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Read media coverage of our lab's studies for approachable and jargon-free descriptions of them:

Our recent work on a novel VR treatment for hoarding disorder has been covered in Stanford Medicine News, PsyPost, Futurism, and the That Hoarder podcast.

Our recent work on how interactions with your pet dog can reduce distress has been covered in National Geographic, UC Berkeley's Greater Good, WebMD's ADDitude Magazine, and PsyPost.

Dr. Raila's previous work on how happy people preferentially gaze at position information has been covered in Psychology Today and Yale Scientific magazine.


* denotes equal contribution authorship

+ denotes advisee

Click on the study title to read the full manuscript:

*Fracalanza, K.,*Raila, H., Avanesyan, T., & Rodriguez, C.I. (2024). Written imaginal exposure for hoarding disorder: A controlled pilot study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Wheaton, M.G., Varias, A.D., Sandhu, T., Munoz Rodriguez, P.A., Mukunda, P., Filippou-Frye, M.., Millen, A., Lombardi, A., van Roessel, P., Raila, H. […] & Rodriguez, C.I. (2024). Randomized waitlist-controlled trial of Buried in Treasures facilitated support groups and in-home uncluttering (BIT+) for hoarding disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Raila, H., +Bouwer, A., +Moran, C., Kneeland, E.T., +Modi, R., & Joormann, J. (2024). The mindful gaze: Correlations between trait mindfulness and selective attention to positive stimuli. Cognition and Emotion, 1-11.


Raila, H., Avanesyan, T., Valentine, K.E., Koo, B., Hwang, C., Tsutsumi, Y., Andreeff, E., Qiu, T., Rodriguez, P.A.M., van Roessel, P., Bullock, K., & Rodriguez, C.I. (2023). Augmenting group hoarding disorder treatment with virtual reality discarding: A pilot study in older adults. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 166, 25-31.

Matijczak, A., +Yates, M.S., Ruiz, M.C., Santos, L.R., Kazdin, A.E., & Raila, H. (2023). The influence of interaction with pet dogs on psychological distress. Emotion. Advance online publication.


+Moore, A., Wheaton, M.G., Rodriguez, C.I., & Raila, H. (2023). Compulsively seeking certainty: Clarifying the association between intolerance of uncertainty and compulsion severity in OCD. Journal of Emotion and Psychopathology, 1, 262-272.

Rutherford, A.V., Raila, H., Blicher, A., Vanderlind, W.M., & Joormann, J. (2022). Seeing red: Distraction influences visual attention for anger but not other negative emotions. Emotion, 23, 1224-1235.

*Fracalanza, K., *Raila, H. & Rodriguez, C. (2021).  Could written imaginal exposure be helpful for hoarding disorder? A case series. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 29, 1-5.

Mahnke, A., Linkovski, O., Timpano, K., Van Roessel, P., Sanchez, C., Varias, A., Mukunda, P., Fillipou-Frye, M., Lombardi, A., Raila, H., Anderson, K., Sandu, T., Wright, B., McCarthy, E., Garcia, G.E., Asgari, S., Qiu, T., Bernert, R., & Rodriguez, C.I. (2021). Examining subjective sleep quality in adults with hoarding disorderJournal of Psychiatric Research, 137, 597-602.


Raila, H., Julian, M., Lebowitz, E., & Silverman, W. (2020). Separating from the mothership: A coordinated individual and parent-based approach to severe agoraphobia in a young adultCognitive and Behavioral Practice, 28, 422-434.


Lewis, E.J., Blanco-Martinez, I., Raila, H., & Joormann, J. (2019). Does repetitive negative thinking affect attention? Differential effects of worry and rumination on attention to emotional stimuli. Emotion, 19, 1450-1462.


Rodriguez-Guzman, J., Ramos, M.A., Silva, M., Mata, D.A., Raila, H., Rohrbaugh, R., & Barkil-Oteo, A. (2018). Training health professional students as lay counselors to treat depression in a student-run free clinicJournal of Student-Run Clinics, 4, 1-7.


Raila, H., Scholl, B.J., & Gruber, J. (2015). Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses: People who are happy and satisfied with life preferentially attend to positive stimuli. Emotion, 15, 449-462.


Whalen, P.J., Raila, H., Bennett, R., Mattek, A., Brown, A., Taylor, J., VanTieghem, M., Tanner, A., Miner, M. & Palmer, A. (2013). Neuroscience and facial expressions of emotion: The role of amygdala-prefrontal interactions. Emotion Review, 5, 78-83.


Hechtman, L.A., Raila, H., Chiao, J.Y., & Gruber, J. (2013). Positive emotion regulation and psychopathology: A cultural neuroscience approach. The Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4, 502-528.

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