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Dr. McGuire named in Top 15 Reviewers for Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry!

A big congratulations goes out to Dr. McGuire for being named one of the Top 15 Reviewers for the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry! Dr. McGuire was selected due to the number of reviews he has carried out for the journal, as well as for the quality and timeliness of his reviews. To see the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health’s blog post about this year’s top reviewers, click this link: https://www.acamh.org/blog/top-reviewers-2020/

Nathan Boyle awarded Maryland Summer Scholarship

Congratulations to Research Assistant Nathan Boyle for being awarded a $3,000 stipend from the Maryland Summer Scholars! With the help and mentorship of Dr. Essoe and Dr. McGuire, he pitched his independent project titled “Arousal and Adaption: A Novel Metric to Evaluate Exposure-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy”.  This project will examine changes in arousal in conjunction with exposure therapy outcomes, using skin conductance and heart rate data as primary metrics in calculations of arousal.

Congratulations and farewell to Senior Research Assistant Sara Reagan!

Congratulations to Sara Reagan for accepting a position as a clinical research assistant in the department of Neurology of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While sad to see her go, we are very excited for the career ahead of her. At the TBI Research Initiative, she will be working under Dr. Ramon Diaz-Arrastia, Dr. Danielle Sandsmark, and Dr. Andrea Schneider, where she will focus on administering neuropsychiatric outcomes measures, data entry, participant enrollment, and processing of biological samples for traumatic brain injuries.

Senior Research Assistant Nordia Simmonds awarded with a Dean’s ASPIRE Grant!

Congratulations to Nordia on being awarded a Dean’s ASPIRE Grant, which stands for Arts and Sciences Projects, Investigations, and Research Endeavors. The award was designed to promote independent research projects among exceptional undergraduate students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. This grant awarded $4,500 towards Nordia’s independent research project “Leveraging Technolo​gical Advancements to Improve the Treatment of Trichotillomania,” which aims to use a wearable device to examine the effects it has on hair pulling behaviors.

Dr. Essoe’s article “Homework Adherence Predicts Therapeutic Improvement from Behavior Therapy in Tourette’s Disorder” published in Behavior Research and Therapy

Congratulations to Dr. Essoe for publishing her article “Homework Adherence Predicts Therapeutic Improvement from Behavior Therapy in Tourette’s Disorder” in Behavior Research and Therapy. Read the article here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0005796721000437?dgcid=author

Dr. McGuire publishes Optimizing Coping during Venipuncture Procedures with Virtual Reality in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Congratulations to Dr. McGuire on publishing his article Optimizing Coping during Venipuncture Procedures with Virtual Reality in the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Pediatrics journal. The article features great work implementing virtual reality in clinical settings. Read the article here: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/147/3_MeetingAbstract/307

Mechanisms Underlying Behavior Therapy for Tourette’s Disorder, written by Dr. Essoe, Dr. Ramsey, Dr. McGuire, and others has been published in Current Developmental Disorders Reports!

Congratulations to Drs. Joey Essoe, Kesley Ramsey, and Joseph McGuire on the publication of their review in Current Developmental Disorders Reports. This review looks into several mechanisms involved in Tourette’s Disorder, such as associative learning and cognitive control, and is an important step towards improving behavior therapy outcomes. Read the article here:  https://rdcu.be/cfMwm

Dr. McGuire receives the President’s New Researcher Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies!

Congratulations to Dr. Joseph McGuire, who was recently awarded the President’s New Researcher Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies at their 2020 54th Annual Convention. This honor was awarded to Dr. McGuire for his research, publications, theories, and practical applications contributing to advancements in the field of Behavioral and Cognitive therapy.

Dr. Joey Essoe, Dr. Kesley Ramsey, and Nicholas Myers present at ABCT Annual Convention.

Our Research Fellows Dr. Essoe and Dr. Ramsey, as well as our Research Program Coordinator, Nicholas Myers, presented posters at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention in November. We are extremely proud of their work and dedication!​

Dr. McGuire was recently featured in a Forbes article about pandemic-related anxiety

Dr. McGuire was featured in a Forbes article for his expertise in clinical anxiety. The article, which discusses methods of increasing productivity during this challenging pandemic, included Dr. McGuire’s advice to set boundaries when keeping up on certain events in order to prevent becoming overwhelmed. Read the article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2020/10/04/covid-19-got-you-and-your-productivity-down-heres-how-to-get-back-up/#7d859e365233 

Dr. McGuire was interviewed for an article about teen anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. McGuire was recently featured for his clinical expertise in adolescent anxiety in an article about teen anxiety during the pandemic. In the article, he utilizes his knowledge and experience in adolescent anxiety to bring attention to the pandemic as a large source of current anxiety in youth. Read the article here: https://people.com/health/inside-one-teen-girls-struggle-to-manage-anxiety-during-the-pandemic/

Dr. McGuire was featured in an article for his clinical expertise in pediatric ADHD and misophonia

Dr. McGuire was recently featured in an article that discusses research exploring the relationship between hyperacusis and ADHD in children. He offered his expertise in pediatric ADHD and misophonia to support the research presented in the article and highlight the need for more comprehensive assessments for children with ADHD and sound sensitivity. Read the article here: https://www.medpagetoday.com/resource-centers/pediatric-adhd-contemporary-focus/hyperacusis-children-adhd/2876

Dr. Kesley Ramsey presented a poster for the Tourette Association of America!

