Nicholas J. SibravaAdjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Dr. Sibrava completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University in 2009, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University Medical School in 2011. He currently serves as the Project Director of the Brown Longitudinal Obsessive Compulsive Study. His primary research interests include the interpersonal, developmental, and neurobiological factors that contribute to the development and persistence of anxiety disorders, as well as the translation of basic research to inform the development and refinement of psychosocial treatments for anxiety.
Bjornsson, A.S., Sibrava, N.J., Beard, C., Moitra, E., Weisberg, R.B., Pérez Benítez, C.I., & Keller, M.B. (in press). Two-year course of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder in a longitudinal sample of Latino American adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Mancebo, M.C., Boisseau, C.L., Garnaat, S.L., Eisen, J.L., Greenberg, B.D., Sibrava, N.J., Stout, R.L., & Rasmussen, S.A. (in press). Long-term course of pediatric OCD: Three years of prospective follow-up. Comprehensive Psychiatry.
Pérez Benítez, C.I., Sibrava, N.J., Zlotnick, C., Weisberg, R.B., Keller, M.B. (in press). Differences between Latino individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder and those with other anxiety disorders. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
Pardue, C.M., Sibrava, N.J., Boisseau, C.L., Mancebo, M.C., Eisen, J.L., & Rasmussen, S. A. (2014). Differential parental influence in the familial aggregation of obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 215-219.
Garnaat, S.L., Greenberg, B.D., Sibrava, N.J., Goodman, W.K., Mancebo, M.C., Eisen, J.L, & Rasmussen, S.A. (2014). Who qualifies for Deep Brain Stimulation for OCD? Data from a naturalistic clinical sample. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 26(1), 81-86.
Sibrava, N.J., Beard, C., Bjornsson, A.S., Moitra, E., Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2013). Two-year course of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in a longitudinal sample of African American adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(6), 1052-1062. PMID: 24041233
Eisen, J.L., Sibrava, N.J., Boisseau, C.L., Mancebo, M.C., Stout, R.L., Pinto, A., & Rasmussen, S.A. (2013). Five-year course of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Predictors of remission and relapse. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74(3), 233-239. PMID: 23561228
Goldwin, M., Behar E., & Sibrava, N. (2013). Concreteness of depressive rumination and trauma recall in individuals with elevated trait rumination and/or trauma symptoms. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 680-689. DOI: 10.1007/s10608-012-9507-y
Sibrava, N.J., Boisseau, C.L., Mancebo, M.C., Eisen, J.L., & Rasmussen, S.A. (2011). Prevalence and clinical characteristics of mental rituals in a longitudinal clinical sample of obsessive compulsive disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 892-898. PMID: 21818825
Moitra, E., Dyck. I., Beard, C., Bjornsson, A.S., Sibrava, N.J., Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2011). Impact of stressful life events on the course of panic disorder in adults. Journal of Affective Disorders, 134, 373-376. PMID: 21658775
Beard, C., Rodriguez, B.F., Moitra, E., Sibrava, N.J., Bjornsson, A., Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2011). Psychometric properties of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) in a longitudinal study of African Americans with anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 722-726. PMID: 21501944
McLaughlin, K.A., Borkovec, T.D., & Sibrava, N.J. (2007). The effects of worry and rumination on affect states and cognitive activity. Behavior Therapy, 38, 23-38. PMID: 17292692
Sibrava, N.J., & Borkovec, T.D. (2006). The cognitive avoidance theory of worry. In G. C. L. Davey & A. Wells (Eds.), Worry and its psychological disorders: Theory, assessment, and treatment. West Sussex, UK: John Wiley & Sons. pp. 239-256.
McLaughlin, K.A., Sibrava, N.J., Behar, E., & Borkovec, T.D. (2006). Recurrent negative thinking in emotional disorders: Worry, trauma recall, and rumination. In S. Sassaroli & G. Ruggerio (Eds.), Worry, need of control, and other core cognitive constructs in anxiety and eating disorders. Milan: Raphael Cortina Publisher. pp. 37-67.
Borkovec, T.D., & Sibrava, N.J. (2005). Problems with the use of placebo conditions in psychotherapy research, suggested alternatives, and some strategies for the pursuit of the placebo phenomenon. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 805-818. PMID: 15827991
Broadly defined, my professional interests lie in clinical research focused on understanding the cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and developmental mechanisms of anxiety disorders and their effective treatment. I am especially interested in the integration of basic and clinical research strategies, with a focus on translating research on key processes and mechanisms into innovative interventions for treating pathological anxiety.
R01MH60218 (Rasmussen,PI) 9/01/06 - 1/31/2016, NIMH
Longitudinal Follow-up Study of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder