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Personnel

TrACH Co-Directors

Matthew Gallagher

Matthew W. Gallagher, Ph.D.

Dr. Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston and affiliated with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics. His research interests include transdiagnostic treatments for PTSD and anxiety disorders, mechanisms of change of empirically supported treatments, meta-analysis and modeling longitudinal trajectories of change, and how positive thinking promotes well-being.


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Anka A. Vujanovic, Ph.D.

Dr. Vujanovic is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston and licensed clinical psychologist. Her research program is focused upon investigating risk and maintenance processes for PTSD and examining the co-occurrence of PTSD and substance use disorders. The overarching goal of her work is to inform evidence-based treatments for PTSD and related conditions.


Postdoctoral Fellow/Assistant Director

Tannah E. Chase

Tannah E. Chase, Ph.D.

Dr. Chase is a post-doctoral fellow, who will be serving as the assistant clinical director of the Trauma and Anxiety Center of Houston (TrACH) at the University of Houston. She received an M.A. in clinical psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Houston. Dr. Chase worked with Dr. Peter Norton as a predoctoral-level clinician and researcher in the Anxiety Disorder Clinic at the University of Houston from 2012 to 2014. From 2014 to 2017, she worked with Dr. Ellen Teng as a practicum student, research assistant, and psychology intern at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her interests are in transdiagnostic interventions for anxiety-and trauma-related disorders, and through her research and clinical pursuits, she is devoted to improving the effectiveness and access to empirically-supported care.


Graduate Student Clinicians

Brooke Bartlett

Brooke Bartlett, M.A.

Brooke is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program and graduate research assistant in the Trauma and Stress Studies Center at the University of Houston. She received a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Irvine in 2011, and M.A. in psychology from Boston University in 2013. Since 2013, Brooke worked with Dr. Karen Mitchell as a Psychology Research Technician in the National Center for PTSD – Women’s Health Sciences Division, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine. With Dr. Mitchell’s guidance, she explored multiple research questions surrounding etiology and risk factors for the development of eating disorders and PTSD, with a focus on intimate partner violence, among veterans and active duty military members. Her current research interests focus on the etiology and treatment of trauma-related pathology, with a focus on risk and resilience factors.


Laura Long

Laura Long, B.A.

Laura is a clinical psychology doctoral student working in Dr. Matthew Gallagher’s research lab at the University of Houston. Laura completed her undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where she later worked as a research analyst in Dr. Geoffrey Woodman’s Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. She also has experience working as a Crisis & Support Line operator through the Sexual Assault Center in Nashville. She is interested in mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy and transdiagnostic treatments for anxiety and trauma related disorders as well as depression. She is particularly interested in mindfulness, emotional reactivity, and resilience in the context of these disorders, and would like to contribute to research that operates at the intersection between psychopathology and positive psychology.


Lia J. Smith

Lia J. Smith, B.A.

Lia is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program and a graduate research assistant in the Trauma and Stress Studies Center at the University of Houston. She received a B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College in 2013. While there, she also earned a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources for her research with trauma-exposed women and children in Huánuco, Peru. Most recently, Lia studied biopsychosocial mechanisms related to alcohol and nicotine dependence with Dr. Andrea King at the University of Chicago. She also was a behavioral health intern with Dr. Karla Torres at Lawndale Christian Health Center, an inner city primary care clinic on Chicago's west side. Her current research interests focus on the risk and resilience processes at the intersection of addictions, trauma, and health disparities.