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This leading-edge author team, consisting of four active researchers, clinicians, and educators, take a scientist-practitioner approach emphasizing the rich blend of both the science and practice of abnormal psychology throughout the text. The developmental trajectory of each condition is discussed where appropriate and scientific findings with respect to race and gender are incorporated into discussions about each condition. Biological findings are integrated with findings from social and behavioral sciences, highlighting the complexity of abnormal behavior and how it is often influenced by a wide range of variables. The authors encourage students to look at psychological disorders along a continuum and analyze disorders in terms of whether the individual’s behavior creates distress or impairs daily functioning. Importantly, an effort is made to “bring to life” the nature of these conditions by providing vivid clinical descriptions. In addition to short descriptions used liberally throughout each chapter, a fully integrated case study is presented at the end of each chapter, again illustrating the interplay of biological, psychosocial and emotional factors.
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Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh . After serving as faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic; WPIC), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), the University of Maryland, and Penn State College of Medicine, she is now Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at the University of Central Florida. She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy's (AABT) New Researcher Award, and the 2007 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s, Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychopathological Association and a past-president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. She is a past Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Accreditation and the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists. Dr. Beidel has twice been awarded the “Apple for the Teacher Award” from the University of Pittsburgh, an award given by students to faculty considered to be outstanding teachers. Currently, she serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Her academic, research, and clinical interests focus on child and adult anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology, and behavioral treatment. Her research is characterized by a developmental focus, and includes high risk and longitudinal designs, psychophysiological assessment, treatment outcome, and treatment development. Dr. Beidel is the author of over 175 publications including journal articles, book chapters, books and edited books. Her most recent book, Child Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to Research and Treatment (authored with Samuel M. Turner, Ph.D., Routledge/Taylor and Francis) was published in summer 2005. Dr. Beidel is the recipient of over 20 years of continuous funding of NIMH grants addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with anxiety disorders. In addition to her research, teaching, and training responsibilities, she is a licensed psychologist and an active clinician.
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Dr. Cynthia Bulik is the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the School of Public Health and the Director of the UNC Eating Disorders Program. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders for the past 22 years. As illustrated by her curriculum vitae, Dr. Bulik also has substantial expertise in the area of mood disorders. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1988. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA. She developed outpatient, daypatient, and inpatient services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. Her research has included treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. More recently she has begun to explore innovative means of integrating technology into treatment for eating disorders and obesity. Dr. Bulik has written over 230 scientific papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of the books Eating Disorders: Detection and Treatment (Dunmore Press) and Runaway Eating (Rodale). She is a past president of the Academy for Eating Disorders and currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Dr. Cynthia Bulik appeared on Good Morning America, March 17, 2009. Interview available on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhnJ81QRpaY
Dr. Stanley is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine where she also serves as Head of the Division of Psychology. Previously, she was Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she served as Director of Psychology Training for 8 years. Dr. Stanley received a B.A. from Gettysburg College in 1980, M.A. from Princeton University in 1982, and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in 1987. She completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1988. Her current primary clinical and research interests focus on the identification and treatment of anxiety and depression in older adults, with an emphasis on service provision in primary care and community settings. Other clinical and research interests include the nature and treatment of generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and trichotillomania. Dr. Stanley has received consistent external funding to support her research for over 16 years, and she has published more than 110 scientific articles and chapters. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 12, Clinical Psychology, and she recently served as Associate Editor for Behavior Therapy. She currently serves as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals, and she regularly participates in federal grant review panels.
Dr. Steven Taylor received his B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. from the University of Melbourne and completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia. After completing his doctorate he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, where he is currently a Professor. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Dr. Taylor is a Fellow of several scholarly organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science. He is the author of over 300 scientific publications, including journal articles, book chapters, and books. His books include Understanding and treating panic disorder (Wiley), Treating health anxiety: A cognitive-behavioral approach (Guilford), and Clinician’s guide to PTSD (Guilford). His research focuses on anxiety and related disorders, conceptualized from a biopsychosocial perspective. Specific research interests include cognitive-behavioral etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders and related conditions, as well as the genetics of these disorders.
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