Events & News

Past presenters at the AHRL-SUTC colloquium series and successful AHRL-SUTC funding and award recipients.

  • October 2014: Mr. Chad Brandt was nominated to serve on the graduate student round table with the University of Houston president, Dr. Khator.
  • September 2014:  Mr. Chad Brandt was selected as the recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's 2014 APF/COGDOP Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship.
  • September 2014: Ms. Farris and Ms. Garey presented an invited workshop and an invited address focusing on tobacco treatment at the Asociación Ayuda, Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Conference on Psychology, Welfare and Community at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • September 2014: The AHRL-SUTC will be working on a new NIDA-funded grant with Drs. Ditre and Venable at Syracuse on a personalized normative feedback intervention for substance use among HIV/AIDS.
  • September 2014: The AHRL-SUTC will be working on a new NIDA-funded grant with Dr. Goodwin at Queens College on an epidemiologic study of the impact of anxiety/depression on tobacco use over time.
  • September 2014: Ms. JoAnn Sanchez, Mr. Hantin Lam, Ms. Mayra Ortiz, Ms. Adrianna Salazar, and Ms. Ana Ruiz were all accepted to present at the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Day at University of Houston on October 11th, 2014.
  • August 2014: Mr. Chad Brandt was selected as a nominee from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences for the GRaSP “TED Talk” subsection on HIV and anxiety.
  • August 2014: Mr. Chad Brandt was selected as a member of Ryan White Quality Assurance Committee for the remainder of 2014
  • August 2014: Ms. JoAnn Sanchez is awarded $4,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year through the college work-study program
  • July 2014: The AHRL-SUTC will be working on a new grant with Drs. Ditre and Venable at Syracuse University on HIV, pain, opiate use, and smoking funded by NIDA.
  • June 2014: Mr. Charles Brandt received the 2014 David Pilon Scholarship for Training in Professional Psychology.
  • June 2014: Ana C. Ruiz received the Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) to study mental health among Latinos.
  • April 2014: The AHRL-SUTC will be working on a new grant with Drs. Sharp and Neighbors on a personalized normative feedback intervention for substance use among HIV/AIDS.
  • April 2014: Ms. Zuzuky Robles joined the AHRL-SUTC as the laboratory coordinator and project director of the transdiagnostic anxiety-management/smoking cessation grant project.
  • April 2014: Mr. Charles Brandt received a full scholarship to attend the 22nd Annual Principles of STD/HIV Research Course at the University of Washington.
  • April 2014: Ms. Kavita Pallod, a post-baccalaureate research assistant, will begin a doctorate program in psychology at Rutgers University beginning Fall 2014.
  • April 2014: Ms. Lucinda Andrade, currently a post-baccalaureate research assistant, will begin a master's program in psychology at Houston Baptist University beginning Fall 2014.
  • April 2014: Dr. Julia Buckner, Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University, presented her research on the biopsychosocial model of social anxiety and substance use disorders along with treatment implications.
  • March 2014: Dr. Jafar Bakhshaie is interviewed by Louise Gagnon at the ADAA conference in Chicago on Psychiatric Disorders Linked to Relapse in Smokers Trying to Quit.
  • March 2014: Ms. Samantha Farris received a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston.
  • March 2014: Ms. Lorra Garey received a UH Presidential Fellowship.
  • March 2014: Ms. Farris, Hogan, Garey, Mr. Brandt, and Dr. Bakhshaie will be presenting their professional work at the Anxiety Disorders and Depression Association of America (2014) in Chicago.
  • February 2014: Ms. Muqaddas Sarwar, currently a post-baccalaureate research assistant, will begin a doctorate program in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University beginning Fall 2014.
  • February 2014: Ms. Julianna Hogan will complete her internship year at Micheal E. DeBakery VA Medical Center.
  • February 2014: Dr. Jason Robinson, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented his research on the salience of motivationally relevant stimuli across smoking spectrum.
  • February 2014: The Daily Cougar featured a piece on a smoking cessation and anxiety management program offered by the AHRL-SUTC.
  • February 2014: Ms. Lorra Garey (currently, Laboratory Coordinator) will join the AHRL-SUTC as a doctoral student in clinical psychology beginning Fall 2014.
  • January 2014: Dr. Glover, Professor & Chair at the Department of Behavioral & Community Health, & Founding Director of the Center for Health Behavior Research at the Maryland School of Public Health, University of Maryland, gave a talk on the anatomy of addiction and the treatment of cigarette smoking at the AHRL-SUTC.
  • October 2013: Dr. Jennifer Minnix, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented her research on using neuroimaging to study smoking behaviors.
  • October 2013: Dr. Lorraine Reitzel, Associate Professor at the University of Houston, presented her research on the social determinants of tobacco use and quit success to the AHRL-SUTC team.
  • September 2013: The AHRL-SUTC received a NIDA grant to study D-Cycloserine in the context of smoking cessation. This is a collaborative project with Dr. Smits (University of Texas-Austin) and Dr. Otto (Boston University).
  • September 2013: Dr. Janice Blalock, Associate Professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, presented her research on the treatment of smokers with comorbid psychiatric disorders to the AHRL-SUTC team.
  • September 2013: Dr. Daniel DeBrule, Health Behavior Coordinator at Micheal E. DeBakery VAMC, revisited the AHRL-SUTC to present on projects being conducted at the Houston VA.
  • September 2013: Dr. Eli Lebowitz from Yale University presented research and trained staff members on his behavioral task used to assess avoidance and approach.
  • August 2013: Dr. Daniel DeBrule, Health Behavior Coordinator at Micheal E. DeBakery VAMC, attended an AHRL-SUTC laboratory meeting to discuss current, ongoing research.
  • August 2013: Ms. Patricia Morales accepted a position at MD Anderson in the Health Disparities Research Department as a Student Research Assistant.
  • June 2013: Ms. Lorra Garey joined the AHRL-SUTC as the laboratory coordinator and project director of the emotion dysregulation-tobacco grant project.
  • June 2013: Dr. Zvolensky is co-primary mentor, along with Dr. Jasper Smits, on a new K award training grant for Dr. Mark Powers that addresses PTSD in smoking cessation. Drs. Smits and Powers are at the University of Texas-Austin.
  • May 2013: Mr. Chad Brandt received a NRSA from NIMH to study anxiety-HIV relations from an intervention perspective in the community.
  • April 2013: The AHRL-SUTC received a NIDA grant to study emotion dysregulation processes among smokers seeking treatment to quit.
  • April 2013: Ms. Samantha Farris received a NRSA from NIDA to study anxiety-smoking pathways.
  • March 2013: Ms. Samantha Farris received a pre-doctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study Panic-relevant Situational Anxiety and Smoking Motivation Risk (R25-T CA57730). This project is a collaboration with Drs. J. Blalock and J. Robinson at MD Anderson Cancer Center and the AHRL-SUTC.
  • March 2013: Ms. Samantha Farris received a Career Development Travel Award from the Anxiety Disorders and Depression Association of America (2013).
  • March 2013: Ms. Farris, Hogan, Mr. Brandt, and Dr. Bakhshaie will be presenting their professional work at the Anxiety Disorders and Depression Association of America (2013) in San Diego.
  • February 2013: Dr. Jafar Bakshaie (currently, a visiting scholar) will be joining the AHRL-SUTC as a doctoral student in clinical psychology beginning Fall 2013.
  • November 2012: The AHRL-SUTC will be working with Dr. Julie Buckner at LSU on a new NIH-funded project on cannabis dependence with co-occurring anxiety disorders.