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Edna B. Foa, PhD, is a professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Foa has devoted her academic career to the study of the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia, and is currently one of the world’s leading experts in these areas. She was the chair of the DSM-IV subcommittee for OCD and cochaired the DSM-IV subcommittee for PTSD.
Dr. Foa has published several books and more than 250 articles and book chapters and has lectured extensively around the world. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors. Among them are the Distinguished Professor Award under the Fulbright Program for International Exchange of Scholars; the Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Psychological Association, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology; the first annual Outstanding Research Contribution Award presented by the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy; the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
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