C. (2012). Gender differences in self-conscious emotional experience: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin, 138, 947–981.

 

Presentations: 

Higgins, A. (2015, October). Impact of rape culture, objectification, and sexual assault among college-age women. Presentation at East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA.

Higgins, A., & Amedoro, S. (2015, February). Anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Presentation at Penn Manor High School Guidance Department, Lancaster, PA.

Higgins, A. (2015, January). Feeding and eating disorders: From DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5. Presentation at a TEAMCare Behavioral Health, LLC Staff Training, Lancaster, PA.

Higgins, A. (2014, December). Cognitive processing therapy. Presentation at a TEAMCare Behavioral Health, LLC Staff Training, Lancaster, PA.

Higgins, A. (2014, December). Trauma and PTSD: A brief review. Presentation at a TEAMCare Behavioral Health, LLC Staff Training, Lancaster, PA.

Higgins, A., Cahn, S., DiTomasso, R., & Morris, H. (2014, November). Detection of anorexia nervosa in primary care: The effects of patient ethnicity, history of mental illness, physician gender, and years of experience. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Higgins, A. (2014, June). Demystifying statistics. How to effectively write about something you may or may not understand. Presentation at Temple University English 2696: Technical Writing, Philadelphia, PA.

Barrett, M., Higgins, A., & Barber, J. (2014, June). The influence of stressful life events and quality of life on treatment retention and outcome in a RCT of treatments for depression. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Higgins, A., Cahn, S., DiTomasso, R., & Morris, H. (2014, May). Detection of anorexia nervosa in primary care: Patient and physician predictors. Poster presentation at PCOM’s Annual Research Day, Philadelphia, PA.

Higgins, A. (2014, February). The skinny on writing your dissertation. Presentation at PCOM CPSY624 Research I: Research Designs and Methods, Philadelphia, PA.

Higgins, A., Cahn, S. (2014, January). Eating disorders in primary care. Training for family medicine residents at PCOM, Philadelphia, PA.

Helverson, N., Cahn, S., & Higgins, A. (2013, November). How does self-image relate to weight and mood? Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Higgins, A. (2013, September). Discussing bad news with patients.  Presentation at Cambria Healthcare Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Higgins, A. (2013, July). Trauma-focused interventions in primary care. Presentation at Cambria Healthcare Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Else-Quest, N. M., Higgins, A., & Allison, C. (2010, October). Gender differences in self-conscious emotional experience: A meta-analysis. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Gender Development Research Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Higgins, A. (2010, May). Even objects take risks: A model of self-objectification and risky sex in college women. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference, Villanova, PA.

Higgins, A. (2008, May). Emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and narcissism. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Psychology Conference, Bethlehem, PA.

Higgins, A. (2008, April). Emotional intelligence, self-esteem, and narcissism. Poster presentation at the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement, Collegeville, PA.

Higgins, A. (2006, May). Emotional intelligence in the workplace. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Psychology Conference, Bethlehem, PA.

Higgins, A. (2006, April). Emotional intelligence in the workplace. Poster presentation at the Ursinus College Celebration of Student Achievement, Collegeville, PA.

Higgins, A. (2005, July). Biases in employment decisions: The case of race. Presentation at the Ursinus College Summer Fellows Conference, Collegeville, PA.

Professional Memberships: 

American Psychological Association (APA), Student Affiliate, 2008-2013

Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA), Student Member, 2010-2013

Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (PSCP), Student Member, 2010-2013

National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 2011

Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society, Student Member, 2011

Association for Psychological Science Student Caucus (APSSC), 2008-2009

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