Coronavirus: A Trigger for OCD and Illness Anxiety Disorder? AU Student Publication


Congratulations to our Psy D students Rita Rivera and Denise Carballea on their publication in the Journal of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy on the COVID-19 pandemic as a challenge for individuals with preexisting mental health conditions, such as those with obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and Illness Anxiety Disorder. Articles of this nature are at the forefront of understanding how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our society. Thank you!

Link to article:  

Rivera, R. M., & Carballea, D. (2020). Coronavirus: A trigger for OCD and illness anxiety disorder? Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication.

Author Bios!

Rita Rivera is an international student at Albizu University from the nation of Honduras. She is completing her Psy.D. with a concentration in Neuropsychology and is the incoming President of the Student Council for the 2020-2021 term. She also works as a Peer Mentor, Academic Coach, and Tutor at the Student Success Center at AU.  Ms. Rivera serves as Student Representative for the Florida Psychological Association-Graduate Students Division, Student Ambassador for APA Division 15 and Division 49, and Co-chair of the APA Higher Education Working Group for the COVID-19 Taskforce. Her current research is focused on psychoneuroendocrinology and Hispanic populations. 

Denise Carballea is pursuing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology at Albizu University in Miami, Florida. She is currently the President of the Neuropsychology Club, Vice President of the Students Advocate for Youth Club, and Vice President of the incoming 2020-2021 Student Council at Albizu University. The majority of her clinical experience has been focused on working with individuals with cognitive impairments following a brain injury. Her primary areas of research include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). Professionally, Denise is interested in contributing to the field in areas involving rehabilitation.