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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  • Sometimes Embracing Emotional Distress Is the Best Medicine

    June 7, 2016

    Scientific American David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders An unfortunate side effect of the biological revolution of psychiatry is in perceiving emotional discomfort as undesirable or bad, something we shouldn’t feel, something that can be medicated away… View full article quoting expert David Barlow

  • After Freud, CBT offers hope

    September 13, 2015

    The Jerusalem Post David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Formulated over six decades ago, cognitive behavioral therapy is healing disturbed minds with the Internet. A European congress in Jerusalem discussed it and other developments… Expert quote: “We also have to cope with substance abuse and military veterans returning […]

  • Is living in affluent towns worth it?

    April 6, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Every week, it seems there’s more daunting news about Boston’s expensive real estate market and the tide of middle-income buyers being pushed out of marquee suburbs with top school systems and amenities… Expert quote: “It doesn’t matter how […]

  • For Patriot fans, luck is just part of the game plan

    January 31, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders After spending six years as the wife of a seriously superstitious Patriots fan, Sara Quesenberry has learned to set limits… Expert quote: “If it’s beginning to interfere with your life, if you’re making your spouse furious, annoying your […]

  • When it’s all on the line with the Super Bowl

    January 30, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) David Barlow, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders When the coin is tossed tomorrow and the Super Bowl kicks off, Boston’s collective blood pressure will rise… View full article quoting expert David Barlow

  • 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] […]

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