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.
A huge congratulations goes out to our director, Dr. McGuire, for his promotion to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Hospital! This is a great accomplishment which recognizes his work and dedication to the field!
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.
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 Technological Advancements to Improve the Treatment of Trichotillomania,” which aims to use a wearable device to examine the effects it has on hair pulling behaviors.
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
We are very excited to have Dr. McGuire featured in the National Geographic article “Are we raising little germaphobes?” This piece discusses the effects new COVID-19 protocols can be having on children. Read the article here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/family/article/are-we-raising-little-germaphobes-coronavirus
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
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
Senior RA Sara Reagan just graduated with honors from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in December 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Biology. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!
Research assistants Sara Reagan, Abby Schmidt, and Nordia Simmonds have been promoted to inaugural Senior Research Assistants for their time, leadership, and dedication to the COACH team!
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.
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!
Congratulations to Senior Research Assistant Sara Reagan for successfully defending her honor’s thesis at the University of Maryland Baltimore County! We are very proud of the work she produced under Dr. McGuire’s guidance, entitled “The Long-Term Outcomes of Childhood Tourette’s Syndrome.” Way to go Sara!
Congratulations to Senior Research Assistant Nordia Simmonds for presenting her guided research project titled “Understanding the influence of biological sex on tic severity, tic impairment, and global functioning in Tourette’s Syndrome” at Johns Hopkins University’s Undergraduate Research Symposium! Great job Nordia!
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 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 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
Congratulations to Nordia Simmonds for being awarded a $2500 Second Decade Society Summer Internship Grant! This award will go towards supporting Nordia’s current research project exploring gender differences in Tourette’s Disorder.
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
In this talk, titled “Management of Co-Occurring Conditions”, Dr. McGuire and his colleague highlight common co-occurring conditions and provide guidelines for treatment based on clinical expertise and empirical support. Watch Dr. McGuire’s presentation here: https://youtu.be/9TiWo_RDEv0
In this talk, titled “Suicidality in Youth with Tic Disorders”, Dr. McGuire and his colleagues discuss factors contributing to suicide rates among youth with tic disorders, and methods for early intervention and treatment. Watch Dr. McGuire’s presentation here: https://youtu.be/VrqPm1I6HYU
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
In this talk, titled “Resiliency with Tourette”, Dr. McGuire and Joseph Sexton discuss skills and strategies to improve quality of life and resiliency among people with Tourette’s Disorder. Watch Dr. McGuire’s presentation here: https://youtu.be/tx-HbCIB8pM
Congratulations to Nordia Simmonds for being awarded a $2500 Life Design Lab Summer Plunge Grant! This award will go towards supporting Nordia’s current research project exploring gender differences in Tourette’s Disorder.
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
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 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
Congratulations to Drs. Essoe and Ramsey on receiving a scholarship from the Tourette Association of America. This scholarship will fund their travel to the TAA annual conference.
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
We are pleased to welcome Nordia Simmonds to the COACH team as an undergraduate research assistant! Click on this link to see more detail about Nordia: https://jhucoach.org/about/pre-grad-researchers/
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
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
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
Congratulations to Dr. McGuire for being awarded the Walter Katkovsky Research Grant from the American Psychological Foundation. This award will support a research study to explore the possibility of using d-cycloserine to enhance the effectiveness of behavior therapy for tic disorders. Learn more about the DCS study here:
Congratulations to Rachel Canella, M.S., who is stepping down from her position as Research Program Coordinator to enter the Psy.D. program at La Salle University in the Fall! We wish you luck in your future endeavors!
Congratulations to Dr. McGuire for receiving the Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation award. This award will provide funding for his ongoing research exploring differences in learning processes between individuals with Anorexia Nervosa and individuals without any psychiatric concerns.
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 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