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Akanksha Srivastav

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Graduate Student

Psychology

as844211@ohio.edu


Year of Entry

Fall 2011

Program

Clinical Psychology

Adviser

Dr. Sarah Racine

Research Interests

  • Anxiety and Depressive Disorders
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Akanksha's research interests in eating disorders are informed by the interpersonal psychotherapy model, and she is interested in the comorbidity among eating disorders and social anxiety disorder. Her dissertation focuses on the impact of emotion regulation and social stress on mood and eating behavior in individuals with disordered eating. Her thesis project focused on predictive validity of implicit associations in social anxiety disorder. Srivastav has been involved in various projects examining biological correlates (e.g., heart rate variability, eye tracking patterns) in persons with social anxiety. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, reading poetry, and listening to instrumental music.

Curriculum Vitae

Akanksha Srivastav, M.S.
Ohio University
Department of Psychology
200 Porter Hall
Athens, Ohio 45701
(740) 593-1707
as844211@ohio.edu

EDUCATION

Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology, expected 2017
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Dissertation title: Emotion Regulation Strategies in Response to Ostracism: Effects on Mood and Eating Behavior in Individuals with and without Binge Eating.
Dissertation chair: Sarah E. Racine, Ph.D.

M.S., Clinical Psychology, 2011-2014
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Dissertation title: Using the Implicit Association Tests to Assess Fears of Positive and Negative Evaluation in Social Anxiety Disorder.
Thesis chair: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.

M.A., Psychology; 2011
University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

B.A., Psychology; 2009
University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

2015 August - 2016 May
Graduate Assistant/Psychology Trainee
Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Program
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) Ohio University
Supervisor: Ashley Holt M.Ed., BASICS Coordinator

  • Site Description: CPS at Ohio University provides mental health services to students and consultation to faculty, administrators, and parents of students. BASICS program targets students who are mandated to attend counseling due to alcohol and drug related infractions and sanctions.
  • Primary Responsibilities: 20 hours/week Graduate Assistantship as a BASICS counselor, provide brief two-session substance and alcohol abuse interventions using motivational interviewing and risk reduction strategies with mandated clients and assess stage of change in order to deliver a personalized intervention and integrate several assessment instruments into providing client-centered feedback.
  • Administrative Responsibilities: Responsibilities include participating in weekly staff meetings, developing and revising policies and procedures, maintaining day-to-day operations and identifying and creating training experiences.

2015 January - August
Psychology Trainee
Woodland Centers, Inc. Jackson, OH
Supervisor: Boris Todorov, Ph.D.

  • Site Description: Woodland Centers, Inc. is a non-profit agency that provides community behavioral health services to rural Appalachian regions in southeastern Ohio. Patients who were assigned to my care were serviced by Medicaid/Medicare or out-of-pocket funds, oftentimes with low incomes and limited resources.
  • Primary Responsibilities: Individual outpatient therapy using several treatment modalities, including: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), emotion focused therapy and supportive counseling. Completed intake/diagnostic interviews for triaged care and billing. Treated adults with a wide range of diagnoses including: major depression; generalized anxiety disorder; social anxiety disorder; panic disorder; obsessive compulsive disorder; bipolar disorder; posttraumatic stress disorder; chronic pain-related disorders; adjustment disorder; and substance abuse. Also completed personality assessment and provided feedback to clients.

2014 August - 2015 May
Graduate Assistant/Psychology Trainee Clinical Counselor
Counseling and Psychological Services Ohio University
Supervisor: Erika Gray, Psy.D., Senior Staff

  • Primary Responsibilities: For my 20 hours/week Graduate Assistantship as a Clinical Counselor, I provided individual therapy using different treatment interventions including CBT, emotion-focused therapy, DBT and interpersonal psychotherapy. I treated clients with a variety of disorders including: major depression, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, personality disorder, and adjustment disorder. I also covered one 4-hour shift of drop-in/crisis services and attended weekly supervisions with a licensed psychologist, as well as a peer-supervisor.

