Susan Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Evans is Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Evans received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City. She is Interim Vice Chair and Director of Psychology in Psychiatry, Director of the Psychology Internship Program and past President of the Payne Whitney Faculty Council.
Dr. Evans is an expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, dysthymia). She also utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to promote healthy lifestyles including weight reduction and management, exercise, and stress reduction. She is trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) developed for the treatment of chronic depression. Dr. Evans participated as a CBASP therapist in two large multi-site studies on the effectiveness of CBASP for chronic and treatment resistant depression. Dr. Evans is also an expert in the area of stress management, specifically Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR involves training in mindfulness meditation and aims to promote mind-body health and well-being. After completing an internship in MBSR in 2000 at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Evans established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The mission of the program is to deliver the MBSR group treatment to patients in the community and to conduct research on its effect. Dr. Evans recently completed a trial of MBSR with patients suffering from generalized anxiety. The findings of the study reported in the Journal of Anxiety Disorder (2008) demonstrated significant reductions in worry, anxiety, mood symptoms and increased awareness of everyday life in patients participating in the study.
In recognition of her expertise and contributions, Dr. Evans was appointed as a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She is also a founding member of the New York City-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (NYC-CBT) Association. She has authored numerous articles and chapters on cognitive behavioral therapy, and studies in the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, HIV/AIDS, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. Dr. Evans presents her research worldwide and is regularly invited to conduct lectures, seminars and workshops in the US and abroad to professionals. Her expertise has been highlighted in various popular media outlets such as CBS Nightly News, Wall Street Report, New York Times, Women's Day, Lifetime and Fitness Magazines. She contributes regularly to the Weill Cornell Medical College's Women's Health Advisor.
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