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Sunday, July 31 • 9:15am - 10:45am
Intolerance of Emotional Distress: A Novel Treatment Target in OCD

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Although ERP remains the gold-standard treatment for OCD, it is notably aversive. Consequently, drop-out/non-compliance rates remain high, suggesting a need for augmentative treatment strategies. Given that ERP requires an ability to tolerate negative emotions, one factor that may mitigate treatment engagement and serve as a viable therapeutic target is emotional intolerance, or the inability/unwillingness to tolerate emotional distress. This symposium will investigate how aspects of emotional intolerance (i.e., distress tolerance, worry, emotion dysregulation, disgust sensitivity) contribute to OCD symptom severity, and longitudinally influence processes of change throughout treatment. Panelists will discuss implications for the theoretical model of OCD and the development of novel treatment strategies. The symposium will include expert presentations, discussant remarks, and audience Q&A.


Lauryn Garner

Lauryn Garner is a recent graduate from Brandeis University with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She is the research coordinator for the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute's Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at McLean Hospital. Her current research interests include treatment outcome, understanding underlying causes of symptom changes, and identifying factors that may influence the process of treatment.

Nathaniel Van Kirk, PhD

Nathaniel Van Kirk is a clinical research fellow at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, working in the Office of Clinical Assessment and Research at the OCD Institute. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech, completing clinical externships at the Houston OCD Program and Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his clinical internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Nathaniel's... Read More →

Jason Krompinger, PhD

Jason Krompinger, PhD, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delaware in 2011. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at McLean Hospital's Behavioral Health Partial Program, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the McLean Hospital OCD Institute. He is currently the Director of Quality Assurance, Training, and Service... Read More →

Brittany Mathes

Brittany Mathes is currently a doctoral student in the Anxiety and Behavioral Health Clinic at Florida State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Miami in May 2013. After graduation, she worked for two years as the research coordinator for the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital, where she coordinated multiple studies investigating mechanisms of change in the treatment of severe OC-spectrum... Read More →
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Kiara Timpano, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Miami
Kiara Timpano, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, and is the director of the Program for Anxiety, Stress, and OCD (PASO). Her research interests are in understanding risk and vulnerability factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, with a particular focus on Hoarding Disorder. From a treatment perspective, Dr... Read More →

Sunday July 31, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Avenue Ballroom, 4th Floor