Prof. Eva Gilboa Schechtman is a member of the Adult Clinical track at the Department of Psychology and a member of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, where she heads the Emotional Processing Laboratory.
Current research at Gilboa-Schechtman’s lab focuses on cognitive and psycho-physiological approaches to the understanding and treatment of social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The group’s research integrates experimental and clinical studies, and seeks to identify the mechanisms that contribute to the maintenance and etiology of these disorders.
When analyzing a given condition, their work attempts to understand the following: how does the disorder manifest itself in symptoms and in basic mechanisms? What can these basic mechanisms teach us about the ways in which a condition develops, and the ways in which it is maintained? What impedes self-correction mechanisms from coming into action and enhancing functionality and mental health? How can cognitive and emotional maladaptive processes be effectively changed via therapeutic interventions?
In attempting to answer these questions, Gilboa-Schechtman’s research group adopts an integrated approach, using various paradigms to identify core cognitive, affective and physiological abnormalities in a given disorder.
In addition to phenomenological measures, they use cognitive, imaging (e.g., magnetoencephalography), endocrynological and acoustic data. They apply the knowledge gained by these diverse methods to the development of specialized assessments and interventions.
Gilboa-Schechtman’s group aims to create objective measures of social anxiety. In addition, they plan to develop therapeutic interventions that would rely on direct training of the mechanisms implicated in a given condition. For example, in the case of social anxiety, such interventions may focus creating new ways of approaching an interpersonal stimulus (e.g., a face).