Varda Shoham

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Real name: 
Professor Emeritus
Degree(s): 

1971:   BA       Psychology and Sociology            Tel Aviv University, Israel 1976:   MA       Clinical and Social Psychology     Tel Aviv University, Israel 1982:   Ph.D.   Clinical and Social Psychology     Tel Aviv University, Israel 1983-84:         Post-doctoral training, Treatment Research Methodology, Harvard University

Telephone: 
520-621-5714
Office: 
210-C
Research Interests: 

I work closely with my colleague and husband, Michael Rohrbaugh, and our research focuses on how and for whom psychosocial treatments work, testing hypotheses derived from basic social-psychological theories of problem maintenance and change. Funded by the NIMH, NIDA, and NIAAA, we have been developing and testing novel couple- and family-level treatments for change-resistant patients who engage in health-compromising behavior such as nicotine, alcohol, and illicit-drug addiction

Our Family Research Laboratory (FRL) focuses on how and for whom psychosocial treatments work, testing hypotheses derived from basic social-psychological theories of problem maintenance and change. Funded by the NIMH, NIDA, and NIAAA, we have been developing and testing novel couple- and family-level treatments for change-resistant patients who engage in health-compromising behavior such as nicotine, alcohol, and illicit-drug addiction.

Selected Publications: 

