Dr. Deepika Anand is a Medical Instructor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. Along with her clinical practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy at the Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program, she is the biostatistician at the Duke Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation (CMER). Dr. Anand received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University, where her research focused on examining the comorbid relationship between anxiety and depression symptoms and the longitudinal co-occurrence of anxious and depressive affect. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her main research focus is how the perception and experience of emotions influence behavior across different disorders. In particular, she studies how emotions change within individuals over time and seeks to identify transdiagnostic emotional targets for behavioral change. For example, her previous research has found that an individual’s ability to differentiate across various emotion types (i.e sad v. anxious v. guilty) may influence their likelihood of substance use relapse (Anand et al., 2017). Dr. Anand aims to apply this lens to study how emotional reactions to misophonic triggers unfold over time, and how this understanding can inform the behavioral treatment of Misophonia.
McMahon, K., Anand, D., Morris-Jones, M., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (in press). A path from childhood sensory processing disorder to anxiety disorders: The mediating role of emotion dysregulation and adult sensory processing disorder symptoms. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.