Dr. Benito is an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. She received her B.A. from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2003 and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida in 2010. Dr. Benito completed post-doctoral training in Pediatric OCD/Anxiety that was supported by a T32 award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Dr. Benito is also the PI on an NIMH-funded R01 testing the Exposure Guide as a practical measure of quality in exposure therapy, and the MPI on an NIHM-funded and the R21/R33 testing training methods for community therapists learning to deliver exposure therapy.Dr. Benito’s research interests are related to understanding treatment quality and mechanism of change in exposure-based treatments and using this knowledge to 1) disseminate efficacious treatments into community settings, 2) augment existing treatments, and 3) develop new treatments. Dr. Benito also has research interests related to developing behavioral treatments for families of youth with medical problems, such as Congenital Heart Disease and Orthostatic Intolerance. Dr. Benito provides Clinical Psychology services in the Bradley Hospital OCD Intensive program and in the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Heart Center and Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. Dr. Benito enjoys spending time with her family and her grumpy French bulldog named Walter.
Kristen Benito Ph.D.
Andrea Gold Ph.D.
Andrea Gold, Ph.D. is a Staff Psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown University Alpert Warren School of Medicine. Prior to joining PARC, she completed a postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She received her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Yale University. She completed (and loved!) her clinical internship in the dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) specialization track at the Yale School of Medicine.
In her doctoral and postdoctoral training, Andrea used functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and behavioral methods to study the neural mechanisms of pediatric and adult anxiety disorders. In addition to her clinical research on anxiety, she simultaneously gained learned DBT, an evidence-based treatment for severe, pervasive emotion dysregulation, suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), and borderline personality disorder (BPD).
As a member of the PARC team, Andrea is passionate about her goal to integrate clinical research, exposure and response prevention (E/RP), and DBT. She is currently developing an adaptation of DBT targeting exposure (DBT-X) for the subpopulation of adolescents with OCD and other fear disorders co-occurring with emotion dysregulation, self-injurious behaviors, and BPD. For this subpopulation and along with the PARC team, Andrea is developing a DBT-X track within the Intensive Program for OCD and Related Disorders. Her research also examines the development of BPD in adolescent girls and boys.
Jennifer Herren Ph.D.
Dr. Jenny Herren is a staff psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic (PARC) and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She specializes in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy in treatment of pediatric anxiety and OCD. She is also a senior clinical consultant and trainer in the use of the treatment intervention MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems) and serves as a Co-Investigator on the R01: Quality Assessment in Exposure Therapy.
Dr. Herren received her B.A. from Maryville College and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, where she gained specific training in pediatric psychology. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship specializing in child and adolescent psychology at Judge Baker Children’s Center and Harvard University.
She is an active member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). Dr. Herren’s research interests focus on how to effectively disseminate and increase utilization of evidence based practices in community practice as well as on the etiology and treatment of comorbid anxiety and depression.
Dr. Herren was born and raised in Tennessee and now lives in Rhode Island. Some of her most favorite things include traveling to new places, trying new foods, spending time with her family, and reading a good book!
Joshua Kemp Ph.D.
Joshua Kemp, Ph.D. is a staff psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital. He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Wyoming.
Josh has extensive experience researching and delivering exposure therapy for anxiety disorders. His graduate training focused on the study of methods for optimally delivering and disseminating exposure therapy across a variety of service settings, including outpatient, partial hospital, and residential levels of care with both children and adults. Dr. Kemp has also co-authored publications on strategies for training exposure therapists as well as procedural strategies for increasing the effectiveness of exposure therapy.
Michael Walther Ph.D.
Michael Walther, Ph.D., is a psychologist at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Bradley Hospital He received his bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Walther is currently completing a fellowship under the T32 National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Dr. Walther joined PARC in 2011 as part of his pre-doctoral internship at Brown University. Dr. Walther is interested in the phenomenology, etiology, and treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hair pulling disorder (trichotillomania), and tic disorders. Even though he dislikes vegetables, he does his best to eat them; they are good fuel for when he runs with his dog Bentley.