Kiara Timpano, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Adult Division
Florida State University, 2009

Research Interests

The primary aim of my research is to further our understanding of factors that play a role in the etiology, comorbidity, and maintenance of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders.  Within a translational research framework, I focus on mechanisms and integrative risk models that seek to predict symptoms and explain associated features.  A secondary, yet interwoven domain is to apply vulnerability-focused research to the clinical arena, via the development and evaluation of empirically-informed treatment or prevention protocols.

Current Research

Program for Anxiety, Stress & OCD

The Program for Anxiety, Stress & OCD (PASO) is conducting a number of investigations examining the bio-psycho-behavioral factors that influence the generation and maintenance of anxiety pathology.  Currently, our research efforts are particularly focused on OCD and hoarding, as well as distress tolerance and anxiety sensitivity.  We are investigating psychological and genetic factors that may interact with life experiences in predicting changes symptoms.  These studies are being conducted with clinical populations, non-selected samples, and also young adult at-risk samples.  Current techniques and methods I am using involve experimental paradigms, biological indices, eye-tracking methodology, and psychophysiological assessments.

Please see the PASO lab website for further information on going studies, as well as details regarding assessment and participation.

Selected Publications

Timpano, K.R., Broman-Fulks, J.J., Glaesmer, H., Exner, C., Rief, W., Olatunji, B.O., Keough, M.E., Riccardi, C.J., Brähler, E., Wilhelm, S. & Schmidt, N.B. (in press). A Taxometric Exploration of the Latent Structure of Hoarding. Psychological Assessment.

Timpano, K.R. & Schmidt, N.B. (in press). Self-regulation and hoarding symptoms: An experimental investigation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Timpano, K.R., * Rubenstein, L.E., Murphy, D.L. (2012). Phenomenological features and clinical impact of affective disorders in OCD: A focus on the bipolar disorder and OCD connection. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 226-233.

Timpano, K.R., Abramowitz, J.S., Mahaffey, B.L., Mitchell, M.A., & Schmidt, N.B. (2011). Efficacy of a Prevention Program for Postpartum Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1511-1517.

Timpano, K.R., Keough, M.E., Traeger, L., & Schmidt, N.B. (2011). General life stress and hoarding: Examining the role of emotional tolerance. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 4, 263-279.

Timpano, K.R., Schmidt, N.B., Weaton, M.G., Wendland, J.R., & Murphy, D.L. (2011). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val66Met functional variant: Association with compulsive hoarding and body mass index. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 700-707.

Timpano, K.R., Exner, C., Glaesmer, H., Rief, W., Keshaviah, A., Braehler, E., & Wilhelm, S. (2011). The epidemiology of the proposed hoarding disorder: Exploration of the acquisition specifier, associated features, and distress. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 72 (6): 780-786.

Timpano, K.R., Buckner, J.D., Richey, A.J., Murphy, D.L., & Schmidt, N.B. (2009). Exploring anxiety sensitivity and distress tolerance as vulnerability factors for hoarding behaviors. Depression and Anxiety, 26, 343-53.

Timpano, K.R., Hasler, G., Riccardi, C. Murphy, D.L., & Schmidt, N.B. (2009). The Genetics of Anxiety: Recent Findings and Considerations for Future Research. In G. Berntson & J. Cacioppo (Ed.) Handbook of Neuroscience for the Behavioral Sciences, Two-Volume Set. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.