Our Team

Faculty

David H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP

Dr. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 650 articles and chapters and over 90 books mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.

For more information, visit: Dr. Barlow’s CARD website

Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D.

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Dr. Farchione is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He currently directs the Intensive Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). While at CARD, he has achieved the prestigious title of Master Clinician, which is awarded only to those with years of clinical experience and superior supervisory skills. His research focuses on understanding emotion regulation processes, identifying mechanisms of change in treatment, and on developing new preventative measures and improved treatments for emotional disorders. Dr. Farchione teaches, guest lectures, and conducts professional training workshops on the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and has been recognized for his dedication to improving training of clinicians and dissemination of empirically supported treatments.

 

Doctoral Students

Brittany Woods, M.A.

Brittany is a fifth-year doctoral student in the and TREND-UP Lab. She received her BS in Psychology from Georgia Southern University and MA in Psychology from BU, and she worked as a research assistant at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. Generally, her research interests are in the transdiagnostic mechanisms underlying the maintenance and treatment of emotional disorders. In particular, she is interested in how elements of treatment interact to improve symptoms, and at which point in treatment they produce greatest change.

Andrew Curreri, M.A.

andrew photo[1]Andrew is a sixth-year doctoral student in the TREND-UP Lab. He is interested in identifying transdiagnostic mechanisms of change in psychotherapy with the goal of optimizing treatment delivery, focusing on individual-level assessment. He is also interested in repetitive negative thinking, such as worry and rumination, as a transdiagnostic process contributing to the onset and course of emotional disorders. Andrew graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.A. in psychology and worked as a research technician at the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System prior to joining the TREND-UP Lab. Email Andrew at acurreri@bu.edu or follow him on Twitter @AndrewCurreri. 

Maya Nauphal, M.A.

Maya is a fifth-year graduate student in the TREND-UP Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Prior to joining the TREND-UP Lab, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Depression Clinical and Research Program in Massachusetts General Hospital. Her interests include better understanding (with the hopes of modifying) factors that influence perceptions of treatment and mental illness, internalized stigma, and treatment seeking behaviors. She is also interested in the development and dissemination of emotion-focused interventions to prevent the onset of mood and anxiety disorders among adolescents and young adults. Email Maya at mnauphal@bu.edu or find her on Twitter @MayaNauphal.

Nicole Cardona, M.A.

Nicole is a fifth-year doctoral student the TREND-UP Lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy from Brandeis University in 2015. Prior to joining the TREND-UP Lab, Nicole worked as a clinical & research assistant at the Boston Child Study Center, and as a counselor within McLean Hospital’s adolescent DBT continuum. She has also worked as a research assistant at Brandeis’ Sex, Development, and Aggression Lab and McLean Hospital’s Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development. Nicole is primarily interested in the relationships among emotional avoidance, borderline personality symptoms, and life-threatening behavior. She is also interested in increasing the accessibility of effective, evidence-based treatment for underserved populations. Email Nicole at ncardona@bu.edu.

Daniella Spencer-Laitt, M.S.

Daniella is a second-year doctoral student in the TREND-UP lab. She is particularly interested in the effective dissemination of evidence based treatments for emotional disorders, particularly to underserved populations, through the use of digital tools. Daniella is also interested in the application of transdiagnostic treatment models to the management of prolonged grief disorder and other emotional experiences common to older adulthood. Prior to arriving at BU, Daniella worked as an independent evaluator and research consultant for the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University, as a clinical social worker across acute psychiatric units at the Payne Whitney Clinic, and as the executive director of a non-profit organization providing remote emotional support to socially isolated older adults in New York City. Daniella holds a BA and LLB from the University of Western Australia and an MS in Social Work from Columbia University.

 

Research Assistants

Lauren Woodard, B.A.

Lauren is the current Research and Administrative Assistant to Dr. Barlow. She graduated from the University of Vermont in May of 2020 with a B.A. in psychological science. As an undergraduate, Lauren worked in the learning theory lab of Dr. Mark Bouton and completed an honors thesis on habit development. She also worked in Dr. Kelly Rohan’s clinical psychology lab, on a study investigating the relative effects of CBT and light therapy in the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Her research interests in include the underlying mechanisms of anxiety and related disorders, as well as the dissemination of evidence-based treatments.