2014 August - 2015 May
Co-Leader for Dialectical Behavior Group (Finding Balance)
Counseling and Psychological Services Ohio University
Supervisor and Co-Leader: Paul Castelino, Ph.D., Associate Director and Clinical Coordinator

  • Primary Responsibilities: Provided weekly 1.5 hours of group counseling services for two groups (one each semester) of clients self-reporting difficulties with emotion regulation and distress tolerance. Developed and managed resource and training materials for group sessions across both semesters.

2014 January - 2015 May
Co-Leader for Support Group (Personal Exploration)
Counseling and Psychological Services Ohio University
Supervisor and Co-Leader: Kathryn Conaway, Ph.D.

  • Primary Responsibilities: Provided weekly 1.5 hours of group counseling services for groups of clients self-reporting adjustment difficulties and stress management issues. Developed and managed resource and training materials for group sessions.

2014 August - 2015 May
Process Observer for Gender Variant-Transgender Queer Support Group (Spectrum)
Counseling and Psychological Services Ohio University
Supervisors: Ashley Holt, M.Ed and Susan Young, Ph.D.

  • Primary Responsibilities: Observing group processes and providing summaries of group themes and dynamics during debriefing. I also provided reflections and informal feedback based on my reactions to group leaders.

2014 August - December
Psychology Trainee
Psychology and Social Work Clinic (PSWC) Ohio University
Supervisor: Chantel Weisenmuller, Ph.D.

  • Site Description: The PSWC is a training clinic within the psychology department that provides assessment and psychotherapy services to Ohio University students and Athens County residents.
  • Primary Responsibilities: Conducted triage assessment for adults presenting for psychotherapy services for a variety of clinical presentations. Administered a battery of diagnostic, personality, intelligence, and symptom severity measures. Provided therapeutic feedback to clients and wrote integrated reports to inform case conceptualization and treatment recommendations.

2013 August - 2014 May
Psychology Trainee
Counseling and Psychological Services Ohio University
Supervisor: Michelle Pride, Ph.D., Training Director

  • Primary Responsibilities: I provided individual therapy using different treatment interventions including CBT, emotion-focused therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. I treated clients with a variety of disorders and problems including: depressive and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorder and stress management issues. I also covered one 4- hour shift of drop-in/crisis services and attended weekly supervisions with a licensed psychologist, as well as a peer-supervisor.

2012 August - 2014 May
Psychology Trainee
Psychology and Social Work Clinic, Ohio University
Supervisors: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.; Jonathan Mosko, Ph.D.

  • Primary Responsibilities: Individual therapy with a range of long- and short-term adult clients. I provided therapy using treatment modalities including CBT and emotion-focused therapy. Completed semi-structured intake/diagnostic interviews to inform care. Treated adults with a wide range of diagnoses, including: major depression; posttraumatic stress disorder; generalized anxiety disorder; social anxiety disorder; panic disorder; and kleptomania.

CLINCIAL RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2015 - Present    Principal Investigator [Dissertation Study]
Emotion Regulation Strategies in Response to Ostracism: Effects on Mood and Eating Behavior in Individuals with and without Binge Eating
Ohio University
Advisor: Sarah E. Racine, Ph.D.

  • Investigating effectiveness of brief lab-based emotion regulation training on mood and eating behaviors after negative mood induction (via ostracism) in persons reporting prior binge eating and a control group
  • Testing relationship between use of adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and negative affect, desire to eat and actual calories consumed.
  • Responsible for project conception & IRB correspondence; gained experience with creating and administering a modified semi-structured psychodiagnostic measure (Eating Disorders Examination – 17).

