Dr. Kelly WernerKelly Werner completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and her Clinical Psychology Internship at the Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System. Currently she works as a researcher at Stanford University. Kelly's clinical research is attempting to answer questions such as: "What are the mechanisms of successful treatment?", "Who does CBT, ACT or MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) work for, and who do these not work for and why?" To answer these questions she uses functional neuroimaging, behavioral and self-report indices to investigate the effect of CBT, ACT & MBSR on emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and attention regulation in healthy adults and those who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder.
To read some of Dr. Werner's research articles, click on the links below.
- Emotion Regulation and Psychopathology (.pdf)
- Emotional Reactivity and Emotion Recognition in Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (.pdf)
- Self-Compassion and Social Anxiety Disorder (.pdf)
- Emotion Regulation in Social Anxiety Disorder (.pdf)
Dr. Viveka RamelDr. Viveka Ramel has conducted clinical research at Stanford University, University of California San Diego, and Yale University since 1997. Her research has centered on psychological and biological risk factors and treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. Most of us have periods of mood fluctuations, and feelings of depression and anxiety, but for the majority, these episodes are not severe or enduring enough to develop into debilitating conditions such as major depression. Dr. Ramel's research is aimed at answering questions such as why some people are more likely than others to develop major depression, what makes someone vulnerable and/or resilient, and what are key ingredients in psychological interventions that reduce the chance of re-experiencing (relapsing into) major depression? She is particularly interested in the interplay between emotion and cognition and their neurobiological correlates in the areas of self-view, memory, rumination, acceptance, mindfulness and emotion regulation. To pursue those research goals, she is using methods from both psychological science (e.g., cognitive and behavioral tasks) and neuroscience (e.g., neuroimaging (fMRI) and other physiological indices). Here is a presentation Wiveka gave to a general audience that offers an example of her and others' research on risk factors and treatments for major depression.
Dr. Ramel is currently involved in the following research and program development efforts:
- Research at Stanford University on how genetic and environmental factors influence the way people process and regulate emotional information and how this relates to the likelihood of future clinical disorders. See the following links for more information:
- Sources of Affective Vulnerability or Resilience (SAVOR)
- Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience (CAAN)
- Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory (SPL)
- Development of a phone-based stress reduction intervention at Palo Alto VA Health Care for female veterans who have been exposed to trauma. This research is related to the programs offered at the following centers:
- Emotional memory, brain, and depression vulnerability (.pdf)
- Mindfulness, rumination and depression (.pdf)
For more information about Dr. Ramel's professional background, see her CV.