Dr. Thomas L. Rodebaugh, Ph.D.
Dr. Rodebaugh is a clinical psychologist with a focus on anxiety disorders in adults, particularly generalized social anxiety disorder. He is also interested in psychotherapy outcome and process. His research focuses on improving the assessment and treatment of anxiety, as well as increasing understanding of the factors that maintain and reduce anxiety (e.g., attention bias). He is particularly interested in the relationship between social anxiety and interpersonal processes, particularly in regard to friendship. More generally, he is interested in further evaluating and enhancing exposure treatment across the anxiety disorders. He has a long-standing interest in the integration of social psychological research (e.g., dual process theories; self-regulation theories) into the domain of clinical psychology, and the selection of appropriate statistical models (e.g., structural equation models; item response theory models) for evaluating measures and testing hypotheses. Recently his work has expanded to include active projects concerning post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Michelle H. Lim, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Dr. Michelle H. Lim (B.A., University of Melbourne; B.A. (Honors), Swinburne University, MPsych, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Melbourne) is a postdoctoral research fellow with an interest in psychotic disorders and social anxiety disorder. She commenced at the Anxiety and Psychotherapy Laboratory at Washington University in St Louis in June 2011. Michelle has been a registered clinical psychologist in Australia since 2004. She worked with patients with severe mental illness from 2004 to 2007. Between 2007 and 2011, she ran a successful private practice in Melbourne, Australia, while supervising at the Psychology Clinic at the University of Melbourne. During this time, Michelle also provided psychological interventions at the Anxiety and Depression Unit at Reconnexion Inc, a specialist clinic for people with anxiety and depressive disorders. Michelle’s research interests include examining cognitive biases in psychopathology, subclinical psychotic symptoms, decision-making processes and emotional regulation processes. She has published in the area of ultra-high risk individuals, delusion-proneness and psychosis.
Michelle is currently running studies that examine the relationship between subclinical paranoia and social anxiety disorder. Specifically, she is interested in examining related cognitive biases such as attentional and reasoning biases that overlap between paranoia and social anxiety. She is also interested in emotional regulation and loneliness research. Michelle utilizes ecological momentary assessment tools and cognitive assessment tools in her studies. Michelle enjoys travel, good food and coffee.
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Katya C. Fernandez, M.A.
Katya Fernandez (B.S., Duke University; M.A., Washington University in St. Louis) entered graduate school in August, 2008. Her current research interests include the initiation and maintenance of romantic relationships and friendships in socially anxious individuals, particularly using longitudinal data and informant reports. Katya is also interested in the development and validation of novel assessment techniques for mood and anxiety symptoms; a recent example of an assessment tool that she has been working on is TelEMA, a low-cost, web-based telephone assessment platform for conducting ecological momentary assessment research (click here for more information on TelEMA). Katya is also interested in examining the existence of stereotypes associated with social anxiety, and the role of self-complexity in anxiety and depression. In her free time, she enjoys writing, dancing, and spending time with friends.
Katya will be completing her predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Central Iowa VA for the 2013-2014 year.
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Cheri A. Levinson, M.A.
Cheri Levinson (B.A., University of Kentucky; M.A., Washington University in St. Louis) entered graduate school in August, 2008. Cheri’s current research focuses on understanding the high levels of comorbidity between social anxiety disorder and eating disorders. Cheri’s research is supported by a National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Mental Health. Currently, Cheri is testing if negative social evaluation fears (social appearance anxiety and fear of negative evaluation) are shared vulnerabilities that contribute to both social anxiety and eating disorders. Cheri is also interested in how negative social evaluation fears can lead to health outcomes (i.e., high body fat content), in exclusions’ effects on social anxiety, and in the relationship between social anxiety and technology. Finally, Cheri is interested in applying empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders to the eating disorders. Currently, she is running a study testing if d-cycloserine (a learning enhancement medication) improves the efficacy of exposure therapy for patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa. In Cheri's free time she likes to run, cook, spend time with friends, and take her dog for walks.
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Julia K. Langer, M.A.
Julia Langer (B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., Washington University in St. Louis) entered graduate school in August, 2009. Her research interests include the psychoevolutionary model of social anxiety that conceptualizes social anxiety as a strategic submissive response to concerns about social status. She is interested in how gaze aversion, a behavior associated with social anxiety, may relate this model. She is also interested in the relationship between higher social anxiety and lower positive affect. She plans to further investigate how people with higher social anxiety experience positive emotions and how these experiences can be increased to create more enjoyable social experiences. Julia is currently running a study on the relationship between state anxiety and positive affect for those with higher social anxiety and she is working on multiple papers on gaze aversion and social anxiety. In addition, Julia and Cheri Levinson are working on a paper concerning the relationship been peer victimization and social anxiety. In her free time, Julia enjoys running, reading, and craft projects.
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Jaclyn S. Weisman, B.A.
Jaclyn Weisman (B.A., Northwestern University) entered graduate school in August, 2012. Her research interests include cognitive and behavioral processes in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Specifically, she is interested in the diminished positive affect that characterizes social anxiety disorder and comorbid conditions such as major depressive disorder. In the future, she hopes to develop interventions aimed at increasing positive affect. Presently, Jaclyn is running a study examining the relationship between goal types and content and participant performance and experience during a public speaking task. She plans to present a poster summarizing the study's findings at the upcoming Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Conference 2013. Additionally, she is a collaborator on a review paper examining social anxiety disorder from a life-course perspective. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys working out, cooking, dancing, and cheering on Boston sports teams.
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