For over 15 years, I have focused my work on understanding and treating chronic and reoccurring bouts of anxiety and mood disorders,
...particularly worry, stress, and depression. I have examined these problems from a perspective that highlights the importance of one’s ability to respond efficiently to emotional situations when they arise as well as one’s ability to manage resultant moods in effective rather than maladaptive ways.
My research is currently focused on:
(1) experimental delineation of multicomponential (i.e., subjective, physiological, neural, immunological) processes that contribute to emotion reactivity and dysregulation in generalized anxiety, major depression, and their co-occurrence;
(2) development of Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT), which integrates traditional and contemporary behavioral and experiential approaches into an affect science based framework; and
(3) examination of targeted biobehavioral mechanisms (i.e., attention regulation, metacognitive regulation, simultaneous exposure of reward and risk contexts) during ERT and briefer computerized targeted emotion regulation trainings to determine whether these mechanisms mediate symptomatic and functional outcome.
I received my Ph.D. from Temple University in 2001 and, have since served on the faculty at New York University, Yale University, CUNY Hunter College, and currently Teachers College, Columbia University in the Clinical Psychology Department. While at Yale, I developed and directed the Yale Anxiety and Mood Services Clinic. At Hunter and now at Teachers College, I direct the Regulating Emotion in Anxiety and Depression (READ) Lab. I also currently serve on the editorial board of six journals including Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Behavior Therapy, the executive boards of the APA Division of Clinical Psychology and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and the Scientific Council of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA).
In addition to my scholarly work, I have a private practice in midtown Manhattan.