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Ashley Higgins, Psy.D.

Ashley Higgins, Psy.D.

Title: Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology and Counseling

Office: 10E Nazareth

Phone: (610) 647-4400 Ext: 3703

ahiggins@immaculata.edu

Education:Psy.D., M.S., Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
M.S., Villanova University
B.S., Ursinus College

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.

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.

Courses Taught: 

  • Psychometrics – PSYC 663
  • Tests and Measures – PSYC 703
  • Client-Centered Theories and Therapies – PSYC 712
  • Cognitive & Behavior Theories & Therapies – PSYC 710
  • Social Psychology – PSYC745
  • Ethics and Professional Issues – PSYC702

Research Interests: 

  • Eating disorders and eating behaviors
  • Body image
  • Women in STEM

Publications: 

Higgins, A. (2018, November). The connection between bulimia nervosa and self-harm. Retrieved from https://www.mirror-mirror.org/connection-between-bulimia-and-self-harm.htm

Pennacchi, A., & Higgins, A. (2018, November). Sororities and eating disorders. Retrieved from https://www.mirror-mirror.org/sororities-and-eating-disorders.htmi

Higgins, A., & Cahn, S. (2017). Detection of anorexia nervosa in primary care. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 26, 213-228. doi:10.1080/10640266.2017.1397419

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. (2018, November). Access to and training in evidence-based treatment for eating disorders. Presentation during a lunch-and-learn session of the Center for Advancement in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning Excellence at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A. (2018, October). Lessons from the first few years of licensure. Presentation during the Professional Development Seminar Series at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A., Pennacchi, Adriana, & Betzale, D. (2018, June). The effects of thin media and body positivity imagery on self-compassion, mood, and body image. Poster presentation at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association annual conference, King of Prussia, PA.

Higgins, A.,& Madanat, S. (2018, April). A quantitative analysis of attitudes towards math and math achievement among doctoral students in psychology. Presentation during Research in the Round, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A., Pennacchi, A., & Betzale, D. (2018, April). The effects of thin media and body positivity imagery on self-compassion, mood and body image. Presentation during Research in the Round, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A.,Palermo, N., & Vitagliano, C. (2018, April). A qualitative analysis of attitudes towards math and math achievement among doctoral students in psychology. Presentation during Research in the Round, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A. (2018, March). Activity trackers and disordered eating. Presentation during a lunch-and-learn session of the Center for Advancement in Scholarship, Teaching, and Learning Excellence at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A. (2018, March). Lessons from the first few years of licensure. Presentation during the Professional Development Seminar Series at Immaculata University, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A. (2017, May). Standards for post-doc and licensure. Presentation at Immaculata University Internship Didactic Seminar, Immaculata, PA.

Higgins, A. (2016, August). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for eating disorders (CBT-E). Presentation at Immaculata University Internship Didactic Seminar, Immaculata, PA.

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. (2015, April). Conceptualization of borderline personality disorder through mentalization based treatment (MBT) and evidence-based approaches for a newly traumatized patient. Presentation at Immaculata University Internship Didactic Seminar, Immaculata, 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 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 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 Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, 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.

Professional Memberships: 

Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA)
Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (PSCP)

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