Director – Adult Anxiety Clinic
Richard Heimberg Ph.D.8730
420 Weiss Hall
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 G. Heimberg received his PhD from Florida State University in 1977. He 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 11 books and 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.

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 and Depression 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), from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology, 2014) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Students’ Professional Development, 2015). Dr. Heimberg has served as mentor to over 60 doctoral students in clinical psychology over the course of his career.


  • 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.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters (2013 forward only)

  • Morrison, A.S., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013).  Attentional control mediates the effect of social anxiety on positive affect. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 56-67. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.10.002
  • Montesi, J.L., Conner, B.T., Gordon, E.A., Fauber, R.L., Kim, K.H., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013).  On the relationship among social anxiety, intimacy, sexual communication, and sexual satisfaction in young couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 81-91.  doi: 10.1007/s10508-012-9929-3
  • Gordon, E.A., Johnson, K., Heimberg, R.G., Montesi, J.L., & Fauber, R.L. (2013).  Bi-directional positive illusions in romantic relationships: Possibilities and pitfalls for the socially anxious. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32, 200-224.  doi:10.1521/jscp.2013.32.2.200
  • 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. doi:10.1002/da.22032
  • Morrison A.S., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013). Social anxiety and social anxiety disorder. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 249-274. doi:10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050212-185631
  • Morrison, A.S., Gordon, D., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013). Anxiety disorders. In M.D. Robinson, E.R. Watkins, & E. Harmon-Jones (Eds.), Guilford handbook of cognition and emotion (421-442).  New York: Guilford Press.
  • Fresco, D.M., Mennin, D.S., Heimberg, R.G., & Ritter, M. (2013). Emotion regulation therapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 282-300. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2013.02.001.
  • 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. doi:10.1177/2167702613476867
  • 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.  doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.04.002
  • 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. doi:10.1002/da.22112
  • Coles, M.E., Heimberg, R.G., & Weiss, B.D. (2013). The public’s knowledge and beliefs about obsessive compulsive disorder.  Depression and Anxiety, 30, 778-785. doi:10.1002/da.22080
  • Ledley, D.R., Erwin, B.A., Morrison, A.S., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013). Social anxiety disorder.  In W.E. Craighead, D.J. Miklowitz, & L.W. Craighead (Eds.), Psychopathology: History, theory, and empirical foundations (2nd edition, pp. 147-192).  New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • 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. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.234
  • Brozovich, F.A. & Heimberg, R.G. (2013). Mental imagery and post-event processing in anticipation of a speech performance among socially anxious individuals.  Behavior Therapy, 44, 701-716. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2013.07.001
  • Bruce, L.C., & Heimberg, R.G. (2013). Social anxiety disorder. In S.G. Hofmann & J.A.J. Smits (Eds.), The Wiley handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy, volume 2 (pp. 895-916). New York: Wiley-Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781118528563.wbcbt38
  • Gordon, E.A., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014). Social anxiety disorder. In L. Grossman & S. Walfish (Eds.), Translating psychological research into practice (pp. 275-277). New York: Springer.
  • Iza, M., Wall. M.M., Heimberg, R.G., Rodebaugh, T.L., Schneier, F.R., Liu, S.-M., & Blanco, C. (2014).  Latent structure of social fears and social anxiety disorders.  Psychological Medicine, 44,  361-370. doi:10.1017/S0033291713000408
  • Galbraith, T., Heimberg, R.G., Wang, S., Schneier, F.R., & Blanco, C. (2014). Comorbidity of social anxiety disorder and antisocial personality disorder in the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 57-66.  doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.11.009
  • Goldin, P.R., Lee, I., Ziv, M., Jazaieri, H., Heimberg, R.G. & Gross. J.J. (2014). Trajectories of change in emotion regulation and social anxiety during cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 56, 7-15. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2014.02.005
  • Heimberg, R.G., & Magee, L. (2014). Social anxiety disorder. In D. Barlow (Ed.), Clinical handbook of psychological disorders (5th edition, pp. 114-154). New York: Guilford Publications.
  • Potter, C.M., Drabick, D., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014). Panic symptom profiles in social anxiety disorder: A person-centered data-analytic approach. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 56, 53-59. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2014.03.004.
  • Fernandez, K.C., Langer, J.K., Rodebaugh, T.L., Jakatdar, T.A., Heimberg, R.G., & Lenze, E.J. (2014). Validation of the Ambivalent and Purposeful Engagement—Trait Measure. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 27, 317-334. doi:10.1080/10615806.2013.838228
  • Stern, M.R. Nota, J.A., Heimberg, R.G., Holaway, R.M., & Coles, M.E. (2014). An initial examination of emotion regulation and obsessive compulsive symptoms. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 109-114. doi:10.1016/j.jocrd.2014.02.005
  • Le Blanc, A.L., Bruce, L.C., Heimberg, R.G., Hope, D.A., Blanco, C., Schneier, F.R., & Liebowitz, M. R. (2014). Evaluation of the psychometric properties of two short forms of the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale and the Social Phobia Scale. Assessment, 21, 312-323. doi:10.1177/1073191114521279
  • De Castella, K., Goldin, P., Jazaieri, H., Ziv, M., Heimberg, R.G., & Gross, J.J. (2014). Emotion beliefs in social anxiety disorder: Associations with stress, anxiety, and well-being. Australian Journal of Psychology, 66, 139-148. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12053
  • Schneier, F.R., Bruce, L.C., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014). Social anxiety disorder (social phobia). In G.O. Gabbard (Ed.), Gabbard’s treatments of psychiatric disorders, 5th Edition (pp. 367-379). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing.
