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Faculty Webpage: Dr. Christopher Lootens

 

Assistant Professor of Psychology
(336) 841-9644
clootens@highpoint.edu

 

Education:

Ph.D.   2010    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Clinical Psychology

M.A.    2005    Eastern Illinois University

Clinical Psychology

B.S.     2003    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Psychology

 

Research Interests:

My research encompasses a broad interest in the relationship between personality and psychopathology, with a particular focus in the area of personality disorders.  To date, most of my work has investigated three primary targets of interest:

  1. Factors implicated in the etiology of personality disorders, such as the role that parenting styles/behaviors might play and the relationship between underlying personality traits and personality disorders,
  2. Issues related to assessment and treatment of personality disorders.  For example, a recent paper examined this topic by proposing a behavior analytic approach to the assessment and treatment of PDs, and
  3. The relationship between personality dimensions (e.g., impulsivity, FFM traits) and psychopathology (e.g., the autism spectrum, anxiety disorders, personality disorders).

 

Awards/Recognitions:

2010    Chief Psychology Intern, Indiana University School of Medicine

2009   Graduate Student Research Award, Indiana Psychological Association

2007    Nomination, Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (UNCG)

 

Publications

Nelson-Gray, R.O., Lootens, C.M., Mitchell, J.T., Robertson, C.D., Hundt, N.E., & Kimbrel, N.A. (2009). Assessment and treatment of personality disorders: A behavioral perspective. The Behavior Analyst Today, 10 (1), 7 – 46.  Retrieved from: http://www.baojournal.com.

 

Mitchell, J.T., Kimbrel, N.A., Hundt, N.E., Cobb, A.R., Nelson-Gray, R.O., & Lootens, C.M. (2007). An analysis of reinforcement sensitivity theory and the five-factor model.  European Journal of Personality, 21, 869 – 887.

 

Lootens, C.M., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2010). Self-monitoring. In The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (4th edition, pp. 1540 – 1541). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

Lootens, C.M., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2010). Self-ratings. In The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (4th edition, pp. 1542 – 1543). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.

 

Presentations

Heim, C.*, & Lootens, C.M. (2013, November). Self-esteem and psychopathy: A complicated relationship. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

 

Lootens, C.M., Robertson, C., Edmonds, C., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2012, November).  How are “normal” parenting practices related to borderline personality disorder?  A meta-analysis of care, overprotection, and BPD.  Posted presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

 

Lootens, C.M., Mitchell, J.T., Robertson, C., Kimbrel, N., Hundt, N., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2012, November). Do Impulsivity Facets Differentially Predict Cluster B Personality Disorder Symptoms?  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

 

Robertson, C., Miskey, H., Lootens, C.M., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2010, November).  The role of sensitivity to reward and sensitivity to punishment in non-suicidal self-injury.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

 

Lootens, C.M. (2009, November).  Borderline personality disorder and dimensions of impulsivity. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Indiana Psychological Association, Indianapolis, IN.

 

Lootens, C.M., Kimbrel, N.A., Mitchell, J.T., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2009, November). Personality and parenting style as etiological factors in psychopathy.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

 

Lootens, C.M., Hurst, R., Mitchell, J.T., Nelson-Gray, R.O., Hundt, N.E., Kimbrel, N.A., & Kwapil, T.R. (2008, November). Do autism traits reflect a personality dimension independent of the Big Five? Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

 

Kimbrel, N.A., Robertson, C.D., Mitchell, J.T., Lootens, C.M., Hundt, N.E., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2008, November). BIS, BAS, and Parenting: Personality Interacts With Parenting to Predict Axis II Symptomology.  In J.T. Mitchell (Chair), BIS, BAS, and Beyond: New Directions in Reinforcement Sensitivity Research.  Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

 

Shah, A.M., Hundt, N.E., Nelson-Gray, R.O., Robertson, C.D., Lootens, C.M., Kimbrel, N.A., & Mitchell, J.T. (2008, November).  Cultural differences in stress and coping strategies.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

 

Robertson, C.D., Kimbrel, N.A., Hundt, N.E., Lootens, C.M., & Nelson-Gray, R.O.  (2008, May). Validation of invalidation: Assessing the Invalidating Childhood Environment Scale.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

 

Robertson, C.D., Kimbrel, N.A., Lootens, C.M., Hundt, N.E., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2007, November). A comparison of models of personality and adult temperament in predicting symptoms of personality disorders. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Kimbrel, N.A., Lootens, C.M., Smith-Adams, J., Hundt, N.E., Mitchell, J.T., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2007, November). Cluster C and RST: A test of the joint-subsystems hypothesis.   Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Mitchell, J.T., Kimbrel, N.A., Lootens, C.M., Robertson, C.D., Hundt, N.E., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2007, November). Does the UPPS scale differentiate forms of externalizing behavior? Implications for clinical assessment.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

 

Hundt, N.E., Mitchell, J.T., Kimbrel, N.A., Lootens, C.M., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2007, August). Sensitivity to punishment predicts Cluster A personality disorder symptoms. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

 

Mitchell, J.T., Robertson, C.D., Hundt, N.E., Lootens, C.M., Kimbrel, N.A., Brown, L.H., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2007, May). An assessment of the relationship between a multi-faceted model of impulsivity and symptoms of externalizing psychopathology. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

 

Kimbrel, N.A., Robertson, C.D., Mitchell, J.T., Hundt, N.E., Lootens, C.M., Brown, L.H., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2007, May). Does low reward sensitivity play a significant role in social anxiety? Poster presented at the annual conference for the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, D.C.

 

Cobb, A.R., Lootens, C.M., Adams, J.S., Kimbrel, N.A., & Nelson-Gray, R.O.  (2006, November).  The spectrum of bulimic behaviors and attitudes and the five factor model of personality in college females.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

 

Lootens, C.M., Adams, J.S., Kimbrel, N.A., Cobb, A.R., & Nelson-Gray, R.O. (2006, November). Five factor model traits and personality disorder characteristics in females.  Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

 

Sharma, A., Lootens, C.M., Frantz, D., & Sams, M. (2006, August). Cluster C personality disorders: Biases in diagnostic criteria. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

 

Lootens, C.M., Mitchell, J.T., Kimbrel, N.A., & Cobb, A.R. (2006, April).  Five-factor model correlates of narcissistic characteristics in females.  Poster presented at the biannual convention of the North Carolina Psychological Association, Charlotte, NC.

 

Sharma, A., Frantz, D., Lootens, C.M., & Sams, M. (2005, August). Gender and ethnic bias in personality disorder diagnostic criteria. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

 

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Health Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Psychological Testing
Counseling & Psychotherapy
Personality & Psychopathology

 

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