For over 15 years, I have focused my work on understanding and treating chronic and reoccurring bouts of anxiety and mood disorders, particularly worry, stress, and depression. I have examined these problems from a perspective that highlights the importance of one's ability to respond efficiently to emotional situations when they arise as well as one's ability to manage resultant moods in effective rather than maladaptive ways.
In my research, I am examining the (1) experimental delineation of multicomponential (i.e., subjective, physiological, expressive) processes that contribute to emotion reactivity and dysregulation in GAD, MDD, and their co-occurrence; (2) development of more ecologically-valid measures of emotion-related deficits relevant to anxiety and mood disorders, which might be sensitive to treatment changes and (3) the development of an integrative emotion regulation treatment for GAD and accompanying MDD.
I received my Ph.D. from Temple University in 2001 and, after 9 years on the faculty at Yale University, I joined the Department of Psychology at CUNY Hunter College where I am a Full Professor. While at Yale, I developed and directed the Yale Anxiety and Mood Services Clinic. I also currently serve on the editorial board of six journals including Journal of Consulting Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Brain and Behavior, the executive boards of the APA Division of Clinical Psychology and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and the Scientific Council of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA).
In addition to my scholarly work, I have a private practice in midtown Manhattan.