Emily Haigh


Kent State University, 2009, PhD Clinical Psychology


Dr. Emily Haigh is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Maine. At the University o Maine, she is the director of the Maine Mood Disorders Lab. She also currently serves as an associate editor for the journal Mindfulness.

Dr. Haigh received her doctorate in adult clinical psychology from Kent State University in 2009. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Unit, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Haigh’s research currently examines cognitive and biological risk factors for depression and the impact of mindfulness-based interventions on relapse to depression.

Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is on examining cognitive processes that confer vulnerability to depression, contribute to the maintenance of the disorder or function to protect individuals from the recurrent nature of depression. To date, my work has focused on understanding the role of depressive rumination in the cognitive model of depression, examining decentering- or the ability to adopt a broader perspective as a possible target of ruminative processing, and examining dysfunctional thought content in individuals with a history of depression. In addition, I have been involved in several theoretical endeavors aimed at identifying, integrating and classifying different biological processes associated with the cognitive model of depression. Finally, I am interested in conducting research on transdiagnostic cognitive processes in service of validating a general cognitive model of psychopathology.

Selected Publications

  • Haigh, E.A.P., Bogucki, O. E., Sigmon, S.T., Blazer, D. G. (In Press). Depression among Older Adults: A 20-year update on five common myths and misconceptions. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
  • Chesin, M.S. Stanley, B., Haigh, E.A.P., Chaudhury, S. Pontoski, K. Knox, K. L. Brown, G.K. (2016) Staff Views of an Emergency Department Intervention using Safety Planning and Structured Follow-up with Suicidal Veterans. Archives of Suicide Research, 1-11.
  • Beck, A.T., & Haigh, E.A.P*. (2014). Advances in Cognitive Theory and Therapy: The Generic Cognitive Model. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.10, 1-24.
  • Lau, M.A., Haigh, E.A.P., Christensen, B.K., Segal Z.V., & Taube-Schiff, M.(2012). Evaluating the Mood State Dependence of Automatic Thoughts and Dysfunctional Attitudes in Remitted Versus Never-Depressed Individuals. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 26(4), 381-389
  • Foregard, M., Haigh, E.A.P., Beck, A.T., Davidson, R.J., Henn F. A., Maier, S. F., Mayberg, H.S., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2011). Beyond Depression: Towards a Process-Based Approach to Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment. Clinical Psychology Science and Practice. 18(4), 275-299.
  • Disner, S. G., Beevers, C. G., Haigh, E.A.P., & Beck, A. T. (2011). Neural mechanisms of the cognitive model of depression. Nature Review Neuroscience, 12(8), 467-477.
  • Haigh, E.A.P., Moore, M.T., Kashdan, T. B., & Fresco, D.M. (2011). Examination of the Factor Structure of the Langer Mindfulness/Mindlessness Scale. Assessment. 18(1), 11-26.