Kristina Conroy, M.S.

Kristina Conroy, M.S.

Senior Associate

Professional Biography

Kristina Conroy is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Science program at Florida International University (FIU) and a member of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Lab. Kristina’s research focuses on reducing youth mental health disparities and broadening the reach of evidence-informed services and supports for child and adolescent internalizing problems. To that end, Kristina collaborates with key stakeholders (e.g., youth, caregivers, teachers) to identify opportunities for infusing mental health supports into schools and other community settings. Further, Kristina’s research seeks to improve the cultural and contextual responsiveness of anxiety practices for low-income and minoritized youth. Overall, Kristina strives to conduct stakeholder-centered, trauma-informed work that strengthens the public health impact of youth mental health research.

Kristina completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology at Middlebury College. Following her graduation, she served as a Research Coordinator in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to her time at FIU, Kristina worked with Dr. Stefan Hofmann as a Research Technician at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (BU CARD). Kristina’s time at BU CARD inspired her to study promoting the health and wellness of youth with anxiety, depression, and trauma-related difficulties.

Contact: kconroy@fiu.edu

Publications

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Conroy, K., Green, J. G., Phillips, K. E., Poznanski, B., Coxe, S., Kendall, P. C., & Comer, J. S. (2022). School-based accommodations and supports for anxious youth: Benchmarking reported practices against expert perspectives. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 51(4), 419–427. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2020.1723601

Conroy, K., Salem, H., Georgiadis, C., Hong, N., Herrera, A., Furr, J. M., Green, J. G., & Comer, J. S. (2022). Gauging perceptions and attitudes about student anxiety and supports among school-based providers. School Mental Health, 14, 374-390. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12310-021-09470-6

Comer, J. S., Conroy, K., Cornacchio, D., Furr, J. M., Norman, S. B, & Stein, M. (2022). Psychometric evaluation of a caregiver-report adaptation of the Overall Anxiety Severity and Impairment Scale (OASIS) for use with youth populations. Journal of Affective Disorders, 300, 341-348. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.12.113

Conroy, K., Frech, N., Sanchez, A. L., Hagan, M. B., Bagner, D. M., & Comer, J. S. (2021). Caregiver stress and cultural identity in families of preschoolers with developmental delay and behavioral problems. Infant Mental Health Journal, 42(4), 573-585. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21923

​​Comer, J. S., Furr, J. M., Del Busto, C., Silva, K., Hong, N., Poznanski, B., Sanchez, A. L., Cornacchio, D., Herrera, A., Coxe, S., Miguel, E., Georgiadis, C., Conroy, K., & Puliafico, A. (2021). Therapist-led, family-based treatment for early child social anxiety: A waitlist-controlled evaluation of the iCALM Telehealth Program. Behavior Therapy, 52(5), 1171-1187. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2021.01.004

Conroy, K., Hong, N., Poznanski, B., Hart, K. C., Ginsburg, G. S., Fabiano, G. A., & Comer, J. S. (2021). Harnessing home-school partnerships and school consultation to support youth with anxiety. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 29(2), 381-399. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cbpra.2021.02.007

Poznanski, B., Silva, K., Conroy, K., Georgiadis, C., Comer, J. S. (2020) Expanding the reach of evidence-based psychotherapy through remote technologies. In M. Roberts & R. Steele (Eds.), Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents (pp. 369-380). Springer, Cham.

Conroy, K., Curtiss, J. E., Barthel, A. L., Lubin, R., Wieman, S., Bui, E., Simon, N. M., & Hofmann, S. G. (2020). Emotion regulation flexibility in generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 42(1), 93–100. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-019-09773-8

Carpenter, J. K., Conroy, K., Gomez, A. F., Curren, L. C., & Hofmann, S. G. (2019). The relationship between trait mindfulness and affective symptoms: A meta-analysis of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire (FFMQ). Clinical Psychology Review, 74, 101785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101785

Carpenter, J. K., Conroy, K., Hofmann, S. G. (2019). Treatment and prevention of anxiety and related disorders. In B. O. Olatunji (Ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders (pp. 769 – 862). Cambridge University Press.

