Professor; David Kipnis Distinguished Faculty Fellow
Richard Heimberg Ph.D.8730
Weiss Hall 420
1701 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122



anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder(social phobia), dental anxiety/phobia, cognitive-behavioral therapy, cognitive and behavioral assessment, cognition and information-processing in psychopathology, emotion dysregulation in psychopathology


Richard Heimberg received his PhD from Florida State University in 1977. He is currently Distiniguished Faculty Fellow, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University. He is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and Past Editor of its flagship journal Behavior Therapy. He is Past President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Heimberg is probably best known for his work on the development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety disorder and other anxiety disorders, and he has published 375 papers on these and related topics. He is co-editor/co-author of 11 books including

• Social Phobia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment
• Managing Social Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach, 2nd edition
• Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Social Phobia: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Strategies
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Advances in Research and Practice
• Making Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Work: Clinical Process For New Practitioners, 2nd edition and
• Improving Outcomes and Preventing Relapse in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Dr. Heimberg’s work has been supported by several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and from industry. His work has also been recognized in several other ways. He was named one of the four most influential psychological researchers in anxiety in a 2001 survey of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Also, in 2001, he was also the inaugural recipient of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy’s A.T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contribution to Cognitive Therapy. In 2005, he received awards from Temple University (Paul Eberman Award for Outstanding Faculty Research) and Florida State University (Doctoral Graduate of Distinction in Clinical Psychology). In 2006, he was named the Outstanding Mentor by the the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy based on his work with over 60 doctoral students in clinical psychology. The impact of his work was also assessed in a 2007 article by Stewart et al. in Journal of Clinical Psychology rank ed him as the 7th most productive of 1,927 core faculty members in clinical psychology programs from 2000-2004.

Selected Publications

Blanco, C., Heimberg, R.G., Schneier, F.R., Fresco, D.M., Chen, H., Turk, C.L., Vermes, D., Erwin, B.A., Schmidt, A.B., Juster, H.R., Campeas, R., & Liebowitz, M.R. (2010). A placebo-controlled trial of phenelzine, cognitive behavioral group therapy and their combination for social anxiety disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 67, 286-295.

Schneier, F., Foose, T., Hasin, D.S., Heimberg, R.G., Liu, S.-M., Grant, B., & Blanco, C. (2010). Social anxiety disorder and alcohol use disorder: Comorbidity in the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Psychological Medicine, 40, 977-988.

Rodebaugh, T.L., Heimberg, R.G., Schultz, L.T., & Blackmore, M. (2010). The moderated effects of video feedback in the context of social anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 663-671.

Heimberg, R.G., Brozovich, F.A., & Rapee, R.M. (2010). A cognitive-behavioral model of social anxiety disorder: Update and extension. In S.G. Hofmann & P.M. DiBartolo (Eds.), Social anxiety: Clinical, developmental, and social perspectives (2nd edition, pp. 395-422). New York: Academic Press.

Brozovich, F., & Heimberg, R.G. (2011). The relationship of post-event processing to self-evaluation of performance in social anxiety. Behavior Therapy, 42, 224-235.

Boden, M.T., John, O.P., Goldin, P.R., Werner, K., Heimberg, R.G., & Gross, J.J. (2012). The role of maladaptive beliefs in cognitive behavioral therapy: Evidence from social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50, 287-291.

Bruce, L.C., Heimberg, R.G., Blanco, C., Schneier, F.R., & Liebowitz, M.R. (2012). Childhood maltreatment and social anxiety disorder: Implications for symptom severity and response to pharmacotherapy. Depression and Anxiety, 29, 131-138.

Goldin, P.R., Ziv, M., Jazaieri, H., Werner, K., Kraemer, H., Heimberg, R.G., & Gross, J.J. (2012). Cognitive reappraisal self-efficacy mediates the effects of individual cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 1034-1040.

Morrison A.S., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013). Social anxiety and social anxiety disorder. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 249-274.

Goldin, P.R., Jazaieri, H., Ziv, M., Kraemer, H., Heimberg, R., & Gross, J.J. (2013). Changes in positive self-views mediate the effect of cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Clinical Psychological Science, 1, 301-310.

Gordon, D., Heimberg, R.G., Tellez-Merchán, M. & Ismail, A.I. (2013). A critical review of approaches to the treatment of dental anxiety in adults. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 365-378.

Bruce, L.C. Heimberg, R.G., Goldin, P.R., & Gross, J.J. (2013). Childhood maltreatment and response to cognitive behavioral therapy among individuals with social anxiety disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 662-669.

Goldin, P.R., Ziv, M., Jazaieri, H., Hahn, K., Heimberg, R., & Gross, J.J. (2013). Impact of cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder on the neural dynamics of cognitive reappraisal of negative self-beliefs: Randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 1048-1056.

Buckner, J.D., Heimberg, R.G., Ecker, A.H., & Vinci, C. (2013). A biopsychosocial model of social anxiety and substance use. Depression and Anxiety, 30, 276-284.

Courses Taught

Seminar in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Empirically Supported Treatments (graduate)
Clinical Practicum (graduate)