Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, Ph.D.

Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Faculty

KBTaylor@mednet.ucla.edu

Dr. Kate Wolitzky-Taylor is an Associate Faculty of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ADRC). Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor obtained her B.A. summa cum laude in psychology from Emory University, where she completed her undergraduate research assistantship in the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining clinical and research training in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor received a predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA, NIMH-funded F31) in order to examine self-administered behavioral treatments for pathological worry. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor completed her predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Traumatic Stress Track, where she was on an NIMH-funded trauma-related training grant (T32). She completed a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship at UCLA in the ADRC (2009-2012) where she was the Project Director of the Youth Emotion Project, an NIMH-funded R01 examining common and specific risk factors for anxiety and depression. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor completed a Career Development Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K23; funded by NIDA), the focus of which was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a brief CBT program to be delivered in community substance use disorder (SUD) specialty care clinics for individuals with comorbid anxiety disorders and SUDs.  She is currently the Principal Investigator for two NIH-funded studies (one NIDA, one NIAAA) that focus on the development and evaluation of treatments for comorbid emotional disorders and substance use disorders. Her primary faculty appointment is as an Assistant Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, where she conducts research in the Integrated Substance Abuse Program. She is the Director of Clinical Services for the Depression Grand Challenge Innovative Treatment Network, is the Anxiety Disorder Section Lead at the Greater Los Angeles VA where she directs a resident training clinic for UCLA and VA residents, and she treats patients with anxiety and related disorders using CBT in the UCLA Faculty Practice Outpatient Clinic and in the Sports Psychiatry Service. She She has extensive experience in training and supervising clinical psychology doctoral students and psychiatry residents in delivering CBT and in research methods. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor provides clinical supervision, statistical consultation, and research mentorship to the ADRC’s doctoral students and research staff. Her research interests include investigating mechanisms of change during behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, increasing access to CBT for anxiety disorders in community settings, and understanding and treating comorbid anxiety and SUDs.