Dr. Stephen Auerbach

Dr. Stephen Auerbach

Emeritus Professor
Clinical Psychology
sauerbac@vcu.edu

Emeritus Professor
Clinical Psychology
PhD (1971), Florida State University
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Fellow, American Psychological Association, Divisions 12, 38
Charter Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

Research Interests

My research work focuses on stress, coping and control with particular emphasis on the role of perceived control and manipulations designed to influence perceived control on adjustment to stress associated with medical and surgical treatment, and chronic disease. Emphasis also is on the role of perceptions of interpersonal impacts in physician-patient relationships on patient outcomes. Current research projects include: (a) assessment of physician-patient behaviors and interpersonal appraisals during primary care consultations, and effects on patient outcomes; (b) development and evaluation of brief pain management interventions in primary care medicine; and (c) peer-based interventions in substance abuse recovery and the role of provider-client interpersonal relationship in client outcome.

Selected Publications

Auerbach, S. M., & Kilmann, P. R. (1977). Crisis intervention: A review of outcome research. Psychological Bulletin, 84, 1189-1217.
Auerbach, S. M., Martelli, M. & Mercuri, L. G. (1983). Anxiety, information, interpersonal impacts, and adjustment to a stressful health care situation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 44, 1284-1296.
Auerbach, S. M. (1989). Stress management and coping research in the health care setting: An overview and methodological commentary. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 57, 388-395.
Auerbach, S. M. (2000). Should patients have control over their own health care?: Empirical evidence and research issues. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 22, 246-259.
Kiesler, D. J., & Auerbach, S. M. (2006). Optimal matches of patient preferences for information, decision making and interpersonal behavior: Evidence, models and interventions. Patient Education and Counseling, 61, 319-341.