DR. NICHOLAS ALLAN
Dr. Allan is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Ohio University and a director of FEAR Lab. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2016 in clinical psychology. Dr. Allan’s program of research is focused on disentangling the role of risk factors in the etiology of emotional distress disorders (i.e., mood and anxiety). In line with the RDOC approach advanced by NIMH, Dr. Allan conducts his research through a translational research framework in which basic science is used to inform clinical practice and vice versa. This approach is optimized as a multidisciplinary approach involving integration of multiple units of analysis. Dr. Allan is particularly interested in integrating neurophysiological (EEG), experimental, and self-report approaches to studying risk factors for emotional distress disorders. He also is focused on utilizing advanced quantitative approaches, particularly structural equation modeling to answer his research questions.
Within a translational framework, Dr. Allan explores the complex relations between risk factors that have been implicated in multiple emotional distress disorders (i.e., transdiagnostic risk factors). Examples of such risk factors include anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of anxious arousal), intolerance of uncertainty (IU; the inability to tolerate the possibility of current and future negative events), and distress tolerance (DT; the perceived ability to tolerate distressing emotions). Targeting these and other risk factors independently, and in tandem, Dr. Allan’s research encompasses three interrelated aims: (1) to develop an empirically-based model of transdiagnostic risk factors for emotional distress disorders (2) to design indices of transdiagnostic risk factors across psychometric, behavioral, and neurophysiological units of analysis, and (3) to determine the mechanistic role of transdiagnostic risk factors as brief intervention targets for emotional distress disorders.
5th year doctoral student
Kevin is a fifth year graduate student in the lab. One of his primary research goals is to better understand the etiology of social anxiety. In particular, Kevin is interested in investigating how perfectionism and related constructs confer risk for social anxiety. Additionally, Kevin is interested in better understanding the multidimensionality of the depression syndrome, and the onset of depression symptoms. In conjunction with these research interests, Kevin is interested in using multiple units of analysis, particularly physiological measures, to investigate the relations between constructs related to mood and anxiety disorders. In his free time Kevin enjoys playing soccer, going on hikes, and watching movies.
4th year doctoral student
Ann graduated from Iowa State University Honors College with a B.S. in Psychology with minors in English and Biology. At Iowa State, she worked as a research assistant in the Temporal Dynamics: Thinking and Decision Making Lab under Dr. Robert West. Along with this, Ann also played a fundamental role in the re-establishment and use of the Neuro Lab within the College of Business under the supervision of Dr. Todd Thornock. Ann is currently a fourth year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Ohio University. Her research interests lie in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders, with a concentration on the relations between ERP components, within-person and between-person daily variability, and emotional regulation.
4th year doctoral student
Kate is a fourth year graduate student of the Clinical Program. She is interested in the risk factors and factor structure of anxiety disorders and in improvement of treatments for these disorders. Kate is currently working on projects that involve brief in-person and computerized treatments targeting transdiagnostic risk factors of anxiety disorders. She is interested in implementing ecological momentary assessment and treatment for anxiety and mood disorders. In addition, Kate is interested in disentangling common and specific factors of PTSD symptom clusters and in reducing suicidal ideation and behavior in people with PTSD. She combines neurophysiological and behavioral measurements in her research. In her free time, Kate enjoys having conversations with people, listening to audiobooks, dancing, and travelin
4th year doctoral student
Shahrzad graduated from The Florida State University with a B.S. in psychology and two minors in statistics and child development. There, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Christopher Patrick, studying psychopathy, impulse control, and anxiety and mood disorders, and Dr. Jesse Cougle, studying the biological, cognitive and behavioral aspects of anxiety disorders. Currently, Shahrzad is a fourth year graduate student in the clinical psychology PhD program at the Ohio University, under the mentorship of Dr. Nicholas Allan. Her research interests include the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in the child/adolescent and adult populations. She is particularly interested in neurophysiological investigation, with a concentration on biobehavioral risk factors and their relation to developmental psychopathology.
