"I applied to the University of Scholars Program in order to graduate with more research experience. I want to learn how to execute a properly designed research study and write up a manuscript for it that is fit for publication. My goals for the academic year include receiving my B.S. in Psychology, my B.A. in German, and applying to clinical psychology Ph.D. programs around the United States."
I am interested in the causes, diagnosis, and treatment for pediatric and adult anxiety disorders, with a special intrest in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Anderson Scholar (2010)
Hobbies and Interests
- Exercising, yoga, running, playing volleyball, and the beach.
OCD Severity Predicts Depression in a Clinical Pediatric Sample
This study assesses the capability of clinical Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) severity to predict depression severity in a pediatric sample. OCD and depression severity were assessed weekly for a 19-week period using the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Scale (Y-BOCS) and the Childrens' Depression Rating Scale-Revised (CDRS-R). Data was analyzed using Multi-level Modeling (MLM). Results showed that when controlling for age and gender, OCD severity strongly predicts depression severity. The implications of these results relate to the treatment of pediatric OCD. Clinicians can adapt their treatment strategies knowing that a decrease in depression symptomology should accompany a decrease in OCD symptomology, without directly targeting depression independently.