Paul J. Geiger

  • Clinical Psychology Graduate Student; Mentors: Ruth Baer, PhD; Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD
  • Psychology
111-J Kastle Hall

Ph D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky, anticipated 2017
M.S. in Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky, 2012
B.A. in Psychology, Duke University, 2008


My Research interests include:

(1) The intersection between emotion regulation and decision-making in the aging process.

(2) Extending the use and tailoring mechanisms of third wave interventions to older adults. 

(3) cognitive processes (i.e. thought suppression) and emotion regulation as it relates to borderline personality disorder.

My clinical interests are centered around the use of mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.

Selected Publications: 

Peters, J.R., & Geiger, P.J. (in press). Borderline personality disorder and self-conscious affects: Too much shame but not enough guilt? Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.

Rosenthal, M.Z., Neacsiu, A.D., Geiger, P.J., Fang, C., Ahn, R., & Laraurri, J. (in press). Emotional reactivity to personally relevant and standardized sounds in borderline personality disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Geiger, P.J., Boggero, I.A., Brake, C.A., Caldera, C.A., Combs, H.L., Peters, J.R., & Baer, R.A. (in press). Mindfulness-based interventions for older adults: a review of the effects on physical and emotional well-being. Mindfulness.

Geiger, P.J., Peters, J.R., & Baer, R.A. (in press). Cognitive distortions under cognitive load mediate the relationship between severity of borderline personality features and goal-interfering emotion dysregulation. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

Segerstrom, S.C., Geiger, P.J., Boggero, I.A., Sephton, S., & Schmitt, F.A. (in press). Endogenous cortisol exposure and declarative verbal memory: A longitudinal study of healthy older adults. Psychosomatic Medicine.

Peters, J.R., Smart, L.M., Eisenlohr-Moul, T.A., Geiger, P.J., & Baer, R.A. (2015). Anger rumination as a mediator of the relationship between mindfulness and aggression: The utility of a multidimensional mindfulness model. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71(9), 871-884.

Boggero, I.A., Geiger, P.J., Segerstrom, S.C., & Carlson, C.R. (2015). Age moderates the relationship between pain severity and interference in chronic orofacial pain patients. Experimental Aging Research, 41(4), 463-474.

Geiger, P.J., Peters, J.R., & Baer, R.A. (2014). Using a measure of cognitive distortions to examine the relationship between thought suppression and borderline personality disorder features: A multi-method investigation. Personality and Individual Differences, 59, 54-59.

Baer, R.A. & Geiger, P.J. (2013). Mindfulness: Connecting with your life. PsycCRITIQUES, 58(50).

Peters, J.R., Geiger, P.J., Smart, L.M., & Baer, R.A. (2013). Shame and borderline personality features: The potential mediating role of anger and anger rumination. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment. Advance Online Publication.

Geiger, P.J., Peters, J.R., Sauer, S.E., Baer, R.A. (2013). Relationships between maladaptive cognitive content, dysfunctional cognitive processes, and borderline personality features. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 457-464.

Sauer, S.E., Geiger, P.J., and Baer, R.A. (2013). The effect of anger rumination in the relationship between borderline personality disorder symptoms and their precursors. Journal of Personality Disorders, 27, 465-472.

Herr, N.R., Rosenthal, M.Z., Geiger, P.J., Erikson, K. (2013). Difficulties with emotion regulation mediate the relationship between borderline personality disorder symptom severity and interpersonal problems. Personality and Mental Health, 7, 191-202.

Baer, R.A., Peters, J.R., Eisenlohr-Moul, T.A., Geiger, P.J., & Sauer, S.E. (2012). Emotion-related cognitive processes in borderline personality disorder: A review of the empirical literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 359-369.

Rosenthal, M.Z., Ahn, R., & Geiger, P.J. (2011). Reactivity to sensations in borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 25(5), 715-721.

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