Natasha A Tonge

Natasha A Tonge

Natasha A Tonge

Assistant Professor

Clinical Psychology: minority mental health disparities; trust; self-disclosure; anxiety; patient-provider interactions in adults

 Dr. Natasha Tonge is NOT accepting applications Fall 2023.

Dr. Natasha Tonge received her B.A from Swarthmore College where she graduated with a special major in Biopsychology and a minor in Art History. She received her M.A. and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed clinical internship at the Minneapolis VA and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the VISN 5 MIRECC in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Dr. Tonge's current research is focused on trust/mistrust in patient-provider relationships, specifically for mental health service delivery and in healthcare contexts. She is interested in 

1) how can mistrust and fear of negative evaluation in patient-provider relationships be assessed when mental health is a potential treatment target?

2) how is trust in the patient-provider relationship influenced by context - whether that be the type of treatment delivery (e.g., mHealth, telehealth, face-to-face) or type of provider relationship (e.g., nursing, physician, social worker, psychologist)?

Understanding how those with minoritized and/or stigmatized identities (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, sexual/gender minorities, serious mental illness) experience trust in the patient-provider relationship is central to her research program.


Selected Publications

Tonge, N.A., Travaglini LE, Brown CH, Muralidharan A, Goldberg RW. Impact of mental health on seeking pain care among veterans with serious mental illness. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2021 Jul 27:S0163-8343(21)00107-9. doi: 10.1016/j.genhosppsych.2021.07.008.

Tonge, N.A., Lim, M.H., Piccirillo, M.L., Fernandez, K.C., Langer, J.K., & Rodebaugh, T.L. Interpersonal problems in social anxiety disorder across relational contexts. (2020). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 102275.

Rodebaugh, T.L., Tonge, N.A., Piccirillo, M.L., Fried, E., Horenstein, A., Morrison, A., Goldin, P., Gross,J.,Fernandez, K., Lim, M.H., Blanco, C., Schneier, F., Liebowitz, M., Bogdan, R., Thompson, R., & Heimberg, R.G (2019). Does centrality in a cross-sectional network suggest intervention targets for social anxiety disorder? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 86.


Expanded Publication List

Courses Taught

PSYC 862: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adults


B.A. Swarthmore College, 2011
M.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2016
Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis, 2020