Natalie Hong, M.S.

Natalie Hong, M.S.

Senior Associate

Professional Biography

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Natalie Hong is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program and a member of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Lab at Florida International University. Natalie completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Applied Psychology at New York University and received her Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology from the Clinical Science program at Florida International University. She interned with the Selective Mutism Program at the Child Mind Institute and subsequently worked as a project coordinator at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Center for Autism and the Developing Brain prior to joining the MINT team.

 

Natalie’s research interests focus on informed clinical decision-making for children who exhibit slower or fewer improvements throughout the course of treatment. She is particularly excited about work investigating tailoring interventions (e.g., Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials) to improve efficiency and efficacy of treatments. She is also interested in examining effective methods for utilizing parents as the agents of change in their children’s treatment.

Contact: nhong@fiu.edu

Publications

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Schatz, N.K., Aloe, A.M., Fabiano, G.A., Pelham Jr., W.E., Smyth, A., Zhao, X., Merrill, B., Macphee, F., Ramos, M., Hong, N., & Altszuler, A.R. (2020). Psychosocial interventions for ADHD: Systematic review with evidence and gap maps. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 41(2), S77-S87. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000778

Hong, N., Sanchez, A.L., & Comer, J.S. (2020). Multi-media field test: Can users strike out OCD with the nOCD app? Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 27, 93-99. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2019.02.005

Furr, J.M., Sanchez, A.L., Hong, N., & Comer, J.S. (2020). Exposure therapy for childhood selective mutism: Principles, practices, and procedures. In Peris, T.S., Storch, E.A, & McGuire, J. (Eds.) A Clinician’s Guide to Exposure Therapy with Children and Adolescents. New York, NY: Elsevier.

Hong, N., Cornacchio, D., Pettit, J.W., & Comer, J.S. (2019). Coal mine canaries in clinical psychology: Getting better at identifying early signals of treatment nonresponse. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(6), 1207-1221. doi: 10.1177/2167702619858111

Cornacchio, D., Furr, J.M., Sanchez, A., Hong, N., Feinberg, L., Tenenbaum, R., Del Busto, C., Bry, L.J., Poznanski, B., Miguel, E., Ollendick T., Kurtz, S., & Comer, J.S. (2019). Intensive group behavioral treatment (IGBT) for children with selective mutism: A preliminary randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87(8), 720-733. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000422

Hong, N. & del Busto, C. (2019). Collaboration, scaffolding, and successive approximations: A developmental science approach to training in clinical psychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/tep0000260

Comer, J.S., Hong, N., Poznanski, B., Silva, K., & Wilson, M. (2019). Evidence base update on the treatment of early childhood anxiety and related problems. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1534208

Hong, N., Feinberg, L., Comer, J.S., & Bagner, D. (2019). Internet-delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: rationale, considerations, and lessons learned. In McNeil, C.B., Quetsch, L.B., & Anderson, C.M. (Eds.) Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum. New York: Springer.

Hong, N. & Comer, J.S. (2018). High-end specificity of the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Problems Scale of the Child Behavior Checklist for ages 1.5-5 in a sample of young children with disruptive behavior disorders. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50(2), 222-229. doi: 10.1007/s10578-018-0834-4

Frost, K., Hong, N., & Lord, C. (2017). Correlates of adaptive functioning in minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 122(1), 1-10.

Zike, I., Xu, T., Hong, N., & Veenstra-VanderWeele, J. (2017).
Rodent models of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: evaluating validity to interpret emerging neurobiology. Neuroscience, 345, 256-273.

Posters & Presentations

Georgiadis, C., Bose, D., Wolenski, R., Hong, N., Pettit, J., & Comer, J.S. (2020, November). Patient-centered responsiveness within evidence-based care for child internalizing problems: An empirical evaluation of treatment protocols. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Hong, N., Cornacchio, D., Silva, K., Herrera, A., Furr, J.M., & Comer, J.S. (2020, November). Evaluating predictors of intensive group behavioral treatment (IGBT) response for youth with selective mutism: Who is most likely to benefit? In J.M. Furr (Chair), Who gets the most bang for their buck?: Predictors of intensive treatment response for youth with anxiety and related disorders. Symposium accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Hong, N., Rouzer, S., Pineault, L., & Story, A. (2020, August). Federal grants for doctoral students: Considerations for prospective applicants. Program accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Hong, N. & Comer, J.S. (2020, May). Does videoconferencing-based treatment (VbT) delivery of evidence-based care impair the therapeutic alliance? Results from 3 RCTs evaluating VbT for early child problems. In D.B. Bose & N. Hong (Co-Chairs), Alliance-outcome associations in psychosocial interventions for youth across clinical populations and intervention formats. Symposium accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19]

Furr, J.M., Cornacchio, D., Hong, N., & Comer, J.S. (2019, November). Improvements in developmentally appropriate tasks following intensive group behavioral therapy for youth with selective mutism. In R. Beaumont (Chair), Beyond symptom remission: Using CBT to empower youth to achieve normative developmental milestones. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Atlanta, GA.

