"I applied to the Scholars program in the hopes that I could begin my own research project. I have been in a research lab for the last two years and have had partial experiences with conducting research. Out of this experience I hope to get a better understanding of the whole research process and whether research is something I want to continue to pursue. My academic goals this year are to get IRB approval for my study and acceptance into the graduate Counseling Program at UF."
I am interested in Anxiety Disorders and their effects on sleep and physical health.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Dean's List (2008-2010)
- Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship (2009)
- Anderson Scholarship (2010)
- Florida Bright Futures
- LIFE Featured Winner
- Clinical Psychology Research Lab
- Florida Alternative Breaks
- Psychology Club
- Lupus Inspiration Foundation for Excellence (LIFE)
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Phi Kappa Phi
L.I.F.E. Public Relations Officer and Scholarship Committee Member – L.I.F.E. is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote public awareness about Lupus and awards scholarships to college students living with lupus. Florida Alternative Breaks – organization that sends students on weeklong volunteer trips across the Southeast United States.
Hobbies and Interests
- Reading, spending time with friends and family, Gator football, and volunteering with LIFE.
Use of Subjective and Objective Sleep Measures to Investigate How Internalizing Symptoms and Sleep Influence Non-Clinical Obsessions and Compulsions
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most debilitating psychiatric disorders, and subclinical levels of obsessions and compulsions can be found in about a quarter of the population (Fullana et al., 2009). Research has indicated that sleep related problems have been associated with anxiety disorders (Benca, Obermeyer, Thisted, & Gillin, 1992), such as OCD; however it is unclear how depression and anxiety mediate this relationship. Though a link between OCD and sleep disturbances has been found (Hohagen et al., 1994; Insel et al., 1982), little research has considered how sleep relates to levels of OCD symptomology. Thus, this study investigates how sleep disturbances impact sub-clinical obsession and compulsion severity while controlling for depression and anxiety in a non-clinical college-aged population. This study incorporates the “gold standard” in sleep assessment by using sleep diaries in combination with actigraphy watches. This type of relationship has been studied in a non-clinical, college-aged population (Reid et al., in preparation) but has yet to be studied using both subjective and objective measures. Identifying the level of influence depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsions each have with sleep would allow for more effective medical care. This project is currently in progress. This study hopes to replicate prior subjective findings that sleep does affect OCD symptomology above and beyond depression and anxiety. We hypothesize that actigraphy data should reveal similar results.