  • Heimberg, R.G., Hofmann, S.G., Liebowitz, M.R., Schneier, F.R., Smits, J.A. J., Stein, M.B., Hinton, D.E., & Craske, M.G. (2014). Social anxiety disorder in DSM-5. Depression and Anxiety, 31, 472-479. doi:10.1002/da.22231
  • Reeves, L.E., Anglin, D., Heimberg, R.G., Gibson, L.E., Fineberg, A.M., Maxwell, S.D., Kerns, C., & Ellman, L.M. (2014). Anxiety mediates the association between cannabis use and attenuated positive psychotic symptoms. Psychiatry Research, 218, 180-186. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2014.03.040
  • Wong, J., Gordon, E.A., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014).  Cognitive-behavioral models of social anxiety disorder. In J.W. Weeks (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of social anxiety disorder (pp. 3-23). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Gordon, D., Wong, J., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014) Cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder: The state of the science. In J.W. Weeks (Ed.), The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of social anxiety disorder (pp. 477-497). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Jensen, D., Kind, A.J., Morrison, A.S., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014). Intolerance of uncertainty and immediate decision-making in high-risk situations. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 2, 178-190. doi:10.5127/jep.035113
  • Wong, J., Morrison, A.S., Heimberg, R.G., Goldin, P.R., & Gross, J.J. (2014). Implicit associations in social anxiety disorder: The effects of comorbid depression. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 537-546. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.05.008
  • Potter, C., Wong, J., Heimberg, R.G., Blanco, C., Liu, S., Wang, S., & Schneier, F.R. (2014).  Situational panic attacks in social anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 167, 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2014.05.044
  • Heimberg, R.G., Brozovich, F.A., & Rapee, R.M. (2014). A cognitive-behavioral model of social anxiety disorder. In S.G. Hofmann, & P.M. DiBartolo (Eds.). Social anxiety: Clinical, developmental, and social perspectives (3rd edition, pp. 705-728). Waltham, MA: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-394427-6.00024-8
  • Fresco, D. M., Mennin, D. S., Moore, M. T., Heimberg, R. G., & Hambrick, J. (2014). Changes in explanatory flexibility among individuals with generalized anxiety disorder in an emotion evocation challenge. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38, 416-427. doi:10.1007/s10608-014-9601-4
  • Schubert, J.R., Coles, M.E., Heimberg, R.G., & Weiss, B.D. (2014). Disseminating treatment for anxiety disorders: Step 2: Peer recommendations to seek help. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 712-716.  doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.07.010
  • Potter, C.M., Kinner, D.G., Tellez, M., Ismail, A.I., & Heimberg, R.G. (2014). Clinical implications of panic symptoms in dental phobia.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 724-730. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.07.013
  • Coles, M.E. Schubert, J.R., Heimberg, R.G., & Weiss, B. (2014). Disseminating treatment for anxiety disorders: Step 1: Recognizing the problem as a precursor to seeking help. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 737-740. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.07.011
  • Goldin, P.R., Ziv, M., Jazaieri, H., Weeks, J., Heimberg, R.G., & Gross, J.J. (2014). Impact of cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder on the neural bases of emotional reactivity to and regulation of social evaluation. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 62, 97-106. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2014.08.005
  • Himle, J.A., Bybee, D., Steinberger, E., Laviolette, W.T., Weaver, A., Vlnka, S., Golenberg, Z., Levine, D.S., Heimberg, R.G., & O’Donnell, L.A. (2014). Work-related CBT versus vocational services as usual for unemployed persons with social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled pilot trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 63, 169-176. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2014.10.005
  • Carleton, R.N., Thibodeau, M.A., Weeks, J.W., Teale Sapach, M.J.N., McEvoy, P.M., Horswill, S.C., &  Heimberg, R.G. (2014).  Comparing short forms of the Social Interaction Anxiety Scale and the Social Phobia Scale. Psychological Assessment, 26, 1116-1126. doi:10.1037/a0037063
  • Teale Sapach, M.J.N., Carleton, R.N., Mulvogue, M.K., Weeks, J.W., & Heimberg, R.G. (2015). Cognitive constructs and social anxiety disorder: Beyond fearing negative evaluation. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 63-73. doi:10.1080/16506073.2014.961539
  • Cohen, J.N., Stange, J.P., Hamilton, J.L., Burke, T., Jenkins, A., Ong, M.L., Heimberg, R.G., Abramson, L.Y., & Alloy, L.B.  (2015). The interaction of affective states and cognitive vulnerabilities in the prediction of non-suicidal self-injury. Cognition and Emotion, 29, 539-547. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.918872
