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The research in Dr. Neacsiu's lab focuses on developing novel treatments and improving existing psychotherapies for transdiagnostic difficulties with emotions using affective neuroscience, neuro-modulation, psychophysiology and mobile technology.


Cognitive Behavioral Research and Therapy Program

Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation

Behavioral Tech



Dr. Andrada Neacsiu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and the Director of the ChANT Lab. She is also President of the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a Researcher in the CMER. Her primary interest is in developing novel interventions for difficulties managing emotional experiences across mental health disorders. As a clinician, Dr. Neacsiu specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adults who report a variety of mental health problems, including personality, mood, anxiety, eating, trauma, stress-related, adjustment, and impulse control disorders. As an educator, Dr. Neacsiu is an established international trainer of DBT as well as a supervisor within the CBRTP for graduate students, psychology and psychiatry residents who are learning about CBT and DBT. As a researcher, Dr. Neacsiu focuses on psychotherapy optimization and neuroscience-informed treatment development for emotion dysregulation. Her broader interests include difficult-to-treat populations such as adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder or Opiate Use Disorder, adults who have Misophonia, and adults who are at high risk for suicide.

Ms. Lisalynn Kelley, CCRP has over 20 years of research experience within the Duke Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She has been involved in conducting and managing a range of studies on emotion regulation, sensory processing, psychopathology, and treatment. Lisalynn Kelley is a Research Program Leader at Duke University and serves as a Regulatory Coordinator on ChANT research projects. She is coordinating multiple studies, manages regulatory issues for all studies in the lab, oversees student researcher assistants, and provides administrative functions for the clinical services and teaching/training missions of the program. In addition to her role in the ChANT lab, Lisa is the Research Program Leader for both the Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation (CMER) and the Cognitive Behavioral Research Treatment Program (CBRTP) under Dr. Rosenthal. She also serves as a Program Coordinator for the Clinical Psychology Fellowship and is a Clinical Quality Management Program (CQMP) Reviewer for the Department of Psychiatry.

Ms. Zoe Brasher is a Clinical Research Coordinator within ChANT.







Nimesha Gerlus is an MD-PhD student in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience. She received her B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University in 2017. After graduating, she worked as a Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Award (IRTA) trainee for the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health until starting at Duke’s Medical Scientist Training Program in 2019. Nimesha is interested in studying how emotion dysregulation is represented in the brain, as well as how treatments and strategies that improve emotion dysregulation affect the brain.


Victoria Szymkiewicz is a rising junior at Duke University from Miami, Florida majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Computer Science. In the ChANT lab, Victoria works on data cleaning, extraction, and analysis, as well as helping to write grant proposals and research papers. After graduation, she intends on pursuing an MD-PhD.