News

January 7, 2021

Dr. Mote is a Co-Investigator on an awarded Tufts Springboard grant, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. These grants fund high quality, high impact research, scholarship, and educational initiatives within Tufts University. Dr. Mote will be collaborating with the Primary Investigators Dr. Lisa Shin and Dr. Sam Sommers in the Psychology Department on their project, “Racism as trauma: Physiological correlates of experiencing discrimination.” The other Co-Investigators on the grant include Dr. Adolfo Cuevas (Community Health) and Dr. Felipe Dias (Sociology).

December 28, 2020

Dr. Mote was awarded the American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grant for her project titled, “Cardiovascular regulation through social contact: Examining the impact of loneliness on heart rate variability in schizophrenia.” This grant helps seed innovative pilot research projects by early career researchers that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from major federal and foundation funding agencies. Dr. Mote hopes to better understand the connections between loneliness and cardiovascular health, two primary drivers of early mortality in people with schizophrenia. She will use ecological momentary assessment and ambulatory psychophysiological methods to study social connection and heart rate variability in people with schizophrenia as they live their daily lives. This project also includes collaborations with Dr. Daniel Fulford, Dr. Karen Quigley, and Dr. John Torous.

December 16, 2020

Tufts OTD students Lauren Nowak and Grace DeGrado presented their Doctoral Experience Capstone (DEC) project proposals to faculty and peers. Lauren’s project is titled, “Assessing negative symptoms in young adults at clinical high risk (CHR) for psychosis using the Motivation and Pleasure Scale – Self-Report” and Grace’s project is titled, “Understanding social self-efficacy in clinical high risk for psychosis youth.” They will be busy during the spring of 2021 submitting their IRB applications and preparing their projects for data collection and analysis for the spring of 2022 when the majority of their DEC will take place. Congrats, Lauren and Grace!

November 19, 2020

Dr. Mote and Ivy Tran both presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) conference (held virtually this year). Ivy presented during & moderated the panel, “Service Utilization by Asian Americans with Psychosis,” a discussion dedicated to research intended to improve culturally sensitive care and mental health service utilization for Asian-Americans experiencing psychosis. Dr. Mote presented as part of the symposium, “Increasing Access to Care Through Advances in Innovative Interventions for Serious Mental Illness.” She discussed the development of the Motivation and Skills Support (MASS) smartphone app, a mobile health intervention intended to improve social motivation in people with schizophrenia. This was a collaboration with her prior lab at Boston University. To read more about this work, see their recently published article on the development of the MASS app. Well done, Ivy & Dr. Mote!

Ivy presenting on future directions for helping improve mental health service utilization in Asian-Americans experiencing psychosis at ABCT 2020.

September 1, 2020

Dr. Mote joins Tufts University as an Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy and Psychology!

August 26, 2020

Dr. Mote and Dr. Daniel Fulford (Boston University) were interviewed alongside Dr. Angela-Neal Barnett (Kent State University) and Dr. Diane C. Gooding (University of Wisconsin-Madison) for Psychiatry Advisor to discuss their JAMA Psychiatry Viewpoint and participate in a roundtable on racism and serious mental illness. Check out the article here: At the Crossroads of Racism and Serious Mental Illness: An Expert Roundtable.

July 22, 2020

Dr. Mote and Dr. Laura Tully (UC Davis) founded the Society for Research in Psychopathology Digital Outreach Committee. The committee includes a diverse group of students and early career researchers who are committed to disseminating psychopathology research on behalf of the Society on social media. Follow them on Twitter @srp_science.

April 22, 2020

Dr. Mote is named a Neubauer Faculty Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. This is an endowed fund that assists Tufts in hiring exceptional scholars whose work will elevate the University’s academic stature and reputation. This award provides resources for salary and start-up packages to promising new faculty members in the humanities and social sciences.