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Storch Lab

Meet Our Team

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Eric Storch, Ph.D.

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Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

He serves as vice chair and head of Psychology, and oversees the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD and related disorders program at the College. Dr. Storch specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder and related conditions, anxiety disorders, and anxiety among youth with autism.

Sophie C. Schneider, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Her research focuses on the presentation and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and anxiety disorders. She is particularly interested in improving disorder detection and early intervention for these disorders in children and adolescents.

Valérie La Buissonnière Ariza, Ph.D.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

She completed her Ph.D. (research and intervention) in psychology, neuropsychology option, at the University of Montreal in 2016. Her objective as a clinician and scientist is to promote sound mental health in children and their families by investigating the psychosocial, cognitive, and neural correlates of psychological functioning and treatment response.

Andrew G. Guzick, M.S.,

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

His graduate research primarily aimed to better understand the nature and treatment of childhood OCD, anxiety and related disorders. He is excited about continuing to pursue his interest in this area at Baylor College of Medicine.

Sandra L. Cepeda, BS

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Research Coordinator
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

She is also currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Youth Behavioral Health at the University of South Florida. Her research interests focus on the nature and treatment of individuals with OCD, anxiety, and related disorders, with particular interest in exploring factors that may impact symptoms and treatment (e.g., the political climate, news, social media use, and culture).

Hetal Modi, MHA

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Research Coordinator
Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital

She received her master’s degree in Health Administration in 2018 from Texas A&M University. Her professional interests include working in operations and patient care in a pediatric hospital to help make a difference in the lives of children.

Saira Weinzimmer, BA

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Research Coordinator
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Philosophy from Rice University. Her primary research interests include obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and prevention and early intervention in mental health.

Gifty Amos Nwankwo, BA

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Research Coordinator
Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

She received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Cross-cultural Studies from Carleton College. Her primary research interests include anxiety, anxiety sensitivity, pain catastrophizing, and body dysmorphia among women of color. In the near future, she plans on pursuing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology to further pursue her research passions.

Morgan M. McNeel, BA

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Research Therapist
Youth anxiety and autism research study within the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and in collaboration with Texas Children’s Hospital

She is also currently pursuing her doctoral degree in School Psychology at the University of Houston. Her research interests include systemic approaches to autism intervention – what impacts outcomes and how that knowledge can be used to develop more integrated, effective, and affordable treatment options.

Jacquelyne Wynn

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Administrative Coordinator
Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

She is also the training program coordinator within the department. Long-term, she is interested in furthering her education and becoming a licensed therapist, with particular focus in the treatment of individuals with OCD and anxiety related disorders. She is also enthusiastic about research and has a special interest to improve patient care and outcomes among individuals with mental health concerns.