In this program, Dr. Alec Pollard discusses the changes in approaches to treating complex Anxiety Disorders, the move from diagnosis- driven interventions to model-driven interventions, the significant role basic laboratory research plays in the life of the clinician, the use of medications alongside psychotherapies, and near- and far-term research. Treatment resistance and ambivalence, and family inclusion are also addressed.
C. Alec Pollard, PhDC. Alec Pollard, PhD is the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, and Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, and a consultant for the National Insitute of Mental Health Anxiety Disorders Education Project. He serves on the editiorial board or as a reviewer for numerous journals, and has organized national training programs for both the ADAA and the OCF. Dr. Pollard has authored at least 85 professional and scientific publications pertaining to Anxiety Disorders and related topics, including two books, Dying of Embarassment: Help for Social Anxiety and Phobia, and The Agoraphobia Workbook. His primary research interest is the nature and treatment of refractory anxiety disorders.
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