Born in New Jersey and raised in Northeast Georgia, Maryann Owens received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with honors from the University of Georgia. As an undergraduate, Maryann assisted in the research of pathological gambling and social anxiety. She also served as a volunteer crisis counselor and victim’s advocate for the Sexual Assault Center for Northeast Georgia.
Following graduation, she worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders. While there, she managed a federally funded study to assess the efficacy and neurohormonal correlates of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. In addition, she managed studies examining levels of oxytocin and immune system functioning in adults with social anxiety and adults with and without meditation experience.
Currently, Maryann is in her 3rd year of doctoral training in UCF’s Clinical Psychology program. She is studying the behavioral and physiological responses of adults with social anxiety disorder. She is especially interested in computerized interventions for anxiety, in particular, virtual reality. She is also interested in understanding factors that contribute to and maintain anxiety and in developing treatments that are more easily dissemenable to the community.
Outside of school, Maryann enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her kitten. She loves going to the beach and enjoying the Florida sunshine and warmth.