ABOUT THE AUTHORs
Dr. John D. Otis is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University, the Director of Medical Education for the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), and a Pain Psychologist at the VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA. He received his graduate training in Health Psychology at the University of Florida Shands Hospital, specializing in the assessment and treatment of chronic pain. He completed his clinical training at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and has been practicing in Boston MA for the past 14 years.
Dr. Otis is a Clinician and Researcher who has helped countless numbers of individuals gain greater control over their chronic pain. He travels nationally giving talks and workshops to both clinicians and patients on how the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be used to help people lead healthier and more productive lives. He is the author of Managing Chronic Pain (Oxford University Press: Treatments that Work Series) - an "evidence based" treatment program that includes both a therapist manual and patient workbook.
For the past 20 years 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. His most recent research focuses on the develop of an intensive integrated treatment for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans who experience variety of chronic pain conditions complicated by mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), spinal cord injury (SCI), and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Donna B. Pincus, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences 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 eighty 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.