Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D.
AACT Clinic Director & Professor of Psychology
Richard G. Heimberg is the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University. Dr. Heimberg is well known for his efforts to develop cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety disorder and examine their efficacy in comparison to (or in combination with) medication treatments. He and his colleagues have also conducted research on the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Most recently, Dr. Heimberg and colleagues at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry have been working on a program for the treatment of patients with anxiety about going to the dentist. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Dr. Heimberg has published more than 400 articles and chapters on social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dental anxiety, and related topics. He was recently listed among the top 1% of cited authors in his field according to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, a statistical compilation of publications and citations. He is co-editor or co-author of several books including:
Hope, D. A., Heimberg, R. G., & Turk, C.L. (2010). Therapist guide for Managing social anxiety: A cognitive-behavioral therapy approach (2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
Hope, D. A., Heimberg, R. G., & Turk, C.L. (2010). Managing social anxiety: A cognitive-behavioral therapy approach (Client Workbook, 2nd edition). New York: Oxford University Press.
Ledley, D.R., Marx, B.P., & Heimberg, R.G. (2010). Making cognitive-behavioral therapy work: Clinical process for new practitioners (2nd edition). New York: Guilford Press.
Antony, M.M., Ledley, D.R., & Heimberg, R.G. (2005). Improving outcomes and preventing relapse in cognitive behavioral therapy. New York: Guilford Press.
Heimberg, R.G., Turk, C.L., & Mennin, D.S. (2004). Generalized anxiety disorder: Advances in research and practice. New York: Guilford Press.
Heimberg, R. G., & Becker, R. E. (2002). Cognitive-behavioral group therapy for social phobia: Basic mechanisms and clinical strategies. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Heimberg, R. G., Liebowitz, M. R., Hope, D. A., & Schneier, F. (Eds.) (1995). Social phobia: Diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. New York: Guilford Press.
Dr. Heimberg is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is also Past Editor of Behavior Therapy, the flagship journal of ABCT and has served on 15 additional editorial boards over the years. Dr. Heimberg was named one of the four most influential psychological researchers in anxiety in a 2001 survey of members of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and he serves on the Scientific Council of that association. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and was the inaugural recipient of the Academy's A.T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contribution to Cognitive Therapy. He is a previous recipient of the Outstanding Research Award of the American Society for Group Work. He has also received awards from the Department of Psychology at his graduate alma mater Florida State University (2005 Doctoral Graduate of Distinction), from Temple University (2005 Paul Eberman Award for Excellence in Research), from ABCT (Outstanding Mentor 2006), and from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology, 2014). Dr. Heimberg has served as mentor to over 60 doctoral students in clinical psychology over the course of his career.
Our clinic is staffed by graduate students from Temple University's Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. All student clinicians are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder and are dedicated to helping clients manage their anxiety and meet their personal goals. Students are closely supervised by our clinic director, Dr. Heimberg. In addition to conducting therapy, our student clinicians conduct research aimed at improving our understanding and treatment of social anxiety disorder. Student clinicians for the 2014-2015 academic year include: Todd Galbraith, Jonah Cohen, Carrie Potter, Taylor Dryman, Dane Jensen, Marilyn Piccirillo, and Sima Kaplan.
Our research assistants are undergraduate and post-bachelor's degree Temple University students interested in gaining research experience in the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders. Current post-bacs include: Mark Versella, Liz Waldron, Emily Hockenberry, Nadya Prood, and Connor Page.