Agnes (Aggie) Rieger



Agnes (Aggie) Rieger is a first year student in the Clinical-Community Psychology PhD program. Rieger is currently most interested in community and societal-level interventions to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence, and child maltreatment (including public health approaches, social norms, health communication, and systems change) and in provider experiences (including training, institutional support, burnout, and resilience). 

Previously, Rieger coordinated research at the Center for Psychotherapy Research (University of Pennsylvania) on depression treatment in the community mental health setting. Rieger earned her B.A. in Psychology with honors from Wellesley College, where she was involved with research that partnered with a local girls' leadership camp and research on attitude change and creativity. Rieger’s undergraduate mental health advocacy has been recognized by the Jordan Porco Foundation (Student Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2017) and she was the Women Organized Against Rape Volunteer of the Year (2018). 



Wellesley College, B.A. in Psychology 

University of Pennsylvania, Certificate in Professional Writing 

Highlighted Publications

Crits-Christoph, P., Rieger, A., Gaines, A., & Connolly Gibbons, M. B. (in press). Trust and respect in the patient-clinician relationship: Preliminary development of a new scale. BMC Psychology.

Rieger, A., Gaines, A., Barnett, I., Baldassano, C. F., Connolly Gibbons, M. B., & Crits-Christoph, P. (2019). Psychiatry outpatients’ willingness to share social media and smartphone data for research and clinical purposes: Survey study. JMIR Formative Research, 3(3), e14329. doi:10.2196/14329

Gibbons, M.B., Gallop, R., Thompson, D., Gaines, A., Rieger, A., & Crits-Christoph, P. (2019). Predictors of treatment attendance in cognitive and dynamic therapies for major depressive disorder delivered in a community mental health setting. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(8), 745-755. doi:10.1037/ccp0000414

Crits-Christoph, P., Wadden, S., Gaines, A., Rieger, A., Gallop, R., McKay, J.R., & Gibbons, M.B. (2018). Symptoms of anhedonia, not depression, predict the outcome of treatment of cocaine dependence. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 92, 46-50.

Crits-Christoph, P., Gallop, R., Gaines, A., Rieger, A., & Gibbons, M.B. (2018). Instrumental variable analyses for causal inference: Application to multilevel analyses of the alliance-outcome relation. Psychotherapy Research. Available online: