Joshua Madsen

Associate Professor of Teaching
Director of Clinics


Office: Scarfe Library Block 285

Dr. Madsen joins ECPS from the University of Calgary, where he was a tenured Senior Instructor and Director of the Psychology Clinic. Dr. Madsen teaches underlying theory, and principles of psychological intervention in formal classroom settings. Dr. Madsen’s commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education is at the core of his educational leadership activities.

Scholarly Interests:

Dr. Madsen’s expertise in psychotherapy teaching/training, as well as his commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in postsecondary education, has formed the core of his educational leadership activities. As an example, in 2018 he was awarded a Teaching and Learning Practice Grant from the University of Calgary to implement routine outcome and progress monitoring into psychotherapy training among graduate students. He has also been an active publisher in his teaching and training roles (e.g., 11 peer-reviewed publications and 2 book chapters since 2017) and has procured competitive funding for his scholarly pursuits. A recent publication entitled Rethinking the course syllabus: Considerations for promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion (Fuentes et al., 2021) has garnered international attention and has been cited by educators across diverse disciplines. He and his co-authors further disseminated these principles and practices at two international conferences. Finally, he is collaborating with two doctoral students on a grant-funded initiative to enhance students’ competence in working with individuals from racialized and marginalized communities.


University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006, PhD in Clinical Psychology

University of Colorado at Boulder, 2001, MA in Clinical Psychology

University of Oklahoma (OU), 1999, BA with Special Distinction in Psychology

Selected Publication


1. Zepeda, M. S., Deighton, S., Markova, V., Madsen, J. W., & Racine, N. (2021). iCOPE with COVID-19: A brief telemental health intervention for children and adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

2. MacKinnon, A. L., Madsen, J. W., Dhillon, A., Key, E., Giesbrecht, G. F., Williamson, T., Metcalfe, A., Campbell, T., Mrklas, K. J., & Tomfohr-Madsen, L. (2021). Sleeping for Two: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia in pregnant women. Trials, 22:532.

3. Madsen, J. W., Markova, V., Hernández, L., Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., & Miller, S. D. (2021). Training practices in routine outcome monitoring among accredited psychology doctoral programs in Canada. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication.

4. Madsen, J. W., Hernández, L., Sedov, I., & Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M. (2021). Romantic relationship satisfaction is associated with sleep in undergraduate students. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. Advance online publication.

5. MacKinnon, A. L., Madsen, J. W., Giesbrecht, G. F., Campbell, T., Carlson, L. E., Dimidjian, S., Letourneau, N., Tough, S., & Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M. (2021). Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy in pregnancy on psychological distress and gestational age: Outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Mindfulness. Advance online publication.

6. Fuentes, M. A., Zelaya, D. G., & Madsen, J. W. (2021). Rethinking the course syllabus: Considerations for promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion. Teaching of Psychology, 48(1), 69-79.

7. Zepeda, M. S., Deighton, S., Madsen, J., & Racine, N. (2020). Supporting parent healthcare workers and their children during COVID-19. Psynopsis, 42(3), 26.

8. Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., Giesbrecht, G., Madsen, J. W., MacKinnon, A., Le, Y., & Doss, B. (2020). Improved child mental health following brief relationship enhancement and co-parenting interventions during the transition to parenthood. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 766. doi:10.3390/ijerph17030766

9. Tomfohr-Madsen, L., Madsen, J. W., Bonneville, D., Virani, S., Plourde, V., Barlow, K. M., . . . Brooks,

B. L. (2020). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia in adolescents with persistent post-concussion symptoms. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 35(2), E103-E112. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000504

10. Sedov, I., Madsen, J. W., Goodman, S. H., & Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M. (2019). Couples’ treatment preferences for insomnia experienced during pregnancy. Families, Systems, and Health, 37, 46-55. doi:10.1037/fsh0000391

11. Madsen, J. W., Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., & Doss, B. D. (2017). The impact of couple therapy on service utilization among military veterans: The moderating roles of pre-treatment service utilization and premature termination. Family Process, 56, 620-635. doi:10.1111/famp.12234

12. Tomfohr-Madsen, L. M., Campbell, T. S., Giesbrecht, G. F., Letourneau, N. L., Carlson, L. E., Madsen, J. W., & Dimidjian, S. (2016). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for psychological distress in pregnancy: Study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17:498. doi:10.1186/s13063-016-1601-0

13. Tomfohr, L. M., Edwards, K., Madsen, J. W., & Mills, P. J. (2015). Social support moderates the relationship between sleep and inflammation in a population at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Psychophysiology, 52, 1689-1697. doi:10.1111/psyp.12549

14. Sones, H. M., Madsen, J. W., Jakupcak, M. & Thorp, S. (2015). Evaluation of an educational group therapy program for female partners of veterans diagnosed with PTSD: A pilot study. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4, 150-160.

15. Sheets, E. S., Craighead, L. W., Brosse, A. L., Hauser, M., Madsen, J. W., & Craighead, W. E. (2013). Prevention of recurrence of major depression among emerging adults by a group cognitive-behavioral/interpersonal intervention. Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 425-430.

16. Doss, B. D., Rowe, L. S., Morrison, K. R, Libet, J., Birchler, G. R., Madsen, J. W. et al. (2012). Couple therapy for military veterans: Overall effectiveness and predictors of response. Behavior Therapy, 43, 216-227.

17. Doss, B. D., Simpson, L. E., Carhart, K., Madsen, J. W., & Georgia, E. J. (2011). Sudden gains in treatment-as-usual couple therapy for veterans. Behavior Therapy 42(3), 509-520.

18. Craighead, W. E., Sheets, E. S., Craighead, L. W., & Madsen, J. W. (2011). Recurrence of MDD: A prospective study of personality pathology and cognitive distortions. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 2(2), 83-97.

19. Muralidharan, A., Sheets, E. S., Madsen, J., Craighead, L. W., & Craighead, W. E. (2011). Interpersonal competence across domains: Relevance to personality pathology. Journal of Personality Disorders, 25, 16-27.

20. Ben-Zeev, D., Young, M. A., & Madsen, J. W. (2009). Retrospective recall of affect in clinically depressed individuals and controls. Cognition and Emotion, 23(5), 1021-1040.

21. Madsen, J. W., McQuaid, J. R., & Craighead, W. E. (2009). Working with reactant patients: Are we prescribing nonadherence? Depression and Anxiety, 26, 129-134.

22. Craighead, W. E., Hart, A. B., & Madsen, J. W. (2000). Estado actual de la recaída/recurrencia de la depresión mayor. Psicología Conductual, 8(3), 525-545.