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  • Abbe Garcia, PhD

  • Abbe Garcia, PhD

    • Co-Director, Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic, Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center, Rhode Island Hospital

    • Staff Psychologist, Rhode Island Hospital, Division of Child and Family Psychiatry

    • Assistant Director, Child Outpatient Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital

    • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research), The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 

    Background Information

    Abbe Garcia, PhD, is the co-director of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Clinic at the Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center. Garcia is a licensed clinical psychologist, with a particular interest in the treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. She specializes in cognitive behavioral treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.

    Garcia received a BA in psychology from Williams College. She did her graduate training at Temple University, completed a predoctoral internship at the Brown University clinical psychology training program, and was a postdoctoral fellow in child and pediatric psychology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University.

    Research Interests

    Garcia’s current research interests are focused on parent-child interaction patterns and temperamental factors that may be associated with anxiety disorders in children. She is the recipient of a junior faculty training and research award from the National Institutes of Mental Health. The objective of this project is to identify and describe the inter-relationship between behavioral patterns and child psychophysiology that are associated with anxiety disorders.

    Other interests include research on the assessment and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder in children and adolescents, with particular emphasis on family-based cognitive behavioral interventions.

    Selected Publications

    • Garcia, A.M., Freeman, J.B., Himle,. M., Berman, N.C., Ogata, A.K., Ng, J.S., Choate-Summers, M., Leonard, H.L. (2009).  Phenomenology of early onset obsessive compulsive disorder, Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31 (2), 104-111.

    • Flessner, C.A., Berman, N.C., Garcia, A.M, Freeman, J.B., Leonard, H.L. (2009).  Symptom profiles on pediatric obsessive compulsive disorder: The effects of comorbid grooming conditions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23(6), 753-759.

    • Freeman, J. Choate-Summers, M., Garcia, A., Moore, P., Sapayta, J., Khanna, M., March, J., Foa, E., Franklin, M.  (2009).  The Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Treatment Study II: Rationale, Design and Methods. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 3(1):4.

    • Garcia, A.M. (2010).  What does “work” mean? Reopening the debate about clinical significance. Clinical Psychology: Science & Practice, 17(1), 48-51.

    • Flessner, C.A., Allgair, A., Garcia, A., Freeman, J, Sapayta, J., Franklin, M.E., Foa, E., March, J.  (2010).  The impact of neuropsychological functioning on treatment outcome in pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, 27(4), 365-371.

    • Chorney, J.M., Garcia, A.M., Berlin, K.S., Bakeman, R., Kain, Z.N. (2010).  Time-window sequential analysis: An introduction for pediatric psychologists, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(10), 1061-70. 

    • Garcia, A.M., Sapyta, J., Moore, P.S., Freeman, J., Franklin, M., March, J.S., Foa, E.B. (2010).  Predictors of treatment outcome in the Pediatric OCD Treatment Study, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(10), 1024-1033.

    • Flessner, C.A., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Freeman, J.B., Franklin, M.E., Foa, E., & March, J. (2011). Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale-Parent-Report (FAS-PR). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 38-46.

    • Freeman, J.B., Flessner, C.A., Garcia, A.M. (in press) The Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale: Reliability and Validity for Use Among 5 to 8 Year Olds with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

    • Freeman, J.B., Franklin, M., Garcia, A.M., Sapayta, J., March, J.M. (in press).  Still Struggling: Characteristics of Youth with OCD who are Partial Responders to Medication Treatment. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. 

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