Donna Pincus

Associate Professor, Psychology
Director of Research, Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program

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PhD, SUNY Binghamton

Donna Pincus is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research for the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Her primary research interests include the assessment and treatment of children’s fears and anxieties, and she is especially interested in developing new treatments… Read more

Donna Pincus is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research for the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Her primary research interests include the assessment and treatment of children’s fears and anxieties, and she is especially interested in developing new treatments for young children with anxiety disorders.

In addition, other areas of research interest include children’s coping with everyday stress, risk and resilience factors affecting the development of child psychopathology, and psychological factors affecting children with medical conditions.

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  • Child-free vacations need a plan

    November 26, 2015

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders The first time Daniela Corte and her husband vacationed without their children was a 24-hour getaway to The Mark Hotel in New York 10 years ago… Expert quote: “As much as parents can feel guilt, they also have […]

  • Strategies for Battling My 5-Year-Old’s Anxiety

    April 26, 2015

    Boston.com Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders We have a house guest. His name is Anxiety… Expert quote: “Anxiety and fears are actually normal human emotions.” View full article

  • Therapy and medication aren’t the only things that can help anxious children

    April 7, 2015

    The Record Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Therapy and medication are primary treatments for childhood and adolescent anxiety, but they are not the only way to help kids who are feeling stressed and anxious… Expert quote: “Good sleep, hygiene, good rest, good balanced diet — all that […]

  • Kids and anxiety: An issue that affects kids, parents, friends and schools

    March 1, 2015

    The Record Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Elementary school should be for developing friendships, taking weekly spelling tests and playing kickball at recess. For too many children, however, these hours are consumed with an overriding fear of failure, sickness and a struggle to manage the daily routine… […]

  • The Parenting Trap: Coddling Anxious Kids

    September 12, 2014

    HealthDay News Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Some parents may make things worse for their anxious kids by falling into what researchers call the “protection trap” — reassuring them, lavishing them with attention or making the threat go away, according to the results of a small study… […]

  • Parents overly involved in college students’ lives

    November 9, 2013

    Boston Globe (subscription required) Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Elizabeth Merhen, College of Communication At Boston University, one father was so upset over his daughter’s A-minus final grade that he called the professor to complain, and then the department chair, and then the academic dean… Expert quotes: […]

  • For many people, drones prompt concerns over safety, privacy

    September 23, 2013

    Providence Journal Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders So what is it, exactly, about non-military drones that disturbs some people in a way that other technologies with the capacity to invade privacy — cameras, say — don’t?… Expert quote: “Drones are relatively new to most people. Most people […]

  • Why Paying Kids to Do Homework Can Backfire

    September 19, 2013

    Time Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Money talks, right?… Expert quote: “It is important to help children see that by doing their part by doing chores or good deeds, they are making a positive difference in their family and their community.” View full article

  • Helping children cope with fear after school shooting

    December 14, 2012

    NECN Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders Dr. Donna Pincus, director of Boston University’s Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Program, joined NECN’s Jim Braude on Friday afternoon to discuss the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 26 people were killed by a gunman… View video

  • How to Have the ‘Happy-Meal’ Talk

    December 10, 2012

    Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders My twin boys delivered the news of a monumental discovery this way: “Daddy, we heard about this place called McDonald’s where they give you a toy with your food,” they beamed. “Can we go there?”… View article

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