Kate Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Kate Wolitzky-Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, with a primary research appointment as a PI in the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs. She is also the Director of Clinical Services for the Depression Grand Challenge Innovative Treatment Network, Associate Faculty of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ADRC) in the Department of Psychology, and has a joint appointment at the West LA VA as the Anxiety Disorders Section Lead.
Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor obtained her B.A. summa cum laude in psychology from Emory University, where she completed her undergraduate research assistantship in the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, obtaining clinical and research training in the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor received a predoctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA, F31) from by NIMH in order to examine self-administered behavioral treatments for pathological worry. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor completed her predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Traumatic Stress Track, where she was on an NIMH-funded trauma-related training grant (T32). She completed a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship at UCLA in the ADRC (2009-2012) where she was the Project Director of the Youth Emotion Project, an NIMH-funded R01 examining common and specific risk factors for anxiety and depression. Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor was the Principal Investigator on a Career Development Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K23; funded by NIDA), the focus of which was to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a brief CBT program to be delivered in community substance use disorder (SUD) specialty care clinics for individuals with comorbid anxiety disorders and SUDs. She is the Principal Investigator of several other NIH-funded clinical trials focusing on developing and evaluating novel treatments for comorbid anxiety and substance use disorders, with a focus on targeting transdiagnostic processes.
Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor treats patients with anxiety and related disorders using CBT in the Faculty Practice Outpatient Clinic and in the Sports Psychiatry Service. She has extensive experience in training and supervising clinical psychology doctoral students and psychiatry residents in delivering CBT and in research methods. Since her postdoctoral fellowship at the ADRC, Dr. Wolitzky-Taylor has provided clinical supervision, statistical consultation, and research mentorship to the ADRC's doctoral students and research staff, and currently provides clinical supervision and didactic instruction to dozens of psychiatry residents and clinical psychology practicum students. Her research interests include investigating mechanisms of change during behavioral treatment for anxiety disorders, increasing access to CBT for anxiety disorders in community settings, and understanding and treating comorbid anxiety and SUDs.