Anxiety & Trauma Lab
At The University of La Verne

Lab Projects 

Functional Impairment Post Sexual Assult (FIPSA) Scale

Multiple Excitors During Exposure Therapy

Perceived Discrimination Experimental Task Development

We are currently developing a scale that will be used to measure the functional impairment that women experience after a sexual assult.

Current data collection is complete, but we expect to conduct more studies on this topic in the future.
We have conducted multiple studies relating how to optimize the effectiveness of exposure therapy, with a particular focus on utilizing the behavioral model of fear learning to augment current procedures.

Data collection is ongoing.

As part of a larger study, we are developing a laboratory task that will measure how people perceive discrimination between others.  We have completed focus group testing and are currently developing the task itself for pilot testing.  

We expect to begin the next phase of data collection in the Spring of 2019.

Functional Impairment Post Sexual Assult- Male (FIPSA-M) Scale

Media and Alcohol Treatment 

Sexual Dysfunction Study

This study Explore's the impact of popular media depictions of substance abuse treatment on perceptions of treatment.

Data collection should be completed in Spring 2019
We are developing a scale that will be used to measure the functional impairment that men experience after sexual assult.  

Data collection is currently in progress.
This study aims to explore the prevalenve and validity of sexual function disorders listed in the DSM. The current study is focused on disorders associated with women (e.g., Female Orgasmic Disorder), and looks to explore whether these diagnoses have validity as abnormal experiences, or whether they pathologize typical experience.

We expect to begin data collection in the Spring of 2019.

Lab Member Dissertations 

Brittany's Dissertation 
​​​Kimmy's Dissertation
​Emily's Dissertation
Brittany's dissertation compares current mental health treatments on their ability to impact symptoms versus functional impairment. Specifically, the population of interest is sexual assault survivors with Borderline Personality Disorder or traits. The aim is to better understand which treatments are effective in addressing functional impairments within this population.
Kimmy's dissertation is focusing on the attachment styles (for parent-child and romantic relationships), the dysfunctional relationship beliefs, and the self-efficacy in relationships of adult children of single parents. She is evaluating how parenting styles, such as multigenerational parenting in which grandparents help raise the children in single parent households, and stigmatization of single parenting impacts adult children of single parents in these aspects.
Emily's dissertation examines the effect of stress on alcohol consumption and coping styles in college students. Specially, it assesses the extent to which distress tolerance, anxiety sensitivity, and perceived experiences of care-seeking and caregiving moderate the effect of stress on alcohol consumption and avoidance-based coping in college students. 




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