Alison McLeish, PhD

Assistant Professor (Term)

Alison McLeish, PhD

Life Sciences Building, 301G

(502) 852-1450


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Vermont, 2006

B.A., Psychology, Duke University, 1997

    Research Interests

    The role of anxiety-related cognitive risk factors in the development, maintenance, and treatment of chronic medical conditions as well as in tobacco use and cessation among individuals with chronic medical conditions.

    Representative Publications

    • McLeish, A. C., Farris, S. G., Johnson, A. L., Bernstein, J. A., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Evaluation of Smokers with and without asthma in terms of smoking cessation outcome, nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and craving: Findings from a self-guided quit attempt. Addictive Behaviors, 63, 149-154.
    • McLeish, A. C., Johnson, A. L., Avallone, K. M., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2016). Evaluating the role of anxiety sensitivity in barriers to cessation and reasons for quitting among smokers with asthma. Psychology, Health, & Medicine, 21, 236-247.
    • McLeish, A. C., Luberto, C. M., & O’Bryan, E. M. (2016). Anxiety sensitivity and reactivity to asthma-like sensations among young adults with asthma. Behavior Modification, 40 164-177.
    • McLeish, A. C., Farris, S. G., Johnson, A. L., Bernstein, J. A., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2015). An examination of the indirect effect of anxiety sensitivity in terms of asthma and smoking cessation processes. Addictive Behaviors, 50, 188-191.
    • Avallone, K. M., & McLeish, A. C. (2015). Anxiety sensitivity as a mediator of the association between asthma and smoking. Journal of Asthma, 52, 498-504.

    Courses Often Taught

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
    • Introduction to Health Psychology
    • Personality