About the Author
Professor of Psychology at University of Texas Austin. Federally funded investigator of studies testing the efficacy of behavioral and integrative interventions for anxiety and related disorders, and has published over 150 works, 30 of which have focused on anxiety sensitivity. Dr. Smits is a member of the scientific council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and serves as associate editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Therapy and Research, and Journal of Anxiety Disorders. He has edited a number of books, including Anxiety in Health Behaviors and Physical Illness; Handbook of Physical Activity and Mental Health, and the Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Professor of Psychology, Director of the Translational Research Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University. Dr. Otto specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. He has current and past federal funding from NIMH and NIDA, and his research focuses on difficult-to-treat populations, including the application of cognitive-behavioral strategies to patients who have failed to respond to previous interventions, as well as developing novel strategies for bipolar disorder and substance use disorders. Current research includes investigations of potential moderators of CBT efficacy, as well as health behaviors ranging from medication adherence to engagement in exercise. Dr. Otto has published over 400 articles, chapters, and books, and is past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Professor of Psychology, University of Texas Austin. Director of Trauma Research at Baylor University Medical Center. He is a federally funded investigator of studies of exposure therapy, a published author with more than 100 chapters and papers, a member of the scientific council of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a Beck Scholar, and Editor-in-Chief of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas Austin. Her research and clinical work focus on the implementation and dissemination of CBT techniques. She is particularly interested in facilitating the accessibility and efficiency of these interventions with the aim that treatment may be administered in diverse settings to reach a broader scope of the patient population. She is also interested in identifying determinants of treatment engagements to that clinicians are better able to gauge patient progress and anticipate and address potential barriers to treatment.