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Cynthia Lancaster

Associate Professor She/her/hers


Cynthia Lancaster is an assistant professor of clinical psychology. Her research focuses on the development and treatment of anxiety-related disorders. She is particularly interested in applying research on mechanisms contributing to the onset and maintenance of these disorders to inform the development of more potent treatment strategies. Her prior work has focused on translating research from non-human animal models to improve outcomes of exposure-based therapies. She has also conducted research in the military population, including studying the development and treatment of combat-related PTSD and dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies to veterans.

Research interests

  • Development of PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders
  • Treatment of anxiety-related disorders
  • Exposure-based therapies
  • Military psychology


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • B.A., Psychology, Trinity University, 2008


  • Telch, M. J., York, J., Lancaster, C. L., & Monfils, M-H. (2017). Use of a brief fear memory reactivation procedure for enhancing exposure therapy. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(2), 367-378.
  • Josephs, R.A., Cobb, A.R., Lancaster, C.L., Lee, H.J., & Telch, M. J. (2017). Dual hormone stress reactivity predicts downstream warzone stress-evoked PTSD. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 78, 76-84.
  • Lancaster, C. L., Teeters, J. B., Gros, D. F., & Back, S. E. (2016). Posttraumatic stress disorder: overview of evidence-based assessment and treatment. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5(11), 105-117.
  • Gros, D. F., Lancaster, C. L., Lopez, C. M., & Acierno, A. (2016). Treatment satisfaction of home-based telehealth versus in-person delivery of prolonged exposure for combat-related PTSD in veterans. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. doi:10.1177/1357633X16671096
  • Lancaster, C. L., Cobb, A.R.C., Lee, H-J., & Telch, M. J. (2016). The role of perceived threat in the emergence of PTSD and depression symptoms during war zone deployment. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8(4), 528-534.
  • Lancaster, C. L. , & Monfils, M. H. (2014). Mechanisms of fear reduction. In Scott R., & Kosslyn S. (Eds). Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences. Wiley Online Library. doi: 10.1002/9781118900772 
  • Telch, M. J. & Lancaster, C. L. (2012). Is there room for safety behaviors in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders? In P. Neudeck & H. U. Wittchen (Eds.), Exposure therapy: Rethinking the model- Refining the method (pp. 313-334). New York, NY: Springer.
  • McNally, R. J., Hatch, J. P., Cedillos, E. M., Luethcke, C. A. Baker, M. T., Peterson, A. L., & Litz, B. T. (2011). Does the repressor coping style predict lower posttraumatic stress symptoms? Military Medicine, 176, 752-756.
  • Peterson, A. L., Luethcke(-Lancaster), C. A., Borah, E. V., Borah, A. M., & Young-McCaughan, S. B. (2011). Assessment and treatment of combat-related PTSD in returning war veterans. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 18, 164-175.
  • Luethcke(-Lancaster), C. A., McDaniel, L., & Becker, C. B. (2011). A comparison of mindfulness, nonjudgmental, and cognitive dissonance-based approaches to mirror exposure. Body Image, 8, 251-258.
  • Luethcke(-Lancaster), C. A., Bryan, C. J., Morrow, C. E., & Isler, W.C. (2011). Comparison of concussive symptoms, cognitive performance, and psychological symptoms between acute blast- versus nonblast-induced mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17, 1-10.