Research Psychologists and Post-Doctoral Fellows


Michael Treanor, Ph.D.

Dr. Treanor is an NIMH post-doctoral fellow in the Anxiety Disorder Research Center (ADRC). His research examines methods for enhancing exposure therapy through selective targeting of associative learning mechanisms. In addition, he examines risk factors for the development of anxiety and threat-based psychopathology. Dr. Treanor received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and completed an APA predoctoral internship at the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Behavioral Science Division. Dr. Treanor also maintains a private practice in Beverly Hills focusing on the treatment of anxiety and trauma.

Katie Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Young is a post-doctoral fellow in the Anxiety Disorders Research Center (ADRC). Her research investigates commonalities and distinctions in neural mediators of anxiety and depression. She is particularly interested in examining differential processing of social cues (emotional facial expressions and vocalisations) across mood disorders. Dr. Young received her doctorate from the University of Oxford where her work focused on behavioural and neural responses to infant vocalisations in adults with and without depression.

Ben Tabak, Ph.D.

Dr. Tabak is a post-doctoral scholar in the Anxiety Disorder Research Center (ADRC). His research examines biopsychosocial factors that contribute to social anxiety and depression. Dr. Tabak received his doctorate from the University of Miami, and completed an APA predoctoral internship at the Miami VA Medical Center.

Natalie Castriotta, Ph.D.

Dr. Castriotta is a post-doctoral fellow in the Anxiety Disorder Research Center (ADRC). Her research focuses on measuring mechanisms of change following anxiety treatment as well as strategies for optimizing the effectiveness of exposure-based therapies. Additionally, she investigates means of disseminating evidence-based treatments to community-oriented clinics. Dr. Castriotta received her doctorate from UCLA and completed an APA pre-doctoral internship at the Long Beach VA Healthcare System. She also completed an APA post-doctoral fellowship at the San Diego VA Healthcare System and the UCSD School of Medicine focused on the treatment of anxiety and trauma-related disorders in Veterans.