Since 2011, Michele has been enrolled in the Clinical Science in Child and Adolescent Psychology Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL. Currently a fourth-year student, Michele is an assessor and treatment counselor at the Child Anxiety & Phobia Program, housed in the FIU Center for Children & Families.
Michele's research interests include the etiology and course of anxiety in children and adolescents. She is also interested in the role of attention bias and attentional control in internalizing disorders, outcomes for children with anxiety who do not respond to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the role of technology in psychological treatment for youth. As part of the Child Anxiety & Phobia Program, Michele has been working with CBT non-responders to investigate the effects of Attention Bias Modification Training (ABMT), a computer-based attention training program designed to reduce anxiety symptoms by training attention. Michele has also been training in administering other treatments for child anxiety, such as individual and group-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She is a student member of the Association of Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).
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