Texas Tech University

Nicholas C. Borgogna, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology

Email: nborgogn@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-4923

Office: 313; Lab: 412

B.S., Psychology, Utah State University
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Roosevelt University
Ph.D, Combined-Integrated Clinical and Counseling Psychology, University of South Alabama
Pre-Doctoral Internship, College of William and Mary

Lab Website:
Gender, Sexuality, And Psychological Sciences (GSAPS) Lab

Dr. Borgogna will be reviewing applications for the 2022-2023 class.

Nicholas C. Borgogna

Current and Previous Funding

Current Funding
American Psychological Foundation

Previous Funding
American Psychological Association Division 51, D

Research Interests

My research falls under two primary domains. The first is understanding the intersection between psychological distress and human sexuality. Much of this work involves understanding the nature, intervention, and prevention of psychological disorders that have a sexual component. My work in this area includes examinations of LGBTQ mental health disparities, sexual traumas, and compulsive sexual behavior disorder (e.g., problematic pornography use). The second domain involves examining the nature of distressing psychological experiences (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma) and better ways to treat/prevent them. This is a burgeoning area of interest, and one that I hope to grow in the coming years. Questions I have under this domain include: What makes therapy work? Why does therapy work for some people, but not others? How can we improve our psychological interventions? From a clinical perspective, I orient from a third wave-behavior perspective (ACT), but also draw heavily from emotion-focused and process-based therapies. I am a strong proponent of the scientist-practitioner model and believe research and clinical work should be closely intertwined. 

Selected Research

Borgogna, N. C., Lathan, E.C., & McDermott, R.C. (In Press). She Asked For It: Hardcore Porn, Sexism, and Rape Myth Acceptance. Violence Against Women. 
Borgogna, N. C., Brenner, R.E., & McDermott, R.C. (2021). Sexuality and Gender Invariance of the PHQ – 9 and GAD – 7: Implications for 16 Identity Groups. Journal of Affective Disorders, 278, 122-130.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.09.069
 Borgogna, N. C., Smith, T., McDermott, R.C., & Whately, M. (2020). Are Playboy (and girl) Norms Behind the Relationship Problems Associated with Pornography Viewing in Men and Women? Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 46, 491-507.https://doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2020.1760980
Borgogna, N.C. & McDermott, R.C. (2019). Perceived Discrimination Is Disproportionally Associated with Sexual Minority Mental Health: Implications for Non-Monosexual Sexual Minorities. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 24, 20-39.https://doi.org/10.1080/19359705.2019.1644571
Borgogna, N.C., McDermott, R.C., Aita, S.L., & Kridel, M.M. (2019). Anxiety and Depression Across Gender and Sexual Minorities: Implications for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, Pansexual, Demisexual, Asexual, Queer and Questioning Individuals. Psychology of Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity, 6, 54-63.https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000306
Borgogna, N.C. & McDermott, R.C. (2018). The Role of Gender, Experiential Avoidance, and Scrupulosity in Problematic Pornography Viewing: A Moderated-Mediation Model. Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity, 25, 319-344.https://doi/10.1080/10720162.2018.1503123

Honors and Awards

Rosalee G. and Raymond A. Weiss Award
APA Division 51 Society for the Psychology of Men & Masculinities Innovative Research Scholarship
APA Division 17 Counseling Center Outstanding Graduate Intern Award