Anne Marie Albano, PhD: A Conversation on the Spectrum of Anxiety


A discussion with professor of medical psychology and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.


In this installment of PsychPearls and the Columbia University Breakthrough Session, hosts Angela Coombs, MD, and Jennifer Sotsky, MD, discuss anxiety with Anne Marie Albano, PhD.

  • When does anxiety become a disorder?
  • Anxiety as cultural phenomenon vs individual illness
  • Self-care as a way to conquer anxiety
  • Help-seeking as a sign of strength and self-knowledge
  • Strategies to recognize anxiety
  • The role of technology

Dr Albano is professor of medical psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). She is a clinical psychologist and board-certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In addition to serving as director of CUCARD, she also conducts research and trains residents, fellows, and psychology postdoctoral fellows and interns. Her research is focused on the development and testing of psychosocial treatments for anxiety and mood disorders, and in understanding the impact of these disorders on the developing youth. Dr Albano devotes her career to the study and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is an expert diagnostician and cognitive-behavioral therapist. Dr. Albano co-developed a cognitive behavioral treatment program for adolescents with social phobia. She has published more than 90 articles and chapters and is the coauthor of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals, including Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule (ADIS-IV) Child and Parent Interview Schedules.

About the hosts: Dr Coombs is a board-certified psychiatrist and assistant professor in Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She serves as the medical director and team psychiatrist at ONTrackNY Washington Heights Community Service clinic. She completed her public psychiatry fellowship and adult psychiatry residency at Columbia University where she was a chief resident and co-organized the curriculum on racial/ethnic mental health disparities. In addition to her clinical work in the public sector, she also works in Columbia's psychiatric emergency room and has a private practice in Upper Manhattan. Dr Sotsky is a fellow in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center with a part time private practice. She was formerly a chief resident at Columbia’s psychiatry residency program. Before medical training, she received an MS in Narrative Medicine, an interdisciplinary field that studies illness through a humanities lens. She is co-author of Conquering Lyme Disease: Science Bridges the Great Divide and has interests in medical education, psychotherapy, and medical humanities.

Acknowledgement: Thanks to Columbia University Department of Psychiatry for allowing us to present the Breakthrough Session podcast with experts in the field of psychiatry.

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