Dissertation title: A Critique on the DSM-III-R Classification of Situational Phobias: Studies on Speech Phobia and Driving Phobia. Advisors: Anke Ehlers, Ph.D. and Walton T. Roth, M.D.
1985 - 1990 M.S. (Dipl.-Psych.) in Psychology (sehr gut)
Department of Psychology,
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany.
Thesis title: Scratching and Itching: An Experimental Study on the Relationship between Mood, Scratching, and Itching in Patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Advisors: Anke Ehlers, Ph.D. and Irmela Florin, Ph.D.
University at Albany, State University of New York.
1993 - 1994 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Associate)
Department of Psychology,
University of Dresden, Germany.
1993 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Research Associate)
Department of Psychology, Göttingen, Germany
1991 - 1993 Visiting Scholar
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine and Department of Veterans Affairs, Palo Alto, CA.
Honors and Awards 2016 Identified as Highly Cited Researcher by Tomson-Reuters’ Institute for Scientific Information
2015 Aaron T. Beck Award for significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
2015 Identified as Highly Cited Researcher by Tomson-Reuters’ Institute for Scientific Information
2015 Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
2014-2015 President, International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy
2014 Visiting Endowed Chair (honorary position),
2014 Fellow, American Psychological Association
2012-2013 President, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
2012 Award for Excellence in Contributions to CBT, Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College
2011 Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
2010 Outstanding Service Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
2010 Local Arrangement Chair, 6th World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
2010 Fellow, Eastern Psychological Association
2008-2010 Representative-at-large, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
2007-2012 Board Member at Large, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
2003 Beck Institute Scholar
2000 Young Investigator Award, National Alliance for
Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (Essel Investigator).
1999 Young Investigator Research Award, Anxiety Disorders Association of America.
Young Investigator Award, Association for
Clinical Psychosocial Research.
1998 First Independent Research Support and Transition Award (R29), National Institute of Mental Health.
1997 Young Investigator Award, National Alliance for
Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.
1993 magna cum laude; Dr.rer.nat. [Ph.D.].
1991 DAAD Dissertation Fellowship (German Academic Exchange Service) to conduct research at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.
1990 “sehr gut” (highest grade); Dipl.Psych. [M.S.].
Grants Principal Investigator: Active:
“From Defensive Responses to Clinical Interventions: Understanding the Mechanisms of Anxiety” James S. McDonnell Foundation, Collaborative Activity Awards ($1,374,417.00), 09/01/2016-08/31/2019. Role: PI (in collaboration with Elizabeth Phelps and Joseph LeDoux, NYU).
“Yoga for Generalized Anxiety Disorder” NCCIH (formerly NCCAM); R01AT007257 ($2,075,528), 07/01/2013-03/31/2018. Role: PI.
“Dose-Timing of D-cycloserine to Augment CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder” NIMH: R34MH099311 ($735,650 direct), 08/15/2014-05/31/2017. Role: PI.
“Connectomes Related to Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents”NIMH; U01MH108168 ($553,491 to BU), 09/16/2015-06/30/2019. Role: Subrecipient PI. Completed: “D-Cycloserine Enhancement of Exposure in Social Phobia” NIMH; R01 MH078308 ($900,000), 9/19/2007-7/31/2011. Role: PI.
“Augmentation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder with Biofeedback” American Psychological Association ($36,000), 10/1/2005-12/31/2006. Role: PI
"Modification of Respiratory Parameters as Key Element of Panic Disorder Treatment." Private donation from Russell and Beth Siegelman (myCFOFoundation) ($50,000), 3/25/2003-3/31/2004. Role: PI.
“Treatment of Social Phobia: Mediators and Moderators”
NIMH MH57326; R29, First Independent Research Support and Transition Award ($566,176), 05/01/98 - 02/28/2003. Role: PI
Minority Supplement Grant to “Treatment of Social Phobia: Mediators and Moderators,” NIMH MH 57326-02 ($30,563), 12/18/98 - 02/28/2003. Role: PI.
“CBT of First Episode Schizophrenia,” National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award ($60,000),
7/1/00--11/20/02. Role: PI.
“Treatment of Panic Disorder in Patients with Schizophrenia,”
National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator Award ($60,000), 07/01/97 - 06/30/99. Role: PI.
Active: “Improving Therapeutic Learning in Depression: Proof of Concept.”
“The Phenomenology and Treatment of Emotion Dysregulation in Traumatized Refugees.”
National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant APP1042882, ($233,970.17), 2013-2016 (P.I.: Nickerson). Role: Consultant.
“A randomized, controlled trial of intranasal oxytocin as an adjunct to behavioral therapy for autism spectrum disorder.”
Department of the army ($1,535,083), 3/12/12-2/18/16 (PI: John Gabrieli, Ph.D.). Role: Consultant.
“Exposure therapy for fear of falling” NIMH; R34 MH086668 ($450,000), 7/1/10-6/30/13, (PI: Julie Wetherell, Ph.D). Role: Consultant.
“Virtual reality exposure therapy for the treatment of social phobias” (PI: Page Anderson). NIMH R42 MH 60506 ($660,335), 09/13-09/15. Role: Consultant.
“Neural dimensions of attention bias modification for transdiagnostic anxiety” (PI: Rebecca Price). NIMH K23MH100259 ($766,610), 04/01/13-12/31/17. Role: Consultant.
“Augmentation of exposure therapy for social anxiety disorder using post-exposure naps.” (PI: Ed Pace-Schott). NIMH R21MH101567, 10/01/14-9/31/16. Role: Consultant.
Completed: “Exposure, D-cycloserine enhancement, and genetic modulations in Panic Disorder” NIMH; R01 MH081116 ($1,206564), 4/24/08-3/31/13 (PI: Michael Otto, Ph.D). Role: Co-investigator.
“Change Mechanisms in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder” (PI: Hayes). K99 MH085060, NIH/NIMH, 08/01/09-07/31/11. Role: Co-mentor
“Attention retraining for social anxiety disorder: An fMRI study” (PI: Alice T. Sawyer). NIMH F31 MH091914-01 ($32,912), 08/10-09/13. Award. Role: Mentor.
“The role of glutamate transporter in AMPA receptor localization” (PI: Hengye Man). NARSAD Young Investigator Award (30,000), 07/10-06/12. Role: Sponsor/Mentor.
“D-Cycloserine to Enhance Extinction Cues” (PI: James Mackillop). NIMH R21AA017696 09/08-10/11. Role: Consultant.
“A Placebo-Controlled Trial of D-Cycloserine and Exposure Therapy for Combat-PTSD” (PI: Brett Litz). Department of Veteran Affairs, VA Merit Award ($516,480), 10/1/2006-9/30/2009 (5% effort). Role: Co-investigator.
“The Efficacy of Org25935 for Augmenting CBT of Panic Disorder.”