Joshi, G., Wozniak, J., Fitzgerald, M., Faraone, S., Fried, R., Galdo, M., Furtak, S. L., Conroy, K., Kilcullen, R., Besler, A., & Biederman, J. (2018). High risk for severe emotional dysregulation in psychiatrically referred youth with autism spectrum disorder: A controlled study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(9), 3101-3115. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3542-9

Shekunov, J., Wozniak, J., Conroy, K., Pinsky, E., Fitzgerald, M., De Leon, M., Belser, A., Biederman, J., & Joshi, G. (2017) Prescribing patterns in psychiatrically referred sample of youth with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 78(9),  e1276–e1283. https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.16m11406

Posters & Presentations

Shaw, A. M., Hare, M. M., Conroy, K., Kehrer, S., Georgiadis, C., & Comer, J. S. (2022, November). Adapting dialectical behavior therapy for adolescents in the context of a global pandemic: Quantitative and qualitative perspectives on virtual and hybrid formats [Symposium]. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 2022 Conference, Atlanta, GA, United States.

Conroy, K., Cramer, E., Frazier, S. L., & Comer, J. S. (2022, November). Bringing culturally and contextually responsive, evidence-based practices for youth anxiety into the classroom: An examination of teacher perceptions [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 56th Annual Convention, New York, NY, United States.

Urcuyo, A. E., Conroy, K., Sanchez, A. L., Silva, K., Furr, J. M., Bagner, D. M., & Comer, J. S. (2022, November). A psychometric evaluation of the Abbreviated Multidimensional Acculturation Scale: A treatment-seeking sample of first-generation immigrants [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 56th Annual Convention, New York, NY, United States.

Saenz, G., Frech, N., Conroy, K., Sanchez, A. L., Bagner, D. M., & Comer, J. S. (2021, August) Examining associations between caregiver cultural identity, help-seeking attitudes, and anxiety [Poster presentation]. American Psychological Association 2021 Annual Convention, San Diego, CA, United States.

Conroy, K., Frech, N., Sanchez, A. L., Bagner, D. M., & Comer, J. S. (2020, November). Caregiver stress and cultural identity in families of preschoolers with developmental delay and behavioral problems [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention, Virtual.

Phillips, K. E., Conroy, K., Pinney, E. L., Comer, J. S., & Kendall, P. C. (2020, November). School-based supports (accommodations) among anxious youth in treatment [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 54th Annual Convention, Virtual.

Conroy, K., Green, J. G., & Comer, J. S. (2019, August). A preliminary evaluation of school staff-led accommodations for anxious youth. In Conroy, K. (Chair) Modern Trends and Recent Advances in the Understanding and Treatment of Family Accommodation of Child Anxiety [Symposium]. American Psychological Association 2019 Convention. Chicago, IL, United States.

Conroy, K., Curtiss, J. E., Barthel, A. L., Wieman, S., Lubin, R., Bui, E., Simon, N. M., & Hofmann, S.G. (2018, November). Affective styles profiles in a generalized anxiety disorder sample [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 52ndAnnual Convention, Washington, DC, United States.

Barthel, A. L., Conroy, K., Sauer-Zavala, S., Barlow, D. H., & Hofmann, S. G. (2018, November). Evaluation of the Unified Protocol in a community mental health center: Feasibility and preliminary effectiveness compared to treatment as usual [Poster presentation]. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 52ndAnnual Convention, Washington, DC, United States.

Conroy, K., Gómez, A. F., Ito, M., & Hofmann, S. G. (2017, April). Mindful Nonreactivity: Attenuating the effect of affective styles on anxiety severity [Poster presentation]. Anxiety and Depression Conference 2017, San Francisco, CA, United States.

Shekunov, J., Biederman, J., Wozniak, J., Conroy, K., Friedman, N., Pinsky, E., Fitzgerald, M., Kilcullen, J., Dallenbach, N., & Joshi, G. (2016, April). Prescribing patterns in a psychiatrically referred sample of youth with autism spectrum disorders [Poster presentation]. 69th Annual Meeting of the MGH Scientific Advisory Committee, Boston, MA, United States.

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