Director – Anthony J. Rosellini, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosellini is the director of the OPAD lab and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology at Harvard Medical School. He returned to Boston University in 2017. The goal of his research is to use a combination of clinical psychological and epidemiological methods: (i) to identify and understand the emotional and environmental factors that influence the development and persistence of anxiety and mood disorders (e.g., personality; emotion regulation; childhood adversities); and (ii) to improve the assessment and classification of anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Rosellini relies heavily on latent variable and machine learning statistical methods to answer research questions. His current work is supported by a NIMH Career Development Award and involves using machine learning methods to develop optimized prediction tools that identify individuals at risk of anxiety and mood disorder onset and chronicity (i.e., latent trajectories) .
Sophia Sbi, B.S.
Sophia is the project manager for the prospective online survey study that aims to develop risk algorithms for the course and etiology of internalizing disorder. She recently graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She is also working with Dr. Farchione on the Study for Alcohol Reduction at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). Prior to working at CARD, Sophia was an intern at both the Center for Early Detection, Assessment & Response to Risk (CEDAR), and the Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis (PREP) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is also looking forward to continuing her academic career by pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology.
Zhenya is a junior majoring in psychology and neurobiology. She has been volunteering for the Classification of Depression and Anxiety project since freshman year, which has developed her interest in different forms of collaborative treatment for mood disorders, as well as effective diagnostic procedures. She is primarily interested in the use of neuroimaging and testing methods for the diagnosis of mood disorders, and hopes to pursue this question more thoroughly in the future. After graduation she plans to pursue a degree in clinical psychology. Outside of academics Zhenya is involved in the McKinley school program as well as other activities assisting children in underprivileged communities.