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Dr. Daughters received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2005 following completion of her clinical internship at the Brown University School of Medicine. She is currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Addictions Division of the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER). She was recently awarded a 2006 Early Career Award from the College of Problems on Drug Dependence (CPDD) and a fellowship from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at the University of California, San Francisco to serve as a Visiting Professor for three consecutive summers to receive specialized training in conducting HIV prevention research. She has co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the PI on a NIDA grant (R21 DA022741) investigating the relationship between distress tolerance and adolescent substance use and associated HIV risk behavior. She is also a Co-Investigator on two currently funded grants, one examining risky sexual behavior among inner-city illicit drug users (R01 19495; PI: Lejuez), and another testing the effectiveness of a distress tolerance treatment for patients with low distress tolerance (R36 21972; PI: Bornovalova).
Dr. Daughters research interests focus on integrating basic research and clinical practice in the understanding of addictive disorders, with a specific focus on identifying individual risk factors for treatment failure and developing interventions to target those risk factors. Her primary research interests include (1) examining distress tolerance as a predictor of early treatment dropout and relapse among illicit drug users, (2) the development of an integrated treatment to improve medication adherence and decrease depressive symptoms and sexual risk taking behavior among HIV positive inner-city substance users, (3) investigating the role of distress tolerance as predictor of the development and persistence of substance use and associated risk behavior among adolescents, and (4) the development of a distress tolerance assessment paradigm for use in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to determine the neurobiological correlates of distress tolerance.
Dr. Daughters mentors graduate students in the Clinical Psychology Program in conjunction with Dr. Lejuez through the Center for Addictions, Emotion, and Personality Research (CAPER). Interested students should be sure to mention both Dr. Daughters and Dr. Lejuez in their application for admission.
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