Marie Torre, B.S.

Marie Torre is a research assistant in the TREND-UP Lab. She received her B.S. in Psychology and Spanish minor from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2020 and is currently completing her M.A. in Psychology at Boston University (with expected graduation date in 2022). Prior to working in the TREND-UP Lab, she worked with a clinical psychologist in Paris learning more about how CBT is used to treat anxiety and related disorders. Her research interests include the prevention and personalized treatment of emotional disorders using evidence-based treatments, as well as treatment accessibility for young adults. She intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology to study this.

Julián Moreno, M.Sc.

Julián Moreno is a research fellow in the TREND-UP Lab. He received his B.S. in Psychology and Portuguese minor from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia in 2016, and M.Sc. in Clinical and Health Psychology from Los Andes University in 2018. Prior to working in the TREND-UP Lab, he worked as an Assistant Professor at La Sabana University, Colombia where he teaches graduate courses in clinical psychology, and was the clinical psychology Lab Manager at Los Andes University. His research interests include the mechanism for transdiagnostic CBT for emotional disorders, also developing and improving evidence-based treatments in Low- and middle-income countries. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Li Bin Chen, M.A.

Li is a research assistant in the TREND-UP Lab. He received his B.A. in psychological science from University of Connecticut and M.A. in psychology from Boston University in 2022. Prior to joining the TREND-UP Lab, he has worked with and learned from clinicians to carry out the treatment plans for treating anxiety and related disorders. His research interests include the mechanism for transdiagnostic CBT for emotional disorder, also developing and improving evidence-based treatments in a cross-cultural context. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

 

 

Ludovica Maddaluno, B.S.

Ludovica Maddaluno is a volunteer research assistant in the TREND-UP Lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science from University of Padua, Italy, in 2020. She has been studying at Boston University during the Spring Term 2022 as an exchange student and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at University of Padua. During her Bachelor’s degree, she completed an Academic Internship working with Prof. Ines Testoni, where she took part in a research study about Death Education and Palliative Care. As a Master’s student, she completed an Academic Internship in the Eating Disorders Unit of the Hospital of Padova, working with Prof. Elena Tenconi, where she observed diagnostic evaluations, took part in the activities of the rehabilitation day hospital, and attended team reunions for the supervision and discussion of clinical cases. Her research interests include evidence-based transdiagnostic treatment for anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and addiction disorders.

Shiwei Wang

Shiwei is a research assistant and work for her COOP program in the TREND-UP Lab . She is currently a student at Northeastern University and will graduate in May of 2024 with a B.S. in Psychology, and a minor in Data Science. Her research interests include affective science, aging cognition, attention, and memory, etc. Shiwei wants to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology when she graduates from undergraduate program.

 

Madison Boschulte

Madison is a research assistant in the TREND-UP Lab. She is currently a student at Northeastern University and will graduate in May of 2023 with a B.S. in Psychology, and a double minor in Sociology and Communication Studies. Her research interests include attention, memory, perception, and decision-making stemming from learned behaviors. Madison plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

 

Sophia Kim

Sophia is a current undergraduate volunteer at the StAR lab. She is a junior studying in Boston University for a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in English. Prior to joining the TREND UP Lab, she cofounded Campus Survivors, an organization focused on providing safe spaces for survivors of college sexual violence. Her research interests include trauma in intersectional identities and the prediction of the onset of mood disorders. Sophia intends on pursuing an Ph.D. in clinical psychology post-graduation. 

Previous Lab Members

Elizabeth H. Eustis, Ph.D.

Dr. Eustis is currently a Clinical Development Lead at Big Health and is an Adjunct Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. She was previously a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University and the Director of the Unified Protocol Institute. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston and completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Eustis completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Eustis’ current research focuses on digital therapeutics as a way to increase access to evidence-based care.

Julianne Wilner Tirpak, Ph.D.