Selected publications Shoham, V., & Rohrbaugh, M. (1997).  Interrupting ironic processes.  Psychological Science, 8, 151-153. Shoham, V., Rohrbaugh, M.J., Stickle, T.R., & Jacob, T. (1998).  Demand-withdraw couple interaction moderates retention in cognitive-behavioral vs. family-systems treatments for alcoholism. Journal of Family Psychology, 12, 557-577.  Rohrbaugh, M.J., & Shoham, V. (2001).  Brief therapy based on interrupting ironic processes:  The Palo Alto model.  Clinical Psychology:  Science and Practice, 8 (1), 66-81. Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Trost, S., Muramoto, M.,  Cate, R., & Leischow, S. (2001).  Couple-dynamics of change resistant smoking:  Toward a family-consultation model.  Family Process,  40, 15 – 31. PMID: 11288367 [PubMed] Coyne, J.C., Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Cranford, J.A.,, Nicklas, J.M., & Sonnega, J. (2001).  Prognostic importance of marital quality for survival of congestive heart failure.  American Journal of Cardiology, 88, 526-529. PMID: 11524062 [PubMed] Rohrbaugh, M.J.,  Shoham, V., & Racioppo, M.W. (2002).  Toward family-level attribute x treatment interaction research.  In H. Liddle, D. Santisteban et al. (Eds.), Family Psychology: Science-Based Intervention, pp. 215-237.  Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. Rohrbaugh, M.J., Cranford, J.A., Shoham, V., Nicklas, J.M., Sonnega, J. & Coyne, J.C. (2002).  Couples coping with congestive heart failure:  Role and gender differences in psychological distress. Journal of Family Psychology, 16, 3-13. PMID: 11915408 [PubMed] Shoham, V., & Rohrbaugh, M.J. (2002).  Brief strategic couple therapy.  In A.S. Gurman & N.S. Jacobson (Eds.), Clinical handbook of couple therapy (pp. 5-25). New York: Guilford Publications. Rohrbaugh, M.J., & Shoham, V. (2002).  Family systems therapy for alcohol abuse.  In S. Hofmann & M.C. Tompson (Eds.), Handbook of psychosocial treatments for severe mental disorders.  New York: Guilford Publications. Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Coyne, J.C., Cranford, J.A., Nicklas, J.M., & Sonnega, J. (2004).  Beyond the “self" in self-efficacy:  Spouse confidence predicts survival following heart failure.  Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 1-10. PMID: 14992620 [PubMed] Shoham, V., Trost, S., & Rohrbaugh, M.J. (2004). From State to Trait and Back Again:  Reactance Theory Goes Clinical.  In: R. A. Wright, J. Greenberg, & S. S. Brehm (Eds.),  Motivation and Emotion in Social Contexts, pp. 167-186.  NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.  Rohrbaugh, M.J., & Shoham, V. (2005). Ironic processes in brief therapy. Journal of Brief Therapy, 4, 59-71. Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., & Coyne, J.C. (2006).  Effect of marital quality on 8-year survival following heart failure.  American Journal of Cardiology, 98, 1069-1072. PMID: 17027573 [PubMed] Shoham, V., Rohrbaugh, M.J., Trost, S., & Muramoto, M. (2006).  A family consultation intervention for health-compromised smokers.  Journal of Substance Abuse treatment, 31, 395-402. PMID: 17084793 [PubMed] Shoham, V., Butler, E.A., Rohrbaugh, M.J., & Trost, S.E. (2007). Symptom-system fit in couples: Emotion regulation when one or both partners smoke. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 848-853. PMID: 18020731 [PubMed] Shoham, V., Rohrbaugh, M.J., & Cleary, A. (2008). Brief strategic couple therapy based on interrupting ironic processes. In A.S. Gurman (Ed.), Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy 4th edition), pp. 299-322. New York: Guilford Press. Rohrbaugh, M.J., Mehl, M.R., Shoham, V., Reilly, E.S., & Ewy, G. (2008). Prognostic significance of spouse "we-talk" in couples coping with heart failure. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 781-789. PMID: 18837595 [PubMed] Baker, T., McFall, R., & Shoham, V. (2008). The current status and future of clinical psychology: Towards a scientifically principled approach. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 9, 67-103. PMCID: PMC2943397 [PubMed] Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Butler, E.A., Hasler, B.P., & Berman J.S. (2009). Affective synchrony in dual- and single-smoker couples: Further evidence of "symptom-system fit"? Family Process, 48, 55-67. [PMCID: 2774814; PMID: 19378645 [PubMed] Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Cleary, A., Berman, J.S., & Ewy, G.A. (2009). Health consequences of partner distress in couples coping with heart failure. Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 38, 298-305. PMID: 19577701 [PubMed] Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., & Dempsey, C.L. (2009). Gender differences in quit support by partners of health-compromised smokers. Journal of Drug Issues, 39, 1045-1061. PMID: 19907672 [PubMed] Shoham, V., & Rohrbaugh, M.J. (2010). Paradoxical Interventions.  In I.B. Weiner & W.E. Craighead (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (4th edition), Vol. 3, pp. 1146-1150. Berenbaum, H., & Shoham, V. (2011). Broad and Cutting-Edge Training in Applied Psychology: A Clinical Science Perspective. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5, 22-29. Shoham, V., & Rohrbaugh, M.J. (2011).  Looking beyond the patient: A couple-focused intervention for health-compromised smokers. In M.A. Gernsbacher, R. Pew, & L. Hough (Eds.), Psychology and the real world: Essays illustrating fundamental contributions to society, pp. 205-212. Washington, DC: Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.. Rohrbaugh, M.J., & Shoham, V. (2011). Family consultation for couples coping with health problems: A social-cybernetic approach. In H.S. Friedman (Ed.), Oxford handbook of health psychology, pp. 480-501. New York: Oxford University Press. Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Skoyen, J.A., Jensen, M., & Mehl, M.R. (in press). We-talk, communal coping, and cessation success in couples with a health-compromised smoker. Family Process. Shoham, V., & Insel, T.R. (in press). Rebooting for whom?  Portfolios, technology, and personalized intervention. Perspective in Psychological Clinical Science  

Courses Taught: 

625-A and B: Psychosocial Intervention (two modules: Treatment Research Methods and Family Therapy) 694-C: Supervision and Consultation 696-S: Social Psychology (graduate breadth requirement)

Areas of Study: 

Treatment resarch methodology, behavior change, family psychology and therapy