Amy PrzeworskiAmy Przeworski, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)

I am interested in factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults. These factors include interpersonal correlates of anxiety, cognitive factors, and behavioral factors. I also develop novel treatments for anxiety disorders. I mostly work with individuals with OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and separation anxiety disorder.
I’m also interested in the experiences of minority individuals, including LGBTQ individuals and racial and ethnic minorities. Minority individuals often experience discrimination, an experience that is associated with increased stress and psychological symptoms. I am interested in what factors buffer the experience of discrimination in minority individuals and are associated with resilience and adaptive coping.
The studies that we do in the lab are designed to help improve the understanding of the development and treatment of stress and anxiety disorders as well as factors associated with adaptive coping with stressors.
Please see our list of current studies about anxiety disorders and LGBTQ individuals if you may be interested in participating in some of our research studies.

Graduate Students

Elisa Borrero

Broadly, I am interested in exploring the effects of attentional and behavioral factors on the development of anxiety, and how these effects may vary or be moderated by inclusion in sexual, racial, and ethnic groups who commonly feel the distinct and profound effects of social, economic, and political marginalization. Additionally, I am interested in exploring buffering factors that may contribute to resilience and coping in minority individuals in order to develop more effective interventions.



Emily Peterson (she/her/hers)

My research interests include the development, maintenance, and treatment of internalizing disorders across the lifespan. I am especially interested in the factors that contribute to anxiety and depression in members of marginalized populations, particularly in minority and LGBTQ individuals. It is my ultimate goal to increase understanding of the unique and intersectional experiences of marginalized individuals in order to more effectively tailor interventions.


Chelsea Day (she/her/hers)

My main research interests focus on the etiology, symptom expression, and maintenance factors of internalizing disorders in at-risk children. Ultimately, I hope that this will inform the development of interventions for children with learning and developmental disabilities and comorbid psychiatric disorders in school and clinical settings.



Alexandra Piedra (she/her/hers)

I am interested in interventions for anxiety in children and adolescents. More specifically, I am interested in working with underserved communities and looking at access and implementation of interventions for anxiety in minority families.


Lexi Smith (she/her/hers)

Broadly, I am interested in studying the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders in children and parents. My particular interest is how family functioning, including parenting practices and familial traits, contributes to these disorders in both populations. I wish to develop and deliver effective treatment options to alleviate these disorders in the future.



Our phenomenal undergraduate/post baccalaureate research team consists of:

Savannah Bright

My research interests include the etiology, progression and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in children and adolescents. I am especially interested in the role of different parenting styles and familial interactions on the emergence and development of these disorders. Additionally, I am interested in exploring the comorbidity of anxiety with other disorders, mainly depression.


Sanchi Kalra

I am interested in the development and effects of mood disorders, especially anxiety and depression. Additionally, I want to learn about how being a part of a marginalized group can affect mental health. So far, I have had the opportunity to work on studies regarding discrimination as well as education.


Abigail Kauric (she/her/hers)

I am broadly interested in the study of anxiety, depression, and other psychological disorders in sexual, racial, and ethnic minority populations. Additionally, I am interested in the development of educational and social programs to combat the discrimination and prejudice against these populations. I am currently working on the COVID Daily Diary Study, the Transgender vs Genderfluid Study, and the OCD/Anxiety Study.


Ethan Kinstler

My research interests include examining how comorbidity affects the pathological interaction of different psychological disorders. I’m also interested in examining the neurological underpinnings of different psychological and neurodegenerative disorders. I hope to further our understanding of the interplay of different disorders on neurological functioning in order to develop more effective interventions and treatment. In the lab I am involved in the D.R.A.M.A. study, examining the effectiveness of theatrical improvisation and CBT on alleviating social anxiety in children, and various studies examining the effect of COVID-19 on stress levels and discrimination in marginalized communities.



Anastasia Rose (she/her/hers)

My research interests thus far include the development, maintenance and treatment of anxiety disorders. I’m also interested in studying the psychological effects of adverse childhood experiences and treatment utilization in those individuals. My ultimate goal is to support the discovery of meaningful interventions that alleviate the burden people face on a daily basis.


KnowEl Willhight (she/her/hers)

I am broadly interested in the area of social psychology and how our behaviors are influenced by others. My research interests also include how psychological disorders manifest within minority communities, specifically within the African-American community at large (and all of its intersectionalities). I am currently involved in the COVID-19 Daily Diary Study, Discrimination Study, and the General Parenting Study.


Toyin Olabode (she/her/hers)

I am interested in research regarding the etiology, development, and impact of anxiety and mood disorders particularly with children and adolescents. I enjoy evaluating the ways in which a person can internalize certain experiences during childhood and how it may factor into who they become and how they behave as a teenager and into early adulthood as well. I am currently working on the COVID-19 Daily Diary study along with two other studies that assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parents and teachers.



I am interested in the study of anxiety disorders, specifically obsessive compulsive disorder and eating disorders, in sexual, racial, and ethnic minorities. I am especially interested in the factors that exacerbate such disorders in children and young adults. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to work on studies examining anxiety in gender minorities and discrimination in racial minorities.




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