Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1998
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, clinical outcome research; virtual reality; culture & anxiety
Not recruiting new doctoral students for Fall, 2018
I strive to conduct clinical outcome research on the treatment of anxiety that contributes to our scientific knowledge base and to the quality of life of those suffering with anxiety. I believe interventions should be acceptable, accessible, and practical. Treatment should produce real-life benefits for individuals and improve public health at large. I value creative, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches, from translational neuroscience to partnership with non-profit and small business organizations.
My program of research investigates the use of virtual reality and other widely-available technologies to treat anxiety. We examine why treatments work and for whom they work. I am a scientist practitioner and find that clinical work inspires new research questions and that research guides practice. I also have interests in multicultural competence that cut across my research, teaching, and practice.
Current Projects (funded)
- developing internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy using virtual reality exposure therapy for college students with social anxiety disorder.
- testing d-Cycloserine as a cognitive enhancer for self-guided exposure therapy delivered via iPad using a double-blind randomized controlled trial.
- collecting longitudinal data on attention bias, cognitive bias, and behavioral avoidance among people with social anxiety disorder.
I am an Associate of the Neuroscience Institute, an Affiliate of the Partnership for Urban Health Affiliate, and a member of the Honors College at GSU.