David Barlow

Founder and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

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PhD, University of Vermont

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Dr. Barlow received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 500 articles and chapters and over 60 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the areas of anxiety and related emotional disorders, sexual problems, and clinical research methodology. He is formerly Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical… Read more

Dr. Barlow received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 500 articles and chapters and over 60 books and clinical manuals, mostly in the areas of anxiety and related emotional disorders, sexual problems, and clinical research methodology.

He is formerly Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Brown University, and founded clinical psychology internships in both settings.

He was also Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York and Director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the University at Albany, SUNY.

He joined Boston University in 1996.

He is Past-President of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, Past-President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and was Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force on Psychological Intervention Guidelines, as well as a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association.

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  • How do you know if you’re having a panic attack or just a normal reaction to stress?

    July 14, 2014

    WebMD David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Army Sgt. Georg-Andreas Pogany didn’t know what was happening to him. His head throbbed, Pogany told The New York Times and The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colo. His chest ached and his stomach rebelled. He shook for hours with an overwhelming sense that he could […]

  • Unmasking the workplace neurotic

    March 27, 2014

    Sydney Morning Herald David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders Scan the empirical literature on neuroticism and you’re bound to end up baffled that neurotics are able to get through a single workday… View full article

  • Relax, being anxious makes you a good leader

    January 28, 2014

    Fast Company David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders A new body of research paints anxious behavior in a different light than you’d expect. But when it comes to the workplace, it’s a fine line to tread… Expert quote: “Without anxiety, little would be accomplished. The performance of athletes, […]

  • The Relationship Between Anxiety and Performance

    January 6, 2014

    Harvard Business Review “HBR Blog Network” David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders I choked. It was just a middle-school tennis match against a manifestly worse player, but I became overwhelmed with anxiety… Expert quote: “Without anxiety, little would be accomplished. The performance of athletes, entertainers, executives, artisans, and students […]

  • Facing down phobias may be the best cure

    October 28, 2013

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Stefan Hofman, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders It started when he was 12, during a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Savannah, Ga., in a 12-seater plane… Expert quotes: Hofman: “If exposure [therapy] […]

  • Boston University Studying Better Treatments for Alcoholism

    October 9, 2013

    Boston Magazine Domenic Ciraulo, School of Medicine David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Transdiagnostic cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a short-term, psychotherapeutic treatment used to treat a variety of disorders like anxiety, depression, and PTSD… Expert quotes: Ciraulo: “It is vital to find better treatments, whether they are medication therapies […]

  • New version of ‘diagnostic bible’ adds emotional disorders

    May 22, 2013

    NECN David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders An attempt to make identifying mental health disorders easier is facing harsh criticism with the release of a new version -of what’s long been considered a “diagnostic bible”… View full video

  • Conference looks at research into eating disorders

    May 4, 2013

    Ottawa Citizen David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders For someone with an eating disorder, weight and body image can be the prime focus of life… Expert quote: “Instead of focusing on eating problems … maybe we should be focusing on the neurotic temperament that we know these people […]

  • Boston Marathon bombings

    April 17, 2013

    WBZ David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders View video

  • That post-9/11 quiet? It’s over.

    April 17, 2013

    USA Today David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Tom Whalen, College of General Studies The blasts on Boylston Street were felt across the nation, shaking and sometimes shattering a fragile hope — formed slowly in the years since 2001 — that maybe it won’t happen here… Expert quotes: […]

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