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Bruce Arnow, PhD


Core Program Faculty

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Member, PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium Oversight Committee


PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium Program 


PhD, Counseling Psychology, Stanford University
MS, Counseling Psychology, California State University, Hayward
BA, Psychology, Queens College


Dr. Arnow is Professor & Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he also serves as Co-Chief, Division of Adult Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Chief Psychologist, Director of the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic and Director of Clinical Psychology Education. 

Dr. Arnow received his BA in Psychology from Queens College in 1969, his M.S. in Counseling at California State University, Hayward and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Stanford University in 1984.  He was a NIMH-funded post-doctoral fellow at the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 1984-1985 before being appointed as Director of the Behavioral Medicine Clinic in 1985. 

Research interests include 1) treatment outcome in depression; 2) predictors and moderators of outcome in the treatment of depression; 3) epidemiology of depression and chronic pain; and 4) relationships between child maltreatment and adult outcomes including physical and mental health, health care utilization and response to psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. He has been a Principal Investigator or Co- Investigator on a number of funded grants in these areas. He has published more than 95 peer-reviewed papers, as well as one book, numerous book chapters, invited papers and presentations at national meetings.  He has served as a clinical supervisor to Veteran’s Administration mental health providers in a nation-wide implementation project funded by the Department of Defense to train VA practitioners in evidence-based psychotherapy for depression. 

Dr. Arnow is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Fellow, Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Areas of Interest:

Teaching interests include strengths and limitations of randomized controlled trials and evidence-based treatments in clinical psychology.

Selected Publications:

Constantino, M.J., Laws, H.B., Coyne, A.E., Greenberg, R. P.,., Klein, D.N., Rothbaum, B.O., & Manber, R. & Arnow, B.A.  (2016).  Change in patients’ interpersonal style as a mediator of the alliance-outcome association in treatment of chronic depression.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, (12), 1135-1144.

Arnow, B.A., Blasey, C., Williams, L.M., Palmer, D., Rekshan, W., Schatzberg, A.F.  Etkin, A., Kulkarni, J., & Rush, A.J.  (2015).  Are depression subtypes relevant in predicting antidepressant response?:  A report from the iSPOT-D trial.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 743-750.

Steidtmann, D., Manber, R., Blasey, C., Markowitz, J.C.  Klein, D.N., Rothbaum, B.O., Thase, M.E., Kocsis, J.H., & Arnow, B.A.  (2013).  Detecting critical decision points in psychotherapy and psychotherapy + medication for chronic depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 783-792. 

Arnow, B.A., Steidtmann, D., Blasey, C., Manber, R., Constantino, M.J., Klein, D.N., Markowitz, J.C., Rothbaum, B.O., Thase, M.E., Fisher, A.J., & Kocsis, J.H.  (2013). The relationship between the therapeutic alliance and treatment outcome in two distinct psychotherapies for chronic depression.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 627-638.  PMCID: PMC3742444

Steidtmann, D., Manber, R., Arnow, B.A., Klein, D.N., Markowitz, J.C., Rothbaum, B.O., Vivian, D., Thase, M.E., & Kocsis, J.H.  (2012). Patient treatment preference as a predictor of response and attrition in treatment for chronic depression.  Depression and Anxiety, 29, 896-905.  PMCID: PMC3463778

Constantino, M.J., Laws, H.B., Arnow, B.A., Klein, D.N., Rothbaum, B.O., & Manber, R.  (2012).  Changes in patients’ interpersonal styles predicts outcome in treatment for chronic depression.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 354-364.

Arnow, B.A., Blasey, C., Hunkeler, E., Lee, J., & Hayward, C. (2011).  Does gender moderate the relationship between childhood maltreatment and adult depression?  Child Maltreatment, 16, 175-183. 

Arnow, B.A., Blasey, C.M., Constantino, M.J., Robinson, R., Hunkeler, E., Lee, J., Fireman, B., Khaylis, A., Feiner, L., & Hayward, C. (2011). Catastrophizing, depression and pain-related disability. General Hospital Psychiatry, 33, 150-156.

