Dr. McGinn is an expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (panic disorder, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress, generalized anxiety, specific phobia, stress, depression, dysthymia), stress management, and habit and relationship problems, and has been treating and conducting research on these problems since she received her PhD in 1993. She has authored numerous publications on anxiety and depressive disorders, including two books, titled "Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" published in 1999 by Jason Aronson, Inc. and "Treatment Plans and Interventions for Anxiety and Depression," published by Guilford in 2011. Dr. McGinn presents her research worldwide and is regularly invited to conduct lectures, seminars and training workshops throughout the world to professionals and consumers. Her research focuses on the prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders. Dr. McGinn examines the effects of environmental and cognitive styles on anxiety and depression, evaluating whether certain environmental factors increase the risk of developing or maintaining anxiety and depression. She has also recently developed an intervention to prevent the development of depression and is currently testing the efficacy of this intervention in a NIH funded research study to prevent pharmacologically-induced depression. Her expertise has been highlighted by various popular media outlets such as Shape Magazine, Parents Magazine, and BBC radio.
Dr. McGinn is President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy and is on the board of directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and was appointed a Beck Scholar in recognition of her contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. Dr. McGinn was appointed to serve of the Trauma Taskforce set up by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy following September 11, 2001, to meet the needs of individuals suffering from the psychological aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center. Among other goals, the Trauma taskforce developed guidelines to educate the general public and train mental health professionals on effective treatments and ways of coping with traumatic stress. Dr. McGinn was awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy in recognition of her professional contributions made following September 11, 2001.
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