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Wayne A. Bowers, PhD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

2916 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City, IA 52242


BA, Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
PhD, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Research Summary

I am interested in understanding and treating eating disorders. Also, in the use of Cognitive Therapy with a wide variety of individuals. I have knowledge and experience in training and supervision in Cognitive Therapy.


Bowers, W. (2014). Civil Commitment in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse: Empirical Status and Ethical Cosiderations. In A. Dennis , T. Brewerton (Eds.) Eating Disorders, Addictions, and Substance Use Disorders. pp. 649. Springer.

Bowers, W., Haedt, A. A. (2010). Psychological assessment of eating disorders. In V. R. Preedy , R. R. Watson , C. R. Martin (Eds.) International Handbook of Behavior, Diet, and Nutrition. New York, NY: Springer.

McCormick, L. M., Keel, P. K., Brumm, M. C., Watson, D. B., Forman-Hoffman, V. L. & Bowers, W. (2009). A pilot study of personality pathology in patients with anorexia nervosa: modifiable factors related to outcome after hospitalization. Eat Weight Disord, 14(2-3), e113-20. PMID: 19934624.

McCormick, L., Keel, P., Brumm, M., Bowers, W., Swayze, V., Andersen, A. & Andreasen, N. (2008). Implications of starvation-induced change in right dorsal anterior cingulate volume in anorexia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord, 41(7), 602-610. PMID: 18473337.

Mikos, A. E., McDowell, B. D., Moser, D. J., Bayless, J., Bowers, W., Andersen, A. E. & Paulsen, J. S. (2008). Stability of neuropsychological performance in anorexia nervosa. Ann Clin Psychiatry, 20(1), 9-13. PMID: 18297581.

Bowers, W., Ansher, L. S. (2008). The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy on changing eating disorder symptoms and psychopathology of 32 anorexia nervosa patients at hospital discharge and one year follow-up. Ann Clin Psychiatry, 20(2), 79-86. PMID: 18568579.

Tobin, D. L., Banker, J. D., Weisberg, L. & Bowers, W. (2007). I know what you did last summer (and it was not CBT): a factor analytic model of international psychotherapeutic practice in the eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord, 40(8), 754-7. PMID: 17610255.

Bowers, W., Andersen, A. (2007). Cognitive therapy with eating disorders: the role of medications in treatment. J Cogn Therapy, 21, 16-27.

McDowell, B., Moser, D., Ferneyhough, K., Bowers, W. & Paulsen, J. (2003). Cognitive impairment in anorexia nervosa is not due to depressed mood. Int J Eat Disord, 33(3), 64-70. PMID: 12655632.

Moser, D., Benjamin, M., Bayless, J., McDowell, B., Paulsen, J., Bowers, W., Arndt, S. & Andersen, A. (2003). Neuropsychological functioning pretreatment and post treatment in an inpatient eating disorders program. Int J Eat Disord, 33(1), 64-70. PMID: 12474200.

Bayless, J., Kanz, J., Moser, D., McDowell, B., Bowers, W., Andersen, A. & Paulsen, J. (2002). Neuropsychological characteristics of patients in a hospital-based eating disorder program. Ann Clin Psychiatry, 14(4), 203-207. PMID: 12630655.

Andersen, A. E., Bowers, W. & Watson, T. (2001). A slimming program for eating disorders not otherwise specified. Reconceptualizing a confusing, residual diagnostic category. Psychiatr Clin North Am, 24(2), 271-80. PMID: 11416927.

Bowers, W. (2001). Basic principles for applying cognitive-behavioral therapy to anorexia nervosa. Psychiatr Clin North Am, 24(2), 293-303, x. PMID: 11416929.

Bowers, W. (2001). Cognitive models of eating disorders. J Cogn Psychother, 15(4), 331-340.

Watson, T. L., Bowers, W. & Andersen, A. E. (2000). Involuntary treatment of eating disorders. Am J Psychiatry, 157(11), 1806-10. PMID: 11058478.

Bowers, W., Ansher, L. (2000). Cognitions in anorexia nervosa: Changes at discharge from a cognitive therapy milieu inpatient treatment program. J Cogn Psychother, 14, 393-401.

Howard, W. T., Evans, K. K., Quintero-Howard, C. V., Bowers, W. & Andersen, A. E. (1999). Predictors of success or failure of transition to day hospital treatment for inpatients with anorexia nervosa. Am J Psychiatry, 156(11), 1697-702. PMID: 10553731.

