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John Piacentini, PhD is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Chief of Child Psychology in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Semel Institute.  At UCLA, he directs the Center for Child Anxiety, Resilience, Education and Support (or CARES Center), and the Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program.  He received his PhD  in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed post-doctoral training and was a faculty member at NY State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University before moving to UCLA. A board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist, Dr. Piacentini’s work focuses on the development and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for youth with anxiety, OCD spectrum, and tic disorders.  He has led pivotal clinical trials for these and his work has been published in the NEJM and JAMA, among other outlets.  Dr. Piacentini is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy and former President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He serves on the advisory boards for several mental health organizations, including the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Tourettes Association of America, International OCD Foundation, TLC Foundation for BFRBS, and Lumate Health.

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