Rachel Petts, Ph.D.

Dr. Petts

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lab: Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Lab

West Virginia University, B.A., 2011
Western Michigan University, M.A., 2014
Western Michigan University, Ph.D., 2017

Current Instructor: Advanced Psychopathology

Research Interests: Integrated Behavioral Health, Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology, Contemporary Behavior Therapies, Psychotherapy Process and Outcome


Phone: (316) 978-3720

Office: Jabara Hall Rm 430

My research focuses on integrating behavioral health services in pediatric primary care settings. I am specifically interested in evaluating brief interventions in primary care as well as enhancing the implementation of integrated care models. An overarching value that guides my research is the ability to improve access to, and quality of, behavioral health services for underserved populations.

A corresponding line of research relates to measuring theoretically proposed mechanisms of action in contemporary behavior therapies (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for youth and young adults.

Selected Publications:

  1. Petts, R. A., Shahidullah, J. D., Kettlewell, P. W., & Dehart, K. D. (2018). Trainee perceptions of a group-based standardized patient training for challenging behavioral health scenarios in the United States. Journal of Education Evaluation for Health Professions, 15, 1-4. 

  2. Petts, R. A., Duenas, J. A., & Gaynor, S. T. (2017). Acceptance and commitment therapy for adolescent depression: Application with a diverse and predominantly socioeconomically disadvantaged sample. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6, 134-144.

  3. Petts, R. A., Foster, C. S., Douleh, T. N., & Gaynor, S. T. (2016). Measuring activation in adolescent depression: Preliminary psychometric data on the behavioral activation for depression scale-short form. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 16, 65-80.

  4. Maitland, D. W. M., Petts, R. A., Knott, L. E., Briggs, C. A., Moore, J. A., & Gaynor, S. T. (2016). A randomized controlled trial of functional analytic psychotherapy versus watchful waiting: Enhancing social connectedness and reducing anxiety and avoidance. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 16, 103-122.

  5. Fiske, A., Bamonti, P. M., Nadorff, M. R., Petts, R. A., & Sperry, J. A. (2013). Control strategies and suicidal ideation in older primary care patients with functional limitations. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 46, 271-289.

  6. Nadorff, M. R., Fiske, A., Sperry, J. A., Petts, R., & Gregg, J. J. (2013). Insomnia symptoms, nightmares, and suicidal ideation in older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68, 145-152