Furr, J.M., Pruden, S., del Busto, C., Hong, N., Feinberg, L., Bravo, E., Moreira, E., & Cruz, E. (2019, November). The use of technology to examine changes in verbalization and ability to identify emotions in youth with selective mutism. In B. Bunnell (Chair), Innovative strategies to overcome barriers to care for children with selective mutism. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Atlanta, GA.

Hong, N. (2019, October). Treating selective mutism in the school setting. In N. Hong (Chair), Treatment, assessment, and advocacy strategies for supporting youth with selective mutism in the school setting. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Selective Mutism Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Furr, J.M., Cornacchio, D., Hong, N., & Comer, J.S. (2019, October). Changes in emotion regulation within the context of intensive SM group treatment. In E. Shumka (Chair), Exploring the role of social-emotional functioning within the context of treatment for SM. Symposium presented at the annual convention of the Selective Mutism Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Joffe, V., Raggi, V., Hong, N., Avny, S., & Miller, A. (2019, October). Exploring the implementation of intensive treatment in schools. Panel discussion presented at the annual convention of the Selective Mutism Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Hong, N., Cornacchio, D., Furr, J.M., & Comer, J.S. (2019, October). Examining predictors of response to intensive group behavioral treatment for SM: A preliminary evaluation. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Selective Mutism Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Hong, N., Cornacchio, D., Furr, J.M., & Comer, J.S. (2018, November). Utilizing observational measures to evaluate the efficacy of intensive group behavior therapy for children with selective mutism. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Hong, N. (Co-Chair), Ouellette, R.R. (Co-Chair), Frazier, S., Beidas, R., & Mehta, T.G. (2018, November). Dissemination and implementation science to reduce mental health burden: Closing the research to training gap. Panel discussion presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Cornacchio, D. (Co-Chair), Hong, N. (Co-Chair), Albano, A.M., Franklin, M., Freeman, J., Comer, J.S. (2018, November). Difficult-to-treat anxiety? Don’t fear: Innovative formats and strategies for optimizing treatment delivery. Panel discussion presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, D.C.

Furr, J.M., Pruden, S., del Busto, C., Feinberg, L., Hong, N., Bravo, E., & Yeguez, C. (2018, April). Assessment of vocalizations using language environment in children with selective mutism. In S.M.S. Kurtz (Chair), New directions in selective mutism research: Theoretical conceptualization and intervention models. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Washington, D.C.

Hong, N., Poznanski, B., Furr, J.M., & Comer, J.S. (2018, February). Therapeutic alliance across videoconferencing- and clinic-based treatment formats for early child obsessive-compulsive disorder. Poster presented at the Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Miami, FL.

Hong, N. (2017, November). Cultural considerations in context: working with Latino youth with internalizing disorders. Symposium chaired at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Bravo, E. I., del Busto, C., Feinberg. L.K, Hong, N., Furr, J., and Pruden, S. M. (2017, November). Can children with selective mutism efficiently identify emotions?: an eyetracking study utilizing NimStims. Poster session presented at The International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Conference, Washington, D. C.

Hong, N., Feinberg, L.K., Bravo, E.I., Yeguez, C., del Busto, C., Pruden, S.M., & Furr, J. (2017, October). Overcoming obstacles to cognitive assessment of children with selective mutism (SM). Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Selective Mutism Association, Boston, MA.

Feinberg, L.K., Hong, N., Bravo, E.I., del Busto, C., Pruden, S., & Furr, J.M. (2017, October). Assessment of parent-child interactions and language environment among children with selective mutism. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Selective Mutism Association, Boston, MA.

Furr, J.M., Pruden, S., del Busto, C., Feinberg, L., Hong, N., Bravo, E., & Yeguez, C. (2017, October). Language processing efficiency in children with selective mutism. Talk presented at the annual meeting of the Selective Mutism Association, Boston, MA.

Ginsberg, R., Morrison, S., Hong, N., & Puliafico, A. (2017, February). Group-based cognitive behavioral therapy for school refusal in adolescents. Poster session presented at the Miami International Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Miami, FL.

Grzadzinski, R., Dick, C., Hong, N., & Lord, C. (2016, May). Measuring the generalization of skills in response to treatment in minimally verbal children with ASD (A preliminary study). Poster session presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Grzadzinski, R., Dufek, S., Carberry, C., Hamo, A., Frost, K., Heyman, M., Dick, C., Manevich, S., Hong, N., Pickles, A., & Lord, C. (2016, May). Preliminary reliability and validity of the Brief Observation of Social Comunication Change (BOSCC). Talk presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

Hong, N., Frost, K., & Lord, C. (2015, March). Social adaptive functioning and autism symptoms in minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder. Poster session presented at the Biennial Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Philadelphia, PA.

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