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TU psychology professor receives NIH exploratory research grant

C. Alix Timko
C. Alix Timko

TOWSON, Md. (September 9, 2009) - C. Alix Timko, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the recipient of Towson University’s first Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The R21 funds high-impact, exploratory research that is at an early stage of development.

Timko’s project, “Acceptance-based Separated Family Treatment for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa,” is such a project. Through this research, she will develop a new treatment, acceptance-based separated family treatment (ASFT), for this disorder. “Anorexia nervosa is the most fatal of all psychiatric disorders,” Timko says. “It has profound emotional and physical consequences on the adolescent and family function.” Working in collaboration with Duke University, the project aims to develop and refine this new treatment. Timko hopes that with a promising preliminary data, she will be able to apply for a NIH research grant (R01) to conduct a multi-site randomized controlled clinical trial.

This R21 grant is a two-year project providing $275,000 in funding. This grant is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

More information about Professor Timko's work is found on her faculty Web site.

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