2nd year doctoral student
Brandon is a second year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student working in the fear lab. As an undergraduate and Master’s student, Brandon focused on cognitive risk factors that predispose individuals to depressive disorders, particularly in the realm of autobiographical memory deficits (i.e., overgeneral memory) at the University at Buffalo. He is interested in understanding the shared and unique risk factors for anxiety and depressive disorders, particularly through the use of hierarchical models that incorporate affective and cognitive components to better encapsulate risk for anxiety and depression. Additionally, Brandon is interested in further understanding how maladaptive cognitive processes (e.g., rumination and worry) confer risk to psychopathology on a day-to-day basis through the use of methodologies such as ecological momentary assessment or daily diary studies. When he is not doing work, Brandon enjoys playing video games, watching sports, and reading books.
2nd year doctoral student
Catherine recently received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from The College at Brockport – SUNY where she worked with Dr. Janet Gillespie studying depression and resilience qualities. She also graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Psychology and English and a minor in Italian Studies. At Notre Dame, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Scott Monroe, studying stress, depression, and personality, and Dr. Anne Simons, studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, therapist competence, and client outcome. Catherine is a second year graduate student in the clinical psychology PhD program at Ohio University. Her research interests include the etiology, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders. She is particularly interested in the interplay between grit and the experience of stress and the development of depressive symptoms. In her spare time she enjoys reading and practicing yoga.
Kylee is a first-year psychology major, with a minor in biology. In the psychology field her interests reside in generalized anxiety disorder as well as stress. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school for Occupational Therapy. In her free time she loves to dance and do ceramics!
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Mychaela Chapman is a senior here at Ohio University. She is majoring in Psychology and also obtaining a diversity studies certificate. She is interested in clinical psychology research and learning about psychopathology. Her overall professional goal is to become a clinical psychologist and do research. Outside of the lab, Mychaela enjoys being around her friends and family.
Haley is a senior undergraduate student in neuroscience at Ohio University. She is interested in how psychology research can be used to improve not only mental, but also physical health outcomes. She is excited to gain more research experience and learn more about clinical psychology through the FEAR Lab. She is also a research assistant in sociology, where she studies different barriers to receiving healthcare. Haley enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking. She hopes to one day visit all of the US national parks.
Chloe Bedford is a fifth-year majoring in Psychology and English. She is interested in neuropsychology and health psychology, especially in older adults. In the lab, she works with BERP, mEMA, and EEG processing team. She is a hospice volunteer and enjoys playing violin and backpacking in her free time.
Allie is a second-year student at Ohio University from Painesville, Ohio, currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in Biology. She hopes to further her academic career by attending graduate school (Ph.D.) to become a practicing and research-oriented clinical psychologist. Allie hopes to specialize in the study of anxiety disorders, especially pertaining to their relations to dysautonomia and other dysfunctions of the nervous system; she has interest in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy techniques, as well as Mindfulness-Based Intervention for the treatment of such disorders, relative to psychology. In her free time, Allie enjoys spending time with her two dachshunds, her sister, and playing video games with her friends
Christa is a junior at Ohio University with majors in Psychology and Sociology-Criminology as well as a Certificate in Law, Justice, and Culture. She will also be pursuing a Certificate in Forensic Studies. She is excited to learn more about research and gain experience through the FEAR Lab. Her research interests include mood and anxiety disorders as well as the impacts of stress and perfectionism on emotional health and daily functioning. She hopes to volunteer at, shadow, and/or intern within a corrections facility in Ohio. She plans to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology. One fun fact about Christa is that she was born in Richmond, Virginia. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being outside, and volunteering with the organizations she is a part of.
Kimberlea is a second-year student with a major in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is interested in understanding the processes and workings of people with anxiety and mood disorders and gaining clinical experience in the FEAR lab. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in counseling psychology and hopes to become a licensed therapist. Kimberlea is from Cincinnati, Ohio. In her free time, she likes to watch movies and go to concerts. Fun fact, she had 2 photography pieces in an art exhibition of 300 pieces chosen from 11,500 art pieces in the state of Ohio.
