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July 2018 Newsletter

With summer in full swing, I've been taking time out for the stress-relieving (and joy-inducing!) effects of being in nature. I hope everyone can take some time out in their own lives. Summer has also brought, unfortunately, a spike in recent media coverage of suicide and youth mental illness. These stories are critically important because they keep us ever-mindful of how much more we can do to help and support those around us, and how all of us must seek help early when we ourselves struggle.

In this month's newsletter, I share readings and resources on teen anxiety and technology, and detecting early signs of risk for suicide. I also write about my stress-reduction experiments in "subway poetry." 

Summer has also brought the new documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, about Mr. Rogers and the story of his radical kindness. He demonstrated to generations of us the true meaning of being a neighbor, and that we are all worthy and capable of love and of being loved. Simple and profound, a balm for our times.


—Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary
Op-Ed for The New York Times

Taking Away the Phones Won't Solve our Teenagers' Problems

In an op-ed for The New York Times, I argue that smartphone addiction may not be a cause of anxiety and depression in teenagers, but may instead be a coping mechanism for the disorders.

Read the full article here.

Upcoming Events

2018 NYC Neuromodulation Conference and NANS Summer Series

August 25, 2018
Sheraton Times Square, NYC
9:20 - 9:35 A.M.
Click here for tickets.

Technology creation and the discovery of new treatments in neuromodulation is accelerating. On August 25th, 2018, I will be presenting at the 2018 NYC Neuromodulation Conference and NANS Summer Series to discuss Next Generation Stress-Reduction Apps Incorporating Home-Based Neuromodulation.

View the program and register here.

Blog Post for Psychology Today

Teen Suicide

How can we prevent teen suicide and provide support for at-risk teenagers? In my recent article for Psychology Today, I write about understanding suicide and recognizing risk factors.

Read the full article here.

Blog Post for Psyche's Circuitry

Experiments in Subway Poetry

In the tradition of scientists for generations, I am conducting an experiment - on myself! Instead of using my smartphone on the daily commute, I am writing poetry. Check out the poetry (gulp!) and I'll report back soon on how writing poetry instead of texts and emails is changing my state of mind. 

Read the full blog post and poetry here.

We're Recruiting Participants!

Do you ever wonder about your adolescent's experiences of anxiety and worry?

We do! Help us learn about how anxiety and attention work together in the adolescent brain.

We are seeking 12-to 14-year old youth to participate in a research study.

During the first visit, you and your child will complete questionnaires about your child's emotions. In addition, your child will complete computerized tasks while non-invasive electroencephalography (EEG) is recorded. During the second visit, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) will be used to track your child's brain activity.

You and your child will receive compensation of $100 for each visit, for a total of $200. Parents will be provided with free clinical feedback.

For full information, please contact us at: (212) 650-3878 or 
Recent Publications
Dynamic measures of anxiety-related threat bias: Links to stress reactivity

Exaggerated attention to threatening information, or the threat bias, has been implicated in the development and maintenance of anxiety and stress-related disorders. In our recent study, we tested whether change in this bias over time predicts stress reactivity. We found that more variability in threat bias over time, not exaggerated bias towards threat, predicted greater stress reactivity in a non-anxious group of adults. Future research will examine whether similar patterns emerge in anxious individuals.

Full citation:
Egan, L., Dennis-Tiwary, T.A. (2018). Dynamic measures of anxiety-related threat bias: Links to stress reactivity. Motivation and Emotion. 

A web-based interactive tool to reduce childhood obesity risk in urban minority youth: Usability testing study

Childhood obesity is a serious public health issue among minority youth in the United States. Technology-enhanced approaches can be effective for promoting healthy behavior change. The purpose of this study was to test the usability of prototypes of a web-based interactive tool promoting healthy dietary behaviors to reduce childhood obesity risk in urban minority youth. 

Full citation:
Verdaguer, S., Mateo, K., Wyka, K.F., Dennis-Tiwary, T.A., Leung, M.M. (in press). A web-based interactive tool to reduce childhood obesity risk in urban minority youth: Usability testing study. JMIR Formative Research.
Books We're Reading
Evolutions: Fifteen Myths that Explain Our World
by Oren Harman

Reawakening our sense of wonder and terror at the world around us and within us, Oren Harman uses modern science to create new and original mythologies. Read more here.
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
by Peter Godfrey-Smith

In Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith, a distinguished philosopher of science and a skilled scuba diver, tells a bold new story of how subjective experience crept into being―how nature became aware of itself. Read more here.
About Tracy

Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary is a Professor of Psychology at Hunter College of the City University of New York, the Director of the Emotion Regulation Lab, and the Co-Director of the Hunter College Stress, Anxiety, and Resilience Research Center and the Hunter College Health Technology Center. She is also the creator of the mobile app, Personal Zen, a scientifically-supported mobile app for reducing stress and anxiety.

Tracy’s mission is to understand the fundamental role of emotions in health, and to transform breakthrough science into tools that elevate mental wellness and that bridge the gap between mental health needs and solutions. More about Tracy here.
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