Aggression, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Suicide, Non-Suicidal Self-Aggression


Michael McCloskey, Ph. D. is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology program. His research examines on the interplay of cognitive-affective, psychosocial, and biologic processes involved in the development and maintenance of affect dysregulation, with an emphasis on self and other directed aggression. This includes the development of interventions to reduce aggression among individuals with severe aggressive problems including those with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). To this end Dr. McCloskey is the director of the Mechanisms of Affect Dysregulation Clinical Research Laboratory (MADLAB). Dr. McCloskey is the author of numerous chapters and articles. His 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.

His current NIH- funded studies include an examination of early response to SSRI treatment among patients with Borderline Personality Disorder and the development of a cognitive-behavioral intervention 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 in 2009, Dr. McCloskey was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience.


Selected Publications

  • McCloskey, M., Look, A., Chen, E. Y., Pajoumand, G., & Berman, M. E. (2012). Nonsuicidal self-injury: Relationship to behavioral and self-rating measures of impulsivity and self-aggression. Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviors, 42, 197-209
  • McCloskey, M., Kleabir, K., Chen, E., Berman, M., & Coccaro, E. (2010). Unhealthy aggression: Intermittent explosive disorder and adverse physical health outcomes. Health Psychology, 29, 324-332. PMID:20496987
  • McCloskey, M., New, A., Siever, L., Goodman, M., Koenigsberg, H., Flory, J., & Coccaro, E. (2009). Evaluation of behavioral impulsivity and aggression tasks as endophenotypes for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43, 1036-1048. PMCID:PMC2853811
  • McCloskey, M. S., Berman, M. E., Echevarria, D. J., & Coccaro E. F. (2009). Effects of acute alcohol intoxication and paroxetine on aggression in men. Alcohol Clinical and Experimental Research,33(4):581-90. PMID:19183141
  • McCloskey, M. S., Noblett, K. L., Deffenbacher, J. L., Gollan, J. K, & Coccaro, E. F. (2008). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for intermittent explosive disorder: A pilot randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 876-886. PMID:18837604
  • Coccaro, E. F., McCloskey M., Fitzgerald, D. & Phan, K. L. (2007). In the face of anger: Amygdala and orbitofrontaldysfunction in humans with impulsive aggression. Biological Psychiatry, 62, 168-78
  • McCloskey, M., Berman, M., Noblett, K., & Coccaro, E. (2006). Intermittent explosive disorder-integrated research diagnostic criteria: Convergent and discriminant validity. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 40, 231-242. PMID:16153657
  • McCloskey, M., & Berman, M. (2003). Alcohol intoxication and self-aggressive behavior. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 306-311. PMID:12784841

Courses Taught

  • Psychopathology
  • Assessment II
  • Theories of Aggression
  • Clinic Team