The Optimizing Prediction of Anxiety and Depression (OPAD) Lab is affiliated with the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. We conduct research within three overlapping aims:
(1) To identify and understand the personality (e.g., neuroticism), psychological (e.g., emotion regulation), and environmental factors (e.g., stress, trauma, adversities) associated with the development and persistence of anxiety and mood (internalizing) psychopathology.
(2) To develop clinically-usefully risk tools that optimally predict the onset, severity, course, and treatment response of internalizing psychopathology and associated behavioral outcomes (e.g., suicide, violence perpetration/victimization).
(3) To improve the assessment, diagnosis, and classification of internalizing psychopathology.