*Jasper Smits is planning to hire 1-2 full-time staff members in the late Spring/early Summer of 2019.
Zane Freeman, B.A.
Zane graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to joining the Anxiety and Health Behaviors Lab, Zane worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Neuroendocrinology Lab with Dr. Robert Josephs, where he studied the effects of hormones in anxiety and stress reactivity. He also spent time as a research assistant in the Mood Disorders Lab. Currently, Zane works as a project coordinator for a study examining exercise augmentation for smoking cessation in anxiety sensitive adults. His research interests include the etiology of anxiety and stress related to psychopathology, mindfulness-based interventions for anxiety and stress, and sex differences among hormones, behaviors, and response to treatment. Zane plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.
Haley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2017, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Communications. She is currently a Research Coordinator for two funded clinical trials uniquely targeting smoking cessation by examining the efficacy of exercise as an intervention for highly anxious adults and standard smoking cessation CBT coupled with a computerized task. Haley’s research interests are primarily in the factors that modulate anxiety and related disorders treatment efficacy and improving treatment implementation among children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in how maladaptive coping behaviors, socioeconomic factors, and family variables may undermine treatment efficacy and implementation. Haley plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.
Mallory Dobias, B.A.
Mallory received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2016. She works as the clinic coordinator for the Anxiety and Stress Clinic and a research associate within the Institute for Mental Health Research on projects related to depression and anxiety. Her primary research interests include evaluating and improving the treatment of internalizing disorders in youth, via: identifying treatment mediators, developing brief, scalable interventions, and implementing these interventions within accessible community settings.
Catherine graduated from Sam Houston State University in December of 2017, with a major in Psychology and a minor in English. She works as a research coordinator for the Threat Generalization project (Santiago Papini, PI) as well as a study examining enhancing cigarette craving reduction with Isradipine. Catherine’s research interests include social and generalized anxiety, depersonalization-derealization, trauma, and the etiology and treatment of anxiety and stress related disorders. Particularly, Catherine’s current research focuses on the development of novel treatments for panic disorder using interoceptive exposure exercises. Catherine plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, and is passionate about the idea of contributing to the development of novel interventions for anxiety disorders with a focus on depersonalization-derealization symptoms.
Carlos F. Tirado, M.D.
Dr. Tirado is board certified in general and addiction psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and addiction medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Tirado received specialty training in addiction psychiatry and research at the Center for Studies on Addiction at the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Texas Houston School of Public Health. Dr. Tirado has conducted health disparities research on Hepatitis C treatment in US veterans and adolescent addiction supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Tirado has served as Scientific Coordinator for the NIDA Clinical Trials Network Texas Node and Director of Clinical Research Fellowship Training in Addiction at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Tirado’s academic, clinical and consulting work has focused on medication assisted treatment of addiction, treatment of chronic pain and co-morbid addiction, phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, training medical professionals and implementation of evidence-based behavioral and medication programs. Dr. Tirado is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and has supervised clinicians ranging from physicians to licensed chemical dependency counselors. Dr. Tirado is currently in private practice in addiction psychiatry.