Current Projects

Our lab is  conducting research in the following areas:

 

  • Postpartum OCD We have been awarded a large research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study the course and predictors of postpartum OCD. This study is just getting underway as of the fall of 2019.
  • Mechanisms of exposure therapy – We are very interested in inhibitory learning approaches to exposure and potential ways to optimize long-term outcome of this effective treatment for anxiety. Current studies focus on ways of enhancing exposure therapy using an inhibitory learning approach for obsessional thoughts and for spider fears.
  • Cognitive biases and other factors in OCD and other anxiety-related problems – We are interested in the cognitive biases and other factors that maintain OCD and other related problems and have published numerous studies on these topics. A recent study examined biases contributing to OCD symptoms during COVID-19. Another looked at how perceptions of uncertainty and risk contribute to the perception of threat in common situations.  Some of our current studies examine the relationship between sleep and OCD symptoms, the overlap between PTSD and OCD symptoms, and whether repeated mirror checking (looking at a disliked facial feature, a neutral feature, or a control condition) causes memory distrust.

Check out some of our most recent journal articles based on these studies here.