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.

 

Elizabeth H. Eustis, Ph.D. 

Dr. Eustis is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. She is also the Associate 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’ research focuses on identifying mechanisms of change in transdiagnostic treatments for emotional disorders to inform the flexible adaptation, dissemination, and implementation of these treatments in diverse contexts. She is also interested in digital mental health broadly as one way to increase access to evidence-based care, and the role of human support in digital interventions.  

 

Postdoctoral Associates

 

Brittany A. Jaso, Ph.D. 

Dr. Jaso is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. 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’s research focuses on using Ecological Momentary Assessment to understand short- and long-term emotion dynamics as they relate to symptom severity and transdiagnostic treatment outcomes in emotional disorders. She is also interested in understanding mechanisms of change and symptom alleviation across in-person and digitally-administered evidence-based treatments.

 

Graduate 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 fifth-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 fourth-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 fourth-year doctoral student in the BEST Lab and 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 BEST 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 first-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.

 

Chase Johnson, M.A.

Chase is a research assistant in Dr. Farchione’s lab. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State in 2018 and M.A. in Psychology from BU in 2021. Prior to joining the TREND UP Lab, he worked as a psychometrician at a neuropsychology clinic and a research assistant in Dr. Matthew Calamia’s Neuropsychometrics Research Group in Baton Rouge, LA. His research interests broadly include the clinical assessment of severe anxiety and mood disorders to assist in the optimization of treatment. He intends to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 

 

Madison Boschulte

Madison is an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Farchione’s lab. She is currently a student at Northeastern University, and is on track to graduate in May of 2023 with a B.S. in Psychology. Her research interests include attention, memory, perception, and decision-making stemming from learned behaviors. Madison plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Connor Burke

Connor Burke is an undergraduate research assistant in the TREND-UP lab. He is a 5th year undergraduate student at Northeastern University. He is working towards completing his BS in Psychology with minors in Philosophy and Neuroscience. Connor is doing a six-month research internship at the CARD institute. He is still developing his research interests but would like to focus on clinical psychology, personality psychology, or the psychology of religion.

Volunteers

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

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  Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral internship at Boston University. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. She is currently the  principal investigator on a career development award funded by the National Institute of Mental Health aimed at identifying best practices for addressing strong emotions in borderline personality disorder. Dr. Sauer-Zavala was also the director of the Unified Protocol Institute, a training program with the mission of disseminating evidence-based treatment for emotional disorders.

Stephanie Jarvi Steele, Ph.D.

Dr. Steele is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Williams College. Prior to starting at Williams, Dr. Steele completed a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab at Boston University. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and her predoctoral clinical internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Steele currently runs the Behavioral Assessment of Self-Injury Lab (BASIL) at Williams where she is conducting research on app-based interventions for self-injurious behaviors (SIBs), studying the role of identity as a transdiagnostic risk factor for SIBs, and engaging in regular mentorship of undergraduate student research on these and related topics. She also teaches an advanced seminar on understanding high-risk behaviors in psychopathology from a transdiagnostic perspective.

Amantia Ametaj, Ph.D.

Dr. Ametaj is a graduate of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include mechanisms of actions for emotional disorders, treatment resistant populations, health psychology, and the etiology of mental health disorders. Amantia graduated from Boston University with a degree in psychology and history and worked as research assistant in the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab prior to beginning graduate school.

Clair Cassiello, Ph.D.

Dr. Cassiello is a graduate of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Her research interests include treatment of co-morbid mood and anxiety disorders, treatment of impulsive behavior and violent behavior, and the dissemination of evidence based treatments. She is also interested in impulsivity as a transdiagnostic factor across psychopathologies. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Clair received her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College and worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Depression Clinical and Research Program.

Kate Bentley, Ph.D.

Dr. Bentley is a graduate student of the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab. Broadly, her research interests lie in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of transdiagnostic cognitive-behavioral treatment for emotional disorders. She is particularly interested in maladaptive processes characterized by emotion dysregulation common across these conditions, namely nonsuicidal and suicidal self-injurious behavior. Prior to joining the Transdiagnostic Treatment Lab, Kate received her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Amherst College and worked as a clinical research coordinator in the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

James F. Boswell, Ph.D.

Dr. Boswell received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University. He completed his predoctoral internship at Brown University Medical School. He 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. Dr. Boswell’s research and scholarly interests include psychotherapy process and outcome, information processing in psychotherapy for emotional disorders, psychotherapy integration, and psychotherapy training.

Matthew Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dr. Gallagher completed his doctorate in Clinical and Quantitative Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a predoctoral internship at the Behavioral Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA. His research focuses on how positive thinking promotes well-being and provides resilience for PTSD and other anxiety disorders. In particular, he is interested in how positive thinking constructs (e.g. hope and optimism) function as mechanisms of change of empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders. Matt is also very interested in how advances methods of longitudinal data analysis (e.g. SEM, latent growth curve modeling, multilevel modeling) can be used within the context of clinical psychology research.