Faculty Profile: Abbe Garcia

Abbe Garcia
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
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Garcia's current research interests are focused on parent-child interaction patterns and temperamental factors that may be associated with anxiety disorders in children. She is the recipient of a junior faculty training and research award from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). The objective of this project is to identify and describe the inter-relationship between behavioral patterns and child psychophysiology that are associated with anxiety disorders.

Research Description

Child Anxiety Disorders: Parenting and Temperament Effects
This project proposes to describe the relationship between child reactivity, regulation, and parent-child interactive behavior for children with anxiety disorders. Training goals include developing expertise in designing and conducting observational research with anxious youth that incorporates specialized technical training in microanalytic observational research methods, psychophysiological and behavioral assessment of reactivity and regulation, and sequential data analysis.

Grants and Awards

1997 Faculty Commendation for Excellence, Temple University
1999 Distinguished Teaching Award, Temple University
1999 - 2000 Graduate Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Temple University
2000 Dissertation Research Award, American Psychological Association
2006 Psychology Research Mentor Award, Brown Medical School


Staff Psychologist, Rhode Island Hospital, Division of Child and Family Psychiatry

Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy

Funded Research

"Child Anxiety Disorders: Parenting & Temperament Effects"
(National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) K23 MH071754-01, funded)
Principal Investigator/Candidate: Abbe M. Garcia, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $ 656,909
Project Period: April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2010

"Treatment of Pediatric OCD: An Augmentation Study of Partial Responders"
(NIMH Collaborative R01 MH64188, funded)
Principal Investigator (Brown site): Henrietta L. Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator: Abbe M. Garcia, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $1,250,000
Project Period: September 30, 2003 to July 31, 2008

"Family Based Treatment of Early Childhood OCD"
(NIMH R21 MH60669, funded)
Principal Investigator: Henrietta L. Leonard, M.D.
Co-Investigator: Abbe M. Garcia, Ph.D.
Total Direct Costs: $374,123
Project Period: March 1, 2002 to February 28, 2005