The 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), November 2009
GSAPP faculty, alumni and current students were well represented as presenters the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) from November 19-22. Conveniently held at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, a large number of current students and faculty came out in support of their colleagues and to learn about on-going research and empirically supported treatments within a cognitive-behavioral framework.
GSAPP's participation began with Dr. Brenna Bry's presentaion at the ABCT Pre-Conference. The title of the presentation was "Achievement mentoring's reduction of negative school behavior: Search for mechanisms of change". One of Dr. Bry's co-presenters was Lolalynne Clarke, a 2009 graduate of the Clinical program.
Current GSAPP students showcased their research projects via poster presentations. William Christiana, (2nd year Clinical), presented on research with Professor Elizabeth Epstein regarding personality and alcohol use disorders. Nickeisha Clarke (5th year Clinical), presented a poster completed with Professors Eun Young Mun and Shalonda Kelly on the effects of therapeutic alliance and motivation on CBT for substance abuse. Rebecca Greif and Courtney You, (3rd and 2nd year Clinical respectively), presented on a research project with Prof. G. Terence Wilson on reducing eating disorder risk factors in sorority members. Sophia Talbott, (1st year clinical), presented two posters on pediatric trichotillomania. Bianca Georgescu (5th year Clinical) presented a poster at the Special Interest Groups poster exposition on executive skills training for adults with Parkinson’s Disease. Daniela Colognori (6th year Clinical) presented a poster on pediatrician referrals of anxious youth. She also presented alongside Professor Brian Chu in a symposium on the use of observational measures in youth process research.
Multiple GSAPP alumni contributed to the conference. Dr. Diana Antinoro, a 2008 graduate of the Clinical Psy.D. program, presented two posters on pediatric trichotiollomania. Dr. Jennifer Greenberg, also a 2008 graduate of the Clinical Psy.D. program, presented a poster on body dysmorphic disorder. Dr. Simon Rego, a 2001 graduate of the Clinical Psy.D. program, served as a moderator for clinical round table discussions on treatment failures and strategies for establishing and maintaining an evidence-based practice, both featuring faculty member Dr. G. Terence Wilson as a discussant. Dr. Katherine Muller contributed with two posters on Emetophobia and transitioning from psychodynamic psychotherapy to CBT. Dr. Thomas Hildebrandt, a 2005 graduate of the Clinical Psy.D. program, presented at a symposia on female-specific vs. generic CBT for alcohol-dependent women and on masculine-relevant emotion- regulation in men with alcohol problems.
Faculty demonstrated their dedication to cutting-edge research via numerous symposia, posters and workshops. Faculty Presentations/Posters are listed below:
Dr. Brian Chu:
- Prediction of Individual Alliance Growth Curves in CBT and Impact on Outcome
- Mixed Evidence for Theory-Specific Change Mechanisms in CBT for Youth
- Sampling Decisions and Aggregation of Data in an Observational Study of Exposure Treatment for OCD
- Characteristics and Treatment Outcome of Clinically Anxious Children Receiving or Not Receiving SSRIs During CBT
- Influence of Therapeutic Alliance Ruptures During CBT
- Therapeutic Attitude Toward and use of Manualized Treatments
- Involuntary Engagement in Anxious Children
Dr. Maurice Elias:
- Bullying in Schools: The Complex Relation Between Student Ethnicity, School Ethnic Composition, and Climate
- Bullying in Context: How School Climate, SES and Demographic Variables Influence Bullying
Dr. Elizabeth Epstein:
- Female Specific vs. Generic CBT for Alcohol-Dependent Women: Can We Identify Discrete Mechanisms of Change in Each Treatment Condition of a Randomized Clinical Trial?
- Pathways to Vulnerability for Alcohol Use Severity
- A Developmental Perspective on Masculine-Relevant Emotion-Regulation Processes in Developing Alcohol Problems Among Men
- Are Targeted Depression Interventions Related to Better Outcome and Sudden Gains for Depressed Women in CBT for Alcohol Use Disorders?
- Drug of Choice is Related to Gender Differences in the Five-Factor Model of Personality in a Treatment-Seeking Sample
- Predicting Treatment Outcome in Alcohol Use Disorders with the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised
- The Factor Structure and Predictive Power of the Important People Interview in a Sample of Women with Alcohol Use Disorders
- Promoting Strength and Resiliency Among African American Couple Relationships
- Exploratory Factor Analysis of the African Self-Consciousness Scale
Dr. Eun Young Mun (with Dr. Shalonda Kelly):
- The Effects of Therapeutic Alliance and Client Motivation on CBT Treatment Outcomes for a Sample of Substance- and Non-Substance-Abusing Inpatient Women
- Pursuit of Hypermasculinity: Gateways to and Maintenance of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use
- Mood Effects of Anabolic Steroids and Thermogenic Drugs
Dr. Michael R. Petronko and Dr. Russell Kormann:
- Natural Setting Therapeutic Management: A Multiple-Model Approach to Maintain Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Severe Behaviors in Community Settings
- A Phenomenological Study of an Online Community of Individuals Who Self-Identify as BPD or Self-Injurers
- The DBT Skills Scale and the Dysfunctional Coping Scale: Development and Psychometric Properties
Dr. Mary Jane Weiss:
- Evaluating the Relationship Between Oral Motor Exercises and Speech Production in Children with Autism
- The Proliferation of Evidence-Based Treatments: Are We There Yet?
- A Different Kind of Translation: Applying Novel Research Findings to the Practice of CBT for Eating Disorders
- Rapid Response Predicts 12-Month Posttreatment Outcomes in Binge Eating Disorder: Theoretical and Clinical Implications
- Oops!...We Did It Again: More Lessons Learned from Treatment Failures
- Historical and Conceptual Frameworks for the Development and Future of CBT
- Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Clinical Practice: Strategies for Establishing and Maintaining an Evidence-Based Practice
- Reducing Eating Disorder Risk Factors in Members of a National Sorority
- An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Acceptance and Rumination About Body Image