Laura Nelson Darling

Laura Nelson Darling
Graduate Student Researcher
900 Commonwealth Ave

Laura Nelson Darling, M.A. is a doctoral student and clinician within the Clinical Psychology program at Boston University. She has a background in evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of psychological disorders, including social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, specific phobias, depression, and selective mutism. Prior to her graduate studies, Laura was a clinical research coordinator working primarily with children on the autism spectrum in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Laura’s research focuses on evidence-based interventions for anxiety and emotion dysregulation in childhood and the psychophysiological mechanisms underlying risk and treatment response.  Her dissertation is evaluating the use of a novel storybook intervention to teach caregivers and their children fundamental psychoeducational principles about anxiety, avoidance, and exposure-based treatment, as well
as evidence-based strategies for implementing caregiver-led exposures “at home.”  This study will inform the development and efficacy of briefer, focused, low-intensity treatments applicable to a range of early childhood anxiety symptoms and disorders, as well as the development of scalable community prevention efforts for child anxiety. Additionally, she contributes to several ongoing research projects including a study evaluating shared decision making in youth psychotherapy, and a multi-site pragmatic trial comparing the effectiveness of online- and therapist-administered CBT for youth with anxiety in pediatric health care settings.

Selected Publications

Pincus, D.B., Nelson Darling, L. & Leyfer, O. (in press). Delivering treatment for panic disorder in adolescence with flexibility and fidelity.  In P. Kendall (Ed.), Flexibility within Fidelity. NY:  Oxford University Press.

Fenley, A.R., Nelson Darling, L., Schild, J.S., & Langer, D. (in press). Depression in Children and Adolescents. In G. Asmundson (Ed.), Comprehensive Clinical Psychology: Volume 5. Children & Adolescents: Clinical Formulation & Treatment, 2nd Edition. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Comer, J.S., Nelson Darling, L., del Buston, C., Musser, E.D., & Pincus, D. (in press) Stress and stress management in children and adolescents. In P. Lehrer & R. Woolfolk (Eds.), Principles and practice of stress management, 4th edition. NY: Guilford.

Faja, S., & Nelson Darling, L. (2019). Variation in restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests relates to inhibitory control and shifting in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 23(5), 1262–1272.

Ronfard, S., Nelson, L.J., Dunham, Y., & Blake, P. R. (2019). How children use accuracy information to infer informant intentions and to make reward decisions. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 177, 100–118.

Davoodi, T., Nelson, L.J., & Blake, P.R. (2018). Children’s conceptions of ownership for self and other: Categorical ownership versus strength of claim. Child Development.