Events & News

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

  • 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.