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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

Karen Schmaling


Ph.D. University of Washington 1988

Contact Information

Office: VCLS 208D (Vancouver Campus)
Phone: (360) 546-9412


Classes Taught

  • Psychology 333: Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 445: Practicum
  • Psychology 496: Internship

Research Interests

  • Psychosocial factors in chronic illness
  • Descriptive and intervention work with depressive disorders
  • Couples/relationship factors in chronic illness and depressive disorders
  • Diversity and faculty in higher education

Dr. Schmaling will be accepting graduate students.

Selected Publications

Baker, D. L., Schmaling, K. B., Fountain, K. C., Blume, A. W., & Boose, R. (2016). Defining diversity: A mixed-method analysis of terminology in faculty applications. The Social Science Journal, 53(1), 60-66.

Romano, J.M., Molton, I., Alschuler, K., Jensen, M.P., Schmaling, K.B., & Buchwald, D. (2016). Reported pain and fatigue behaviors mediate the relationship between catastrophizing and perceptions of solicitousness in patients with chronic fatigue.  Journal of Pain, 17(3), 328-335.

Schmaling, K.B., & Betterton, K. (2016). Neurocognitive complaints and functional status among patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.  Quality of Life Research, 25, 1257-1263.

Schmaling, K. B., Trevino, A. Y., Lind, J. R., Blume, A. W., & Baker, D. L. (2015). Diversity statements: How faculty applicants address diversity. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 8(4), 213-224.

Schmaling, K. B., Romano, J. M., Jensen, M. P., Wilkinson, C. W., & McPherson, S. (2015). Salivary cortisol responses to household tasks among couples with unexplained chronic fatigue. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(2), 296-301.

Schmaling, K. B.  (2013). Asthma. In A. Nezu, C. Nezu, & P. Geller (Eds.),Comprehensive handbook of psychology (Health Psychology Volume, 2ndEdition). New York, pp. 105-127.

Schmaling, K. B. & Johnson, S. K. (2013).  Poorly understood conditions.  In M. Goldman, R. Troisi, & Kathryn Rexrode (Eds.), Women and health (2ndEdition).  NY: Academic Press, pp. 1317-1319.

Romano, J. M., Cano, A., & Schmaling, K. B. (2011). Assessment of couples and families with chronic pain. In D. Turk and R. Melzack (Eds.), Handbook of pain assessment (3nd Edition). NY: Guilford, pp. 98-114.

Dobson, K. S., Hollon, S. D., Dimidjian, S., Schmaling, K., Kohlenberg, R. J., Gallop, R., Rizvi, S. L., Gollan, J. K., Dunner, D. L., & Jacobson, N. S. (2008). Randomized trial of behavioral activation, cognitive therapy, and antidepressant medication in the prevention of relapse and recurrence in major depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76 (3), 468-477.


Washington State University