John Piacentini, Ph.D., is a Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and founding Director of both the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program, and the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety, Resilience, Education, and Support (UCLA CARES).
His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other leading mental health foundations and organizations, and focuses on the development and testing of effective treatments for youth anxiety, OCD, tics, and body focused repetitive disorders. This work has resulted in over 300 scientific papers and seven books.
John has held leadership positions in multiple national organizations, including as current Chair for the Scientific Advisor Board (SAB) for the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and SAB Co-Chair for the Tourette Association of America. He is also a former president of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. John is a frequent lecturer and has taught thousands of clinicians, educators and parents around the world in the recognition and and management of anxiety and other child mental health problems.
John received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed his predoctoral internship at UCLA, and post-doctoral training at Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute, where he was also a faculty member for several years.
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