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Dr. Ashley Borders

Dr. Ashley Borders


  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology): University of Southern California
  • M.A. (Clinical Psychology): University of Southern California
  • B.A.: Yale University

Courses taught at TCNJ:

  • Design and Statistical Analysis (PSY 203)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 217)
  • Research Seminar (PSY 299)
  • Clinical Psychology (PSY 331)
  • Counseling and Clinical Seminar (PSY 373) on the Psychology of Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Senior Seminar: The Psychology of Mindfulness and Meditation (PSY 470)

Research Interests: My research interests focus on the causes and consequences of rumination, a cognitive coping strategy that involves repetitive and seemingly uncontrollable thoughts about a negative experience or feeling.  Rumination is associated with a range of negative clinical outcomes, from depression and anxiety to alcohol use and aggressive behavior.  My research generally focuses on outcomes related to anger and aggression.  I am currently exploring specific types of interpersonal stressors that may lead to increased rumination.  Finally, I am interested in studying mindfulness as a possible antidote to rumination.

Selected Publications:

  • Zielinski, M., Borders, A.& Giancola, P.  (in press).  Does hostile rumination mediate the associations between child abuse, parenting characteristics, and borderline features in adulthood?. Personality and Mental Health. 
  • Borders, A., Rothman, D., & McAndrew, L. (2014). Sleep problems may mediate associations between rumination and PTSD and depressive symptoms among OIF/OEF veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  • Borders, A., Guillen, L., A., & Meyer, I. (2014).  Rumination, sexual orientation uncertainty, and psychological distress in sexual minority university students. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(4), 497-523. 
  • Borders, A., McAndrew, L., Quigley, K. S., & Chandler, H. K. (2012).  Rumination moderates the associations between psychiatric symptoms and risky behaviors in Veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 583-586.
  • Borders, A., & Giancola, P. (2011).  Trait and state hostile rumination facilitate alcohol-related aggression. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 72, 545-554.
  • Borders, A., & Liang, C. T. H. (2011).  Rumination partially mediates the associations between perceived ethnic discrimination, emotional distress, and aggression. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17, 125-133.
  • Van Dam, N., Earleywine, M., & Borders, A. (2010).  Measuring mindfulness?  An Item Response Theory analysis of the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(7), 805-810.
  • Borders, A., Jajodia, A., & Earleywine, M.  (2010).  Could mindfulness decrease anger, hostility, and aggression by decreasing rumination?. Aggressive Behavior, 36, 28-44.
  • Borders, A., Smucker, S., & Earleywine, M.  (2007). Dispositional rumination and alcohol-aggression expectancies moderate the relationship between alcohol consumption and alcohol-related violence. Aggressive Behavior, 33, 327-338.

*Note: Any underlined name is a student.

Fun fact: Dr. Borders has performed at Carnegie Hall… twice!