Matt Southward

Research Interests:
About Me:
Matt is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala's TIPS Lab. He received his PhD in 2019 from The Ohio State University working with Dr. Jennifer S. Cheavens, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center. He is interested in using open science practices with translational behavioral research to better understand, optimize, and personalize the processes of change in therapy, specifically among those with mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. To this end, he has investigated facets of emotion regulation flexibility, the quality of participants’ emotion regulation skills, and the role of acceptance- and change-based skills on within- and between-person changes in CBTs broadly. His research has been supported by funding from the NIH and Ohio State. Matt also currently serves as the Social Media Coordinator for the Society of Clinical Psychology (APA Division 12) and is a member of UK Psychology's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team.
Selected Publications: 

Southward, M. W., Sauer-Zavala, S., & Cheavens, J. S. (2021). Specifying the mechanisms and targets of emotion regulation: A translational framework from affective science to psychological treatment. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice28(2), 168-182. PDF

Southward, M. W., Eberle, J. W., & Neacsiu, A. D. (2021). Multilevel associations of daily skill use and effectiveness with anxiety, depression, and stress in a transdiagnostic sample underoing Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills training. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Advance online publication. Preprint & open code:

Southward, M. W., & Cheavens, J. S. (2020). More (of the right strategies) is better: Disaggregating the naturalistic between- and within-person structure and effects of emotion regulation strategies. Cognition & Emotion34(8), 1729-1736. Preprint & open code:

Southward, M. W., & Cheavens, J. S. (2020). Quality or quantity? A multistudy analysis of emotion regulation skills deficits associated with borderline personality disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment11(1), 24-35. PDF

Southward, M. W., & Cheavens, J. S. (2018). Identifying core deficits in a dimensional model of borderline personality disorder features: A network analysis. Clinical Psychological Science6(5), 685-703. Preprint & open code:

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