Michelle Craske, Ph.D.


Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. She 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 of phobias, and principles and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as several self-help books and therapist guides. In addition, she has been the recipient of 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, implementation of treatments for anxiety and related disorders, and constructs of positive valence and negative valence underlying anxiety and depression. She was associate editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and is presently associate editor for Behaviour Research and Therapy and Psychological Bulletin, as well as a scientific board member for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She was a member of the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Work Group and the DSM-5 Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, Posttraumatic, and Dissociative Disorders Work Group (Chair, Anxiety Disorders Subworkgroup). She is also a member of the APA Clinical Treatment Guidelines Advisory Steering Committee. Dr. Craske has given invited 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. She is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA, and director of the UCLA Anxiety and Depression Research Center. Dr. Craske received her BA Hons from the University of Tasmania and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Craske's Publications (.pdf)