About me

I joined the Clinical Psychology faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. I am currently Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, as well as Director of the UNC  Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. My previous positions include Associate Professor at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo School of Medicine, and Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research interests focus on anxiety disorders (mainly obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD]). I teach graduate and undergraduate courses at UNC and also train clinical psychology graduate students in how to implement state-of-the-art assessment and treatment techniques for anxiety/OCD. Working with many wonderful students and collaborators, I have published over 150 research articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, along with 12 books on anxiety, OCD, and related topics.

I am Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Associate Editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy. I am a member of the International OCD Foundation Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board.

Education

  • B.A. In Psychology (1991) – Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
  • M.A. In Psychology (1993) – Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology (1998) – University of Memphis, TN
    Predoctoral internship: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Phila., PA
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIMH F32 Individual Research Award) at Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphis, PA

Awards and Recognition

I am fortunate to have received awards for my contributions to the fields of anxiety and OCD from the National Institute of Mental Health, American Psychological Association, International OCD Foundation, Mayo Clinic, and Muhlenberg College. I am also President-Elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Personal

I live in Chapel Hill, NC with my wife and two daughters. We enjoy days and nights out on the town, attending our daughters’ dance and musical recitals, travelling, visiting the beach and mountains, watching Carolina sports teams, and exercising/playing various sports. I also play the guitar and piano.

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