Congratulations to Dr. Ramsey on her poster for the Tourette Association of America! Her poster presents research on the relationship between intolerance of premonitory urges, tic severity, and functional impairment in youth with Tourette’s Disorder and other chronic tic disorders. She concluded her presentation by highlighting the significance of treating urge intolerance in order to bolster treatment outcomes for youth with Tourette’s Disorder. View Dr. Ramsey’s poster here: https://jhucoach.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/ramsey-taa2020-20200501.pdf 

Dr. Joey Ka-Yee Essoe presented a poster for the Tourette Association of America!

Congratulations to Dr. Essoe on her poster for the Tourette Association of America! Her poster presents research on homework adherence (HWA) predicting therapeutic outcomes for youth and adults with Tourette’s Disorder. She emphasizes the importance of optimal HWA in reducing tic severity and ensure higher treatment response rates. View Dr. Essoe’s poster here: https://jhucoach.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/essoe-taa2020-20200501-submitted.pdf  

Dr. McGuire offers his clinical expertise for an article on how to help someone with anxiety

Dr. McGuire was recently featured in an article about how to help people that are struggling with anxiety. In the article, Dr. McGuire highlights the importance of having empathy towards those with anxiety, and offers insight into the experiences of somebody struggling with anxiety. Learn more about how to help people with anxiety here: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/how-to-help-someone-with-anxiety 

Mental health experts from Johns Hopkins gather tips and resources for staying healthy during the pandemic

For this article, Johns Hopkins mental health experts collected tips and resources for staying happy and healthy during the pandemic. This article presents a wealth of useful information about mental health, as well as accessible resources for those seeking help. Read the article and find information about self-care tips here: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/26/self-care-coronavirus-tips/ 

Dr. McGuire was interviewed for an article about COVID-19 anxiety in children

Dr. McGuire was recently featured in an article about relieving COVID-19 related anxiety in children. He was referenced in the article as a source of clinical expertise regarding tips for families to help counter fears and concerns that their children may have about the virus. Read the article here: https://www.newswise.com/coronavirus/story-tips-from-johns-hopkins-experts-on-covid-19/?article_id=727934 

Rachel Canella, M.S. authors a chapter for Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD (2020)!

Congratulations to Rachel Canella, M.S. on getting published in Exposure Therapy for Children with Anxiety and OCD (2020).  Her chapter, co-written with Dr. Essoe, Dr. Marco Grados, and Dr. McGuire, discusses common challenges that arise when using exposure therapy, and provides recommendations to overcome these challenges. Learn more about the chapter here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128159156000160 

The Tourette Association of America announces Dr. Essoe as a recipient of the 2019 Young Investigator Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Essoe as a TAA Young Investigator! This award will support Dr. Essoe’s research on the relationship between therapeutic learning processes and therapeutic outcomes, in order to optimize behavioral interventions for youth with Tourette’s Syndrome. See more about TAA funded research here: https://jhucoach.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/taa-fundrising-20190825.pdf 

The Influence of Hair Pulling Styles in the Treatment of Trichotillomania, written by Nicholas S. Myers, M.A. and others, was published in Behavior Therapy!

Congratulations to Nicholas Myers, M.A. on his article being published on ScienceDirect! Mr. Myers’ article focused on trichotillomania, also known as hair pulling disorder. He discusses the two different classifications of hair pulling, Focused and Automatic, and how the outcome of treatment is influenced by these styles of hair pulling. His research analyzed the effectiveness of treatment-as-usual (TAU) and habit reversal training (HRT) in patients with Focused or Automatic styles of hair pulling. Read the article here:  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005789419301455?via%3Dihub

Dr. Joey Ka-Yee Essoe publishes an article in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics!

Congratulations to Dr. Essoe for publishing her article “Evidence-Based Treatment of Tourette’s disorder and Chronic Tic Disorders” in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics! Her review evaluated several behavioral and pharmacological interventions for Tourette’s disorderand other chronic tic disorders. Dr. Essoe showcased her expertise by discussing the advancement of such interventions, and acknowledging the need for more comprehensive treatments of TD. Learn more about the review here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14737175.2019.1643236https://www.touretteforeningen.no/sfiles/9/62/3/file/evidence-based-treatment-of-tourette-s-disorder-and-chronic-tic-disorders.pdf 

Dr. McGuire was asked to review a new app’s ability to help people with ADHD or TBI

In this article, Dr. McGuire was consulted to review a new app that potentially helps people improve their ability to focus. As Dr. McGuire’s expertise is in pediatric clinical psychology, he commented on the app’s potential to help those with ADHD or a traumatic brain injury. Read the article here: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-concentration-app/new-app-may-improve-ability-to-focus-idUSKCN1PF25O 

Dr. McGuire was interviewed for an article about the relationship between social media and depression

Dr. McGuire was featured in an article about the link between social media and depression among teens. In the article, Dr. McGuire discusses the nuanced association between social media and depression, and encourages the utilization of local counseling centers. Read the article here: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-millennials-odds-depression-social-media.html