Current Research

The Youth Mindful Awareness Program (YMAP):

Aim: The goal of YMAP is to examine the efficacy of an app-based, promotorx-assisted mindfulness intervention to prevent internalizing disorders in youth with high trait negative affectivity (tNA) – as measured by ecological momentary assessment (EMA). In collaboration with researchers at UCLA, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, we intend to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and tolerability of this innovative approach to serving adolescents and their families.


UCLA Pregnancy Project:

Aim: The CALMA Lab at UCLA is looking for Latina adults who are currently pregnant to participate in an interview about opinions and preferences for managing stress and anxiety during pregnancy.  As a participant, you will learn about strategies designed to help manage worry, and then discuss your opinions about the strategies with an interviewer. This research study involves a 1.5 hour visit at your home, or at UCLA. You will receive $50 for your participation in this study.

Attention Training for Underserved Youth with Anxiety Study

Aim: The overarching goal of this study is to refine and test a developmentally sensitive Attention Bias Modification (ABM) intervention for low-income and rural Latino youth with using a community based service delivery model that relies on community healthcare workers (i.e., promotoras).  We will also explore whether cognitive control may serve as a potential biomarker for pediatric anxiety as well as a moderator of treatment response in this group of underserved youth.