Eric D. Tifft
Eric is a second year graduate student in the lab. He received his B.A. in psychology at Ohio Wesleyan University. After completion, Eric moved to Boston, MA and spent four years working as a counselor and research assistant at McLean Hospital's OCD Institute.
Eric is broadly interested in how human's capacity for language opens the door for suffering and other experiences. This has led Eric to become fascinated with Relational Frame Theory, mindfulness, self-compassion, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and various other meditation techniques.
In Eric's free time, he enjoys being outdoors (primarily hiking and mountain biking), reading fiction (especially Haruki Murakami and Ursula le Guin) and Eastern Philosophy/Meditation texts, exploring art and history museums, playing with cats, and spending time with family and friends.
Shannon is a first year graduate student in the Anxiety Disorders Research Lab. Prior to entering the lab, she received her B.S. at West Virginia University, graduating with minors in women's and gender studies and disability studies. Shannon was drawn to ACT while conducting values-based research during her undergraduate career. She hopes to disseminate ACT and self-compassion and mindfulness techniques in vulnerable populations during her career by utilizing accessible and inclusive methods.
A West Virginia native, Shannon loves spending time hiking in the mountains. She also enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness techniques in her daily life. In her free time, she has interests in interior design and is always on the lookout for antique, mid-century, and Danish furniture. She finds joy in nutritious home-cooking, thriving house plants, and stand-up comedy.