Julianne is a graduate of the TREND-UP lab. After receiving her B.A. in psychology from Boston University in 2013, she worked as a clinical research coordinator in Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research focuses on the identification of transdiagnostic mechanisms that maintain symptoms across the range of emotional disorders and the development and evaluation of treatment directly targeting these mechanisms. She is particularly interested in higher-risk behavioral presentations of emotional disorders (e.g., suicidal thoughts and behaviors, non-suicidal self-injury, interpersonal conflict), and is currently completing a mechanistic evaluation of different theories of borderline personality disorder. Julianne completed her internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Erin Ward-Ciesielski, Ph.D.

Dr. Ward-Ciesielski received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington and completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the University of Mississippi Medical Center & G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center Consortium. Her primary research interests include developing and evaluating brief, transdiagnostic interventions for suicidal individuals, facilitating treatment seeking and engagement, and improving research approaches when working with suicidal populations.

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D.

Dr. Sauer-Zavala is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky (UK) and is the founding Director of Clinical Services at the UK Clinic for Emotional Health. Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UK in 2011; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. She then spent seven years on the faculty in BU’s Department of Psychological and Brain Science before returning home to UK in 2019. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. Her research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, Templeton Foundation, the Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. Sauer-Zavala has co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and  books. In particular, she is a co-developer of the Unified Protocol and the founding director of the Unified Protocol Institute.

Stephanie Jarvi Steele, Ph.D.

Dr. Steele is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Smith College. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, followed by a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab at Boston University. Currently, Dr. Steele runs the Behavioral Assessment of Self-Injury Lab (BASIL) at Smith where she is conducting research on various transdiagnostic risk factors for self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs), and engaging in regular mentorship of undergraduate student research on these and related topics. Dr. Steele teaches research methods, abnormal psychology, and an advanced seminar on high-risk behaviors in psychopathology, and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts.

Amantia Ametaj, Ph.D.

Dr. Ametaj is a graduate of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her work focuses on global mental health, including improving the detection of and increasing access to treatments for common mental health disorders, such as traumatic stress, anxiety, and depressive disorders, in low resourced settings. Dr. Ametaj completed her doctorate at Boston University and is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Clair Cassiello, Ph.D.

Dr. Robbins graduated from the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab in 2019. As part of her work at BU, she specialized in the application of the UP to dysregulated anger. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation at Duke University Medical Center. As a postdoc, she explored the application of the UP  for patients with misophonia. Dr. Robbins is a licensed clinical psychologist and currently works at Triangle Area Psychology Clinic in Durham, NC. She provides clinical services to adults and adolescents; she also trains therapists to deliver the UP. She is co-director of the Unified Protocol Institute.

Kate Bentley, Ph.D.

​​Kate Bentley, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. She is Director of the Suicide Prevention Research Program in the MGH Center for Precision Psychiatry. Dr. Bentley completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Boston University and her predoctoral internship in the MGH cognitive-behavioral therapy track. Her research focuses on the prediction and prevention of suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, and she currently holds a five-year National Institute of Mental Health career development award that focuses on using mobile devices to improve the short-term prediction of suicide risk following psychiatric hospitalization. She also has other ongoing projects focused on developing, evaluating and implementing scalable, transdiagnostic interventions for reducing suicide risk.

James F. Boswell, Ph.D.

Dr. James Boswell is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director at the University at Albany, SUNY. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University Medical School. Dr. Boswell was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), with a primary focus on the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders. He is a certified UP trainer. Dr. Boswell’s research and scholarly interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, measurement-based care, and practice-oriented research.

Matthew Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dr. Gallagher is currently Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston. He completed his doctorate in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from the University of Kansas and was a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor at CARD with the TREND-UP and CODA labs. His research focuses on studying the efficacy of the UP for PTSD and anxiety disorders in diverse populations as well as examining how positive thinking promotes well-being and provides resilience for PTSD and anxiety disorders. He is also very interested in quantitative methods and regularly serves as a biostatistician for clinical trials.

Brittany Jaso, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jaso is currently a research manager for the practice research network at Reliant Medical Group. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Miami Counseling Center. Prior to attending graduate school, she was a research assistant in the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Jaso was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Jaso’s current research focuses on digital therapeutics as a way to increase access to evidence-based care.