University of Richmond, 2010, BS & BA, Psychology & Cognitive Science
Etiology and risk of anxiety disorders
Pediatric social anxiety
Group differences in risk and phenotypic expression
Biological correlates (neuroimaging and physiology)
Eventual intervention and prevention efforts
I am interested in studying the etiology of anxiety disorders and conferred risk among certain populations. Currently, I am studying the correlation between behavioral inhibition and social anxiety disorder in pre-adolescents via individual and biometrical twin models. Specifically, I am interested in exploring the putative endophenotypic relationship between the two from a cross-diagnostic perspective that is in line with the NIMH’s Research Domain Criteria. In addition, I am in the process of exploring ways to assess the applicability of this basic research to clinical and community populations.
Accordingly, I strongly believe in the translational science model where researchers and clinicians work together to create better products that are accessible to the public at large. It is important to me that researchers work to always keep patient outcomes in mind, especially in the field of behavioral genetics which has more translational applications than people immediately realize. Direct translation of all research is not always possible, though, which often leads researchers to give up on trying to be “translational.” Hence, I am trying to be a leader at VCU by helping researchers and clinicians with diverse backgrounds come together to discuss translational science in an open environment. Along with fellow PBSG student Elizabeth (Beth) Long, I have created the Translational Partnership for Mental Health which has a focus on knowledge translation, dissemination, and networking.