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Dr. Kelly Werner

Kelly 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. For more information about Dr. Werner's professional background, see her CV.

Dr. Viveka Ramel

Dr. 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:

Dr. Ramel's research has been funded by the National Insitute of Mental Health and leading private organizations dedicated to mental health research such as NARSAD. Her research papers have been published in leading psychiatric and psychological peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented her research at national and international conferences as well as to community and private organizations. If you want to read some of Dr. Ramel's research articles, click on the links below.
For more information about Dr. Ramel's professional background, see her CV.

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