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Ken Abrams

Professor of Psychology, Psychology

Education & Professional History

Dartmouth College, BA; University of Minnesota, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Minnesota (LP 6356)

At Carleton since 2008.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Current Research Projects

Examining the Prevention of PTSD via Virtual Reality and Findings from Cognitive Science

The Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption, Exercise, and Heartbeat Perception


Recent Publications 

Abrams, K., Mei, L.*, Chen, C.*, Koele, E.*, Kwan, J.*, Montes, Z.*, van Ginkel, M.*, & Zhou, H. (2021). The paradoxical association between tension-reduction alcohol outcome expectancies and tension following alcohol consumption. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

Mansueto, G., Carrozzino, D., Christensen, K., Cardellicchio, S., Pezzuto, A., Abrams, K., Zvolensky, M., & Cosci, F. (2021). Clinimetric properties of the Smoking Abstinence Expectancies Questionnaire. Addictive Behaviors, 123, [107061].

Abrams, K., Cieslowski, K.*, Johnson, S.*, Krimmel, S.*, Bierlein-De La Rosa, G.*, Barton, K.*, & Silverman, P.* (2018). The effects of alcohol on heartbeat perception: Implications for anxiety. Addictive Behaviors, 79, 151-158.

Abrams, K., Krimmel, S.*, Johnson, S.*, Cieslowski, K.*, Strnad, H.*, Melum, A.*, & Kryder, C.* (2017). Nicotine deprivation attenuates panic reactivity in smokers: Findings from a placebo-controlled nicotine patch study. Depression and Anxiety, 34, 996-1005.

Abrams, K., & Ziegler, N. (2016). Facilitating study abroad for psychology students. Psychology Teaching Review, 22(20), 4-17.

Gross, D., Abrams, K., & Enns, C. (Eds.). (2016). Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

* indicates Carleton student

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Psychological Association (APA)

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)

International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP)

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    PSYC 254: Psychopathology
    PSYC 291: Independent Study
    PSYC 300: Special Topics in Psychological Research
    PSYC 392: Independent Research
    PSYC 399: Capstone Seminar
  • Winter 2024
    PSYC 254: Psychopathology
    PSYC 300: Special Topics in Psychological Research
    PSYC 400: Integrative Exercise
  • Spring 2024
    CCST 208: International Coffee and News
    IDSC 238: Vaccines: Science, Skeptics, and Stakeholders