Michael McCloskey, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate (U of C Psychiatry)
Assistant Professor (Temple Psychology)

1701 13th St (Weiss Hall)
Philadelphia, Pa 19122
Phone: 215-204-3738 (Temple U)
Fax: 773-834-6761

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. (Psychology) 2001, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Intern (Clinical Psychology)  2001,New Orleans VAMC
  • Postdoctoral Fellow 2001-2003, University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry

Clinical Interests

  • Personality Disorders
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Research Interests

  • Neurobiology of self and other-directed aggression
  • Etiology and treatment of affective aggression
  • Cognitive neuroscience of self other-directed aggression


  • Instructor, “Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Disorders of Emotion Dysregulation” (PGY-II Curriculum), 2005
  • Lecturer, “Assessment of Personality Disorders” (PGY III) , 2006-2009
  • Lecturer, “Cluster C Personality Disorders” (PGY III) , 2006-2009
  • Lecturer, “Personality Disorders” (Medical Students) , 2006-2009
  • Lecturer, “Treatment of Aggression” (Psychology Interns / PGYII) , 2006-2009
  • Lecturer, “Cognitive and Behavioral Learning Theories” (Medical Students) , 2006-2009
  • Clinical Supervisor, Clinical Psychology Internship Program, 2005-2009

Society Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies  (ABCT)
  • Human Brain Mapping (HBM)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA)

Selected Publications

  • McCloskey, M., New, A., Siever, L., Goodman, M., Koenigsberg, H., Flory, J., Coccaro, E (in press). Evaluation of behavioral impulsivity and aggression tasks as endophenotypes for borderline personality disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research.
  • Berman, M., McCloskey, M., Fanning, J., Schumacher, J., Coccaro, E. (in press) Serotonin (5-HT) Augmentation Reduces Response to Attack in Aggressive Individuals. Psych Science
  • McCloskey, M Berman, M, Echevarria , D., & Coccaro, E. (2009) Individual and combined effects of acute alcohol and paroxetine administration on aggressive behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 33 (1), 1-10.
  • McCloskey, M., Ben-Zeev, D., Lee, R., Berman, M., & Coccaro, E. (2009). Acute Tryptophan depletion and self-injurious behavior in clinically aggressive patients and healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology, 203(1), 53.
  • 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.
  • McCloskey, M., Ben-Zeev, D, Lee, R., & Coccaro, E. F. (2008). Prevalence of suicidal and self-injurious behavior among subjects with Intermittent Explosive Disorder. Psychiatry Research, 158, 248-250.
  • McCloskey, M., Gollan, J, & Berman, M. (2008). A history of Major Depression moderates self-injurious behavior in personality-disordered research volunteers. Psychiatry Research, 157, 295-297.
  • McCloskey, M., Lee, R., Berman, M.E., Noblett, K., & Coccaro, E. F. (2008). The relationship between impulsive verbal aggression and intermittent explosive disorder. Aggressive Behavior, 34, 51-60.
  • Coccaro, E.F., McCloskey M., Fitzgerald, D. & Phan, K. L. (2007). In the face of anger: Amygdala and orbitofrontal dysfunction 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.
  • Constans, J. I., McCloskey, M., Vasterling, J. J., Brailey, K., & Mathews, A. (2004). Suppression of attentional bias in PTSD. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113, 315-323.
  • McCloskey, M., & Berman, M. (2003). Alcohol intoxication and self-aggressive behavior. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 306-311.