Krystal received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Krystal’s primary interests lie in the research and treatment of PTSD as well as other anxiety disorders. While at Notre Dame, Krystal conducted research in the Development & Psychopathology Lab examining the effects of adverse childhood experiences on development with a focus on parent-child interactions. During that time she completed an honors thesis on the effects of maternal PTSD on maternal sensitivity, and also served as in intern at the Child Abuse Investigation and Education Center in South Bend, Indiana. Krystal also worked as a research assistant in Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and was engaged in the research and assessment of moral education and civic engagement with a focus on motivations for service-learning involvement.
Krystal began the Clinical PhD program at the University of Central Florida in 2015 and currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant under the tutelage of Dr. Deborah Beidel in the UCF RESTORES Lab and as a Graduate Student Clinician in the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. She is interested in pursuing a multidisciplinary research approach to better understand the etiology and neuropsychological correlates of PTSD and anxiety disorders, as well as the development of effective treatment approaches. Current projects include: a virtual reality simulation for socially anxious children; a trauma management therapy program for the treatment of combat-related PTSD; and a study on stress and resiliency of military and civilian families.