Dr. Deepika Anand has been providing outpatient psychotherapy at the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program and she has been the biostatistician at the Duke Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation (CMER) since it's founding. Dr. Anand received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University, where her research focused on examining the comorbid relationship between anxiety and depression symptoms and the longitudinal co-occurrence of anxious and depressive affect. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her main research focus is how the perception and experience of emotions influence behavior across different disorders. In particular, she studies how emotions change within individuals over time and seeks to identify transdiagnostic emotional targets for behavioral change. For example, her previous research has found that an individual’s ability to differentiate across various emotion types (i.e sad v. anxious v. guilty) may influence their likelihood of substance use relapse (Anand et al., 2017). Dr. Anand has relocated to Chicago but plans to continue to collaborate, publish and provide her statistical expertise in the ongoing Misophonia research within CMER. Her primary aim is to apply this lens to study how emotional reactions to misophonic triggers unfold over time, and how this understanding can inform the behavioral treatment of Misophonia. She will be missed but we are all happy to have her continue with CMER as a collaborator!
McMahon, K., Anand, D., Morris-Jones, M., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (in press). A path from childhood sensory processing disorder to anxiety disorders: The mediating role of emotion dysregulation and adult sensory processing disorder symptoms. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.