Associate Professor and Chair
|PhD||Rutgers University||Clinical Psychology||2003|
|MS||Rutgers University||Clinical Psychology||2000|
Evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapies and mindfulness-based stress reduction program have been demonstrated to be very effective in reducing common problems such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and disordered eating and improving quality of life for many. Interventions are brief, problem-focused, and very cost-effective compared to traditional psychotherapies or medication. Yet, many individuals (e.g. ethnic minorities, immigrants, elderly) do not seek or receive this quality care. My research focuses on modifying these interventions for use among underserved and overlooked populations, addressing barriers, and improving access to such care.
Areas of Expertise
- • Feasibility and effectiveness of modified empirically-validated treatments and interventions for anxiety and depressive disorders for delivery in non-traditional settings
• Employment of mobile technology to improve adherence of skills use in “Stress-less at York”, a mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioral skills group I developed to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
• Understanding barriers and improving mental health service utilization among underserved/understudied groups
• The role of mindfulness meditation in emotion regulation, impulse control and executive function.
Books in Field Of Expertise
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Mokrue, K. & Acri, M.. "Subjective health and health behaviors as predictors of symptoms of depression and anxiety among ethnic minority college student.." Social Work in Mental Health. 13 (2) 2015: 186-200.
Mokrue, K. & Acri, M.. "Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Brief Cognitive Behavioral Skills group on an Ethnically Diverse Campus." Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 27 (3) 2013: 254-269.
Mokrue, K., Chen, Y., & Elias, M.. "The Interaction between Family Structure and Child Gender on Behavior Problems among Urban Ethnic Minority Children." International Journal of Behavioral Development. 36 (2) 2012: 130-136.
Mokrue, K., O'Neill, P., Weiden, P., Friedman, S., & Cavaleri, M.. "Barriers to mental health service among physical trauma survivors." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma. 20 (1) 2011: 57-68.
Mokrue, K., Elias, M., & Bry, B.. "Implementation dosage and the efficacy of a social and emotional skills building curriculum." Journal of Applied School Psychology. 21 (2) 2005: 67-97.
Dilworth, J., Mokrue, K., & Elias, M.. "The efficacy of a video-based team-building series with urban elementary school students: A pilot investigation." Journal of School Psychology. 40 (4) 2002: 329-346.
Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise
Mokrue, K.. "Assertiveness and Anxiety." Huffington Post.**. 2014, August 4: .
Mokrue, K.. "Want to overcome anxiety and depression? Start by asking a different question.." Huffington Post**. 2014, July 10: .
Mokrue, K.. "But procrastination feels so right.." Huffington Post**. 2014, February 28: .
Mokrue, K.. "Embrace the positive potential of stress." Huffington Post**. 2013, November 22: .
Mokrue, K.. "Coping with chronic worrying." Huffington Post**. 2013, November 7: .
Mokrue, K.. "Perfectionism leading to anxiety." Huffington Post**. 2013, September 19: .
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" Effective treatments for non-suicidal self-injury: a review of the literature* " April 2014: Fifth Annual York College Research Day.
" Using the Go/Stop Go Paradigm to enhance the assessment of ADHD and anxiety disorders* " April 2014: Fifth Annual York College Research Day.
" The effectiveness of mindfulness-based stress reduction program in reducing symptoms of ulcerative colitis among adolescents* " April 2014: Fifth Annual York College Research Day.
" A review of mechanisms underlying exercise in the treatment of anxiety disorders* " April 2014: Fifth Annual York College Research Day.
" If help is offered, will they come? " April 2013: Eastern Psychological Annual Conference.
" Escape avoidance coping and worry among college students* " April 2013: The 41st Annual Hunter College Psychology Conference.
" Gender differences in barriers toward seeking help* " April 2013: Fourth Annual York College Research Day.
" Panic Attacker! A card game to educate students about anxiety disorders* " April 2013: Fourth Annual York College Research Day.
" Living arrangements and willingness to seek help* " April 2013: Fourth Annual York College Research Day.
" Using Game-Based Learning to Educate At-Risk Students About Anxiety Disorders* " April 2013: 27th Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
" Coping and health behaviors as predictors of anxiety, depression, and worry symptoms among urban college students. " April 2012: 32nd Annual Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
" Family incarceration and college students* " April 2012: York College Research Day.
" The Relationship Between Past Experiences With Counseling, Current Attitudes, And Intention To Seek Counseling Among Ethnically Diverse College Students* " May 2011: 19th Annual Pace University Psychology Conference, New York, NY.
" Feasibility and effectiveness of a modified cognitive behavioral intervention in urban college setting " June 2010: World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.
" Home-based Prolonged Exposure Treatment: A case example " March 2010: Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Baltimore, MD.
" Gender Matters: Family structure and problem behaviors among low-income ethnic minority children " March 2010: Eastern Psychological Association, Brooklyn, NY.
" Self-injurious behaviors among teens: Issues and treatment considerations " November 2, 2009: Relationship Abuse Prevention Program, Steps to End Family Violence, New York.
" Issues and challenges in engaging physical injury survivors in an acute trauma service " November 2004: Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, L.A..
" Using empirically-validated treatments in school-based clinics: Issues and challenges " January 2006: Center for Community Health and Education, Columbia University.
" Gender differences in the predictors of social competence andproblem behaviors " May 2005: The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Toronto, Canada.
Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
Fellow, Faculty Fellowship Publications Program: Spring 2011.
Fellow, Gender Equity's Project, Workshop for Junior Faculty: Spring 2010.
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Research Initiative Award: 2005-2006.
Rutgers Travel Award: 2000.
PSC-CUNY, Skills usage as mediator of mental health outcomes in a brief CBT intervention. December 2019: 3405 (pending review).
NIH-NIMH R15, Feasibility and acceptability of a mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioral skills group in reducing anxiety and depression among ethnic minority college students using ecological momentary assessments. October 2019: 300,000 (pending review).
NIH-NIMHD R15, Feasibility and acceptability of a mindfulness-informed cognitive behavioral skills group in reducing anxiety and depression among ethnic minority college students using ecological momentary assessments. January 2015: $295,628 (Declined).
PSC-CUNY, Effectiveness of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Workshop in Preventing Depression and Anxiety- Phase II. July 2010- June 2011: $2844.25.
PSC-CUNY, Pilot Investigation of Modified CBT Intervention. July 2009- June 2010: $2400.
Offices Held In Professional Societies
Public Education Committee Member--Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Jan 2013-Present.
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Adjunct Clinical Supervisor--Yeshiva University: August 2006-Present.
Full Member Anxiety and Depression Association of America: 2009- Present.
Full Member Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies: 2000-Present.
Ad Hoc Reviewer-Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, Journal of Behavioral Services and Research, Psychological Services: 2003-Present.