2014 - 2015    Research Assistant [Lab Director: Sarah E. Racine, Ph.D.]
Biopsychosocial Examination of Eating Patterns Lab, Ohio University

  • Responsible for data management and analyses for study examining the association between negative urgency and impulsive behavioral responding.
  • Developed modified version of the Eating Disorders Examination-17 (EDE-17) for in-lab use
  • Trained and provided feedback to graduate students on the Eating Disorders Examination. Managed and trained undergraduate research assistants in implementing study procedures.

2012 - 2014    Co-Investigator [Principal-Investigator: Ashley Howell, M.S.; Co-Investigator: Devin Zibulsky, M.S.; Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.]
Eye Contact in Social Anxiety during a Live Conversation: An Eye-Tracking Study
Ohio University

  • Examining association between eye-contact behavior and social anxiety severity, during a live online conversation with a confederate researcher
  • Managed undergraduate research assistants and data collection; ran participants and conducted structured diagnostic interviews (Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV (ADIS-IV))
  • Gained experience in study management, eye-tracking and vocal analysis software, vocal pitch data cleaning and analysis, and confederate researcher training

2012 - 2014    Research Assistant [PI: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.; Co-I: Philippe R. Goldin, Ph.D.]
Assessing Fears of Negative and Positive Evaluation via Eye-Tracking
Center for Evaluation and Treatment of Anxiety, Ohio University

  • Investigation of eye-contact behavior in response to positively or negatively valenced feedback from video-and-audio recorded actors
  • Administered structured psychodiagnostic instruments (e.g., ADIS-IV; Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale; LSAS) and the Family History Screen (FHS) to determine participant eligibility; ran participants
  • Developed and modified phone screening procedures to determine participant eligibility.
  • Gained experience in study management, and eye-tracking procedures

2013 - 2014    Principal Investigator [Thesis Study]
Using the Implicit Association Tests to Asses Fears of Positive and Negative Evaluation in Social Anxiety Disorder
Center for Evaluation and Treatment of Anxiety, Ohio University
Advisor: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.

  • Examined fears of positive and negative evaluation using novel implicit association tests designed by me
  • Investigated predictive validity of implicit associations in explaining variance in behavioral measures of performance anxiety and skin conductance variability in persons with and without social anxiety.
  • Gained experience in designing and data analyses for novel implicit association tests, skin-conductance- related procedures and analysis, psychodiagnostic administration (ADIS-IV; LSAS), and confederate researcher training

2013    Co-Investigator [PI: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.; Co-I: Ashley Howell, M.S., Andrew R. Menatti, M.S.]
Vocal Acoustic Analyses of Diagnostic Interviews: Examining Associations Between Vocal Pitch and Social Anxiety Disorder diagnoses
Center for Evaluation and Treatment of Anxiety, Ohio University

  • Assisted in recruitment of participants, procedure administration, and data entry. Coordinated data management and trained research assistants in vocal acoustic analyses. Developed hypotheses and methodology.

2012 - 2014    Research Assistant [PI: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.; Co-I: Christopher R. France, Ph.D.]
Comparisons of Ambulatory Physiological Activation and Habituation Responses to Impromptu versus Pre-Established In-Vivo Exposures for Social Anxiety Disorder
Center for Evaluation and Treatment of Anxiety, Ohio University

  • Study aimed to test the effectiveness of impromptu vs. pre-planned exposure tasks for individuals with social anxiety disorder
  • Gained structured diagnostic interview experience (e.g., ADIS-IV; LSAS; FHS); fit psychophysiological equipment to participants; designed individual exposure procedures
  • Cleaned and analyzed psychophysiological data (heart rate, posture, skin conductance)
  • Trained and managed research assistants in data analyses and data entry procedures. Responsible for data management.

