Anxiety Disorder Clinic
University of Houston
126 Heyne Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-5022
ADC Director: Peter J. Norton, Ph.D.
Dr. Norton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston, and Director of the Anxiety Disorder Clinic, a specialty treatment and research center located within the University of Houston's Psychological Research and Services Center. He joined the UH faculty in 2003 after graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and completing his predoctoral residency at University of British Columbia Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, Dr. Norton obtained a Master's degree in Sports Psychology from the University of Western Australia. He has authored over 80 research papers that have been published or are being considered for publication, mostly on the topics of anxiety disorders or chronic pain, and has delivered many presentations or workshops. He has received awards and grants from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Houston, Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and American Psychological Association for his work on studying and treating anxiety. He was awarded a 5-year research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on group treatments for anxiety disorders.
Anxiety Disorder Clinic Research Lab Graduate Students
Terri Barrera, M.A.
Terri is a fourth year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. She joined the ADC in the fall of 2008, and is currently serving as the Assistant Director. Terri’s primary research interests involve evaluating and improving upon current psychosocial treatments of anxiety disorders in order to maximize the potential benefits to clients. Terri graduated cum laude from Agnes Scott College in 2006 with a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies. After graduation, Terri worked at the Menninger Clinic as a mental health associate and research coordinator on the OCD Program for 2 years. She obtained licensure as a Psychological Associate in September of 2011. Terri is a recipient of the UH College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dissertation Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Lance is a fifth year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. He joined the ADC in 2009. Lance’s primary research interests involve the etiology, assessment, and treatment of anxiety disorders. He graduated summa cum laude from Wayne State University in 2007 with a BA in Psychology.
Suzanne Klenck, M.A. *Currently on Pre-Doctoral Residency*
Amanda Mathew, M.A.
Amanda is in her fourth year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Houston and joined the ADC in the spring of 2009. Amanda graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include the etiology and treatment of comorbid emotional disorders and addictive behaviors. Amanda's dissertation project addresses changes in affect among depressed smokers undergoing a quit attempt. Her dissertation is funded through an R25 predoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Radhika Reddy, B.A.
Radhika is in her third year of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. Her current research interests include anxiety disorders across the life span and cultural mental health. Radhika is also working at the Menninger Clinic, Adolescent Treatment Program, as a practicum student. Radhika graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with B.A.’s in Psychology and South & Southeast Asian Studies.
Angela H. Smith, M.A.
Angela Smith is a second-year student in the Adult Behavior Track of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. She received a B.A. in economics from Baylor University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she was named “Student of the Year” by the clinical faculty in 2010. Angela’s primary research and clinical interests are on the treatment of anxiety disorders and, in particular, adjunctive treatments that may enhance cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety. Angela served as the research coordinator for the Houston OCD Program and wrote her master’s thesis on obsessional beliefs and emotional appraisal in obsessive-compulsive symptom presentation. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety Disorder Association of America, and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. She has presented her research findings at the annual conferences for each of these organizations and has published her findings in peer reviewed journals. Angela has been treating individuals and groups with anxiety disorders since 2009.
Derek Szafranski, M.A.
Derek is a third year clinical psychology doctoral student. Derek graduated with his BS in psychology from Western Michigan University in 2007. He then attended the University of the Pacific from 2007-2009 where he received his MA in psychology while completing his thesis entitled "The effects of a behavioral intervention to reduce test anxiety and increase grades in college students." He joined the ADC in fall of 2009. Derek is involved in a number of research projects both at the ADC and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Derek's primary research interests are treatment related outcomes of anxiety disorders and mechanisms of change. Furthermore, Derek is interested in the etiology, associated factors and treatment of test anxiety.
Alex Talkovsky, B.A.
Alexander Talkovsky is a first-year graduate student at UH. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2009 with a B.A. in psychology. He spent the following two years as a research assistant at in the Psychiatry Department at Washington University School of Medicine. His research interests include the relationships of anxiety disorders and sociocultural issues as well as substance use.
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Carolyn Dylla recently attained her B.S. in psychology from the University of Houston in May. She has been working with Dr. Peter Norton's lab as a Research Assistant since the summer of 2011. She has almost two years of experience in research, having assisted in multiple projects, and written and presented a poster entitled Meaning in Life in Relation to Satisfaction with Life: A Dyadic Interaction at the Southwestern Psychological Association 2010 conference. Her research interests include pathologies in children and adolescence, with emphases on developmental interactions and social support. She plans to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Ian Hammonds is a senior undergraduate at the University of Houston. He will be graduating May 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. He joined Dr. Norton's team in the Anxiety Disorder Clinic last summer where he has been trained in data entry. He is interested in researching the psychological and neurobiological influences of personality and sleep disorders as well as their scientifically supported treatments. After graduation, he plans to go on to graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology where he would like to focus on promoting further research on treating individuals with personality disorders.
Channler Hill is ending her sophomore year, studying psychology with a minor in communications. She aspires to be a clinical psychologist with specializations in OCD and Hoarding. This past summer she had the liberty of attending a research internship at Yale University where she studied social and behavioral cognition with children ages 3-16 and Capuchin monkeys. She will be continuing her research experience here in the Anxiety Disorder Clinic for the duration of her undergraduate career at the University of Houston.
Aammar Khan is a post-bac student at the University of Houston. Aammar began working in Dr. Norton’s Anxiety Disorder Clinic Lab during the summer of 2009. He graduated from the University of Houston in Fall 2011 with a B.S. Psychology. He is currently working on gaining admissions to the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Kacey Miles is an undergraduate student at the University of Houston-Downtown, majoring in psychology. She will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2012. Her plan is to attend graduate school at the University of Houston, obtaining an end-terminal degree-PhD in counseling. Her goal is to become a Psychologist and open her own private practice here in Houston. Kacey is a new research assistant for the Anxiety Disorder Clinic at the University of Houston. She began as a research assistant at UH in July 2011 and plans to assisting in research development until she attends graduate school.
- Sarah Garnaat, Ph.D.
- Kelly Green, Ph.D.
- Jessica Grogan, Ph.D.
- Kelly Grover, Ph.D.
- Laura Philipp, Ph.D.
- Katie Sears, Ph.D.
- Esther Price, Ph.D.
- Christina Robinson, Ph.D.
- Leslie Schart, Ph.D.
- Christi Washington, Ph.D.