© 2013

Handbook of Assessing Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders

  • Dean McKay
  • Eric A. Storch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Complexities in Assessment of Primary Anxiety Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michelle C. Capozzoli, Sarah A. Hayes-Skelton, Idan M. Aderka, Stefan G. Hofmann
      Pages 3-14
    3. Christopher A. Kearney, Melissa Spear
      Pages 29-42
    4. Joseph Brand, Jeannette M. Reid, Dean McKay
      Pages 43-61
    5. Katharina Kircanski, Tara S. Peris, John Piacentini
      Pages 63-75
    6. Robert D. Friedberg, Amanda M. Pearl
      Pages 77-89
  3. Complexities in Assessment of Personality and Behavioral Disturbance Associated with Anxiety Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Michael J. Zvolensky, Jesse D. Kosiba, Kristin W. Grover, Matthew D. Perrone
      Pages 93-106
    3. Margaret S. Andover, Blair W. Morris, Heather T. Schatten, Chris A. Kelly
      Pages 119-137
    4. Martin Sellbom, Tayla T. C. Lee
      Pages 139-162
    5. Caleb W. Lack, Shannon P. Thomason
      Pages 203-216
    6. Fugen Neziroglu, Jill Slavin Mashaal, Lauren Mancusi
      Pages 217-230
    7. Natoshia Raishevich Cunningham, Jennifer C. Wolff, Matthew A. Jarrett
      Pages 231-241
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 247-255

About this book


The Handbook of Assessing Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders assembles current findings on assessment methods and applies them to common complicating factors, including comorbid personality and behavioral problems. Chapters examine innovative approaches to assessment of anxiety in children and adults, provide leading insights into timely topics (e.g., school refusal, self-injurious behaviors), and analyze strengths and weaknesses of widely used assessment tools. In clarifying the assessment process, contributors give readers a clear perspective on choosing treatment options in keeping with the trend toward targeted, evidence-based practice, and pinpoint needs for further research.

The Handbook's coverage spans the anxiety spectrum, including areas such as:

  • Assessment of social and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Neuropsychological assessment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.­
  • Intelligence testing and treatment planning with children.
  • Assessment of substance abuse and dependence in anxiety disorders.
  • Personality disorder assessment in clients with anxiety disorders.
  • Functional assessment of comorbid and secondary disorders: identifying conditions for primary treatment.

The Handbook of Assessing Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders is an essential reference for researchers, scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in clinical child, school, and developmental psychology; social work; psychiatry; psychotherapy; counseling; and pediatrics. And its companion volume, the Handbook of Treating Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders, further explores these findings in the context of the next stage of care.


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Autism spectrum disorder Cognitive-behavioral therapy Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-IV-TR Differential diagnosis Disruptive behavior disorders Functional assessment Generalized anxiety disorder Neuropsychological evaluation Obsessive-compulsive disorder Overvalued ideation Posttraumatic stress disorder Psychotherapy School refusal Selective mutism Social phobia Substance abuse Thought disorders

Editors and affiliations

  • Dean McKay
    • 1
  • Eric A. Storch
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyFordham UniversityBronxUSA
  2. 2., Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, aUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

About the editors

Dean McKay, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor, Department of Psychology, Fordham University. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Behaviour Research and Therapy, Behavior Modification, Behavior Therapy, and Journal of Anxiety Disorders and is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. Dr. McKay is President-elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Presidential term 2013-2014). He has published more than 130 journal articles and book chapters and has more than 150 conference presentations. He is Board Certified in Behavioral and Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and is a Fellow of the American Board of Behavioral Psychology and the Academy of Clinical Psychology. He is also a Fellow the American Psychological Society. Dr. McKay has edited or co-edited eight books dealing with treatment of complex cases in children and adults, obsessive-compulsive disorder, disgust in psychopathology, and research methodology. His research has focused primarily on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Hypochondriasis and their link to OCD as well as the role of disgust in psychopathology. His research has also focused on mechanisms of information processing bias for anxiety states. Dr. McKay is also director and founder of Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research, a private treatment and research center in Westchester County, New York.

Eric A. Storch, Ph.D., is Professor and All Children’s Hospital Guild Endowed Chair in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology. He is Associate Editor for three journals: Child Psychiatry and Human Development, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, and Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Child Health Care, Psicologia Conductual, and Journal of Anxiety Disorders. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has given more than 250 conference presentations. In addition to his peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Storch has edited or co-edited three books dealing with treatment of complex cases in children, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and childhood anxiety. He has received grant funding for his work in OCD, related disorders (e.g., tics), and anxiety from the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, CDC, International OCD Foundation, Florida Department of Health, pharmaceutical companies, Tourette Syndrome Association, and National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD). In addition to treatment outcome, Dr. Storch has specific research interests in treatment augmentation and dissemination. He directs the University of South Florida Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Program and is highly regarded for his treatment of pediatric and adult OCD patients.

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From the reviews:

“This book describes the assessment process involved in understanding anxiety disorders, along with factors which may confound these efforts, including personality traits and behavioral issues. … This book covers a wide array of topics exploring the complexities of assessing anxiety. It helps readers understand the many nuances involved in the assessment process and the psychological tools that are needed for the process. … this book should be in the libraries of practitioners working in clinical areas.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2014)