Bruce Liese

Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry
Courtesy Professor of Clinical Psychology
Primary office:
785-864-4263
Fraser Hall
Room 453


Research, Teaching, and Practice Interests

I am passionate about psychology and always strive to balance teaching, practice, and scholarly activities. Throughout my career I have focused on the assessment and treatment of mental health problems, with the greatest emphasis on Substance Use Disorders and Addictive Behaviors. I also enjoy professional service and am currently President of Division 50 of the American Psychological Association (also known as the Society of Addiction Psychology; SoAP).

My lab is presently conducting multiple research projects. We have recently completed data collection (N=200) for a study evaluating a brief healthy eating intervention in the KUMC Family Medicine Clinic. We are also studying a Five-Session Cognitive-Behavioral Skills Group for individuals on the KU Lawrence campus who wish to change unhealthy habits. And in another study, we are evaluating the research consenting process by administering three different research consent forms to five different groups of individuals with varying degrees of research experience. Over the past ten years I have expanded my focus from chemical addictions (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, nicotine, alcohol, etc.) to include non-chemical addictive behaviors (e.g., gambling, online gaming, binge eating, hazardous cell phone use, etc.). For example we have collected data from more than 700 students who report on their experiences with alcohol, marijuana, cell phone use, and online gaming. We have also conducted studies on the measurement and consequences of hazardous cell phone use.

I divide my clinical and teaching time between KU Lawrence and KU Medical Center Department of Family Medicine in Kansas City. While on the Lawrence campus, I supervise the clinical work of students in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. I also teach the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (PSYC 533) course. And at KUMC, I teach family medicine residents and psychology students, and provide services to patients with depression, anxiety, addictive behaviors, personality disorders, family problems, and more.

Selected Publications

Liese, B. S., Benau, E. M., Atchley, P., Reed, D., Beciveric, A., Kaplan, B. (Under review). The Self-Perception of Text-Message Dependency Scale: Psychometric update based on a United States sample. American Journal of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism.

Liese, B. S., Tripp, J. C. (2018). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for addictive behaviors. In R. L. Leahy (Ed.), Science and Practice in Cognitive Therapy: Foundations, Mechanisms, and Applications. New York: Guilford Press

Pearson, M. R., Liese, B. S., Dvorak, R. D. (2017). College student marijuana involvement: Perceptions, use, and consequences across 11 college campuses. Addictive Behaviors, 66, 83-89.

Beck, J. S., Liese, B. S., Najavits, L. M. (2016). Cognitive therapy. In A. Mack, K.T. Brady, S.I. Miller, & R.J. Frances (Eds.), Clinical textbook of addictive disorders (4th ed.; pp. 563-587). New York: Guilford Press.

Reed, D. D., Becirevic, A., Atchley, P., Kaplan, B. A., Liese, B. S. (2016). Validation of a novel delay discounting of text messaging questionnaire. Psychological Record, 66, 253-261. DOI 10.1007/s40732-016-0167-2

Liese, B. S., Reis, D. (2016). Failing to Diagnose and Failing to Treat an Addicted Client: Two Potentially Life Threatening Clinical Errors, Psychotherapy, 53(3), 342-346.

Liese, B. S., & Esterline, K. E. (2015).  Concept Mapping: A supervision strategy for introducing case conceptualization skills to novice therapists.  Psychotherapy, 52(2), 190-194.

Liese, B. S. (2014). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Addictions.  In S.L.A. Straussner (Ed.), Clinical work with substance abusing clients (3rd ed.; pp. 225-250). New York: Guilford Press.

Wenzel, A., & Liese, B. S., Beck, A. T., and Friedman-Wheeler D. G. (2012). Group cognitive therapy of addictions. New York: Guilford Press.

Beck, J. S., & Liese, B. S., & Najavits, L. M. (2005). Cognitive therapy. In R.J. Frances, S.I. Miller, & A. Mack (Eds.), Clinical textbook of addictive disorders (3rd ed.; pp. 474-501), New York: Guilford Press.

