Marcus Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Marcus Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Psychology


With Pitzer Since: 2018
Field Group: Psychology
Campus Address: Bernard Hall 205
Phone: 909.607.5685
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Contact Professor
Related Website: Global Mental Health Research Lab

Educational Background

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Boston Child Study Center
Predoctoral Internship, Harvard Medical School / McLean Hospital
PhD, Duke University
MS, Peking University
BA, Pepperdine University

Research Interests

  • Global mental health: Increasing access to care
  • Optimizing treatment adherence in online interventions
  • Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Writing children’s books about emotions, wellbeing and diversity/inclusion

Recent Courses
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (PSYC187)
Ethical Issues in Psychology (PSYC189)
Psychology of Mindfulness (PYSC140)
Internships in Psychology (PYSC186)
Psychological Disorders (PYSC181)
Global Mental Health (PYSC193)

Selected Publications

  1. Jiang, Q., Zhu, Y., Rodriguez, M. A., Wen, X., & Qian, M. (2022) Social anxiety does not impair attention inhibition: an emotion anti-saccade task. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 77, 101776.
  2. Yao, N., Yang, Y, Jiang, Y., & Rodriguez, M. A. (2022) Intolerance of uncertainty relates to anxiety and depression through maladaptive coping and worry: Evidence from repeated-measures research. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 15, 42-56.
  3. Rodriguez, M. A., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., Weisman, J., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2021) Improving Treatment Engagement in an Online Mindfulness Intervention among Chinese College Students. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 5(10), e25772.
  4. Weisman, J. & Rodriguez, M. A. (2021) A Systematic Review of Medical Students’ and Professionals’ Attitudes and Knowledge regarding Medical Marijuana. Journal of Cannabis Research, 3(1), 47.
  5. Yu, S., Rodriguez, M. A., Deng, X., & Liu, X. (2021). The Toronto Mindfulness Scale: Psychometric Properties of the Chinese Version. Mindfulness, 12, 1976-1984.
  6. Liu, D., Rodriguez, M. A., Liu, W., & Zhang, J. (2021). The Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Pediatric Patients Following Recovery. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 628707.
  7. Wang, H., Zhao, Q., Mu, W., Rodriguez, M. A., Qian, M. & Berger, T. (2020). The effect of shame on patients with social anxiety disorder in internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy: Comparison clinical trial in China. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 7(7): e15797.
  8. Chen, H., Rodriguez, M. A., Qian, M., Koshimoto, T., Lin, M. & Berger, T. (2020). Predictors of treatment outcomes and adherence in internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety in China. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy48(3), 291-303.
  9. Lin, L., Wang, K., Kishimoto, T., Rodriguez, M. A. et al. (2020). An internet-based intervention for individuals with social anxiety and different levels of Taijin Kyofusho in China. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 51(5), 387-402.
  10. Rodriguez, M. A., Eisenlohr-Moul, T., Su, K., Xiao, Z. & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2020). Using Non-Specialist Providers to Improve Treatment Engagement in an Online Mindfulness Intervention in China. Behavior Research and Therapy, 130, 103644.
  11. Yao, N., Rodriguez, M. A., He, M., & Qian, M. (2019). The influence of visual working memory representations on attention bias to threat in individuals with high trait anxiety. Journal of Experimental Psychology, 10(4), 1-15.
  12. McKlintock, A., Rodriguez, M. A., & Zerubavel, N. (2019). Mindfulness retreats: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mindfulness, 10, 1443-1454.
  13. Xiao, Z., Rodriguez, M. A., Fang, C., Rosenthal, M. Z., Robins, C. & Gao, J. (2019). The effect of patient education on Chinese adolescent and parental opinions about confidentiality. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 46(2), 340-352.
  14. Neacsiu, A., Fang, C., Rodriguez, M. A., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2018). Suicidal behavior and problems with emotion regulation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviors, 48(1), 52-74.  
  15. Xu, W., Liu, X. H., & Rodriguez, M. A. (2017). Mindfulness, self-acceptance and psychological symptoms in advanced gastrointestinal cancer patients in China. Journal of Psych-oncology, 26(12), 2157-2161.
  16. Huang, S., Zhang, Y., Yao, N., Rodriguez, M. A., & Fan, F. (2017). Attentional training for social anxiety in college students. Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology, 25(5), 986-990. [In Chinese]
  17. Rodriguez, M. A., Fang, C., Gao, J., Robins, C., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2016). Perceptions of the limitations of confidentiality among Chinese mental health practitioners, adolescents and their parents. Ethics and Behavior, 26(4), 344-356.
  18. Zhang, N., Fan, F., Huang, S., & Rodriguez, M. A. (2016). Mindfulness training for loneliness among Chinese college students: A pilot randomized controlled study. International Journal of Psychology, 53(5), 373-378.
  19. Rodriguez, M. A., Xu, W., Wang, X., & Liu X. H. (2015). Self-acceptance mediates the relationship between mindfulness and stress. Psychological Reports, 16(2), 513-522.
  20. Turner, B., Dixon-Gordon, K., Austin, S., Rodriguez, M. A., Rosenthal, M. Z., & Chapman, A. (2015). Non-suicidal self-injury with and without Borderline Personality Disorder: Differences in self-injury and diagnostic comorbidity. Psychiatry Research, 230(1), 28-35.
  21. Eisenlohr-Moul, T., Peters, J. R., Chamberlain, K., & Rodriguez, M. A. (2015). Weekly fluctuations in nonjudging predict borderline personality disorder symptom expression in women. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 38(1), 149-157.
  22. Xu, W., Rodriguez, M. A., Zhang, Q., & Liu X. H. (2015). The mediating effect of self-acceptance in the relationship between mindfulness and peace of mind. Mindfulness, 6(4), 797-802.
  23. Neacsiu, A., Herr, N., Fang, C., Rodriguez, M. A., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2015). Identity disturbance and problems with emotion regulation are related constructs across diagnoses. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71(4), 346-361. 

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors

Clinical Instructor, Marsha Linehan DBT Clinic, University of Washington (2022-present)
Expert Consultant, Chinese Mental Health Association, CBT/DBT committee (2019-present)
Scholar in Residence, Pitzer College (2022-2023)
Avery Fellowship, Claremont Graduate University (2020-2021)

Blais Foundation Grant, Claremont Graduate University (2019-2020)
Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity Award, The Claremont Colleges (2019)
James B. Duke International Fellowship, Duke University (2016-2017)
Travis Research Institute Grant, John Templeton Foundation (2015-2017)
Harvey Fellowship, Mustard Seed Foundation (2014-2017)
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, National Academy of Sciences (2013-2016)
Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, Duke University (2012-2014)
Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award, Duke University
Foreign Student Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Peking University
Helen Pepperdine Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service, Pepperdine University