Dr. Maureen Whittal, R. Psych.
In 1999, Dr. Maureen Whittal co-founded Anxiety Canada with her colleague, Dr. Peter McLean and remained on the Board of Directors until 2007. She now serves as a Scientific Committee Member with Anxiety Canada. Dr. Whittal is a psychologist at the Vancouver CBT Centre and a Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and is Adjunct Faculty in the UBC Department of Psychology. Previously, Dr. Whittal was the Director of the UBC Anxiety Disorders Clinic, and she is also the former Editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, a scientific journal designed to bridge the gap between laboratory-based work and clinical practice.
Dr. Whittal is an acknowledged expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is internationally known for her work in anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She ran three treatment trials in OCD and has published numerous research articles and chapters. Maureen has also lectured and provided workshops to professionals across North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe. Closer to home, Dr. Whittal has trained numerous psychologists and psychiatrists in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. She has also received teaching awards from the British Columbia Psychological Association and the Canadian Consortium of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Maureen Whittal received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1995 from West Virginia University. She completed her internship training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in eating and anxiety disorders before returning to Canada in 1996 to complete a second fellowship in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. She is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) and in 2003 received a year-long scholarship to train at ACT. Dr. Whittal also holds a Diplomate in CBT with the American Board of Professional Psychology and is certified by the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.