Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD


Clinical Psychology

(Director of Clinical Training and Martin S. Wallach Distinguished Professor)


Anxiety and fear are the most common psychological problems. In our lab we conduct research to advance the understanding, prevention, and treatment of clinical anxiety. 


This site provides information about myself, the UNC Anxiety Lab, our research projects, and the opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the treatment and study of anxiety and related disorders.


Our lab is strongly committed to promoting diversity and considers an ideal scientific community to be one that includes a diverse representation of individuals at all academic levels. We are committed to training students and scientists of diverse backgrounds and conducting research that addresses topics related to diversity.


Latest news and notes:


  • Graduate student Samantha Hellberg received a $50,000 research grant from the International OCD Foundation to conduct a study on perinatal/postpartum OCD.


  • Our lab is featured by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies! 


  • In collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, our lab received a 1.5 million dollar grant to study the course and predictors of postpartum OCD symptoms. This study is set to get underway during the spring of 2020.  


  • Our study on exposure therapy for spider phobia that was covered on an edition of Carolina Week.


  • The 2nd edition of Dr. Abramowitz’s book Getting Over OCD: A 10-Step Workbook for Taking Back Your Life is now out! Read more here.