John Piacentini, Ph.D., ABPP
Dr. John Piacentiniis Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine and Director of the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program at the UCLA Semel Institute. In addition, he is Chief of Child Psychology for the Semel Institute Medical Psychology Program and Chair of the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Piacentini joined the UCLA faculty in 1995 following nine years at Columbia University where he completed fellowship training and held the position of Research Scientist at the NY State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Piacentini’s research, teaching and clinical work focus on the development, evaluation, and implementation of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other effective treatments, including medication, for children with OCD, other anxiety disorders, tic disorders and trichotillomania. More recently, this work has involved the use of brain imaging, genetics, and EEG to better understand the biological bases of these illnesses and their response to treatment. Dr. Piacentini has played a lead role in several major research studies for child anxiety, tics and related disorders and has published over 160 papers, chapters and books, in outlets such as the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He is Deputy Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and on the editorial boards of several leading child mental health professional journals. In addition, Dr. Piacentini is on the scientific advisory boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Trichotillomania Learning Center and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Consortium of the Tourette Syndrome Association. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and past-president of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.