Emily DeMooy is a senior at Ohio University. She is a Psychology Major, a Biological Sciences Minor, as well as working towards a certificate in Diversity Studies. Emily is particularly interested in the biological reactions in responses as well as the long-term psychology effects associated with mood and anxiety disorders. Emily’s academic goal is to attend medical school and eventually become a pediatric psychiatrist, with hopes to one day open free clinics in low SES communities. Emily has worked with Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Center the last two summers at their summer camps and is excited to see what the future holds for her future career in working with children.
Riley is an undergraduate junior at Ohio University from Cape Canaveral, FL. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology and hopes to pursue a PHD in clinical psychology. Her interests in the field of psychology include generalized anxiety and social anxiety disorders. She hopes to one day work as a psychotherapist. In her free time, she likes to read and explore new places.
Olivia Farmer is a senior with a major in psychology and minor in Biology. She is interested in mood and anxiety disorders and different ways in which these disorders can be diagnosed and treated. After graduation she is hoping to attend medical school in order to become a psychiatrist who can help others improve their mental health through biology. She is from Cleveland Ohio and enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and making soap and candles!
Taylor is a freshman at Ohio University. She is majoring in Psychology minoring in Sociology and a Certificate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS). In her free time she loves to read and go explore new areas. Taylor loves to work with children! After graduation she intends to attend graduate school to pursue a career in Clinical Child Psychology. She is excited to learn more about mood and anxiety disorders through the FEAR lab.
Anna Roberto is a junior at Ohio University Studying Psychology with a certificate in forensic science. She is interested in forensic psychology and hopes to one day be a part of the justice system. She plans to attend graduate school after searching for bachelors in 2022. Outside of the lab, Anna enjoys watching new girl with her roommates and facetime her dog, Holly.
I am Carmen Sanchez, I am a junior psychology major with a minor in Spanish and English. I work with both the FEAR lab and the SNAP lab under Dr. Mischkowski. I plan to graduate from OU in May 2022 and pursue higher education in clinical psychology. I want to go into research but have other interests within the field of psychology. I am really interested in the neurology side of psychology, specifically in higher order processes and cognitions within the brain and enjoy learning about the conceptual mechanisms we all have. I am also very interested in personality and the ways in which traits interact with behaviors and thought patterns. An interesting thing about me is that music is one of my passions. I have been involved in music for a long time and have played many different instruments ranging from woodwinds to strings to percussion. It is one of the few things that really brings me joy.
Grace Silver is a junior at OU, with a double major in psychology and sociology. Her research
interests include substance abuse disorders and anxiety. After graduation, she plans to attend
grad school to pursue clinical psychology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family
and friends and going on long trail rides with her horse, May.
Riley Smoot is a freshman undergraduate student at Ohio University studying psychology. After graduation, she hopes to move on to a Ph.D. program in experimental psychology to eventually become a psychology professor. Riley is currently a research assistant in the BERP and VANS studies. Her research interests include anxiety disorders, eating disorders, and developmental disorders. In her free time, Riley likes to go camping, cook, and play the piano.
Taylor Whittington is a junior at Ohio University, currently majoring in both Biological Sciences and Psychology with a certificate in LGBTQ studies. Her research interests encompass anything that explores the biological connection and components to mental disorders; specifically, in the FEAR Lab, she enjoys working with EEG during her lab runs. Taylor plans on pursuing a doctorate in psychiatry, and eventually starting her own practice of psychiatric counseling with a focus on LGBTQ youth. In her free time, Taylor enjoys running and playing / listening to music.
Taylor is a senior at Ohio University majoring in psychology and minoring in biology. She has been apart of the Fear Lab for 2 years. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in Neuropsychology and eventually attending graduate school. The Fear Lab for Taylor has been a great experience and has allowed her to expand her knowledge and networks in many ways. In her free time, Taylor enjoys random adventures with friends and spending time with her pitbull Boone, and pomeranian Nema. She is excited for all this semester has to offer and to continuing her learning with the Fear Lab.