Anxiety & Trauma Lab
At The University of La Verne
About Our Lab
The Anxiety & Trauma Lab at the University of La Verne was founded in 2015 and is housed with the University's Clinical Psy.D. program. We are committeed to advancing the science around Trauma and Anxiety related disorders.  Research in the laboratory ranges from basic translational science research focused on applying Models of Learning and Memory to treatment to treatment outcome research, piloting innovative appraoches to treatments in order to increase effectiveness.

The over arching goal of the laboratory is to improve the access and quality of treatment of Trauma and Anxiety related disorders, including: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Specific Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Obcessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Our treatment research is generally grounded in behavioral principles of learning, and are related to improving all behavioral treatments, including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), & Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Our work is also driven by principles of Evidence Based Treatment and Ethical Practices, including:

   1. Justice. Universal access to treatment and assessment that is grounded in best practices for psychological disorders.  This includes reduction in the discimination in terms of accessibiity of treatment based on: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or gender identification.

  2. Respect for Persons. We support the right for both consumers of clinical services, and participants in research to make their own determination on whether they want to participate based on as much knowledge as they can have about the consequences of their participation.

  3. Science-driven Practice. Both new and established treatment methodology needs to be consistently evaluated for effectiveness and explored in terms of how it can be improved.

Ou laboratory is a collaborative space for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates at the University of La Verne to move forward the science around Trauma and Anxiety, while training to provide services to the broader community. 

Students who are interested in potentially collaborating with us are welcome to contact us to inquire about opportunities in the lab.