Director: Professor Nicole Caporino, PhD
Dr. Nicole Caporino is a professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychology at American University. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Psychology and holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. She completed her predoctoral internship at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital and her postdoctoral fellowship at Temple University, where she was mentored by Dr. Philip C. Kendall.
Dr. Caporino has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, JAMA Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Depression and Anxiety, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Psychiatry Research, and Journal of Anxiety Disorders. She has served on committees for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), and on the Board of Directors of the Selective Mutism Association.
Dr. Caporino has received awards from ADAA, the International OCD Foundation, and the TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors; and has been named a Rising Star by the Association for Psychological Science. She was also honored with the first ABCT Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice.
Nicole Lorenzo, PhD
Nicole E. Lorenzo received her PhD in clinical psychology from Florida International University and will join the American University faculty in January 2022 after finishing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lorenzo studies relationships between parenting and early childhood social-emotional and behavioral functioning. The goal of her research is to aid in the early identification of children at risk for developing psychopathology, with the ultimate goal of informing targeted early intervention efforts for families in underserved and low-resourced communities. She is particularly interested in adapting behavioral parenting interventions for parents of infant and toddlers from ethnic and racial minority backgrounds. Dr. Lorenzo’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
Kathleen Gunthert, PhD
Professor Kathleen Gunthert is the director of the clinical psychology PhD program at American University. Dr. Gunthert's research focuses on the influence of everyday stress and coping on depression and anxiety. Recent work uses intensive daily monitoring techniques to address how everyday mood regulation variables, including coping strategies and emotional reactivity to stress, are associated with the presence, development, and maintenance of depressive symptoms.
Joyce Wong is a clinical psychology PhD student at American University. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was mentored by Dr. Diane Chambless. Before beginning her graduate training at AU, Joyce assisted with NIH-funded research on anxiety, depression, and addictions at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently conducting research on intolerance of uncertainty in youth.
Kara Kelley is a clinical psychology PhD student at American University. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University, where she assisted with research (e.g., on the treatment of selective mutism in youth) through the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Before beginning her graduate training at AU, Kara served as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital (Harvard Medical School). She is currently conducting research on family accommodation of obsessive-compulsive symptoms.
Zoë Laky is a clinical psychology PhD student at American University. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Child & Family Studies. Zoë assisted with NIH-funded research on the health impacts of racial discrimination before serving as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School). Her research interests include identifying transdiagnostic treatment targets.
- Emily Carlson
- Millicent Curlee
- Carla De Simone Irace
- Caitlyn Loucas
- Laura Taouk