For a summary of my recent publications, please click on the button to the right

For a summary of my some current and past research projects, please see below

Directed by Professor Noah Chase Berman

As Director of the HOPE Lab, I aim to improve our understanding of the development, maintenance, and treatment of fear-based conditions, especially obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Current Study (2020 - Present): Impact of COVID-19 on College Students' Development and Mental Health.

Study Purpose: In a collaboration with Bowdoin College, Swarthmore College, Barnard College, University of Miami, and University of Washington, the HOPE Lab is conducting a longitudinal study to identify the risk (e.g., loneliness) and resilience (e.g., emotion regulation abilities) factors that moderate the short- and long-term impact of COVID-19 on college students' development and mental health outcomes.

In 2012, I started at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) as a pre-doctoral intern (a one-year clinical post that is a requirement for a PhD in Clinical Psychology) on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Track. In 2013, I was fortunate to secure funding for a post-doctoral fellowship within the OCD and Related Disorders Program at MGH. In 2014, I obtained a faculty position within MGH and at Harvard Medical School. In this post, I conducted my own independent research and contributed to the mentorship of trainees within the OCD and Related Disorders Program. During my 5 years at MGH, I was awarded multiple grants and fellowships (see below) to further our understanding of OCD and related processes. 

Title: Biases in Clinical Decision Making Related to Suicide Risk (2013-2014)

Sponsor: Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative at Harvard University           

Role: Co-Principal Investigator 

Co-Investigators: Sabine Wilhelm, Ph.D. and I. Glenn Cohen, J.D.

Purpose: Examine biases that underlie mental health professionals’ clinical decision-making regarding suicide risk.

Title: Risk and Resilience Factors Associated with Cognitive Biases in OCD (2013-2016)

Sponsor: Livingston Award for Young Investigator at Harvard Medical School         

Role: Principal Investigator                        

Purpose: Examine how theoretically-relevant risk and resilience factors predict OC-related attentional and interpretation biases in children and adolescents at-risk for developing OCD.

Title: Cognitive Biases in OCD: Mechanisms of Generational Transmission (2013-2017)                       

Sponsor: International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation                             

Role: Principal Investigator 

Purpose: Examine how OCD-related information processing styles (e.g., attention and interpretation biases) are generationally transmitted from parents to children.

Title: Cognitive Biases in Offspring at Risk for OCD: Role of Physiological Arousal (2014-2016)

Sponsor: William F. Milton Fund at Harvard University                                               

Role: Co-Principal Investigator                                                                  

Co-Principal Investigator: Jamie Micco, Ph.D.

Purpose: Examine the physiological dysregulation that characterizes information processing biases in youth at risk of developing OCD.

Title: Differential Effect of Positive and Negative Mood on OCD Treatment (2014-2016)                       

Sponsor: Charles A. King Postdoctoral Fellowship and Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust                                          

Role: Principal Investigator

Purpose: Examine the effects of positive mood on threat perception, emotional processing, and physiological reactivity in adults with OCD. 

 

Title: Effect of Depression on Exposure Response in OCD: Mechanisms Underlying Threat Perception and Habituation (2014-2016)     

Sponsor: Kaplen Fellowship on Depression at Harvard Medical School                      

Role: Principal Investigator

Purpose: Examine how depression affects subjective and objective measures of exposure processes in individuals with OCD.

Title: Reactivity and Regulation in Response to Intrusive Thoughts (2019)

Sponsor: Batchelor Ford Summer Fellowship 

Role: Principal Investigator

Purpose: Examine how the content of an intrusive thought impacts emotional reactivity and emotion dysregulation.