Study for Alcohol Reduction

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University

 

Our Research and Treatment Team

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Faculty

Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D

new Todd picDr. Farchione is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He currently directs the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). While at CARD, he has achieved the prestigious title of Master Clinician, which is awarded only to those with years of clinical experience and superior supervisory skills. His research focuses on understanding emotion regulation processes, identifying mechanisms of change in treatment, and on developing new preventative measures and improved treatments for emotional disorders. Dr. Farchione teaches, guest lectures, and conducts professional training workshops on the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and has been recognized for his dedication to improving training of clinicians and dissemination of empirically supported treatments.

David H. Barlow, Ph.D, ABPP

APA_Barlow__2295.jpgDr. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 575 articles and chapters and over 75 books mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association. For more information, visit: Dr. Barlow’s CARD website.

 

 

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D

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Dr. Sauer-Zavala is a Research Associate Professor in Boston University’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral internship at Boston University. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. She is currently the  principal investigator on a career development award funded by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at identifying best practices for addressing strong emotions in borderline personality disorder. Dr. Sauer-Zavala is also the director of the Unified Protocol Institute, a training program with the mission of disseminating evidence-based treatment for emotional disorders. Finally, Dr. Sauer-Zavala maintains a small clinical practice at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders in Boston, MA. 

Yupei Hu, M.D., M.P.H.

Bonnie Brown, R.N.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Stephanie Jarvi Steele, Ph.D.

Steph websiteDr. Steele is a Research Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Steele’s research has focused on furthering understanding of the psychiatric correlates that maintain self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. She is also interested in the role of identity in the context of risk behaviors, personality psychopathology, and laboratory-based behavioral methodology. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Steele is trained in evidence-based psychotherapy and sees outpatients at CARD. Email Dr. Steele at sjsteele@bu.edu.

Elizabeth H. Eustis, Ph.D.

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Dr. Eustis is a Research Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Eustis’ research focuses on identifying mechanisms of change in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders to inform the flexible adaptation, dissemination, and implementation of these treatments in diverse contexts. She is also interested in utilizing technology to increase access to evidence-based care. Dr. Eustis is trained in evidence-based psychotherapy, and also sees outpatients at CARD. 

 

Graduate Students

Julianne Wilner, M.A.

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Julianne is a fourth-year doctoral student in the BEST lab. Her research interests include investigating mechanisms that maintain symptoms in emotional disorders, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral treatments targeting these mechanisms. She is specifically interested in understanding similarities amongst anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Currently, Julianne is working on a mechanistic evaluation of different theories of borderline personality disorder within the context of interpersonal conflict to help inform what drives symptoms.

 

Brittany Woods, M.A.

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Brittany is a second-year doctoral student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. She received her BS in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and MA in Psychology from BU, and she worked as a research assistant at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Generally, her research interests are in the transdiagnostic mechanisms underlying the maintenance and treatment of emotional disorders. In particular, she is interested in how elements of treatment interact to improve symptoms, and at which point in treatment they produce greatest change.

 

Andrew Curreri, M.A.

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Andrew is a second-year graduate student in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. He is interested in understanding mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapies with the goal of optimizing treatment delivery based on individual patient characteristics. He is also interested in nonspecific treatment factors such as expectancy, adherence, and therapeutic alliance. Andrew graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology and worked as a research technician in the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab.

Research Assistants

Sophia Sbi, B.S.

Sophia1..jpgSophia Sbi is Dr. Farchione’s research assistant for the Study for Alcohol Reduction at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She recently graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She is also working with Dr. Rossellini on his study for developing risk algorithms for the course and etiology of internalizing disorders. Prior to working at CARD, Sophia was an intern at both the Center for Early Detection, Assessment & Response to Risk (CEDAR), and the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Sophia’s research interests lie in anxiety and its related disorders, more specifically, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In the future, she hopes to focus her research on underserved populations and low-income individuals. She is also looking forward to continuing her academic career by pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.

Danyelle Pagan, B.A.

Danyelle2..jpgDanyelle is a research assistant for the Study for Alcohol Reduction under Dr. Todd Farchione. Danyelle graduated from Boston University in May 2017 with a B.A. in psychology. As an undergraduate, Danyelle was a research assistant for the Borderline Personality Disorder, Emotion, & Suicide Treatment (BEST) Lab and the Social Development and Learning Lab. She was involved in the Boston University chapter of Active Minds, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health. Danyelle is broadly interested in borderline personality disorder, depression, self-injurious behaviors, and internalizing behaviors. She plans on attending medical school and specializing in psychiatry.

Mengxing Wang, M.A.

Mengxing.jpgMengxing is a research assistant in Dr. Farchione’s lab. She went to Boston College and got a master’s degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology. After that, she clarified her interest in clinical psychology and continued her study at Boston University and got a master’s degree in Psychology. Her research interest lies in the psychopathology of and evidence-based treatments for emotional disorders, especially depression. She is also working with Dr. Michael Lyons from the Vietnam Era Twin Study of Aging lab. They are currently collaborating on two papers: one looking at the comorbidity of antisocial personality disorder and major depressive disorder, and the other looking at the correlation between polygenic risk scores for depression, brain morphology, and number of depressive symptoms. She is looking forward to continuing her studies in a doctoral program in clinical psychology, with a focus on emotional disorders, especially depression.

Bethany Harris, B.A.

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Bethany is the current Research and Administrative Assistant to Dr. Barlow. She graduated from the University of Vermont in May of 2018 with a B. A. in psychological science. As an undergraduate, Bethany worked at the Center for Research on Emotion, Stress, and Technology (CREST) Lab, under Dr. Matthew Price. Bethany is a proud member of Psi Chi the international honor society of psychology. Her research interests include depression, internalized behavior, and anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder in adolescents and adults. Bethany aims to continue to graduate school in the future to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.