2011 - 2012    Principal Investigator [Co-I: Ashley N. Howell, M.S., M.S., Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.]
Intolerance of Uncertainty, Social Anxiety and Time Perspectives
Ohio University

  • An investigation of the associations among intolerance of uncertainty, social anxiety and negative perceptions of the past, present and future.
  • Conceived of study hypotheses and methodology. Responsible for data management and analyses

2011 - 2012    Principal Investigator [Co-I: Andrew R. Menatti, M.S., Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.]
Fears of evaluation, Social Anxiety and Internet Use
Ohio University

  • Investigated the role of fears of positive evaluation in explaining maladaptive Internet use as a means of avoiding interpersonal interactions.
  • Conceived of study hypotheses and methodology and conducted data analyses.

SUPERVISION EXPERIENCE

Research Supervision

2013 - 2015    Research Supervisor for Undergraduate Students
Center for Evaluation and Treatment for Anxiety, Ohio University; Biopsychosocial Evaluation of Eating Patterns, Ohio University

  • -Developed and co-supervised undergraduate research assistants in hypothesis formation, statistical analysis, interpretation, and scholarly writing using archival datasets. All participating students presented posters at Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.
Clinical Supervision

2015    Semi-Structured Psychodiagnostic Assessment Training for Eating Disorders
Biopsychosocial Examination of Eating Patterns Ohio University
Supervisor: Sarah E. Racine, Ph.D.

  • Supervised several graduate peers who were training to administer the Eating Disorder Examination - 17 (EDE-17) as part of rigorous structured diagnostic assessment training.

2015 January - May
Clinical Supervision Course and Practicum
Psychology and Social Work Clinic Ohio University
Supervisor: Christine A. Gidycz, Ph.D.

  • Supervision experience included weekly 1-hour clinical supervision of one case with a beginning-level graduate student in clinical psychology, under the umbrella supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. Weekly supervision of supervision-in-training included 1-hour individual meetings and 1.5-hour group meetings.  A semester-long didactic course was also attended.

2012 - 2014    
Structured Psychodiagnostic Assessment Training
Center for Evaluation and Treatment of Anxiety, Ohio University
Supervisor: Justin W. Weeks, Ph.D.

  • Supervised several graduate peers who were training to administer the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for DSM-IV Diagnoses (ADIS-IV) as part of rigorous structured diagnostic assessment training.

AWARDS

2015    Best Research Poster Award – 2nd Place, Ohio University Research and Creative Activity Expo
2013    Received Honorable Mention – Poster Presented at Students’ Special Interests Group Session, Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

PUBLICATIONS

Weeks, J. W., Srivastav, A., Howell, A. N., Menatti, A. R. (in press). “Speaking more than words”: Classifying male social anxiety disorder patients via vocal acoustic analyses of diagnostic interviews. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. doi:10.1007/s10862-015-9495-9

Howell, A. N., Zibulsky, D., Srivastav, A., & Weeks, J. W. (in press). Individual differences in relations among social anxiety, eye contact avoidance, state anxiety, and perception of interaction performance during an impromptu conversation. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1111932

MANUSCRIPTS UNDER REVIEW

Weeks, J. W., Howell, A. N., Srivastav, A., Goldin, P.R. (2015). “Fear guides the eyes of the beholder”: Assessing gaze avoidance in social anxiety disorder via eye tracking. Revised and resubmitted.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Howell, A. N., Weeks, J. W., & Srivastav, A. (2015). Thinking about the past, present, and future: Shared and unique thinking patterns for social anxiety and depression. Manuscript in preparation.

Howell, A. N., Zibulsky, D., Srivastav, A., & Weeks, J. W.  (2015). The role of depression in eye contact during an impromptu conversation: An eye-tracking study. Manuscript in preparation.

SYMPOSIA CONTRIBUTIONS

A. Srivastav (2014, November). Chair of Symposium “Assessing and modifying anxiety disorder-related attention and interpretive biases in adults”. Symposium conducted at the 48th Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Philadelphia, PA. [Speakers: M. Taylor Dryman, B.A., Elizabeth S. Stevens, B.A., Alexander A. Jendrusina, B.Sc., Phillip M. Enock, M.A.; Discussant: Jonathan D. Huppert, Ph.D.]

