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Washington State University
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 210: Psychology as a Science
  • Psychology 333: Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 444: Basic Clinical Skills
  • Psychology 445: Practicum
  • Psychology 496: Internship

Research Interests

  • Clinical research on depressive disorders and other chronic conditions; health disparities
  • Peer review
  • Diversity in higher education

Selected Publications

Schmaling, K. B., Fales, J. L., & Linehan, M. M. (in press). Treatment for borderline personality disorder and secondary effects on somatization. Journal of Personality Disorders. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2020_34_469

Schmaling, K. B., Fales, J. L., & McPherson, S. (in press). Longitudinal outcomes associated with significant other responses to chronic fatigue and pain. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105317731824

Schmaling, K. B., Kaplan, R. M., & Porzsolt, F. (in press). Efficacy and effectiveness studies of depression are not well-differentiated in the literature: A systematic review. BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. doi: 10.1136/bmjebm-2020-111337

Gallo, S. A., Thompson, L. A., Schmaling, K. B., Glisson, S. R. (2020). The participation and motivations of grant peer reviewers: A comprehensive survey. Science and Engineering Ethics, 26, 761-782. doi:10.1007/s11948-019-00123-1

Schmaling, K. B. (2019). Moderators of outcome in problem-solving therapy for depression in primary care. Psychiatric Services, 70, 1161-1163. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps201900100

Schmaling, K. B., Blume, A. W., & Skewes, M. C. (2019). Negative life events and incident alcohol use disorders among ethnic minorities. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 11, 1-16. doi:10.1080/15332640.2018.1548322.

Schmaling, K. B., & Patterson, T. L. (2019). The association of major life events with chronic fatigue. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 125, 109810doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2019.109810

Gallo, S. A., Thompson, L. A., Schmaling, K. B., Glisson, S. R. (in press). The participation and motivations of grant peer reviewers: A comprehensive survey. Science and Engineering Ethics. doi:10.1007/s11948-019-00123-1

Schmaling, K. B., & Nounou, Z. A. (2019). Incident chronic spinal pain and depressive disorders: Data from the National Comorbidity Survey. Journal of Pain, 20, 481-488. doi:10.1016/j.pain.2018.11.002

Schmaling, K. B., & Fales, J. L. (2018). The association of borderline personality disorder and somatoform disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12244

Mehalick, M. L., Schmaling, K. B., Sabath, D. E., & Buchwald, D. S. (2018). Longitudinal associations of lymphocyte subsets with clinical outcomes in chronic fatigue syndrome. Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 6, 80-91.

Gallo, S., Thompson, L., Schmaling, K., & Glisson, S. (2018). Risk evaluation in peer review of grant applications. Environmental Systems and Decisions, 38, 216-229. doi: 10.1007/s10669-018-9677-6

Schmaling, K. B., & Blume, A. W. (2017). Gender differences in providing peer review to two behavioral science journals, 2006-2015. Learned Publishing, 30, 221-225.

Schmaling, K. B., & Linton, J. C. (2017). Psychologists in academic administration: A call to action and service. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 24, 110-117. doi: 10.1007/s10880-017-9495-x

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.