Dr. Joseph PH McNamara, PhD conducts clinical research that focuses on factors related to improving treatment outcomes for patients with OCD and related disorders. He has been the research mentor for 10 graduate students and has clinically supervised 120 graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as 60 psychiatry residents
Megan Barthle-Herrera, PhD has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT-E/RP). She specializes in the treatment of Anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. She has a specific interest in anxiety and OCD related to pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Barthle-Herrera’s research interests include treatment outcomes for CBT-E/RP treatment interventions, as well as topics associated with OCD and related disorders. Dr. Barthle-Herrera is the clinical coordinator for the Division of Psychology OCD Program.
Andrea Guastello, PhD is a licensed psychologist who provides evidenced-based psychotherapy and psychoeducational assessment services to children/adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Guastello has specialty training in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobias across the lifespan.
Ashley Ordway, MEd/EdS, LMHC is has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Exposure Response Prevention to treat patients with OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders across the lifespan. She is the clinical coordinator for the Center of OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders and is passionate about bridging the gap between clinical practice and research.
Andrew G Guzick, MS is a sixth-year doctoral student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at UF who is currently completing his predoctoral internship at Texas Children’s Hospital. Andrew is interested in studying how insights from learning theory may be used to make exposure therapy as effective as possible. He is also interested in studying how family interactions and emerging technologies may impact the clinical presentation and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders during childhood and adolescence.
Lacie Lazaroe, MS is a fifth-year graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the Pediatric Psychology track. Lacie’s research and clinical interests include the utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure response prevention in treating OCD and anxiety disorders. She is the Outreach Director for Fear Facers Summer Camp, a week-long full-day summer therapeutic camp aimed at reducing OCD and anxiety symptoms.
Danielle Laine Cooke, MS is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida who identifies strongly with the scientist-practitioner model. She is a 2018 recipient of the TL1 predoctoral training grant from UF’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Danielle’s research and clinical interests are in cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure response prevention in treating anxiety-spectrum disorders, OCD and eating disorders. She has a secondary research interest in psychometric testing and transdiagnostic factors, particularly executive functioning and sleep. Clinically, she has worked with OCD and related disorders, eating disorders and anxiety disorders across the lifespan. She has also served as an instructor to over 1500 undergraduate and graduate students since beginning graduate school.
Ryan McCarty, BS is a second year graduate student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He is interested in understanding the role social factors, such as stigma, have in OCD and anxiety disorders. Ryan is also interested identifying methods to augment exposure and response prevention to improve treatment adherence and treatment response.
Seth Downing, BS is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a minor in Spanish. While an undergraduate, Seth contributed hundreds of clinical and research hours to cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure-response prevention (CBT-ERP) in the FEAR lab and served as the undergraduate coordinator for the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy study from 2016-2017. After graduating, Seth worked as a research administrator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UF before becoming a 7th grade life science teacher in 2018. His current research interests include investigating the use of behavior reinforcement tools in CBT-ERP treatment for youth, and how they affect treatment adherence and outcome, and the use of technology, including mobile apps, to reach under-served populations.
Our current all-star roster of undergraduate research assistants include:
- Adam AJ Dentinger
- Alejandra Casas
- Ashley Studnik
- Carla Segovia
- Cassangela Gainey
- Cecilia Morris
- Cheyenne Reynolds
- Cindy Hernandez
- Darby Monagle
- Jesse Blogg
- Kassidy Schaeffer
- Madison Molve
- Morgan Browning
- Natalie Baron
- Rachel English
- Reilly Lord
- Sierra Budd
- Taylor Lowry