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Jonathan Oakman

Associate Professor

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Research interests

Over the past years I have dabbled in several different areas of research with a number of excellent collaborators. My earliest work was in the area of hypnosis research with Dr. Erik Woody. This work was followed by a lengthy collaboration with Dr. Catherine Mancini and Dr. Michael Van Ameringen at McMaster University Medical Centre on a variety of anxiety disorder related topics. While the collaboration with Drs. Van Ameringen and Mancini was primarily psychiatric in nature, this work was complemented by more mainstream psychological research on social anxiety and related personality variables conducted with graduate students at the University of Waterloo. I enjoyed this so much that for the next several years I focused on collaborations with my students who pursued a variety of topics without much of a common theme. Examples of work from each of these collaborations can be found here. While it has been an exciting experience being involved in such diverse projects, it can leave one stretched a little thin.

My current research interests are focused on the scientific and practical utility of single-case designs. The use of single-case designs has been impeded by data analytic complexities that have led to uncertainty about how best to analyze such data. My current work aims to examine the performance of a number of current data analytic methods that are intended to analyze single case data. Extensions of this work include 1) studying a system of variables within an individual over time, 2) evaluating the utility of various single case data analytic methods under “real-world” conditions such as having unequally spaced observations and/or substantial missing data, 3) applications of these methods in a variety of real-world contexts. Some of this work is currently underway in collaboration with Dr. Walter Mittelstaedt and Dr. Erik Woody.

Selected publications

Hypnosis research

Oakman, J.M. & Woody, E.Z. (1996). A taxometric analysis of hypnotic susceptibility. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 71, 980-991.

Woody, E.Z., Drugovic, M., & Oakman, J.M. (1997). A reexamination of the role of nonhypnotic suggestibility in hypnotic responding. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 399-407.

Collaborations with Dr. Catherine Mancini and Dr. Michael Van Ameringen

Van Ameringen, M., Mancini, C., Oakman, J.M., Walker, J., Kjernisted, K., Chokka, P., Johnston, D., Bennett, Mark, & Patterson, B. (2007). Nefazodone in the treatment of generalized social phobia: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68(2), 288-295.

Van Ameringen, M., Mancini, C., Pipe, B., Oakman, J.M., Bennett, M. (2004). An Open-Trial of Topiramate in the Treatment of Generalized Social Phobia. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 65, 1674-1678.

Van Ameringen, M., Mancini, C., Szechtman, H., Nahmias, C., Oakman, J.M., Hall, G.B.C., Pipe, B., Farvolden, P. (2004). A PET provocation study of Generalized Social Phobia. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 132, 13-18.

Van Ameringen, M., Mancini, C., Oakman, J.M., & Farvolden, P. (1999). The potential role of haloperidol in the treatment of trichotillomania. Journal of Affective Disorders, 56, 219-226.

Social anxiety and related personality research at the University of Waterloo

Amaria, K. (2010) Social anxiety: Perceptions of impressions, anxiety and anxious appearance. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering Vol. 71(1-B), pp. 649.

Oakman, J.M., Gifford, S., Chlebowsky, N. (2003). A multi-level analysis of the interpersonal behaviour of socially anxious people. Journal of Personality, 71, 397-434.

Quilty, L.C., & Oakman, J.M. (2004). The assessment of behavioural activation – The relationship between positive emotionality and the behavioural activation system. European Journal of Personality, 18, 557-571.

Quilty, L.C., & Oakman, J.M. (2004). The assessment of behavioural activation: The relationship between impulsivity and behavioural activation. Personality and Individual Differences, 37, 429-442.

Quilty, L. C., Oakman, J. M., & Farvolden, P. (2007). Behavioural inhibition, behavioural activation, and the preference for familiarity. Personality and Individual Differences, 42(2), 291-303.

Quilty, L.C., Van Ameringen, M., Mancini, C., Oakman, J.M., & Farvolden, P. (2003). Quality of life and the anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 17, 405-426.

Stern-Cavalcante, W. (2006) Self-concept and social anxiety in late childhood and early adolescence stages of development. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering Vol 66(10-B), pp. 5734.

Collaboration with students and former students

Cripps, E. (2005). Toward an empirical understanding of hypersexuality. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering Vol 65(10-B), pp. 5394.

Paulitzki, J. (2010).Procrastination as Self-Regulatory Failure: Habitual Avoidance and Inhibitory Control Moderate the Intention-Behaviour Relation for Unpleasant Tasks. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Waterloo.

Paulitzki, J.R., Risko, E.F., Oakman, J.M., & Stolz, J.A. (2008). Doing the Unpleasant: How the Emotional Nature of a Threat-relevant Task Affects Task-Switching. Personality and Individual Differences, 45(5), 350-355.

Smolewska, K., Oakman, J.M., & Szepietowski, M. (2009). Screening for Borderline Personality Disorder in an undergraduate sample. Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, Evanston, Illinois.

Smolewska, K., Oakman, J.M., & Szepietowski, M. (2009). Emotional experience and Borderline Personality Disorder: Examination of correlates in an undergraduate sample. Annual Conference of the Association for Research in Personality, Evanston, Illinois.

Courses

  • Psychology 257: Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 492: Measurement Theory
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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