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Date of Award


Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Krista Brockwood, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Jon Frew, Ph.D., ABPP

Third Advisor

Michel Hersen, Ph.D., ABPP


Panic disorder and social anxiety disorder are two commonly experienced anxiety disorders. Individuals diagnosed with these disorders may experience decreased quality of life and work productivity due to emotional symptoms' and avoidance. Effects of employment among anxiety sufferers are under-represented in the literature. This study examined whether or not employment status would predict outpatient treatment outcomes for clients with panic disorder and or social anxiety disorder. It tested the prediction that these diagnosed participants who were employed would have better treatment outcomes than those who were unemployed. Inconsistent with study predictions, employment status prior to treatment was not shown to be a predictor of treatment outcome.


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