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Michele Carter

Professor Department of Psychology

Dr. Carter received his doctorate and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University and his bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. He completed a clinical internship at the Palo Alto V.A. followed by a postdoctoral at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders at SUNY, Albany. He has been a faculty member at American University since 1993.


PhD, Clinical Psychology

CAS - Psychology
Asbury - 319B
Mondays 11:00 am-1:00 pm; Tuesdays 9:00-11:00 am
Contact Info
(202) 885-1712 (Office)

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For the Media
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See Also
Psychology Department
Anxiety Disorders Research Laboratory

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests


    Anxiety Disorders


    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • African-American Issues



Professional Presentations


Hart, E.A. & Carter, M.M.  Differences in Automatic Anti-Fat Biases in African Americans and Caucasians.  (Paper presentation, Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC, 2013).    

Mitchell, F. & Carter, M.M. Implicit Associations and the Impact of Threat Exposure on Socially Anxious Student Drinking.  (paper presentation, Association for  Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN, 2013).  

Tang, D., Carter, M., Condit, C., & Sbrocco, T.  Factor Structure of Social Interaction Anxiety Scale and the Social Phobia Scale Among African Americans.  (paper presentation, Association for  Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN, 2013).  

Covington, A., Rusch, N. & Carter, M.  Implicit associations in blood-injection-injury phobia: changes after prolonged exposure to a disgust-eliciting stimulus. (paper presentation, Association for  Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN, 2013).  

Condit, C.S., Carter, M., & Tang, D.  Factor Structure of the Social Phobia and Social Interaction Anxiety Scales Among Asian Americans.  (paper presentation, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN, 2013).  

Scott, S. & Carter, M.  Fear, disgust, and avoidance among blood-injection-injury phobic exposed to threatening stimuli. (paper presentation, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Nashville, TN, 2013).  

Selected Publications


Carter, M.M., Sbrocco, T., & Ayati, F.  (2009).  Predicting Anxious Response to a Social Challenge and Hyperventilation:  Comparison of the ASI and ASI-3.  Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 40, 434-442.

Choplin, C.E.,  & Carter, M.M. (2011).  A Comparison of Repeated Exposure to Fearful and Disgusting Stimuli Among Spider Phobics.  Behavioral Interventions, 26, 23-40.  

Carter, M.M., & Weissbrod, C. (2011).  Gender Differences in the Relationship Between Competitiveness And Adjustment Among Athletically Identified College Students.  Psychology, 2, 85-90.

Sbrocco, T., Osborn, R.L., Clark, R.D., Chiao, H.W., & Carter, M.M.  (2012).  Assessing the stages of change among African American women in a weight management program.  Journal of Black Psycholog, 38, 81-103.

Carter, M.M., Mitchell, F.E., & Sbrocco, T.  (2012). Treating ethnic minority adults with anxiety disorders:  Current status and future recommendations.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 488-501.

Carter, M.M., Sbrocco, T., Riley, S., & Mitchell, F. (2012).  Comparing Fear of Positive Evaluation to Fear of Negative Evaluation In Predicting Anxiety from a Social Challenge.  Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3, 782-793