Center for Anxiety &
 Traumatic Stress (UWCATS)

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


Note:  We will be taking a Ph.D. doctoral student for the Fall of 2014. 
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, Acting 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
Janie Jun, MS
Research Focus:  My research interests focus on understanding the processes of change in treatment for PTSD.  Specifically, I am interested in seeing how cognitive and emotional processing is associated with symptom change in psychotherapy for PTSD and its effects on treatment outcome.

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, BA
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

Research Coordinators
Lindsay Kramer, BS
Research Focus:  My research interests focus on how individuals cope after a traumatic life event and how they are forced to reappraise their core attiudes and beliefs. I am particulary interested in studying those who are able to achieve resilience by utilizing positve emotions and adaption to bounce back from the stressful situation. I hope to better understand how individuals are able to successfuly cope and discover positive growth and transformation after traumatic experiences. 

Visiting Scholar
Patricia G. Mello, MsPsy (BRA)
Research Focus:  I am interested on the effect of treatment in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and cognitions and what kind of treatment works for which person. I am particularly interested in understanding which characteristics, conditions or personality traits makes the individual more susceptible to maladaptative reactions to trauma and how those characteristics influence recovery with treatment.