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PASO Lab

Director

Dr. Kiara Timpano

Dr. Kiara Timpano is the Director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO), and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Her research interests include understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on hoarding disorder.

Dr. Timpano is an active participant in conferences and collaborative scholarship at the national and international level. She is the 2018 Program Chair for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and she has been on the Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) since 2016.

At the “U,” Dr. Timpano oversees the PASO research team on a number of active research studies, including ongoing studies focused on hoarding, OCD, and social anxiety disorder, with a focus on cognitive, biological, and social risk factors for symptom development. The PASO team is also actively investigating transdiagnostic vulnerability factors for mood and anxiety disorders, including distress tolerance, anxiety sensitivity, and repetitive negative thinking.

The PASO research team includes doctoral students in clinical psychology, postgraduate research assistants, and undergraduate research assistants. Dr. Timpano is planning to accept a graduate student for the 2018-2019 academic year. ‌To learn more about Dr. Timpano and her research interests, click here.

Graduate Students

Stephanie Hudiburgh, B.A.‌Grad student-StephStephanie Hudiburgh

Stephanie Hudiburgh is a first year clinical psychology graduate student. She received her BA in neuroscience from the University of Southern California in 2009. Prior to starting graduate school, she was a research assistant within the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program in Los Angeles, California, where she assisted in the study of novel computerized attention bias modification treatments for children with clinical anxiety and OCD. While in Los Angeles, Stephanie also worked as an Exposure and Response Prevention Coach, assisting adults with OCD and related disorders in a residential treatment setting. Her current research interests include investigating factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of OC spectrum disorders, as well as exploring how we can use current models to optimize treatments and their outcomes.

Caitlin A. Brown, M.S.

Caitlin Brown is a third year graduate student in clinical psychology. Caitlin received a BA in psychology and a BA in comparative literature from Columbia University in 2013, and she received her M.S. in clinical psychology from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2015. Caitlin's research focuses on modeling vulnerability factors for anxiety disorders using advanced statistical methods. She is interested in the interaction between genetic risk factors, stressful life events, information processing deficits, and emotional tolerance factors on vulnerability for anxiety symptoms, broadly, and hoarding symptoms in particular. Caitlin is currently working on a project involving candidate genes and risk-taking behavior in anxiety spectrum disorders, as well as a project investigating the measurement of emotional impulsivity and its role in predicting hoarding-related cognitions and behaviors. Additional topics of interest for Caitlin include investigating the impact of linguistic and cultural factors on psychological symptoms in bilingual individuals, as well as better understanding overlapping cognitive abnormalities that may contribute to comorbid hoarding and schizophrenia symptoms. For her dissertation, she hopes to employ both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze speech patterns in patients with hoarding disorder.

Julia Carbonella, M.S.

Julia Carbonella is a fifth year graduate student in clinical psychology. She received her BA in psychology from Princeton University in 2010. She is interested in information processing deficits, cognitive risk factors, and emotional tolerance variables in relation to anxiety disorders. For her master’s thesis, Julia examined attention deficits in the context of hoarding symptoms, using both a behavioral categorization task and a novel eye-tracking measure of distractibility. She is also working on a study investigating decision making under risk, as associated with anxiety and OC spectrum symptoms and relevant genotypes. In addition, Julia is interested in exploring the mechanisms by which information processing impairments can affect OCD and hoarding symptoms, and aims to coordinate a study on cognitive bias modification to examine effects on OC-relevant interpretations and behaviors.

Lab Coordinators

Lara Juan Martinuzzi, B.S.Lab Coordinator- LaraLara Juan Martinuzzi

Lara obtained a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of Miami in May of 2017. As an undergraduate, she worked as a Research Assistant for PASO and is now working part-time as Research Support Coordinator. Lara is a prospective medical student applying for the 2018 entering class. Her duties and experiences in research are preparing her for the next step as a medical student.

Jamie Port, B.S.Jamie Port

Jamie Port graduated from the University of Miami in May of 2017. She received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and Studio Art, with a minor in Chemistry. During her undergraduate career, Jamie worked as a Research Assistant for PASO from January of 2016 until May of 2017. She began working full-time as the Research Support Coordinator for PASO in June of 2017. Jamie plans to go on to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology after gaining her research experience with PASO.

Lab Alumni

Ashley Shaw- Massacusetts General Hospital

Demet Cek - Sharp HealthCare San Diego

Kim Arditte Hall - Boston VA



Undergraduate Research Assistants

Claudia Ramirez

Elizabeth Bocanegra

Isabella Antonini

Jamie Port

Jonathan Wainblat

Katie Hurley

Lara Juan Martinuzzi

Swetha Davuluri