Deborah Beidel, Professor


Deborah Beidel

Dr. Deborah Beidel joined the UCF faculty in 2007 as a professor and director of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. She also opened UCF’s Anxiety Disorders Clinic, a clinical research center dedicated to the study and treatment of anxiety disorders in children, adolescents and adults.

For 23 years, Beidel has treated and studied anxiety disorders, the second-most common form of psychological disorder. She worked most recently at the Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center.

Beidel can discuss how to determine whether particular fears qualify as anxiety disorders and how to best treat them. She also can talk about how technology such as virtual reality can help patients overcome anxiety disorders.

Beidel and her research team work with adults who fear flying, giving speeches to large groups or interacting with others at work. Another specialty treatment program helps children with severe shyness, some of whom may refuse to go to school as a result of their fears.

Beidel received her doctorate in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the 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 the Penn State College of Medicine.

She has received the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy’s New Researcher Award, the Association of Medical School Psychologists‘ Distinguished Educator Award and the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and a past chair of the APA’s Committee on Accreditation. She is the associate editor of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

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