Megan E. Renna, M.A.
Megan earned her B.A. in psychology at Simmons College and is currently a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York/Hunter College.
Megan has intensive training in Emotion Regulation Therapy (ERT) with the treatment creators Dr. Doug Mennin and Dr. David Fresco. ERT incorporates mindfulness skills, imaginal exposures, self-monitoring, and work on identifying values and pursuing values-informed activities for individuals with anxiety and depression. Megan has utilized ERT with students at the Hunter College Counseling & Wellness Center as well as with caregivers of cancer patients at the Caregiver Clinic at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Megan also has extensive training in health-informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of mood, anxiety, and stress-related issues as a result of physical issues such as insomnia, pain, and chronic health conditions.
Megan’s research program concerns the processes central to anxiety and depressive disorders, including worry, rumination, and emotion dysregulation. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mennin, Megan has worked extensively on open and randomized-control trials of ERT and has a strong interest in intervention research, with particular emphasis on examining mechanisms underlying treatment effectiveness. Her dissertation examines the mechanisms underlying the link between immune functioning and mental health difficulties for individuals high in worry and rumination, with a particular interest in understanding the influential role that these processes have on chronic inflammation.
Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
DBT Skills Training
CE Online Training, Behavioral Tech, LLC