|| Professor, Psychology
Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Associate Professor, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Habilitation, University of Hamburg
Visiting Professor, University of Kiel
Post-Doctoral Research, Stanford University
Post-Doctoral Research, University of London
Ph.D., University of Hamburg
How does our experience impact our physiology? Can this impact lead to, or perpetuate, chronic disease, and if yes, under which conditions? What are our perceptions of illness and how do they influence disease processes and management? These are some of the general questions that I am addressing with a biologically focused research program in psychology. Some of the major areas I have been working on in recent years are the psychophysiology and psychoimmunology of the airways in asthma, the autonomic and respiratory regulation in anxiety disorders, the psychophysiology of vagal regulation, and behavioral interventions to improve pathophysiology and management of chronic respiratory disease.
Ritz, T., Meuret, A.E., Trueba, A.F., Fritzsche, A., & von Leupoldt, A. (2012). Psychosocial factors and behavioral medicine interventions in asthma. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Oct. 1 [Epub ahead of print]
Ritz, T., Rosenfield, D., Wilhelm, F.H., & Roth, W.T. (2012). Airway constriction in asthma during sustained emotional stimulation with films. Biological Psychology, 91, 8-16
Trueba, A.F. & Ritz, T. (2012). Stress, asthma, and respiratory infections: Pathways involving airway immunology and microbial endocrinology. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity. Oct. 2 [Epub ahead of print]
Ritz, T., Simon, E. & Trueba, A.F. (2011). Stress-induced respiratory pattern changes in asthma. Psychosomatic Medicine, 73, 514-21.
Ritz, T., Ayala, E.S., Trueba, A.F., Vance, C.D. & Auchus, R.J. (2011). Acute stress-induced increases in exhaled nitric oxide in asthma and their association with endogenous cortisol. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 183, 26-30.
Ritz, T., Wilhelm, F.H., Meuret, A.E., Gerlach, AL. & Roth, W.T. (2011). Airway response to emotion- and disease-specific films in asthma, blood phobia, and health. Psychophysiology, 48, 121-135.
Ayala, E.S., Meuret, A.E., & Ritz, T. (2010) Confrontation with blood and disgust stimuli precipitates respiratory dysregulation in blood-injury-injection phobia. Biological Psychology, 84, 87-97.
Ritz, T., Kullowatz, A., Goldman, G.D., Smith, H.-J., Kanniess, F., Dahme, B., & Magnussen, H. (2010). Airway response to emotional stimuli in asthma: The role of the cholinergic pathway. Journal of Applied Physiology, 108,1542-1549.
Ritz, T., Meuret, A.E., Ayala, E.S. (2010). The psychophysiology of blood-injection-injury phobia: Looking beyond the diphasic response paradigm. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 78, 50-67.
Ritz, T., Rosenfield, D., & Steptoe, A. (2010). Physical activity, lung function, and shortness of breath in daily life of asthma patients. Chest, 138, 913-918.
Ayala, E.S., Meuret, A.E. & Ritz, T. (2009). Psychological treatments for blood-injury-injection phobia: A review. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43, 1235-1242.
Bosquet Enlow, M., Kullowatz, A., Staudenmayer, J., Spasojevic, J., Ritz, T., & Wright R.J. (2009). Associations of maternal lifetime trauma and perinatal traumatic stress symptoms with infant cardiorespiratory reactivity to psychological challenge. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 607-614.
Ritz, T. (2009). Studying non-invasive indices of vagal control: the need for respiratory control and the problem of target specificity. Biological Psychology, 80, 158-168.