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.
Annabelle DiVita, B.A.
Anxiety and Stress Clinic Coordinator and Project Coordinator
Annabelle graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in May of 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. Prior to becoming a full-time staff member, Annabelle worked as a research assistant in the Anxiety and Health Behaviors lab and a project coordinator in the Clinical Neuroendocrinology Lab. Annabelle currently works as the clinic coordinator for the Anxiety & Stress Clinic and a project coordinator for a study examining exercise augmentation for smoking cessation in anxiety sensitive adults. Her research interests include the treatment of anxiety and trauma related disorders with a particular interest in the intersection with addictive behaviors. Annabelle plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.
Alex graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences in 2009. Previously, he worked as a data scientist for six years at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, where he contributed on a range of projects involving psychology, statistics, network analysis, graph algorithms, causal inference, and data visualization. Alex also studied Logic at the graduate level at the University of Amsterdam and completed a Fulbright Scholarship researching Cognitive Linguistics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. Currently, he is a Research Coordinator for a funded clinical trial targeting smoking cessation coupled with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and computerized training to reduce approach bias. His research interests are focused on using data-driven approaches drawn from statistics and machine learning to understand mechanisms and improve treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. Alex plans to pursue a doctoral program in clinical psychology.
Catherine graduated from Sam Houston State University in December of 2017, with a major in Psychology and a minor in English. In the Anxiety and Health Behaviors lab, she works as a project coordinator for the Threat Generalization project (Santiago Papini, PI) and develops virtual reality stimuli and applications for the NIDA funded Isradipine and Virtual Reality Cue Exposure for Smoking Cessation trial in which she’s served as a project coordinator. She also works as a research coordinator in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders on two clinical studies as well as an experimenter on a study investigating the effects of scents during exposure therapy and during sleep.
Catherine’s research interests include social and generalized anxiety, dissociative disorders, 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. Additional info regarding her current research and development projects can be found on her website: catherinegebhardt website
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.