PTSD Research and Treatment Program

 




2007 Research Team
Back Row (L-R): Ed Shirley, Lisa Stines Doane, Norah Feeny, Sue Baab, Sarah Obral, Allison Burck
Front Row (L-R): Jennifer Fabritius, AnnaMaria Aguirre, Loren Post

 

Welcome!

We hope that this page gives you a sense of the kind of work that we are doing in our lab here, the PTSD Treatment and Research Program – and the opportunities for students that are available. Our work is focused on intervention studies, primarily in the area of PTSD, but also in mood disorders.  We are a busy, productive group. Below are the names of everyone currently working in the lab, with introductions from some of the lab members.

Our Current Group:

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Norah Feeny, PhD, Associate Professor, Director, PTSD Treatment & Research Program
Dr. Norah Feeny is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Psychology.  She specializes in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is the Director of the PTSD Treatment and Research Program. She has concentrated her research on evaluating treatments for PTSD, understanding what predicts who will develop PTSD, and finding ways to recognize pediatric posttraumatic stress disorder.  Her clinical and research work has involved her in sexual assault programs, and treatment programs for anxiety and depression.

Sue Baab , RN
Hi!  I am a clinical nurse specialist in mental health/ psychiatry with the PTSD Treatment and Research Program. I hold a BS in psychology and a BSN and MSN in nursing. I have been involved in research for over ten years. My involvement has been in the area of the treatment and prevention of mental health disorders during pregnancy and post birth including issues related to treatment during lactation. I remain involved in research involving adolescents and major depression. Currently I am involved in child and adult PTSD research protocols. I do initial assessments and serve as an independent evaluator.


Nina Rytwinski, Ph.D.
Hi! I'm a postdoctoral fellow with the PTSD research and treatment program. Before coming to CWRU, I completed my undergraduate studies at Queen's University in Ontario, my graduate school training at Kent State University in Ohio, and my predoctoral internship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Virginia. My research has largely explored factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance of mood and anxiety disorders. And my clinical work has focused on the treatment of individuals with comorbid psychological concerns and medical illnesses. I am delighted that this fellowship will allow me to combine these interests and explore the relationships between PTSD, depression, and physical health.
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Loren Post, MA, 4th year graduate student
My name is Loren Post, and I am a 4th year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. I graduated from New York University receiving my B.A. in psychology and gender and sexuality studies and departmental honors in psychology for my research investigating gender differences in the perception of social situations. After graduating, I worked as the intake coordinator at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City. Before coming to Case, I worked as a research associate in Dr. Shelley Taylor’s social psychology lab at UCLA on a study testing a biopsychosocial model of social responses to stress. I was also a volunteer crisis line counselor at the Suicide Prevention Center through Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center. Currently, I am interested in studying the prevention and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. I am excited to be a member of the PTSD Treatment & Research Program and look forward to conducting research and clinical work in the treatment of PTSD.
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Stephanie Keller, BA, 2nd year graduate student
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I am a 2nd year student in the clinical psychology program at Case. I graduated from Case in 2008 with a B.A. in Biology and Psychology. I conducted an Honor's Thesis with Dr. Norah Feeny, and examined cognitive factors involved in depression and PTSD in a sample of trauma exposed children. After graduation, I moved to Seattle, where I worked at the University of Washington, working with adults with chronic PTSD. I am most interested in understanding how PTSD treatment works, and factors, namely social support, that contribute to change during therapy.I am very excited to begin my graduate work at CWRU!
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Erin Defever, BA, 1st year graduate student
Hi, I'm a first year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Case. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduation I worked at the Veteran's Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare Center as the Project Coordinator of a study that looked at mechanisms of change over the course of two randomly assigned psychotherapies, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Present Centered Therapy, for the treatment of PTSD in returning veterans. Currently, I'm interested in the development and treatment of PTSD and comorbid disorders, along with concepts of stigma surrounding mental health treatment and gender differences in PTSD symptoms and preferred treatment type. I'm excited to be a part of the PTSD Treatment and Research Program and start my graduate work.

Other previous and current lab members:
Ed Shirley, PhD, psychologist
Elle Brennan, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate research assistant
Brittany Cowden, Hiram College undergraduate research assistant
Andromeda Fair, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate research assistant
Denise Gardner, Case Western Reserve University graduate (B.A., 2007) & research assistant
Aerin Kim, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate research assistant
Grace Lee, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate research assistant
Sarah Obral, Case Western Reserve University graduate (B.A., 2007) & research assistant
Roshni Rao, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate research assistant
Nora Plisga, Hiram College undergraduate research assistant
Cari Rosoff, Case Western Reserve University undergraduate research assistant
Megan Szekely, Hiram College undergraduate research assistant

 

Are you interested in working with our group? We have positions available for interested, enthusiastic students who would like to work as research assistants in our lab for credit or as volunteers. research assistants in the PTSD Treatment & Research Program are involved in many aspects of the day-to-day functioning of the ongoing treatment studies, assist with writing and editing manuscripts, conduct literature reviews, and participate in our bi-weekly PTSD Journal Club meetings during the academic year.

If you are interested, please contact Dr. Norah Feeny or Stephanie Pierce.

2006 Research Team
Back Row (L-R): Norah Feeny, Shoshana Kahana, Sue Baab, Jeanne Duax, Lisa Stines
Front Row (L-R): Melysa Thomas, Jennifer Fabritius, AnnaMaria Aguirre, Ed Shirley