Max, J., Bowers, W., Baldus, D. & Gaylor, E. (1998). Pediatric traumatic brain injury and burn patients in the civil justice system: The prevalence and impact of psychiatric symptomatology. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law, 26(2), 247-258. PMID: 9664260.

Temple, S., Bowers, W. (1998). Supervising cognitive therapies from diverse fields. J Cogn Psychother, 12, 139-152.

Bowers, W., Evans, K. & Andersen, A. (1997). Inpatient treatment of eating disorders: A cognitive therapy milieu. Cogn Behav Pract, 4, 291-323.

Black, D. W., Monahan, P., Wesner, R., Gabel, J. & Bowers, W. (1996). The effect of fluvoxamine, cognitive therapy, and placebo on abnormal personality traits in 44 patients with panic disorder. J Person Disord, 10, 185-194.

Black, D. W., Wesner, R., Bowers, W., Monahan, P. & Gabel, J. (1995). Acute treatment response in outpatients with panic disorder: high versus low depressive symptoms. Ann Clin Psychiatry, 7(4), 181-8. PMID: 8721892.

Stuart, S., Bowers, W. (1995). Cognitive therapy with inpatients: Review and meta-analysis. J Cogn Psychother, 9, 85-92.

Black, D. W., Wesner, R. B., Gabel, J., Bowers, W. & Monahan, P. (1994). Predictors of short-term treatment response in 66 patients with panic disorder. J Affect Disord, 30(4), 233-41. PMID: 8014323.

Bowers, W., Andersen, A. E. (1994). Inpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa: review and recommendations. Harv Rev Psychiatry, 2(4), 193-203. PMID: 9384902.

Bowers, W. (1994). Neuropsychological impairment among anorexia nervosa and bulimia. Eat Disord, 2, 42-46.

Black, D. W., Wesner, R., Bowers, W. & Gabel, J. (1993). A comparison of fluvoxamine, cognitive therapy, and placebo in the treatment of panic disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 50(1), 44-50. PMID: 8422221.

Bowers, W., Stuart, S., MacFarlane, R. & Gorman, L. (1993). Use of computer administered cognitive-behavior therapy with depressed inpatients. Depression, 1, 294-299.

Bowers, W., Yates, W. (1992). Cognitive therapy during discontinuation of alprazolam for social phobia. Psychotherapy, 29, 285-287.

Bowers, W. (1991). Cognitive therapy combined with antidepressant medication for depression. Dep Brief, 2(3), 157-162.

Yates, W., Bowers, W., Carney, C. & Fulton, A. (1990). Is bulimia nervosa related to alcohol abuse? A personality analysis. Ann Clin Psychiatry, 2, 23-27.

Bowers, W. (1990). Treatment of depressed in-patients. Cognitive therapy plus medication, relaxation plus medication, and medication alone. Br J Psychiatry, 156, 73-8. PMID: 2404539.

Yates, W., Sieleni, B. & Bowers, W. (1989). Clinical correlates of personality disorder in bulimia nervosa. Int J Eat Disord, 8, 473-477.

Gauron, E., Bowers, W. (1989). Grandiosity: By their fruits you will know them. Psychother Patient, 5(3-4), 37-44.

Bowers, W. (1988). Beck's cognitive therapy: It's role in rehabilitation. J Appl Rehabil Counsel, 19, 43-46.

Bowers, W. (1987). Medical complications of anorexia nervosa and bulimia: Implications for rehabilitation counselors. J Rehabil, 53, 55-58.

Gauron, E., Bowers, W. (1986). Pain control techniques in college athletes. Psychol Rep, 59, 1163-1169.

Stangl, D., Pfohl, B., Zimmerman, M., Bowers, W. & Corenthal, C. (1985). A structured interview for the DSM-III personality disorders. A preliminary report. Arch Gen Psychiatry, 42(6), 591-6. PMID: 4004501.

Bowers, W., Gauron, E. & Mines, R. (1984). Training of group psychotherapists: An evaluation procedure. Small Group Behavior, 15, 125-137.

Etringer, B., Altmaier, E. & Bowers, W. (1981). An investigation into cognitive styles of bulimic women. J Counsel Dev, 68, 216-219.

Bowers, W., Gauron, E. (1981). Potential hazards of the co-therapy relationship. Psychotherapy, 18, 225-228.