I am a Ph.D. licensed clinical psychologist with 40 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults with cognitive-behavior therapy. I am recognized both nationally and internationally as a leading expert on anxiety and anxiety-related disorders- phobias, panic attacks and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (OCD, tics, trichotillomania, skin picking, body dysmorphic disorder, hoarding), separation anxiety, selective mutism, generalized anxiety disorder, social and performance anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and other anxiety/stress related problems, from preschool to geriatric. My practice also specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating) and mood disorders- depression; bipolar disorder, as well as family and marital/relationship issues. In addition to providing therapy, I am known for my expertise in performing diagnostic assessments and evaluations.
In addition to my role as practitioner, I have an extensive background in the academic environment, as a professor of psychiatry and psychology for more than two decades. As a researcher I keep abreast of, and have played a part in developing, “cutting edge” treatments scientifically proven to be effective. As an educator and university-based clinic director I have trained countless numbers of graduate and medical school students that have become licensed psychologists and board-certified psychiatrists. As an author I have published numerous scientific articles and written/edited 13 books that span my areas of expertise.
My accomplishments have gained the attention of the national media, some of which include The New York Times, USA Today, WebMD News, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, and Parenting magazine, and making an appearance on ABC’s “The View.” I was honored to be included in Good Housekeeping's list of "'The 327 Best Mental Health Experts" in the United States based on nominations from professional peers across the country.
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