Professor, Clinical Ph.D. Program
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Editor in Chief, Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Member, Board of Directors, Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP)
Member, NIMH Institutional Review Group, Children and Families Intervention Group
In January of 2009 Deborah C. Beidel was appointed as an Advisor to the Childhood Anxiety Disorders Workgroup for the upcoming revision of the American Psychiatirc Associations’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition.”
Dr. Beidel joined the faculty at UCF in 2007 as professor and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland, and Penn State College of Medicine. She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy’s New Researcher Award, the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, and the 2007 recipient of the APA Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award. Dr. Beidel holds the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a past-president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.
She is a past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Accreditation. She serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Her academic, research, and clinical interests focus on child and adult anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology and behavioral treatment. Her research is characterized by a developmental focus, and includes high risk and longitudinal designs, psychophysiological assessment, treatment outcome and treatment development. She is the recipient of NIMH grants addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with anxiety disorders.