Home » People

What we do

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.



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.

Aarthi Kaviyarasu is a senior at Duke University from Columbus, Ohio majoring in Psychology with minors in Biology and Global Health. In the ChANT Lab, Aarthi has worked extensively with study data entry, cleaning, extraction, and analysis. Broadly, she is interested in mental health concerns relating to experiences of emotion, how social stigmas and environmental interactions affect one’s mental wellbeing, and the effects of current medical practices on mental health. She hopes to one day receive an M.D./MPH. On campus, Aarthi serves on the executive teams of Duke University Union (DUU) and Women’s Club Volleyball, and as a staff leader for Project BUILD. Her hobbies include reading, hand-lettering, and social media marketing.


Judit Wright is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences at Duke University. She completed her undergraduate degree in general psychology in 2014 at North Caroline State University and joined Duke Clinical Research Institute in 2018. At DCRI she worked on various trials as a Clinical Trial assistant before joining the department of Psychiatry and Behavior sciences in 2019 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Since than she was involved with studies working with patients who were diagnosed with opioid use disorder or had a history of opioid use for pain management. She is currently managing studies that involve adults with misophonic distress and adults who report having difficulties downregulating their emotions.