Najavits, L. M., Liese, B. S., & Harned, M. (2004) Cognitive and behavioral therapies. In J.H. Lowinson, P. Ruiz, R.B. Millman, J.G. Langrod (Eds.), Substance abuse: A comprehensive textbook (4th ed.; pp. 723-732.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

Siqueland, L., Crits-Christoph, P., Barber, J.P., Connolly-Gibbons, M. B., Gallop, R., Griffin, M., Frank, A., Thase, M. E., Luborsky, L., & Liese, B. S. (2004). What aspects of treatment matter to the patient in the treatment of cocaine dependence? Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 27, 169–178.

Barber, J.P., Liese, B.S., & Abrams, M.J. (2003). Development of the Cognitive Therapy Adherence and Competence Scale. Psychotherapy Research, 13, 205-221.

Liese, B. S., Beck, A.T., & Seaton, K. (2002). The cognitive therapy addictions group.  In D.W. Brook and H.I. Spitz (Eds.), Group psychotherapy of substance abuse (pp. 37-57). New York: Haworth Medical Press.

Crits-Christoph, P., Siqueland, L., Chittams, J., Barber, J. P., Beck, A. T., Frank, A., Liese, B. S., Luborsky, L., Mark, D., Mercer, D., Onken, L. S., Najavits, L. M., Thase, M. E., & Woody, G. (1998). Training in cognitive, supportive-expressive, and drug counseling therapies for cocaine dependence.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 484-492.

Liese, B. S., & Alford, B. A. (1998). Recent advances in cognitive therapy supervision. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 12, 91-94.

Liese, B. S., & Beck, J. S. (1997).  Cognitive therapy supervision.  In C.E. Watkins (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy supervision (pp.114-133).  New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Liese, B. S., & Najavits, L.  M. (1997).  Cognitive-behavioral therapy for substance abuse. In J.H. Lowinson, R. B. Millman, P. Ruiz, & J. G. Langrod (Eds.), Substance abuse: A comprehensive textbook (3rd ed.; pp.467-477). Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins.

Najavits, L. M., Weiss, R. D., & Liese, B. S. (1996).  Group cognitive-behavioral therapy for women with PTSD and substance use disorder.  Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 13, 13-22.

Liese, B. S., & Franz, R. A. (1996). Treating substance use disorders with cognitive therapy: Lessons learned and implications for the future.  In P. Salkavskis (Ed.), Frontiers of cognitive therapy (pp. 470-508).  New York: Guilford Press.

Liese, B. S., & Beck, A. T. (1996).  Back to Basics: Fundamental cognitive therapy skills for keeping drug-dependent individuals in treatment.  In  L.S. Onken, J.D. Blain, J.J. Boren (Eds.), Beyond the therapeutic alliance: Keeping drug dependent individuals in treatment (pp.210-235). NIDA Research Monograph.  DHHS Pub. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Liese, B. S., Vail, B, & Seaton, K. A. (1996)  Substance use problems in primary care medical setting:  Is there a psychologist in the house?  In R.J. Resnick and R.H. Rozensky (Eds.) Health psychology through the lifespan: Practice and research opportunities (pp.177-194).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Liese, B. S., & Larson, M. W. (1995).  Coping with life-threatening illnesses:  A cognitive therapy perspective.  Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An International Quarterly, 9, 1-16.

Najavits, L. M., Griffin, M. L., Luborsky, L., Frank, A., Weiss, R. D., Liese, B. S., Thompson, H., Nakayama, E., Siqueland, L., Daley, D., & Onken, L.S. (1995)  Therapist emotional responses to substance abusers: A new questionnaire and initial findings.  Psychotherapy, 32, 669-677.

Liese, B. S., Shepherd, D. D., Cameron, C. L., & Ojeleye, A. E. (1995).  Teaching psychological knowledge and skills to family physicians.  Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 2, 21-38.

Liese, B. S. (1994).  Brief therapy, crisis intervention, and the cognitive therapy of substance abuse.  Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment, 1, 11-28.

Wright, F. D., Beck, A. T., Newman, C. F., & Liese, B. S. (1993).  Cognitive therapy of substance abuse:  Theoretical rationale.  In Onken, L.S., Blain, J.D., Boren, J.J. (Eds.) Behavioral Treatments for Drug Abuse and Dependence. NIDA Research Monagraph 137.  DHHS Pub. No. 93-3684. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 123-146.

Beck, A. T., Wright, F. D., Newman, C. F., & Liese, B. S. (1993).  Cognitive therapy of substance abuse.  New York: Guilford Press.


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