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Angela Fang Recorded Webinar: Neuroscience-Informed CBT: Bridging the Gap Between Basic Brain Findings and Clinical Care


Friday, October 4, 2019

11 am – 12:30 pm Eastern/ 10 am – 11:30 pm Central/ 9 am – 10:30 am Mountain/ 8 am – 9:30 am Pacific

Co-sponsored by the ABCT Think Tank on Neuroscience & the ABCT Neurocognitive SIG


Perhaps the most critical problem facing our discipline today is the lack of understanding of why some individuals do not benefit fully from treatment. Indeed, we have no reliable predictors of treatment outcome for people presenting for psychological treatment. This accords with evidence from recent meta-analyses indicating that approximately half of patients in treatment studies do not achieve clinical remission. Neuroscience offers a set of tools that may help solve this problem. The goal of this webinar is to describe specific ways that integrating neuroscience in our work as researchers and clinicians may improve clinical care and enhance the efficacy of CBT. Specific topics that will be addressed include: the promises and challenges of neuroprediction, role of neurocognitive interventions in the context of CBT, and enhancement of neuroscience literacy in clinical psychology training programs. 

 Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe specific ways that neuroscience can enhance psychotherapy in clinical practice.
  2. Provide examples of neuroscience-based interventions.
  3. Identify ways to obtain further training in neuroscience.

About the Presenter:

Angela Fang, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is a key investigator in the OCD and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Sleep, Cognition, and Neuropsychiatry Lab at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Fang’s translational research focuses on neural predictors of treatment response during cognitive behavioral therapy and the social cognitive mechanisms underlying anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders, especially body dysmorphic disorder and social anxiety disorder. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, International OCD Foundation, and Harvard University Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative. Dr. Fang is a recipient of many awards, including the Association for Psychological Science Rising Star Award and Society of Biological Psychiatry Travel Fellowship Award. In addition, she was selected as a Fellow for the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2017, and is the incoming Chair of the Neurocognitive Therapies and Translational Research Special Interest Group at ABCT.

Recommended Readings

Fang, A. (2018). Integrating neuroscience into research on cognitive behavioral therapy on a continuum of involvement. The Behavior Therapist, 41, 323-327.

Siegle, G. J., & Coan, J. (2017). Neuroscience relevant to core processes in psychotherapy. In Steven C. Hayes & S. G. Hofmann (Eds.), Process-based CBT: The science and core clinical competencies of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (pp.153-178). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Mohlmann, J., Deckersbach, T., & Weissman, A. S. (Eds). (2015). From Symptom to Synapse: A Neurocognitive Perspective on Clinical Psychology. New York, NY: Routledge. 


About the Moderator: Anu Asnaani, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Her areas of research interest include understanding mechanisms of effective treatment outcome in anxiety-related disorders, incorporating diversity considerations, and testing technological innovations to promote meaningful change in local and global communities. 

Item No: AFRW
Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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