Anxiety.org––Advisory Board Member
Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and serves as director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Research Center. She received her doctorate from the University of British Columbia in 1985.
Dr. Craske has published extensively in the area of fear and anxiety disorders. In addition to many research articles, she has written academic books on the topics of the etiology and treatment of anxiety disorders, gender differences in anxiety, translation from the basic science of fear learning to the understanding and treating phobias, and principles and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as several self-help books and therapist guides.
Dr. Craske has been the recipient of continuous National Institute of Mental Health funding since 1993 for research projects pertaining to risk factors for anxiety disorders and depression among children and adolescents, the cognitive and physiological aspects of anxiety and panic attacks, neural mediators of behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders, fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, and the development and dissemination of treatments for anxiety and related disorders.
She has served as the associate editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and is presently associate editor for Behaviour Research and Therapy. Dr. Craske is also a scientific board member for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. She was a member of the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Work Group and is now a member of the DSM-V Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, Post-traumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group, and Chair of the Anxiety Disorders Subwork group. Dr. Craske has given keynote addresses at many international conferences and frequently is invited to present training workshops on the most recent advances in the cognitive–behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders.
Carla Nasca, Ph.D., is a post-doctoral fellow of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in the laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at the Rockefeller University, New York. Dr. Nasca received her B.A. in Molecular Biology and her M.S. in Electrophysiology from the University of Palermo in Italy. She earned her Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Pharmacology from the University Sapienza in Rome, Italy, before moving to The Rockefeller University under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce McEwen.