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Dr. Thomas Fergus

Dr. Thomas Fergus
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

BSB A.412; (254) 710-2651
Baylor Psychology Clinic,
801 Washington Ave., 923
(254) 710-2483

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience


Ph.D. Northern Illinois University 2012

B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison 2006


Dr. Fergus received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and completed his clinical internship at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Fergus joined the Baylor faculty in 2012.


Dr. Fergus's research interests relate to gaining a better understanding of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He also has interest in examining variables that might span across psychological disorders, such as intolerance of uncertainty.

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Representative Publications:

Fergus, T. A., Bardeen, J. R., Gratz, K. L., Fulton, J. J., & Tull, M. T. (2015). The contribution of health anxiety to retrospectively-recalled emergency department visits within a sample of patients in residential substance abuse treatment. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 1-8.

Fergus, T. A., & Rowatt, W. C. (2015). Uncertainty, God, and scrupulosity: Uncertainty salience and priming God concepts interact to cause greater fears of sin. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 93-38.

Fergus, T. A. (2014). The Cyberchondria Severity Scale (CSS): An examination of structure and relations with health anxiety in a community sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 504-510.

Fergus, T. A. (2014). Mental contamination and scrupulosity: Evidence of unique associations among Catholics and Protestants. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 236-242.

Fergus, T. A., & Dolan, S. L. (2014). Problematic internet use and internet searches for medical information: The role of health anxiety. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 17, 761-765.

Fergus, T. A. (2014). Health-related dysfunctional beliefs and health anxiety: Further evidence of cognitive specificity. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 70, 248-259.

Fergus, T. A., & Rowatt, W. C. (2014). Personal uncertainty strengthens associations between scrupulosity and both the moral appraisals of intrusive thoughts and the beliefs that God is upset with sins. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 33, 51-74.

Fergus, T. A., & Rowatt, W. C. (2014). Intolerance of uncertainty and personality: Experiential permeability is associated with difficulties tolerating uncertainty. Personality and Individual Differences, 58, 128-131.

Fergus, T. A. (2013). A comparison of three self-report measures of intolerance and uncertainty: An examination of structure and incremental explanatory power in a community sample. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1322-1331.

Fergus, T. A. (2013). Cyberchondria and intolerance of uncertainty: Examining when individuals experience health anxiety in response to Internet searches for medical information. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 16, 735-739.

Fergus, T. A. (2013). Repetitive thought and health anxiety: Tests of specificity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 366-374.

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. (2013). Anxiety sensitivity and intolerance of uncertainty: Evidence of incremental specificity in relation to health anxiety. Personality and Individual Differences, 55, 640-644.

Fergus, T. A., & Bardeen, J. R., & Wu, K. D. (2013). Intolerance of uncertainty and uncertainty-related attentional biases: Evidence of facilitated engagement or disengagement difficulty? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 735-741.

Fergus, T. A., Valentiner, D. P., McGrath, P. B., Gier-Lonsway, S., & Jencius, S. (2013). The cognitive attentional syndrome: Examining relations with mood and anxiety symptoms and distinctiveness from psychological inflexiblity in a clinical sample. Psychiatry Research, 210, 215-219.

Current Psy.D. Students

Nancy Wheless, University of Texas, Austin
Jacqueline Hapenny, Stonehill College
Channing Cochran, Vanderbilt University
Laurie Russell, Northwestern University
Katherine Stratton, University of Texas, Austin

Current Ph.D. Student

Rosemond Travis, Pepperdine University

Graduate Student Recruitment

  • Dr. Fergus anticipates recruiting a Psy.D. student with a start date in Summer 2016

Courses taught at Baylor

  • PSY 3330 Psychopathology
  • PSY 4327 Theories of Personality
  • PSY 5423 Psychotherapy II: Advanced Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
  • PSY 5432 Psychological Assessment II: Personality