Klein, D.N., Leon, A.C., Li, C., D’Zurilla, T.J., Black, S.R., Vivian, D., Dowling, F., Arnow, B.A., Manber, R., Markowitz, J.C., & Kocsis, (2011).   Social problem solving and depressive symptoms over time:  A randomized clinical trial of cognitive-behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy, brief supportive psychotherapy, and pharmacotherapy. J.H. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 342-352.  PMCID: 3109172

Arnow, B.A., Blasey, C.M., Lee, J., Fireman, B., Hunkeler, E.M., Dea, R., Robinson, R., & Hayward, C.  (2009).  Relationships between depression, chronic pain, disability and medical costs.  Psychiatric Services, 60, 344-350.

Kocsis, J.H., Leon, A..C., Markowitz, J.C., Manber, R., Arnow, B., Klein, D.N., & Thase, M.E.  (2009).  Patient preference as a moderator of outcome for chronic depression treated with nefazodone, cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy, or their combination.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 70, 354-361.

Klein, D.N., Arnow, B.A., Barkin, J. L., Dowling, F., Kocsis, J.H., Leon, A.C., Manber, R., Rothbaum, B.O., Trivedi, M.H., & Wisniewski, S.  (2009). Early adversity in chronic depression: Clinical correlates and response to pharmacotherapy.  Depression and Anxiety, 26, 701-710.  PMCID: PMC3528400

Kocsis, J.H., Gelenberg, A.J., Rothbaum, B.O., Klein, D.N., Trivedi, M.H., Manber, R., Keller, M.B., Leon, A.C., Wisniewski, S.R., Arnow, B.A., Markowitz, J.C., & Thase, M.E. (2009).  Cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy (CBASP) and brief supportive psychotherapy for augmentation of antidepressant nonresponse in chronic depression:  the REVAMP Trial.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 66, 1178-1188.  PMCID: PMC3512199

Arnow, B.A., Blasey, C.M., Lee, J., Fireman, B., Hunkeler, E.M., Dea, R., Robinson, R., & Hayward, C.  (2009). Relationships between depression, chronic pain, disability and medical costs. Psychiatric Services, 60, 344-350.

Arnow, B.A., Blasey, C., Manber, R., Constantino, M.J., Markowitz, J.C., Klein, D.N., Thase, M.E., Koscis, J.H., & Rush, A.J.  (2007). Dropouts versus completers among chronicallydepressed outpatients.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 97, 197-202.

Arnow, B.A., Hunkeler, E.M., Blasey, C., Lee, J., Constantino, M.J., Fireman, B., Kraemer, H.C., Dea, R., Robinson, R., & Hayward, C.  (2006). Comorbid  depression, chronic pain and disability in primary care.  Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, 262-268.

Schatzberg, A.F., Rush, A.J., Arnow, B.A., Banks, P., Blalock, J.A., Borian, F.E., Howland, R., Klein, D.N., Kocsis, J.H., Kornstein, S.G., Manber, R., Markowitz, J.C., Miller, I., Ninan, P.T., Rothbaum, B.O., Thase, M.E., Trivedi, M.H., & Keller, M.B.  (2005).  Chronic Depression:  Medication (Nefazadone) or psychotherapy (CBASP) is effective when the other is not.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 513-520.

Sachs-Ericsson, N., Blazer, D., Plant, E.A., & Arnow, B.  (2005).  Childhood sexual and physical abuse and the one-year prevalence of medical problems in the National Comorbidity Study.  Health Psychology, 24(1):32-40.

Arnow, B.A. (2005). Cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy for chronic depression.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 12, 6-16. 

Keller, M.B., McCullough, J.P., Klein, D.N., Arnow, B., Dunner, D., Gelenberg, A., Markowitz, J., Nemeroff, C.B., Russell, J.M., Thase, M.E., Trivedi, M.H., Zajecka, J., Blalock, J.A., Borian, F.E., Fawcett, J., Hirschfeld, R., Jody, D.N., Keitner, G., Kocsis, J.H., Koran, L.M., Kornstein, S.G., Manber, R., Miller, I., Ninan, P.T., Rothbaum, B., Rush, A.J., Schatzberg, A.F., & Vivian, D.  (2000).  The acute treatment of chronic major depression:  A comparison of nefazodone, psychotherapy, and their combination. New England Journal of Medicine, 342, 1462-1470.

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