Gabrielle Freitag, B.A.

Gabrielle Freitag, B.A.

Senior Associate

Professional Biography

Gabrielle Freitag is a doctoral student in the Clinical Science Ph.D. program at Florida International University. Gabrielle completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology with a minor in Child Development at Vanderbilt University. During her time at Vanderbilt, she completed a clinical internship at the Child Mind Institute. Following graduation, she pursued a two-year postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience under the mentorship of Daniel Pine, MD.

Gabrielle is interested in (1) parsing psychiatric comorbidity to identify targets in prevention and intervention efforts for youth with internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems, (2) understanding how parenting behaviors influence the onset and trajectory of youth anxiety and can inform adaptations in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) to treat complex symptom presentations, and (3) leveraging digital therapeutics to guide the development and implementation of targeted, evidence-based interventions among families and community providers and ultimately increase the accessibility and sustainability of youth mental health care.



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Cardinale, E.M., Freitag, G.F., Brotman, M.A., Pine, D.S., Leibenluft, E., Kircanski, K. (under review). Phasic versus tonic irritability: Differential associations with ADHD symptoms.

Bas‐Hoogendam, J. M., Groenewold, N. A., Aghajani, M., Freitag, G. F., Harrewijn, A., Hilbert, K., … & Winkler, A. M. (2020). ENIGMA‐anxiety working group: Rationale for and organization of large‐scale neuroimaging studies of anxiety disorders. Human Brain Mapping.

Zugman, A., Harrewijn, A., Cardinale, E. M., Zwiebel, H., Freitag, G. F., Werwath, K. E., … & Cardoner, N. (2020). Mega‐analysis methods in ENIGMA: The experience of the generalized anxiety disorder working group. Human Brain Mapping.

Harrewijn, A., Cardinale, E.M., …. Freitag, G.F., …, Pine, D.S. (submitted). Comparing cortical and subcortical brain structure between patients with generalized anxiety disorder and healthy comparison subjects – findings from the ENIGMA Generalized Anxiety Disorder Working Group.

Posters & Presentations

Zugman, A., Harrewijn, A., Cardinale, E., Freitag, G., Pine, D., Winkler, A. (2020, June) ENIGMA-GAD: Comparison of a classical method with ComBat to address scanner variability. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), Montreal, Canada.

Botz-Zapp, C.A., Cardinale, E., Bezek, J., Freitag, G.F., Subar, A., Stavish, C., Naim, R., Haller, S., Brotman, M.A. (2020, May). Piloting a novel behavioral inhibition paradigm in youth via mobile application. Poster presented at NIH Postbaccalaureate Poster Day, Bethesda, MD.

Bezek, J., Freitag, G.F., Subar, A., Filippi, C., Brotman, M.A., Pine, D.S., Leibenluft, E., Kircanski, K., Cardinale, E.M. (2020, May). A latent variable approach to examining inhibitory control in pediatric psychopathology. Poster presented at NIH Postbaccalaureate Poster Day, Bethesda, MD.

Cardinale, E.M., Freitag, G.F., Subar, A., Bezek, J., Fillipi, C., Brotman, M., Pine, D.S., Leibenluft, E., Kircanski, K., (2019, September). Inhibitory control and childhood psychopathology: A latent variable approach. Talk presented at NIMH IRP Fellows’ Annual Scientific Training Day, Washington, D.C.

Freitag, G.F., Subar, A., Cardinale, E. (2019, May). Utilizing confirmatory factor analyses to extract shared constructs underlying inhibitory control across pediatric externalizing and internalizing symptomologies. Talk presented to Emotion and Development Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD.

Freitag, G.F., Subar, A., Leibenluft, E., Brotman, M.A., Kircanski, K., Pine, D., Cardinale, E.M. (2019, May). Differentiating cognitive control mechanisms of child and adolescent anxiety and irritability using a latent variable approach. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Washington, D.C.

Freitag, G.F., Kircanski, K., Brotman, M.A., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D., Cardinale, E.M. (2019, May). ADHD, irritability, and inhibitory control in a transdiagnostic sample of youth. Poster presented at NIH Postbaccalaureate Poster Day, Bethesda, MD.

Jones, E.L., Freitag, G.F., Smith, A., Cardinale, E.M., Pine, D., Lewis, K.M. (2019, March). An examination of the relations between anxiety, self-efficacy, and treatment response. Poster presented at the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD) Biannual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Freitag, G.F., Wilkey, E., Price, G. (2018, May). Structural and functional neural correlates of non-symbolic numerical magnitude processing and mathematical competency. Poster presented at the Vanderbilt University Honors in Psychology Colloquium, Nashville, TN.

Freitag, G.F., Phillips, L., Schuster, K. (2017, August). Neuroanatomy of executive dysfunction in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Talk presented at the Child Mind Institute, New York, NY.

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