Nicholas S. Myers, M.A.


Currently: Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Advisor: Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D.
Laboratory: Anxiety and Stress Laboratory
Department: Psychology and Neuroscience
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Formerly: Research Program Coordinator @ JHU-COACH
 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 cognitive and behavioral mechanisms underlying anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Specifically, I am interested in cognitive and meta-cognitive phenomena that underlie extinction learning processes. My hope is to further our understanding of these processes, and thereby improve outcomes for currently-available evidence-based treatments.

I am also interested in the occurrence of dissociative symptoms for individuals with anxiety-related disorders. 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.


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 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


Rizvi, M., Smilansky, H., Porth, R., Myers, N.S., Geller, D., Small, B.J., McGuire, J.F., Wilhelm, S., & Storch, E.A. (2020). The moderating effect of age on the associations of cognitive and metacognitive beliefs with pediatric OCD symptoms. Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

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, 21(3), 319-336. 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, 51, 895-904 doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2019.12.003

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., & McGuire, J. F. (2020). The Phenomenology of Dissociative Symptoms in Pediatric Anxiety: Clinical Characteristics and Implications for Treatment. Poster presented at the virtual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention.

Reagan, S., Myers, N. S., & McGuire, J. F. (2020). The Long-term Outcomes of Childhood Tourette Syndrome: A Systematic Review. Poster Poster presented at the NIH Diversity Program Consortium Coordination and Evaluation Center at UCLA, virtual conference hosted on

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.