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Anxiety Disorders Research Lab

ADRL lab members 2017-18

Back row: Lauren Rothstein, MA, Michele Carter, PhD, Dickson Tang, MA, Nicolette Carnahan, MA. Bottom row: Crystal Singletary, BA, Yasaman Rezvani, BA, Candace Koman, MA


Welcome to the Anxiety Disorders Research Lab (ADRL) Web site at American University in Washington, DC. One of the main objectives of the ADRL is to conduct research aimed at understanding excessive anxiety and related conditions. Further, we are interested in how anxiety symptoms tend to be displayed differently within distinctive cultural frameworks.

We have a set of diverse students with various interests who hope to advance the knowledge and treatment of anxiety disorders in various populations. This site contains information about ADRL and the investigations that we are currently conducting. If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, we may be able to help.

Selected Publications

Carter, M.M. & Sbrocco, T. (in press). Anxiety and culture. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, NY: Sage Publications.

Carter, M.M. & Sbrocco, T. (in press). Ataques de Nervios. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, NY: Sage Publications.

Carter, M.M. & Rothstein, L.A. (in press). Panic Disorder. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, NY: Sage Publications.

Rothstein, L.A., Sbrocco, T., & Carter, M.M. (2017). Factor Analysis of EDI-3 Eating Disorder Risk Subscales among African American Women. Journal of Black Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0095798417708506.


Carter, M.M. & Sbrocco, T. (2017). Cognitive-Behavioral Models, Measures, and Treatments for Anxiety Disorders in African Americans. In, Chang, Downey, Hirsch, & Yu (Eds.). Cognitive-Behavioral Models, Measures, and Treatments for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress in Ethnic Racial Minorities, NY: American Psychological Association.  

Duran, E.H., Sbrocco, T., &. Carter, M.M. (2016). Ethnic identity and Implicit Anti-fat bias: Similarities and Difference between African American and Caucasian Women. Ethnicity and Disease, 26, 69-76.

Jones, K. M., Carter, M. M., & Schulkin, J. (2015). Racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease: An assessment of obstetrician/gynecologists' knowledge, attitudes, and practice patterns. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 2:256-266; DOI 10.1007/s40615-015-0088-9

Bruns, G.L., &. Carter, M.M. (2015). Ethnic Differences in the Effects of Media on Body Image: The Effects of Priming with Ethnically Different or Similar Models. Eating Behaviors, 17, 33-36.

Condit, C.S., Carter, M., Tang, D., & Rothstein, L.A. (2015). Cultural validity and the measurement of social anxiety: Asian American groups are not psychometrically equivalent. Journal of Depression and Anxiety, 4, 174-182.

Anagnostopoulos, V., Carter, M.M., & Weissbrod, C. (2015). Pre-Competition Anxiety and Self-Confidence in Collegiate Track and Field Athletes: A Comparison between African American and non-Hispanic Caucasian Men and Women. The Sport Journal.

Pimienta, M.G., Weissbrod, C.S., Carter, M.M., & Colangelo, A.M. (2014). Gender and Overcoming a First Set Loss in Tennis.
The Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology, 7, 1-12.

Carter, M.M., Sbrocco, T., Tang, D., Rekrut, F.M., & Condit, C. (2014). Psychometric properties of the social phobia and social interaction anxiety scales: Evidence of construct equivalence in an African American sample. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28,633-643.

Cassidy, O., Sbrocco, T., Vannucci, A., Nelson, B., Heimdal, J., Mirza, N., Wilfley, D., Osborn, R., Shomaker, L.B., Young, J., Waldron, H., Carter, M.M., & Tanofsky-Kraff, M. (2013). Adapting interpersonal psychotherapy for the prevention of excessive weight gain in rural African American girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology,1-13, doi:10.1093/jpepsy/jst029.

Kohlstedt, S.S., Weissbrod, C.S., Colangelo, A.M., & Carter, M.M. (2013). Psychological factors influencing exercise adherence among females. Psychology, 4,917-923.

Carter, M.M., Mitchell, F.E., & Sbrocco, T. (2012). Treating ethnic minority adults with anxiety disorders: Current status and future recommendations. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26,488-501.

Carter, M.M., Sbrocco, T., Riley, S., & Mitchell, F. (2012). Comparing Fear of Positive Evaluation to Fear of Negative Evaluation In Predicting Anxiety from a Social Challenge. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3, 782-793.

Bianchi, K. & Carter, M.M. (2012). An Experimental Analysis of Disgust Sensitivity and Fear of Contagion in Spider and Blood Injection Injury Phobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26,753-761.