Srivastav, A. & Weeks, J.W. (2014, November). Using the implicit Association test to assess fears of positive and negative evaluation in Social Anxiety Disorder. In R. De Raedt (Chair), Reexamining implicit cognition in psychopathology: The role of associative and propositional processes. Symposium conducted at the 48th Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Philadelphia, P.A.

Weeks, J. W., Srivastav, A., Howell, A. N., Menatti, A. R. (2013, November). Classifying social anxiety disorder patients via vocal acoustic analyses. In R. J. McNally (Chair), Social anxiety disorder: New insights from the laboratory for the clinic. Symposium conducted at the 47thAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Nashville, TN.

Weeks, J.W., Howell, A. N., Srivastav, A., & Goldin, P.  (2012, November). Assessing social anxiety-related gaze avoidance via eye-tracking: Further validating the bivalent fear of evaluation model of social anxiety. In J. Richey (Chair), The role of positive emotions in SAD: Behavioral and neurobiological evidence for a new treatment approach. Symposium conducted at the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Weeks, J. W., Reilly, A. R., Howell, A. N., Srivastav, A., France, C., Kowalsky, J., Lee, C.-Y., & Bush, A. (2012, April). Examining novel in vivo physiological indicators and submissive behavioral markers of social anxiety disorder. In Carleton, N. R. (Chair), Thoughts, emotions, behaviours, and biology: Exploring the details of Social Anxiety to improve treatment. Symposium conducted at the 32nd Anxiety Disorders Association of America Conference, Arlington, VA.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Srivastav, A. & Racine, S. E. The Interpersonal Model of Binge Eating: Examination of Social Anxiety as a specific interpersonal stressor. Poster submitted for the 2016 International Conference on Eating Disorders, San Francisco, CA.

Srivastav, A., Howell, A.N., Weeks, J.W., & Carleton, N. R. (2013, November). Intolerance of uncertainty predicts social anxiety and negative perceptions of the past, present and future. Poster presented at the 47th Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Nashville, TN.

Srivastav, A., Menatti, A. R. & Weeks, J. W. (2012, November). Fear of positive evaluation and social anxiety predict Internet use as an escape from face-to-face evaluation. Poster presented at the 46th annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, National Harbor, MD.

All participating students presented posters at Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo.

  • Smith, E., Craven, M., Srivastav, A., & Racine, S.E. (2015). The Association Between Sociocultural Attitudes Towards Thinness and Compulsive Exercise: Moderation by Personality.
  • Wagner, O., Cherry, R., Srivastav, A., & Racine, S.E. (2015). Personality as a Moderator of the Relationship Between Loss of Control Eating and Alcohol Use.
  • Campbell, E., Munson, B., Craven, M., Howell, A. N., Srivastav, A., Menatti, A. R., & Weeks, J. W. (2013, April). Perfectionism, exercise frequency, and social appearance anxiety.
  • Munson, B., Craven, M., Campbell, E., Srivastav, A., Howell, A. N., & Weeks, J. W. (2013, April). Extent of acculturation predicts levels of social interaction anxiety.
  • Craven, M., Campbell, E., Munson, B., Howell, A. N., Srivastav, A., & Weeks, J. W. (2013, April). Trait social interaction anxiety related to perception of performance, mediated by peak state anxiety.

UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching Assistant

  • Proctored and graded exams and course projects; assisted with course preparation
  • Fall, 2014, Cognitive Psychology, Instructor: Ellen Gordon, M.A. Ohio University
  • Fall, 2012, Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, Instructor: Justin Purl, M.A.
  • Spring, 2012, Psychology of Personality, Instructor: Valessa St. Pierre, M.S.

DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE, OHIO UNIVERSITY

2011 - 2012    Graduate Representative Committee, Representative for Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students
2013 - 2014    Clinical Faculty Search Committee, Graduate Student Representative

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Psychological Association (APA)
Ohio Psychological Association of Graduate Students (OPAGS)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)


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