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CBT Radio

Feb 17, 2010

This episode is relevant to consumers.

In this episode, R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S., LPC, LCAS interviews Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Topics discussed include:

  • What Obsessive-Compulsive Disoder (OCD) is 
  • Common presentations of OCD including common obsessional categories – it doesn’t always involve fear of germs and hand washing! 
  • Treatments available for OCD and their relative effectiveness 
  • What Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) entails - it’s not as bad as it sounds! 
  • Resources for OCD patients and their families 
  • And more! 


Dr. Abramowitz joined the Clinical Psychology faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2006. He is currently Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology, as well as Director of the UNC  Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. His previous positions include Associate Professor at the Mayo Clinic and Mayo School of Medicine, and Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania.

His research interests focus on anxiety disorders (mainly obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD]). He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at UNC and also trains clinical psychology graduate students in how to implement state-of-the-art assessment and treatment techniques for anxiety/OCD. He has published over 150 research articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, along with 12 books on anxiety, OCD, and related topics.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, and Associate Editor of Behaviour Research and Therapy. He is a member of the International OCD Foundation Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board.