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Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)
Columbia University

Dr. Albano conducts clinical research, supervises the research and clinical development of postdoctoral fellows in psychology and psychiatry, and is involved in advanced training of senior level clinicians in the application of cognitive behavioral approaches to diagnosis and treatment.

She developed a cognitive-behavioral treatment program for adolescents with social phobia and is a co-author of a treatment manual and parent guide for school refusal behavior. With her colleagues, Dr. Albano has also developed cognitive-behavioral treatment programs for social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, school refusal, and mixed anxiety and depression.

Dr. Albano has been a member of ADAA since 1993.

Why I am a member of ADAA

I came to ADAA through a phone call from Jerilyn Ross (ADAA co-founder), many years ago.I found the organization to be a vibrant and engaging forum for the exchange of information, development of clinical and research collaborations, and most importantly, a bridge between the public and mental health professionals. Over the years I grew from postdoctoral trainee to board member. I value highly the experiences I’ve had at the annual conference, through our website and public media forums, and in the boardroom with my esteemed colleagues. My most treasured memories of ADAA involve the workshops that John March and I gave together on childhood OCD and social anxiety for an audience of both consumers and professionals. Hearing the audience sharing stories, tears, and hope with each other…that is ADAA for me….stories of hope!

What I value about the ADAA mission and how my work fits into the ADAA mission

The ADAA mission involves focusing on the development, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based methods of identifying, preventing, and treating mental health conditions, and in doing so, improving the quality of life of those who suffer with anxiety or depression. This shared goal of providing evidence-based care to relieve suffering has always been central to my work and the values that underlie my practice and academic agenda. In a way that is unique among professional organizations, ADAA brings together clinically and intellectually gifted professionals from all the disciplines interested mental health. I can’t stress how exciting that mixing of people with their unique views and ideas is for moving a field forward!

It’s also been inspiring to see the ADAA leadership continuously working to increase public awareness through advocacy and outreach, and engaging stakeholders in shaping the nation’s research and clinical agenda with regards to mental health. It’s exciting and very rewarding to be a part of the ADAA team

What is most exciting and interesting about my workplace

The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) is my home. There I get to spend my time with a team of accomplished psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, and also train the next generation of mental health professionals in evidence-based treatment. I founded the clinic and named it after my mentor’s center (Dr. David H. Barlow). I wanted to recreate his model of providing the highest quality of evidence-based care to our patients, while conducting research and engaging in teaching and outreach to the community. With my team we have developed new treatment models, adapted certain approaches to new populations or conditions, and we do our “road shows” at schools and community forums to spread the word about treatments that work for anxiety and depression. So I get to do what I love every day. And to surround myself with the finest group of clinicians and clinical researchers, while helping to shape the skills and values of an enthusiastic and intelligent group of trainees — what more could I ask for?