Study for Alcohol Reduction

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University


Our Research and Treatment Team



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.

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

Bonnie Brown, R.N.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Elizabeth H. Eustis, Ph.D.


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.


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

Emily Meyer, B.A.

headshotEmily is a Research Technician for Dr. Farchione’s Study on Alcohol Reduction (StAR). She graduated from Boston University in May of 2019 receiving a B.A. in psychology and minoring in dance. During her undergrad, she volunteered in the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders for Dr. Stefan Hoffman’s Psychotherapy and Emotions Research (PERL) Lab. Her research interest include, anxiety disorders, depression, and bipolar disorder but she is still honing her interests. Emily’s goal is to obtain a PhD or PsyD in clinical psychology.


Steve Allen, B.A.

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Steve is a research assistant in Dr. Farchione’s lab. He graduated from Boston University in May 2019 with a B.A in psychology and a minor in music performance. As an undergraduate, Steve volunteered at CARD and the Samaritans phone line, clarifying his interest in clinical psychology. His research interests broadly include mood disorders, substance use and mindfulness as an adjunct to cognitive behavioral therapies. He intends to continue his studies by pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology after his time with the StAR Studies.



Bethany Harris, B.A.


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.