Matt Southward

Research Interests:
About Me:

Matt is a Research Assistant Professor working in collaboration with Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala's TIPS Lab. He received his PhD in 2019 from The Ohio State University working with Dr. Jen 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.

* Note for potential applicants: Matt is a non-tenure track research assistant professor so he is not admitting students. However, he works closely with Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala who does admit students.

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/cps0000003 PDF

Southward, M. W., Cheavens, J. S, & Coccaro, E. F. (2022). Defining the p-factor: An empircal test of five leading theories. Psychological Medicine. Advance online publication.  https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291722001635  Preprint & open code: https://psyarxiv.com/bszt4/

Treatment:

Unified Protocol

Southward, M. W., & Sauer-Zavala, S. (2022). Dimensions of skill use in the Unified Protocol: Exploring unique effects on anxiety and depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology90(3), 246-257. https://doi.org/10.1037/ccp0000701 Preprint & open code: https://psyarxiv.com/cftqs/

Dimensions of Skillfulness & Use Scale (DSUS) with scoring: PDF

Unified Protocol Skill Use Scale (UPSUS) with scoring: PDF

Sauer-Zavala, S., Southward, M. W., Stumpp, N. E., Semcho, S. A., Hood, C. O., Garlock, A., & Urs, A. (2022). A SMART approach to personalized care: How to select and sequence skills in transdiagnostic CBT. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Advance online publication.  https://doi.org/10.1080/16506073.2022.2053571  Preprint: https://psyarxiv.com/7jd34

Cassiello-Robbins, C., Southward, M. W., Wilner Tirpak, J., & Sauer-Zavala, S. (2020). A systematic review of Unified Protocol applications: Facilitating widespread dissemination via adaptability. Clinical Psychology Review78, 101852. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2020.101852

Dialectical Behavior Therapy

Southward, M. W., Eberle, J. W., & Neacsiu, A. D. (2022). 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, 51(2), 114-129. https://doi.org/10.1080/16506073.2021.1907614 Preprint & open code: https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/569ey

Cheavens, J. S., Southward, M. W., Howard, K. P., Heiy, J. E., & Altenburger, E. M. (2022). Broad strokes or fine points: Are dialectical behavior therapy modules associated with general or domain-specific changes? Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/per0000557 Open code: https://doi.org/10.17605/osf.io/8k4bv

BPD Compass

Sauer-Zavala, S., Southward, M. W., Hood, C. O., Elhusseini, S., Fruhbauerova, M., Stumpp, N. E., & Semcho, S. A. (2021). Conceptual development and case data for a modular, personality-based treatment for borderline personality disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/per0000520 Preprint: https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/mu3ez

Emotion Regulation:

Southward, M. W., Holmes, A. C., Strunk, D. R., & Cheavens, J. S. (2022). More and better: Reappraisal quality partially explains the effect of reappraisal use on changes in positive and negative affect. Cognitive Therapy and Research46, 73-85. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-021-10255-z Preprint & open code: https://psyarxiv.com/hzjaq

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2020.1797637 Preprint & open code: https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/5qeay

Southward, M. W., Heiy, J. E., & Cheavens, J. S. (2019). Emotions as context: Do the naturalistic effects of emotion regulation strategies depend on the regulated emotion? Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology38(6), 451-474. https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2019.38.6.451

Southward, M. W., Altenburger, E. M., Moss, S. A., Cregg, D. R., & Cheavens, J. S. (2018). Flexible, yet firm: A model of healthy emotion regulation. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology37(4), 231-251. https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2018.37.4.231

Southward, M. W., & Cheavens, J. S. (2017). Assessing the relation between flexibility in emotional expression and symptoms of anxiety and depression: The roles of context sensitivity and feedback sensitivity. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology36(2), 142-157. https://doi.org/10.1521/jscp.2017.36.2.142

Borderline Personality Disorder:

Stumpp, N. E., Southward, M. W., & Sauer-Zavala, S. (2021). Do you see what I see? Researcher-participant agreement on single-item measures of emotion regulation behaviors in borderline personality disorder. Assessment. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/10731911211044216 Open code: https://doi.org/10.17605/osf.io/xbfap

Southward, M. W., Semcho, S. A., Stumpp, N. E., MacLean, D. L., & Sauer-Zavala, S. (2020). A day in the life of borderline personality disorder: A preliminary analysis of within-day emotion generation and regulation. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment42(4), 702-713. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-020-09836-1 Preprint & open code: https://doi.org/10.17605/osf.io/cua5m

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. https://doi.org/10.1037/per0000357 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. https://doi.org/10.1177/2167702618769560 Preprint & open code: https://doi.org/10.17605/osf.io/8qay5

Lazarus, S. A., Southward, M. W., & Cheavens, J. S. (2016). Do borderline personality disorder features and rejection sensitivity predict social network outcomes over time? Personality and Individual Differences100, 62-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.032