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The Almost Perfect Research Lab

Primary Investigator: Jeff Ashby, Ph.D., ABPP, Professor

Our lab, composed of current masters and doctoral students, studies perfectionism, stress, coping and trauma. We like to have several projects ongoing at various stages of conceptualization, data collection, analysis, writing and submission.

Associated Investigators: Ken Rice, PhD, Matheny Endowed Chair and Professor; Philip Gnilka, PhD, Assistant Professor at DePaul University, and Dr. Ibrahim Kira.

Students: Chris Bell, Kathleen McKinney Clark, Joanna Menendez, Alan Stewart, Sarah McLaulin and Hyunkyung Noh

Implicit Self-esteem and Perfectionism: This project looks at the relationship between a person’s implicit self-esteem (using a computerized Go/No-Go Association Task, or GNAT) and psychometric measures of perfectionism, explicit self-esteem, depression and affect. We are currently collecting data on this project via the CPS SONA system.

Self-forgiveness Workbook Intervention: This is a study to measure the effectiveness of a workbook that is designed to promote self-forgiveness. We are currently collecting data on this project via the CPS SONA system.

Gender Role Stress, Perfectionism and Shame: This is a study to examine a moderated mediation model of the relationship among gender role stress, perfectionism and shame. We are almost done with data collection on this project, and a preliminary poster based on a subset of this data was presented at APA this past summer.

Cumulative Trauma: We are also working with Dr. Ibrahim Kira on developing research around his taxonomy and measurement of multiple and cumulative traumas.

The following articles may give you a sense of our research:

Ashby, J.S., Slaney, R.B., Noble, C.M., Gnilka, P.B., & Rice, K.G. (in press). Understanding differences between “Normal” and “Neurotic” perfectionists: Implications for mental health counselors. Journal of Mental Health Counseling.

Gnilka, P.B., Ashby, J.S., & Noble, C.M. (in press). Adult attachment style differences among adaptive, maladaptive, and non-perfectionists. Journal of Counseling and Development.

Kira, I., Abou-Medan, S., Ashby, J.S., Lewandowski, L., Mohanesh, J., & Odenat, L. (in press). Post-traumatic Growth Inventory: Psychometric properties of the Arabic version in Palestinian adults. The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment.

Noble, C.M., Ashby, J.S., & Gnilka, P.B. (in press). Multidimensional Perfectionism, coping, and depression: Differential prediction of depression symptoms by perfectionism type. Journal of College Counseling.

Kira, I.; Templin, T. & Lewandowski , L., Ashby, J. S., Oladele , A., & Odenat, L. (2012). Cumulative Trauma Disorder Scale: Two Studies. Psychology, 3, 643-656.

Ashby, J.S., Noble, C., & Gnilka, P.B. (2012). Multidimensional Perfectionism, Depression, and Satisfaction with Life: Differences among Perfectionists and Tests of a Stress-Mediation Model. Journal of College Counseling, 15, 130-143.

Gnilka, P.B., Ashby, J.S., & Noble, C.M. (2012). Multidimensional perfectionism and anxiety: Differences among perfectionists and tests of a coping-mediation model. Journal of Counseling and Development, 90, 427 – 436

Kira, I., Abou-Median, Alamia, Ashby, J.S., Odenat, L., Mohanesh, J. & Alamia, H. (2012). The dynamics of post-traumatic growth across different trauma types in a Palestinian sample. Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping.

Kira, I., Ashby, J.S., Lewandowski, L., Smith, I., & Odenat, L. (2012). Gender inequality and its effects in female torture survivors. Psychology, 4, 352-363.

Ashby, J.S., Dickinson, W.D., Gnilka, P., Noble, C. (2011). Hope as a mediator and moderator of multidimensional perfectionism and depression in middle school students. Journal of Counseling and Development, 89, 131-139