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Kristen Benito Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Dr. Benito's research in the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital is focused on the relationship of therapeutic process variables to treatment outcome in psychotherapy.  She is particularly interested in therapetic processes that are specific to exposure therapy and how these relate to the hypothesized mechanism of change.  Dr. Benito is applying knowledge of exposure process to the development of new treatments for anxiety and OCD, improving effectiveness of exposure therapies, and training methods for therapists conducting exposure in community settings.  

Dr. Benito's research in the Pediatric Heart Center at Hasbro Children's Hospital is focused on behavioral treatments for youth with medical symptoms, including youth with Orthostatic Intolerance and youth with Congenital Heart Disease.