Program for Anxiety, Cognition, and Treatment (PACT) Lab















Bethany A. Teachman
Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Virginia
Contact:
Office Phone
434-924-0676
Fax
434-982-4766
Email
bteachman@virginia.edu
Address
102 Gilmer Hall, Rm. 207
Box 400400
Charlottesville, VA
22904 USA
Office
207 Gilmer Hall
Curriculum Vitae


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MindTrails is a public web site
to study new programs to reduce
unhealthy thinking patterns




Project Implicit Mental Health (PIMH) is a
research and education website focused on
implicit attitudes about mental health topics


An overview of our research
Our lab investigates cognitive processes that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders and other forms of emotion dysregulation. We are especially interested in how thoughts that occur outside of our conscious control contribute to anxiety and avoidance, and how we can change thinking styles to improve emotional functioning. If we want to understand why an intelligent, normally rational person with a spider phobia has refused to go down to her basement for ten years, why a person with social phobia sees only the one scowling face in a room full of smiles, why a person with panic disorder is convinced that the 200th panic attack is the one that will bring on a heart attack, we need to consider the role of automatic processing of emotional information in these disorders. Each of these seemingly irrational decisions, beliefs, and behaviors is likely fueled by some aspect of automatic cognitive processing, whereby anxious individuals interpret their environment in such a way that these maladaptive reactions make sense to them in the moment. Our research investigates how these processes contribute to the onset and persistence of psychopathology and how we can change these processes to relieve symptoms.

updated February 2017