Varda Shoham

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Professor Emeritus, In Memoriam

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

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  

Areas of Study: 

Treatment resarch methodology, behavior change, family psychology and therapy