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Joshua Swift

Associate Professor
Office: SSB 215
Phone: 907-786-1726


  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology with Quantitative Specialization, Oklahoma State University
  • Predoctoral Internship, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University
  • B.S. Psychology Major with Logic Minor, Brigham Young University

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PSY609: Applied Research Methods
  • PSY611: Ethics and Professional Practice
  • PSY623: Intervention I - Basic Therapy Skills
  • PSY627: Community-Based Interventions
  • PSY657: Quantitative Analysis
  • PSY670: Internship Supervision


Research Interests

My research interests focus on empirically examining the process and mechanisms of psychotherapy in an effort to improve treatment outcomes for clients. This work focuses on studying the client, therapist, and relational variable that influence therapy outcomes broadly, across clients and disorders. For more information visit the Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research Lab website (


Swift, J.K., Greenberg, R.P., Whipple, J. & Kominiak, N.** (In Press). Practice Recommendations for Reducing Premature Termination in Therapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Swift, J.K., & Greenberg, R.P. (In Press). Premature discontinuation in adult psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Swift, J.K., Callahan, J.L., Herbert, G., & Heath, C. (2012). Naturalistic changes in subjective distress outside of therapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology. doi:10.1002/jclp.20869

Swift, J.K., & Callahan, J.L. (2011). Decreasing treatment dropout by addressing expectations for treatment length. Psychotherapy Research, 21, 193-200. doi:10.1080/10503307.2010.541294

Swift, J.K., Callahan, J.L., & Vollmer, B.M. (2011). Preferences. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67 155-165. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20759 [Study included on SAMHSA’s National Registery of Evidence-based Programs and Practices, & as part of the UK’s Drug and Alcohol Findings project (]

Swift, J.K., & Callahan, J.L. (2010). A comparison of client preferences for intervention empirical support versus therapy common factors. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 1217 - 1231. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20720

Swift, J.K., Callahan, J. L., Heath, C., Herbert, G., & Levine, J.C. (2010). Applications of the psychotherapy phase model to clinically significant deterioration. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47, 235-248. doi: 10.1037/a0019787

Swift, J.K., & Callahan, J.L. (2010). A delay-discounting model of psychotherapy termination. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 5, 278-293.

Swift, J.K., Callahan, J.L., & Levine, J.C. (2009). Using clinically significant change to identify premature termination. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 46, 328-335. doi: 10.1037/a0017003

Swift, J.K., Callahan, J.L., & Collins, F. (2009). Integrating all components in the training of evidence-based practice in psychology. Bulletin of the American Academy of Clinical Psychology, 12, 3-5.

Swift, J.K., & Callahan, J.L. (2009). Early psychotherapy processes: An examination of client and trainee clinician perspective convergence. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 16, 228-236. doi: 10.1002/cpp.617

Callahan, J.L., Almstrom, C.M., Swift, J.K., Borja, S.E., & Health, C. (2009). Exploring the contribution of supervisors to intervention outcomes. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 3, 72-77. doi: 10.1037/a0014294

Callahan, J.L., Aubuchon-Endsley, N., Borja, S.E., & Swift, J.K. (2009). Pretreatment expectancies and premature termination in the training clinic environment. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 3, 111-119. doi: 10.1037/a0012901

Swift, J.K., & Callahan, J.L. (2009). The impact of client treatment preferences on outcome: A meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 368-381. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20553[Study included in the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)]

Swift, J.K., & Callahan, J.L. (2008). A delay-discounting measure of great expectations and the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 39, 581-588. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.39.6.581

Callahan, J.L., Swift, J.K., & Hynan, M.T. (2006). Test of the phase model of psychotherapy in a training clinic. Psychological Services, 3, 129-136. doi: 10.1037/1541-1559.3.2.129