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Jonathan Abramowitz, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina. An internationally recognized expert on OCD and anxiety, he has published over 300 research articles, books, and book chapters. Jonathan is a Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and is Editor of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He is a regular presenter at professional conferences and has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field.

Dr. Anna Lau is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Lau's translational research on risk and protective factors for youth in immigrant families and her identification of racial disparities in youth mental health services have informed her efforts to study the implementation of evidence-based practices in community settings. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Lau trains doctoral students in delivery of evidence-based psychotherapy for youth, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to Asian American Mental Health and the Psychology of Diversity. Dr. Lau is dedicated to inclusive excellence in higher education. She is the Vice Chair for Graduate Studies in Psychology, has Chaired the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools, is a member of the Asian American Studies Center Faculty Advisory Committee, and Co-Chairs the Life Sciences Diversity Advisory Committee.

Norman Cotterell, PhD, earned his AB in Psychology from Princeton University and his PhD from the University of Delaware. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, under the direction of Aaron Beck. Dr. Cotterell is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has served as a protocol therapist on a variety of large-scale psychotherapy outcome studies, including drug abuse, panic disorder, and the prevention of depression. He has lectured extensively for hospitals, churches, and support groups, and has conducted workshops across the United States and in Brazil. He has supervised residents and fellows in cognitive therapy and is a past recipient of the O. Spurgeon English Faculty Award for teaching psychiatry residents at Temple University. He is a faculty member and therapist at the Beck Institute who treats older adolescents, adults, older adults, and couples with a variety of difficulties.

Sue Orsillo is Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training at Suffolk University, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2004. Dr. Orsillo maintains an active research lab and has served as primary mentor to 16 students who have completed Suffolk's APA-accredited PhD program in clinical psychology. Dr. Orsillo received her Ph.D. from University at Albany, State University of New York, in 1993 under the mentorship of Rick Heimberg and she completed an internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD - Behavioral Sciences Division at the Boston VA. She is a fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Orsillo has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters, and co-edited two books broadly focused on the nature, causes, prevention, and treatment of anxiety and related clinical problems. In collaboration with Lizabeth Roemer, she developed an acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety and comorbid disorders, examined its efficacy, and identified mediators of change in a series of studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Drs. Orsillo and Roemer are co-authors of The Mindful Way Through Anxiety; Worry Less, Live More: The Mindful Way Through Anxiety Workbook; and the newly released Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapy: Treating Anxiety and Related Challenges. In collaboration with her doctoral students, Dr. Orsillo's current work explores how the cultivation of acceptance and self-compassion, along with encouragement to clarify and affirm personally meaningful values, may help to buffer people from contextual stressors, build resilience, improve psychosocial functioning, and enhance quality of life.

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