ABHC Graduate Becomes Clinical Research Fellow at VA Puget Sound/University of Washington!
The ABHC would like to congratulate lab alumnus, Aaron Norr, on successfully receiving his doctorate as well as his new position as a clinical research fellow at the VA Puget Sound/University of Washington! Dr. Norr's primary research advisor is Dr. Greg Reger, whose research involves using technology to improve treatments for Veterans and active duty service members, historically focusing on PTSD and suicide. Dr. Norr received a grant to do a pilot user experience of ABHC's own Cognitive Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment (CAST) with Veterans who are not engaged in mental health care.
ABHC Recruiting DIS in Clinical Neuroscience
The ABHC is recruiting FSU undergraduates interested in a DIS with a specific focus on Clinical Neuroscience. We are looking for dedicated students to join our team on a study investigating epigenetic and hormonal markers of PTSD and suicide. Students will be trained in various aspects of clinical research, including interacting with patients, data collection, data entry, working with biological specimens, and randomized clinical trials. We are looking specifically for FSU freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are able to commit to working on the study for a minimum of 3 semesters. Preference will be given to applicants who will be available to complete 1-2 five hour shifts each week.
To complete an application, or for any additional questions, please contact Jay Boffa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dr. Schmidt Collaborates in Japan!
Dr. Schmidt was recently invited to two universities (Doshisha and Chiba) in Japan interested in using his transdiagnostic treatment protocol for anxiety – called False Safety Behavior Elimination Therapy. His Japanese collaborators have successfully translated the protocol and run some pilot participants. Plans are in the works to initiate one or two clinical trials using the translated protocol.
ABHC Recruiting Participants for Research Study
Are you a regular marijuana smoker? Do you want to improve your sleep? If so, you may be eligible for a paid treatment study at the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic. To determine eligibility, give us a call at 850-645-1766. You will complete a brief phone screen, and if it looks like we are a good fit for your needs, we will schedule you for an appointment. At this appointment, you will meet with a staff member to answer some questions about your mental health history, fill out self-report measures, and complete an emotional task. If you are eligible, you will then take part in your assigned treatment, which will consist of four sessions over four weeks. These can be scheduled at your convenience, and two will take place over the phone. You will be asked to complete one week and three month follow-ups after you complete the treatment. You can either earn FSU research credits or monetary compensation for your participation, and you will receive free treatment and a free assessment of your sleep as part of your study participation.
ABHC Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious National Institute of Drug Abuse Grant
ABHC graduate student Nicole Short received a prestigious National Institute of Drug Abuse National Research Service Award (F31) fellowship grant for her study entitled "Biobehavioral Mechanisms Underlying Improving Sleep to Reduce Substance Use Disorder Risk." Nicole was awarded $70,924 to work with Dr. Schmidt on examining the effectiveness of treating insomnia symptoms among those at risk for developing substance use disorders (SUD). Nicole and Dr. Schmidt also aim to test biobehavioral mechanisms underlying the relationship between insomnia and substance use disorder risk, such as stress and cravings, to expand our understanding of sleep disturbance as an etiological factor in SUD and to aid in the development of new preventative treatments for SUD.
ABHC Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious National Institute of Health Grant
ABHC graduate student Jay Boffa received the prestigious Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) from the National Institute of Health to further investigate biological mechanisms in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Jay's primary aim is to look at how our biological make up might predispose us to develop PTSD, and whether psychological interventions have an effect on our underlying biology. We know that certain experiences, like childhood abuse, change many things about our body- from the way we think, to our hormones, even down to our genes. These changes make us more vulnerable to stress, and more likely to develop disorders like PTSD. So far there isn't much research about whether we can reverse this process at a biological level, in order to help people be more resilient in the face of stress.
For several years now, our lab has been developing brief interventions that buffer against the effects of stress. We know that these interventions can change the way we think about stress and anxiety, and even reduce symptoms of anxiety and PTSD, but we have not yet tested whether these interventions produce positive changes in our underlying biological responses to stress. The hope is that by providing our cognitive anxiety sensitivity treatment (CAST) to individuals at risk for developing PTSD, we can improve their body's ability to respond in an adaptive way to new, stressful situations.
ABHC Welcomes a New Graduate Student for Fall 2017!
The ABHC is excited to announce the addition of Karl Wissemann as a new clinical psychology student to the Schmidt Lab and the Meyer Lab! Karl received his Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in Psychology and English from State University of New York—Geneseo. Upon graduation, Karl worked as a Study Coordinator at South Shore Neurologic Associates in New York. Karl's research interests include neuropsychological and neurobiological underpinnings of abnormal cognitive processes during adolescence, etiological predictors of the trajectory of anxiety- and depression-disordered thinking, and validating the relationship of anxiety biomarkers to traditional psychological paradigms.
ABHC Welcomes a New Research Assistant!
The ABHC is excited to announce the addition of a new full-time research assistant, Alexa Raudales! Alexa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology from Case Western University in May 2017. As an undergraduate research assistant, Alexa worked with Dr. Norah Feeny in the PTSD Treatment and Research Program. Her research interests include improving understanding and assessment of mood and anxiety symptoms, as well as investigating the role of emotion regulation in treatment. While at the ABHC, Alexa will be working on various aspects of our ongoing studies. In the future, she plans to pursue a doctoral program in clinical psychology.