Nicholas S. Myers, M.A.


Research Program Coordinator
Division: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Institution: The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


  • B.S., Psychology, Minor, Marketing
    Towson University
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology
    Towson University

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the co-occurrence of non-pathological dissociative experiences with other psychopathology – namely anxiety disorders. Furthermore, my master’s thesis examined the role that childhood maltreatment (CM) plays in the relationship between social anxiety and dissociative experiences and proposed an explanatory model for how CM may influence the likelihood of a socially-anxious individual experiencing dissociation. Overall, my hope is to develop an understanding for why, when, and how dissociative phenomena manifest when individuals are feeling anxious, and if and how these experiences impact symptom severity, impairment, and responses to psychopharmacological and cognitive-behavioral treatments. Ultimately, better understanding this relationship may equip clinicians with the necessary skills and tools to improve treatment outcomes for individuals with anxiety disorders. My other research interests include: Dissociative experiences during virtual reality, the role of Contrast Avoidance in negative expectancy cyclically reinforcing social anxiety disorder, and discrepant reporting between parents and children on perceptions of parenting behaviors.


2019 Towson University 3 Minute Thesis Competition (1st Place)
2019 Towson University Graduate Student Association Travel Award
2017 Towson University Graduate Student Association Research Grant
2016 Delegate Haven N. Shoemaker Scholarship Award
2016 Delegate April R. Rose Scholarship Award
2015 Stanley Black & Decker Standout Employee Recognition Award
2015 Stanley Black & Decker Worldwide Incentive Nomination Award
2015 Association for Psychological Science Travel Award
2015 Maryland Troopers Foundation Scholarship Award
2012 – 2016 Towson University Provost’s Scholarship
2012 – 2016 Towson University Honors College Scholarship


Myers, N. S. & Llera, S. J. (2020). The role of childhood maltreatment in the relationship between social anxiety and dissociation: A novel link. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2020.1719265

McGuire, J. F., Myers, N. S., Lewin, A. B., Storch, E. A., & Rahman, O. (in press). The influence of hair pulling styles in the treatment of trichotillomania. Behavior Therapy. Doi:

Essoe, J. K. Y., Grados, M. A., Singer, H. S., Myers, N. S., & McGuire, J. F. (2019). Evidence-based treatment of Tourette’s disorder and chronic tic disorders. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 19(11), 1103-1115. doi: 10.108014737175.2019.1643236

Conference Posters and Presentations

Myers, N. S., & Girio-Herrera, E. L. (2019). Piloting a modular professional development curriculum for undergraduate psychology students. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

Myers, N. S., & Llera, S. J. (2019). The Role of Childhood Maltreatment in the Relationship Between Social Anxiety and Dissociation: A Novel Link. Poster presented at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. 

Girio-Herrera, E. L., Myers, N. S., Cordial, C. M., & Murphy, E. L. (2019) Piloting a Community-Based Informational Interview Assignment to Promote Undergraduate Psychology Students’ Professional Development. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in Washington D.C.

Ginsburg, G., Riddle, M. R., Tein, J.Y., DeLucia, D., Myers, N. S. (2019). Child Anxiety Prevention Study: Long-term Extension (CAPSLE). Poster presented at the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA.

Myers, N. S., Llera, S. J., & Wedlock, J. (2018). The Role of Childhood Maltreatment in the Relationship Between Social Anxiety and Dissociation: A Proposed Link. Poster presented at the Towson University Psychology Department PGSA Conference in Towson, MD.

Myers, N. S., St. Pierre, M. E., Earnest, D. R., Munro, G. D., & Stansbury, J. A. (2015). Morality in Gaming: Onlooker Perceptions of In-Game Moral Decisions. Poster presented at the Association of Psychological Sciences National Conference in New York, NY.