My work focuses on the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders and stress in both general and cancer contexts. In studies of anxiety disorders, we have rigorously evaluated the utility of mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions relative to the current gold standard of cognitive behavioral therapy, and sought to understand the pathways by which such interventions operate and for whom they may be most effective. We translate mindfulness and acceptance based interventions such as acceptance and commitment therapy to address anxiety and related distress among cancer survivors. Our work also examines the behavioral impact and biopsychological mechanisms of specific intervention components, including self-compassion, acceptance, and mindfulness, on reducing anxiety and stress reactivity and increasing well-being.
anxiety disorders, mindfulness and acceptance-based treatments for anxiety disorders, anxiety (more generally), cancer-related anxiety, psycho-oncology, cognitive behavioral therapy, experimental psychopathology focused on anxiety, mindfulness and self-compassion
NRSC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Critically reviews topics in neuroscience research, scholarly analysis of a major neuroscience issue, and/or empirical research project. See the neuroscience director for further information.
PSYC 3303 - Abnormal Psychology
Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
Examines etiological, theoretical, clinical,diagnostic, and experimental perspectives of major mental health disorders, with an emphasis on the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria associated with these disorders.
PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.