Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Ph.D. Northern Illinois University 2012
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006
Dr. Fergus joined the Baylor faculty in Fall 2012. Before coming to Baylor, he completed his clinical internship at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Department of Psychiatry.
Dr. Fergus's research interests relate to gaining a better understanding of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) via investigating empirical questions related to the assessment, symptom development, and treatment of these disorders. He also has interest in examining variables that might span across psychological disorders, with a particular focus on intolerance of uncertainty.
Fergus, T.A. (2013). Thought control moderates the relation between autogenous intrusions and the severity of obsessional symptoms: Further support for the autogenous-reactive model of obsessions. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2, 9-13.
Fergus, T.A., Bardeen, J.R., & Orcutt, H.K. (2013). Experiential avoidance and negative emotional experiences: The moderating role of expectancies about emotion regulations strategies. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37. 352-362.
Fergus, T.A., Bardeen, J.R., & Orcutt, H.K. (2012). Attentional control moderates the relationship between activation of the cognitive attentional syndrome and symptoms of psychopathology. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 213-217.
Fergus, T.A., Valentiner, D.P., Gillen, M.J., Hiraoka, R., Twohig, M.P., Abramowitz, J.S. & McGrath, P.B. (2012). Assessing psychological inflexibility: The psychometric properties of the Avoidance and Fusion Questionnaire for Youth in two adult samples. Psychological Assessment, 24, 402-408.
Fergus, T. A., & Valentiner, D.P. (2011). Intolerance of uncertainty moderates the relationship between catastophic health appraisals and health anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 35, 560-565.
Fergus, T. A., & Wu, K.D. (2011). Searching for specifity between cognitive vulnerabilities and mood and anxiety symptoms. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 446-458.
Fergus, T. A., & Valentiner, D. P. (2010). Disease phobia and disease conviction are separate dimensions underlying hypochondriasis. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 41, 438-444.
Fergus, T. A., & Wu, K. D. (2010). Is worry a thought control strategy relevant to obsessive-compulsive disorder? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 269-274.
Current Psy.D. Student
Nancy Wheless, University of Texas - Austin
Graduate Student Recruitment
- Dr. Fergus anticipates recruiting a Psy.D. student with a start date in Summer 2014
- Dr. Fergus anticipates recruiting a Ph.D. student (general experimental or social program track) with a start date in Fall 2014
Courses taught at Baylor
- PSY 3330 - Psychopathology
- PSY 4327 - Theories of Personality
- PSY 4355 - Psychology of Aging
- PSY 5432 - Psychological Assessment II: Personality