Michael McCloskey, Ph.D.
Interests: Aggressive and self-aggressive (suicidal, self-injurious) behavior, including the role of social, personality, and biological influences. His work also includes the development of cognitive-behavioral interventions for pathological aggression.
Michael McCloskey, Ph. D. is an Assistant Professor in the Clinical Psychology program. He is interested in cognitive-affective, psychosocial, and biological processes associated with the etiology and treatment of pathological aggression. This includes research on the treatment of Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Dr. McCloskey's research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Previous funded research includes validation of a laboratory measure of self-aggression, and neuroimaging studies of emotional information processing among patients with Intermittent Explosive Disorder and suicidal vs. non-suicidal patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. His current studies include an examination of alcohol-facilitated aggression in women and the development of a cognitive-behavioral treatment for Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
Dr. McCloskey received his Ph. D. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2001. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the New Orleans Veterans Administration Medical Center followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago Clinical Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Research Unit. Before joining the faculty at Temple University, Dr. McCloskey was an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Dr. McCloskey is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Society for Research on Aggression, Association for Psychological Science, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is a native Philadelphian and a longtime fan of the Philadelphia Flyers.