Center for Anxiety &
 Traumatic Stress (UWCATS)

Department of Psychology, Guthrie Annex 2, 2nd Floor, 206.685.3617

People

Note:  We will be taking a Ph.D. doctoral student for the Fall of 2016. 
Strong candidates have good research/publication experience and an interest in studying underlying memory and learning processes following stressful/traumatic experiences, including PTSD. 
 

Director, Lori A. Zoellner, PhD

Medical Director, Richard Ries, MD

Nurse Practitioner, Alice Friedman, ANRP

Research Fellows and Clinicians
Belinda Graham, DClinPsy, Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Focus:  I am interested in the implications of memory processes in the development, maintenance and treatment of PTSD. In particular, autobiographical memory structure and recall. I want to contribute to nuanced interventions in clinical settings, investigating what is most effective at particular times and for particular people. I am also interested in applying our understanding of memory processes and treatment in PTSD to other contexts, outside the clinic.

Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Research Focus:  My research interests are in understanding mechanisms of recovery in PTSD and in improving current treatments for PTSD. I am interested in conducting applied research that can give us a better understanding of “what works for whom”. I also have interests in the overlap of PTSD and substance misuse, with a particular focus on how alcohol and drug use following trauma exposure contributes to developing and maintaining PTSD symptoms.

Doctoral Researchers and Clinicians

Alissa Worly, MS
Research Focus:  Broadly speaking, my research interests include identifying those who are most likely to develop PTSD, and improving current treatments for those who are already suffering from psychopathology following trauma exposure. More specifically, I am interested in exploring the following questions: What are the individual risk factors for developing PTSD in the aftermath of trauma? What are the mechanisms underlying the intergenerational transmission of trauma? What are the individual, familial, and therapeutic factors that influence the effectiveness of PTSD treatment? And how can we bridge the gap between the experimental literature on fear learning and treatment for PTSD?

Libby Marks, MS
Research Focus:  I am interested in studying fear memory processes after exposure to stressful situations or traumatic experiences.  More specifically, my research focuses on memory extinction and reconsolidation, and ways in which the effects of fear extinction can be longer lasting and more durable.  By studying fear memory processes, I hope to better understand the potential implications for prolonged exposure treatment for individuals with PTSD.  

Natalia Garcia, MS
Research Focus:  I am interested in the learning processes that underlie maladaptive fear in trauma survivors with PTSD. More specifically, I am interested in fear generalization and deficits in safety cue discrimination as possible explanations for the acquisition and maintenance of maladaptive fear.

Rosemary Walker, BA
Research focus: ​I am interested in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders, and how we can improve existing treatments. I am also interested in understanding the overlap between mental and physical health in anxiety disorders, and how the two interact to influence treatment.

Research Coordinator
Anna Franklin, BA
Research Focus:  ​I am interested in the treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders, and how we can improve existing treatments. I am also interested in understanding the overlap between mental and physical health in anxiety disorders, and how the two interact to influence treatment.