Michele Bechor

Michele Bechor

Education

  • FIU Clinical Science PhD Program, Mentor: Jeremy Pettit

Research Interests

Michele is a second-year in the Clinical Science Ph.D. Program. She is an assessor and treatment counselor at the Child Anxiety & Phobia Program. 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 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 this sub-population to investigate the effects of Attention Bias Modification Training, a computer-based attention training program designed to reduce anxiety symptoms.

Publications

Boustani, M.M., Frazier, S.L., Becker, K., Bechor, M., Dinizulu, S.M., Hedemann, E.R., Ogle, R., Pasalich, D.S. (2014).Common Elements of Adolescent Prevention Programs: Minimizing Burden while Maximizing Reach. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 1-11.

Bechor, M., Pettit, J.W., Silverman, W.K., Bar-Haim, Y., Abend, R., Pine, D.S., Vasey, M., & Jaccard, J. (2014). Attention bias modification treatment for children with anxiety disorders who do not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy: A case series. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28(2), 154-159.

Presentations

Bechor, M., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Ramos, M.L., Pettit, J.W. & Silverman, W.K. (May, 2015). Neural Correlates of Attentional Bias to Threat among Youth with and without Anxiety Disorders. Paper presented at the 2015 Center for Children & Families Speaker Series, Graduate Professional Development Series, Graduate Student Data Blitz, Department of Psychology, Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Bechor, M., Pettit, J.W., Silverman, W.K., Rey, Y., Pine, D.S., Bar-Haim, Y., & Vasey, M.W., (2015, April). Preliminary Findings of a Randomized Controlled Trial of Attention Bias Modification for Child Anxiety CBT Nonresponders. In J. Pettit (Chair), Novel Strategies for Enhancing CBT Outcomes for Children with Anxiety and Related Disorders. Symposium conducted at the 2015 annual conference of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Miami, FL.

Motoca, L.M., del Busto, C. T., Hedemann, E.R., Bechor, M., Silverman, W.K. (2013, April). The Impact of Parenting Behaviors on Child Anxiety and Avoidance in a Clinic Referred Sample: An Observational Study. Paper accepted for presentation at the 2013 Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Seattle, WA.