Oakland CBT Center Research Collaborators

Victoria Beckner, Ph.D.

San Francisco Group for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco

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Polina Eidelman, Ph.D.

Redwood Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research

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Connie Fee, B.A.

Connie Fee worked as a volunteer research assistant one day a week at the Oakland CBT Center until June 2019. Connie graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in psychology in May 2014. After graduating, she worked at a transitional living center helping young adults with varying disorders learn to live independently. While doing that work, she discovered her interest in research on the psychotherapeutic process. She began working with Dr. Persons on research in May 2017 at the Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center, and then left that Center with Dr. Persons when she formed the Oakland Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center in December 2017. During her work as an RA with Dr. Persons, Connie has collaborated on a research study titled “Congruence between what a patient reports learning in session and the content of homework assignments predicts homework compliance in naturalistic CBT” that was presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention in San Diego in November 2017 and will be published in Behavior Therapy. She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Public Health program at the University of San Francisco.

Alexandra S. Jensen, B.A.

Alexandra Jensen is a law student at Georgetown University. During her time as a volunteer RA with Dr. Persons, Allie has collaborated on an article titled “Publishing a single case study” that was published in Behavior Therapy in 2018. She also led a research study titled “Congruence between what a patient reports learning in session and the content of homework assignments predicts homework compliance in naturalistic CBT” that was presented at the Associate for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention in San Diego in November 2017 and will be published in Behavior Therapy.

 

Anthony L. Miles II, B.A.

Doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at Northern Illinois University. He works in the Families and Development in Context Lab under the mentorship of Laura D. Pittman, Ph.D. During his work as an RA with Dr. Persons, Anthony collaborated on a research study titled “Congruence between what a patient reports learning in session and the content of homework assignments predicts homework compliance in naturalistic CBT,” that was presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention in San Diego in November, 2017 and will be published in Behavior Therapy.  

 

Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.

Creative Director, Evidence-Based Practice Institute, Seattle, WA

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Lisa Ann D. Yu, M.S.

Lisa Ann graduated from Stanford University with an M.S. in Statistics. During her time as an RA with Dr. Persons, Lisa Ann collaborated on a research study titled “The relationship between dropout and outcome in naturalistic cognitive behavior therapy” that was published in Behavior Therapy in 2019.

 

Ann Kring, Ph.D.

Professor, University of California, Berkeley

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Howard Liu, M.S.

Howard Liu is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Harvard School of Public Health. During his time as an RA with Dr. Persons, Howard collaborated on a research study titled “Increasing psychotherapists’ adoption and implementation of the evidence-based practice of progress monitoring” that was published in Behavior Therapy in 2016.

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Daniela Owen, Ph.D.

San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, Berkeley

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Amy H. Sanchez, M.A.

Doctoral student in the Clinical Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley. She conducts research in the Emotion and Social Interaction Laboratory under the mentorship of Ann Kring, Ph.D.

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Cannon Thomas, Ph.D.

San Francisco Group for Evidence-Based Psychotherapy
Assistant Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco

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Garret G. Zieve, M.A.

Garret is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studies memory for therapy and similar topics in the Golden Bear Sleep & Mood Research Clinic under the mentorship of Allison Harvey, Ph.D. At the Oakland CBT Center, he worked with Dr. Persons on a study of dropout in CBT that was based on data collected at the Oakland CBT Center and at Dr. Persons’ previous practice locations; the study was published in Behavior Therapy in early 2019. Garret and Jackie are also working on an intensive study of the process of change in CBT based on functional analytic psychotherapy developed at the University of Washington by Mavis Tsai and Robert Kohlenberg. 

 
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Vael Gates, M.Phil.

Vael is a graduate student in Neuroscience at University of California, Berkeley, where they work on computational models of social cognition under Prof. Thomas Griffiths (currently at Princeton University). They are currently working with Dr. Persons on a study of the degree to which a written case formulation, a list of treatment goals, and a plot of outcome scores predict outcome and dropout in treatment. This paper will be presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Atlanta in November 2019.

 
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