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Nader Amir, Ph.D

Professor

 

 

 

Department of Psychology
San Diego State University
6363 Alvarado Ct., Ste. 301/8
San Diego, CA 92120-4913

Office Location: ALV-6363/301/8

Mail Code: 1863
Phone: (619) 594-8494
FAX: (619) 594-1332
Email: namir@mail.sdsu.edu

Research Lab: Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety

Research Interests:  Dr. Amir’s primary research interest is experimental psychopathology with an emphasis on anxiety disorders. Specifically, he is interested in studying information-processing biases that may lead to the maintenance, and possibly the development of, anxiety disorders. To this end, he has used various paradigms that examine cognitive disturbances (e.g., attentional bias, implicit and explicit memory bias, interpretation bias) in anxious patients and normal individuals with elevated trait anxiety. This research has culminated in a theory of social anxiety that focuses on abnormalities in inhibition and activation of threat-relevant information in these individuals. The focus of Dr. Amir’s recent research has been on the application of the findings from experimental psychopathology to devise interventions for these disorders. For example, he has found that a computerized intervention designed to change attention bias in individuals with social anxiety is as effective as medication or cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in ameliorating symptoms of social phobia. Moreover, the same intervention delivered as an acute, one session training, is effective in reducing response to a social challenge, i.e., public speaking task, in socially anxious individuals.