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Michael Nash

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Research and Clinical Training Interest

My interests include psychodynamic therapy, the interface of literature with science and practice, the elements of change in psychotherapy, hypnosis, and how therapy skills can best be acquired by trainees. In addition I have abiding interests in human memory, forensic psychology, suggestion, and the neural substrate of consciousness. I direct the ongoing case-based psychotherapy outcome research carried-out at the UT Psychological Clinic. This research tracks change in individual patients throughout the course of therapy, enabling us to discern whether the therapy is working, when it is working, and sometimes why. I teach the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course and the Research Design course.  I founded, developed, and supervise our UT Hospital Emergency Room Placement in which doctoral clinical students are embedded in a Level-I Trauma Emergency Room.


  • Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • Fellow, Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology ABPP)
  • UT Chancellor's Award for Research and Creative Achievement
  • Phi Beta Kappa Certificate of Merit in the Social Sciences
  • Psi Chi Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Award   
  • Golden Key Honor Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education
  • Bernard B. Raginsky Award for Leadership and Achievement
  • Editor, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
  • Erika Fromm Award for Teaching Excellence
  • The Hans Strupp Award for Teaching in Psychoanalysis
  • Erika Fromm Award for Excellence In Teaching.


Fromm, Erika & Nash, M. R. (Eds.). (1992).  Contemporary hypnosis research.  New York:  Guilford Press. 

Fromm, Erika. & Nash, M. R. (1997).  Psychoanalysis and Hypnosis.  Madison, CT:  International Universities Press.

Nash, M. R., & Barnier, Amanda.  (Eds.) (2008) The Oxford handbook of hypnosis:  Theory, Research, and Practice Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

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*Smith, J.D., Handler, L., & Nash, M. R. (2010). Therapeutic Assessment for preadolescent boys with oppositional defiant disorder: A replicated single-case time-series design. Psychological Assessment, 22, 593-602 .

Nash, M. R., & Baker, E. L. (2010). Hypnosis in the treatment of anorexia nervosa Lynn, Steven Jay; Rhue, Judith W.; Kirsch, Irving (2010) (pp. Handbook of clinical hypnosis (2nd ed.). (pp. 453-465). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. xv, 806).

Nash, M. R. & *Tasso, A, Levy, J. J. (2010). The effectiveness of hypnosis in reducing pain and suffering among women with metastatic breast cancer and among women with temporomandibular disorder. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 57, 443-450.

*Schlachter, L., Weiner, S. & Nash, M.R. (2010) Family functioning moderating the effects of childhood sexual abuse on memory specificity. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 18, 859-871.

Borckardt, J. J., & Nash, M.R. (2010). Statistical Analysis of Single-Case Data.In:G Madden (Ed.), Handbook of Behavioral Analysis. American Psychological Association Press.

*Smith, J. D., *Wolf, N. J., Handler, L., & Nash, M. R. (2010).Testing the Effectiveness of Family Therapeutic Assessment: A Case Study Using a Time-Series Design. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91, 518-536.

Borckardt, J.J., Nash, M.R., Murphy, M. D., Moore, M., Shaw, D., & O-Neil, P. (2008).  Clinical practice as natural laboratory for psychotherapy research.  American Psychologist, 63, 77-95.

Benham, G., Woody, E., Wilson, K. S., & Nash, M. R. (2006). Expect the Unexpected: Ability, Attitude, and Responsiveness to Hypnosis.  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 342-350.

Nash, M. R. (2005).  The importance of being earnest when crafting definitions:  Science and scientism are not the same thing. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 53, 265-280.

Kruesi, M.E., Borckardt, J.J., Younger, J., Nash, M.R., & Shaw, D. (2004). Perceived links between physical problems and stress may be clouded by dissociative processes. Journal Of Trauma And Dissociation, 5, 121-128.

Borckardt, J.J., Younger, J., Winkel, J., Nash, M.R., and Shaw, D. (2004). The use of the computer-assisted cognitive imagery system in the management of pain. Pain Research and Management, 9, 157-162.

Borckardt, J. J., Murphy, M. D., Nash, M. R., Moore, M. A., and Shaw, D. (2004).  An empirical examination of visual analysis procedures for clinical practice evaluation.  Journal Of Social Service Research, 30. 55-73.

Borckardt, J. J., Sprohge, E., & Nash, M. R. (2003).  Effects of inclusion and refutation of peripheral details on eyewitness credibility.  Journal of Applied Social  Psychology, 33, 2187-2197.

Killeen, P. R., & Nash, M. R. (2003).  The four causes of hypnosis. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 51, 195-231.

Borckardt, J., Engum, E. S., Lambert, E. W., Nash, M. R. (2003). Use of the CBDI to detect malingering when malingerers do their “homework”.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18, 57-69.

Heaps, C., & Nash, M. (2001).  Comparing recollective experience in true and false autobiographical memories. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 27, 920-930.

King, B. J., Nash, M. R., Spiegel, D., & Jobson, K (2001)  Hypnosis as an intervention in pain management: A Brief Review. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 5, 97-101.

Nash, M. R.  (2001).  The truth and hype of hypnosis.  Scientific American, 285, 46-55.

Nash, M. R., Neimeyer, R. A., Hulsey, T. C., & Lambert, W. (1998).  Psychopathology, associated with sexual abuse:  The importance of complementary designs and common ground.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 568-571.

Ray, C. R., Engum, E. S., Lambert, E. W., Bane, G. F., Nash, M. R.,  & Bracy, O. L. (1997).  Ability of the Cognitive Behavioral Driver's Inventory to distinguish malingerers from brain-damaged subjects.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 12, 491-504.

Repka, R. J., & Nash, M. R. (1995).  Hypnotic responsivity of the deaf:  The development of the University of Tennessee Hypnotic Susceptibility Scale for the Deaf.  International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 43, 316-331.

Nash, M. R., Hulsey, T. C., Sexton, M. C., and Harralson, T. L. (1993).  Long-term sequelae of childhood sexual abuse: Perceived family environment, psychopathology, and dissociation.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61, 276-283.

Nash, M. R., Hulsey, T. C., Sexton, M. C., and Harralson, T. L. (1993).  Sexual abuse, family environment, and psychological symptoms:  On the validity of statistical control.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 61, 289-290.

Nash, M.  (1987).  What, if anything, is regressed about hypnotic age regression:  A review of the literature. Psychological Bulletin, 102, 45-52.

Nash, M. R., Johnson, L. S., & Tipton, R. (1979).  Hypnotic age regression and the occurrence of transitional object relationships.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 88, 547-555.

Michael Nash

Michael Nash

Ph.D., Ohio University (1983)
Internship:  Yale University School of Medicine

Phone: (865) 974-3326

Key words: Psychotherapy outcome, memory, hypnosis, forensic psychology, pain, and soma