Originally from New Jersey, Lindsay received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2005, Go Terps! Lindsay is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at UCF under the mentorship of Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP. She received her Master of Arts degree in 2009 and her PhD in 2013. Her research and examined the specific social skills deficits and vocal characteristics of children with social phobia and children with Asperger’s Disorder for her master’s thesis.
Her primary clinical research interests include elucidating the specific deficits associated with various childhood anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, selective mutism, obsessive compulsive disorder, and separation anxiety disorder with a particular emphasis of study on individuals suffering from anxiety and impairment in social skill. A thorough exploration of each disorder is necessary to develop targeted and comprehensive interventions.
Dr. Scharfstein is on staff at the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change in Rockville, MD
Scharfstein, L. A., Beidel, D. C., Sims, V., Rendon-Finnell, L. (2011). Social Skills Deficits and Vocal Characteristics of Children with Social Phobia or Asperger’s Disorder: A Comparative Study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(6), 865-875.
Scharfstein, L. A., Alfano, C. A., Beidel, D. C., & Wong, N. (2011). Children with generalized anxiety disorder do not have peer problems, just fewer friends. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 41(1) doi: 10.1007/s10578-011-0245-2
Scharfstein, L. A., Beidel, D. C., Rendon Finnell, L., Distler, A., & Carter, N. T. (2011). Do pharmacological and behavioral interventions differentially affect treatment outcome for children with social phobia? Behavior Modification doi: 10.1177/045445511408590
Beidel, D. C., Rao, P. A., Levy, K. B., Wong, N., Scharfstein, L. A., & Murray, M. (under review). Comprehensive Social Skills Training for Youth with Asperger’s Disorder.
Beidel, D. C., Rao, P A., Scharfstein, L. A., Wong, N., & Alfano, C. A. (2010). Social skills and social phobia: An investigation of DSM-IV subtypes. Behavior Research and Therapy, 48(10), 992- 1001.
Scharfstein, L. A., & Beidel, D. C. (in press). Behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatments for youth with social phobia. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.