About the Authors
Dr. John D. Otis, Editor and creator of The Health Psychology Network, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University, the Director of Medical Education for the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, and the Director of Pain Research at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA. He received his graduate training in Health Psychology at the University of Florida, specializing in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain.
Dr. Otis has conducted research and produced scholarly writing about pain throughout the lifespan. Dr. Otis has focused his clinical research career on the development of innovative approaches to pain management, tailored to specialized patient populations. He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press: Treatments that Work Series). His most recent research focuses on the develop of an intensive integrated treatment for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans with comorbid chronic pain and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Boston University and Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Pincus has focused her clinical research career on the development of new treatments for child and adolescent anxiety disorders. She has received numerous federal grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop new treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and their families, and has over 15 years of clinical and research experience working with youth with anxiety and related disorders.
Dr. Donna Pincus is the author of over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as the author/co-author of several books, including Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety (Little, Brown), Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents: Riding the Wave (Oxford University Press, 2008), a therapist guide and workbook for adolescents with panic disorder, as well as co-author of a children’s book, Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story about Coping with the Loss of a Parent (APA Magination Press). Dr. Pincus also recorded a popular children’s relaxation CD, “I Can Relax: A Relaxation CD for Children”.
Dr. Pincus has also dedicated part of her career to sharing accurate information about effective cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders to the public. She is the Editor and creator of The Child Anxiety Network (www.childanxiety.net), an online resource for parents, teachers, nurses, psychologists, pediatricians, and other professionals who want accurate information on child anxiety disorders and their evidence-based treatments. Dr. Pincus has appeared on both local and national media networks, including NBC’s Today Show, Nick News, National Geographic Television, Women’s Lifetime Television Network, ABC News’ 20-20 Downtown for a featured segment on childhood panic disorder, Good Morning America, as well as local Boston News features. Dr. Pincus continues to give numerous lectures, workshops, keynote talks on child anxiety to parents, teachers, students, schools, and healthcare professionals across the country.