The Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ARC) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) specializes in basic and applied
research of anxiety, mood, and affect dysregulation disorders. Current research includes investigations of novel treatment approaches for anxiety and depression, biomarkers in anxiety disorders and chronic disease (asthma), fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, and mediators and moderators in individuals with affective dysregulations, including non-suicidal self-injury.
2/18 Congrats to Anni Hasratian, Divya Kumar, and Hannah Nordberg for successfully matching to their internship sites! Anni is headed to Washington DC VA, Divya is headed to McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Hannah is headed to Rocky Mountain VA
2/21 Fifth years Andres Roque and Natalie Tunnell match to their #1 internship sites! Andres is headed to VA Boston and Natalie is on her way to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Way to go!
8/20 Congrats to Hannah Nordberg, Divya Kumar and Anni Hasratian for defending their Master's Thesis!
6/20 Now introducing Drs. Werchan and Kroll! Congratulations to Chelsey and Juliet for receiving their Ph.D.!
2/20 Chelsey Werchan and Juliet Kroll successfully match to top sites for their internship year!
5/19 NPR/KERA interview on Anhedonia Intervention study with Justin Martin on All Things Considered (link).
11/18 Congrats to Chelsey Werchan and Juliet Kroll who have secured internship interviews at top sites including MGH, Brown, McLean, UCLA, and VAPA
8/18 Drs. Meuret and Ritz in collaboration with Dr. Michelle Craske were awarded a five-year study grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to examine the mechanisms of a new intervention for treating anhedonia (media release).
7/18 Dr. Ritz has received a $2.6 million NHLBI-funded grant for the Dallas Asthma Brain and Cognition Study together with Dr. E. Sherwood Brown (UTSW Psychiatry) and Dr. Denise C. Park (UTD/UTSW Center for Vital Longevity) to study cognition and brain structure, function, and chemistry in middle- to older-age asthma (media release)
7/18 Dr. Meuret has been promoted to rank of Full Professor.
6/18 Congratulations Chelsey Werchan to your first authored paper published in Respirology "Towards an Assessment of Perceived COPD Exacerbation Triggers: Initial development and Validation of a Questionnaire Measure"
5/18 Congratulations Dr. Meuret for being selected the 2018 SMU Rotunda Outstanding Professor Award [pdf]
4/18 Doctoral students Natalie Tunnell, Andres Roque, Anni Hasratian and Divya Kumar present findings at the annual Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) conference in Washington, D.C.
4/18 Congratulations Juliet Kroll on your first authored thesis paper "Hippocampal metabolites in asthma and their implications for cognitive function" in NeuroImage: Clinical
3/18 Doctoral students Juliet Kroll, Chelsey Werchan and Hannah Nordberg present findings at the annual American Psychosomatic Society conference in Louisville, Kentucky.
1/18 The American Psychosomatic Society awarded Juliet Kroll the prestigious Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Contributions to Neuroscience in Psychosomatic Medicine. We are proud of you!
12/17 Natalie Tunnell has been awarded the Sam Taylor fellowship for her work on Brief, acceptance-based therapy for pregnant women with premature rapture of membranes.
11/17 Doctoral student Anni Hasratian presented “Because I’m Happy: Positive Feedback Increases Valence Ratings of Neutral Faces” at the 2017 Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention.
9/18 Natalie Tunnell has been awarded $10,208 from the Jerry M. Lewis Mental Health Research Foundation for her work on "Brief, acceptance-based therapy for pregnant women with premature rapture of membranes."
9/17 Juliet Kroll presented findings from her master's thesis at the ISARP meeting in Lille, France. The talk was Hippocampal Metabolites in Asthma: A Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study.
8/17 Doctoral students Anni Hasratian, Divya Kumar and Hannah Nordberg join the Anxiety and Depression Research Center and the Center for Biobehavioral Research at SMU.
6/17 Doctoral student Natalie Tunnell presents "Physiological and Experiential Responding During Exposure for Panic Disorder" at the 2017 Association of Contextual Behavioral Sciences World Conference in Seville, Spain.
3/17 Doctoral student, Andres Roque presents "Does D-Cycloserine Facilitate the Effects of CBT in Homework-Compliant Patients with Social Anxiety Disorder?" at 2017 Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference.
11/16 Dr. Meuret's research on cortisol and fear augmentation featured in the Wall Street Journal [pdf].
10/16 Study on "High cortisol awakening response and cortisol levels moderate exposure-based psychotherapy success" covered in TIME Magazine and The Huffington Post.
10/16 Doctoral student, Natalie Tunnell presents "Pathways of Multidimensional Change during In-Vivo Exposure in Panic Disorder" at ABCT in New York.
10/16 Congratulations to our doctoral student Juliet Kroll for being selected as a Travel Awardee for the 2016 Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) Interoception Summit. (http://www.isummit2016.org/)
9/16 Undergraduate research assistants Candace Johnson and Rebecca Kim are awarded the Hamilton Undergraduate Research Award.
9/16 The ARC lab participated in the ABCT 2016 Gold Challenge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dFVaTkmP8I.
7/16 Doctoral students Natalie Tunnell and Andres Roque join Anxiety and Depression Research Center at SMU.
8/16 Congratulations to our graduate student Juliet Kroll for being selected recipient of the University of California San Francisco Stress Measurement Network's Pilot Grant, funded by the National Institute of Aging, for a project entitled Stress Activation of Neurocircuits, Hippocampal Metabolites, and Cognitive Function: A Combined fMRI, MRS, and HPA-Axis Function Study. (https://stresscenter.ucsf.edu/)
10/15 - Dr. Meuret and Dr. Ritz receive 4-year $2 million NIH U grant to develop pediatric asthma monitor in collaboration with investigators at U-Maryland [news release].
10/15 - Congratulations to Juliet Kroll on her Award for Excellence in Student Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology in Seville, Spain.
6/15 - Congratulations to our freshman research assistant Stephen Chamberlain for his, first-authored publication on the Flight-Flight Response. Way to go, Stephen!
3/15 - Publication on "High cortisol awakening response and cortisol levels moderate exposure-based psychotherapy success" is now In Press in Psychoneuroendocrinology. Congrats Ana, Thomas, and Alicia!
5/15 - Congratulations Noelle on your first-author publication on "Investigating the role of self-disgust in non-suicidal self-injury" in Archives of Suicide Research.
1/15 - Dr. Meuret has started her term as president of the International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP).
SMU Anxiety and Depression Research Center Last update: 08/09/22