  • Zimmerman, J., Morrison, A.S., & Heimberg, R.G. (2015). Social anxiety, submissiveness, and shame in men and women: A moderated mediation analysis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 54, 1-15. doi:10.1111/bjc.12057
  • Cohen, J.N., Jensen, D., Dryman, M.T., & Heimberg, R.G. (2015). Enmeshment and quality of life deficits: The mediating role of social anxiety. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 29, 20-31. doi:10.1891/0889-8391.29.1.20
  • Levinson, C.A., Rodebaugh, T.L., Shumaker, E.A., Menatti, A.R., Weeks, J.W., White, E., Heimberg, R.G., Warren, C.S., Blanco, C., Schneier, F., & Liebowitz, M. (2015). Perception matters for clinical perfectionism and social anxiety. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 29, 61-71. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2014.11.002
  • Brozovich, F.A., Goldin, P., Lee, I., Jazaieri, H., Heimberg, R.G., & Gross, J.J. (2015). The impact of rumination and reappraisal on social anxiety symptoms during cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 208-215. doi:10.1002/jclp.22132
  • Jensen, D., & Heimberg, R.G. (2015).  Domain-specific intolerance of uncertainty in socially anxious and contamination-focused obsessive-compulsive individuals. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 54-62. doi:10.1080/16506073.2014.959039
  • De Castella, K., Goldin, P., Jazaieri, H., Heimberg, R., Dweck, C., & Gross, J.J. (2015).  Emotion beliefs and cognitive behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 44, 128-141. doi:10.1080/16506073.2014.974665
  • Menatti, A.R., Weeks, J.W., Carleton, R.N., Morrison, A.S., Heimberg, R.G., Hope, D.A., Blanco, C., Schneier, F.R., & Liebowitz, M.R. (2015). The Social Interaction Phobia Scale: Continued support for the psychometric validity of the SIPS using clinical and non-clinical samples. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 32, 46-55. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.03.003
  • Heimberg, R.G. (2015). Relative efficacy of psychological and pharmacological treatments for social anxiety disorder. Evidence Based Mental Health, 18, 63. doi:10.1136/eb-2014-102015
  • Tellez, M., Kinner, D.G., Heimberg, R.G., Lim, S., & Ismail, A.I. (2015). Prevalence and correlates of dental anxiety in patients seeking dental care. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, 43, 135-142. doi:10.1111/cdoe.12132
  • Menatti, A.R., DeBoer, L.B., Weeks, J.W., & Heimberg, R.G. (2015). Social anxiety and associations with eating psychopathology: Mediating effects of fears of evaluation. Body Image, 14, 20-28. doi:10.1016/j.bodyim.2015.02.003
  • Harpole, J.K., Levinson, C.A., Woods, C.M., Rodebaugh, T.L., Weeks, J.W., Brown, P.J., Heimberg, R.G., Menatti, A.R., Blanco, C., Schneier, F., & Liebowitz, M. (2015). Assessing the straightforwardly-worded Brief Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale for differential item functioning across gender and ethnicity. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37, 306-317. doi:10.1007/s10862-014-9455-9
  • Cohen, J.N.,  Potter, C.M., Drabick, D.A.G., Blanco, C., Schneier, F.R., Liebowitz, M.R., & Heimberg, R.G. (2015).  Clinical presentation and pharmacotherapy response in social anxiety disorder: The effect of etiological beliefs. Psychiatry Research, 228, 65-71. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2015.04.014
  • Rodebaugh, T.L., Heimberg, R.G., Pontoski, K., & Lenze, E.J. (In press). Clarifying the behavioral economics of social anxiety disorder: Effects of interpersonal problems and symptom severity on generosity. Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Piccirillo, M.L., Potter, C.M., & Heimberg, R.G. (In press). Post-event processing. In A. Wenzel (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Potter, C., Jensen, D., Kinner, D., Tellez, M., Ismail, A.I., & Heimberg, R.G. (In press). Single-session computerized cognitive behavioral therapy for dental anxiety: A case series. Clinical Case Studies.
  • Mennin, D. S., Fresco, D.M., Ritter, M., & Heimberg, R.G. (In press).  An open trial of emotion regulation therapy for generalized anxiety disorder and co-occurring major depression.  Depression and Anxiety.
  • Morrison, A.S., Potter, C.M., Carper, M., Kinner, D.G., Jensen, D., Bruce, L., Wong, J., De Oliveira, I.R., Sudak, D.M., & Heimberg, R.G. (In press). The Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire (CD-Quest): Psychometric properties and exploratory factor analysis. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy.
  • Dryman, M.T, & Heimberg, R.G. (In press). Examining the relationships among social anxiety, fears of evaluation, and interpretation bias. Cognitive Therapy and Research.
  • Hamilton, J.L., Potter, C.M., Olino, T.M., Abramson, L.Y., Heimberg, R.G., & Alloy, L.B. (In press).  The temporal sequence of social anxiety and depressive symptoms following interpersonal stressors during adolescence. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Courses Taught

  • Seminar in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Empirically Supported Treatments (graduate)
  • Seminar in Anxiety Disorders (graduate)
  • Clinical Practicum (graduate)
  • Introduction to Psychology (undergraduate)