Megan E. Olden, Ph.D.
Dr. Olden is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center with longstanding interests in psychological trauma and behavioral medicine.
She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University in New York City, specializing in clinical health psychology, completed her clinical internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Cognitive Therapy Clinic, and received additional training as a postdoctoral fellow with the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies at Weill Cornell Medical College. During her two-year fellowship, she gained expertise working with diverse traumatized populations and served as the principal investigator on an NIH/CTSC-funded study piloting the use of telemedicine to provide a randomized double-blind medication and prolonged exposure treatment trial for occupations at risk with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During her doctoral training, Dr. Olden was awarded a two-year NIMH-funded predoctoral fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She gained extensive experience working with advanced cancer patients during this time, conducting several manualized cognitive therapy interventions with patients at the end of life. She also has specialized training and clinical experience in providing dialectical behavioral therapy for patients with borderline personality disorder.
Dr. Olden is currently earning an additional master's degree in clinical investigation, focusing her studies on translational science approaches to psychological research, with a goal of bridging bench-to-bedside approaches to improve PTSD assessment and intervention. She has published in the fields of psycho-oncology and psychological trauma and is certified in imaginal prolonged exposure therapy and virtual-reality exposure therapy, two evidence-based treatments for PTSD.
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