Dr. Bunmi Olatunji

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Full Professor (Department of Psychology and Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University) where he also serves as the Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Olatunji has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and serves as Associate Editor for the ”Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology”. He is also editor of “The Cambridge Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders” recently published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Olatunji has been recognized for his research that involves multilevel examination of cognitive behavioral theory, assessment, and therapy for anxiety and related disorders. He has received several awards for his research contributions, including the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12 David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies New Researcher Award, and the APA Distinguished Scientific Awards for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

Dr. Dean McKay

Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral and Clinical Psychology, Full Professor (Department of Psychology, Fordham University)

Dr. McKay has published more than 250 scientific articles, more than 60 book chapters, and edited or co-edited 24 books covering treatment of anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders across the lifespan, disgust and psychopathology, and research methodology. He is Past-President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology He is Associate Editor of ”Behavior Therapy”, ”Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders”, and ”Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic”, and serves on the editorial boards of nine other journals. His research has focused primarily on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the role of disgust in psychopathology, and most recently on selective sound sensitivity (also known as Misophonia). He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and ABCT.

Dr. Eric Storch

Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair in the Menninger (Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine [BCM])

Dr. Storch serves as Vice Chair and Head of Psychology, and oversees the CBT for OCD program at BCM. Dr. Storch specializes in the nature and treatment of childhood and adult obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, and anxiety among youth with autism. He has received multiple grants to investigate treatment efficacy, mechanisms of action and how to enhance outcomes for those struggling with these conditions.

Dr. Jon Elhai

Full Professor (Department of Psychology, and Department of Psychiatry, University of Toledo), Member, Psychology of Pandemics Network

Dr. Elhai has published about 300 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, 14 book chapters, and 3 books. He serves as Editorial Board Member for numerous scientific journals in the mental health field. Dr. Elhai has a long-standing research program in anxiety disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder in particular.

Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Full Professor (Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Dr. Abramowitz has published more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, book chapters, and books, and serves as Editor-in-Chief for the “Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders”. He has been recognized for his significant scientific and clinical contributions in the area of anxiety disorders and OCD; having received numerous awards for his leadership and contributions to the field, including serving as President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Kevin D. Wu

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (Department of Psychology, Northern Illinois University)

Dr. Wu has served as a clinical psychology faculty member for 15 years. His research focuses on the study of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, with additional emphases on the anxiety disorders and the study of personality. This work has resulted in more than 40 publications in peer-review scientific journals and edited books. Dr. Wu serves as an editorial board member or consulting editor on five peer-review journals and is an Associate Editor at Psychological Assessment.

Dr. Patrick McGrath

Professor Emeritus (Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University)

Dr. McGrath is a clinical psychologist, scientist, senior health administrator and social entrepreneur. He currently is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, at Dalhousie University and Scientist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chair of the Board of Strongest Families Institute and Founder and CEO of 90Second Health. His research focuses on the use of technology to deliver care. He develops interventions, conducts pragmatic randomized trials and disseminates the interventions. He has published more than 350 peer-reviewed papers, 50 book chapters and 14 books. He has received numerous national and international awards and recognitions for his research, mentoring, advocacy and leadership. He heads the Royal Society of Canada, Working Group on COVID-19 and Mental Health.

Dr. Renée El-Gabalawy

Registered Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor (Department of Clinical Health Psychology & Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, University of Manitoba)

Dr. El-Gabalawy has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She has presented her research in more than 100 local, national and international conference proceedings. She has been successful at obtaining millions of dollars of funding locally and nationally in supporting her work focused in the area of health psychology. She is particularly interested in stress-related reactions to adverse or traumatic medical events, and how anxiety and trauma-related disorders are associated with health conditions. She is the director of the Health, Anxiety and Trauma Lab and principal investigator of COVID Survey Canada (, which aims to understand risk and resiliency factors associated with pandemic-stress related mental health outcomes among Canadians. 

Dr. Sherry H. Stewart

Registered Psychologist, Professor (Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University)

Dr. Stewart is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Addictions and Mental Health. She is a recently inducted Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Stewart is respected internationally for her research on psychosocial and motivational factors contributing to emotional disorders, addictive disorders, and their co-occurrence. With funding from Tri-Council research agencies (e.g., SSHRC, CIHR), she has developed/evaluated novel interventions for these disorders including substance use prevention programs for youth. Her current research program includes studies of the individual difference and contextual correlates and predictors of increased drinking and cannabis use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Stewart founded the Centre for Addiction Research at Dalhousie (CARD), a virtual centre at Dalhousie fostering collaborations among faculty members conducting research on addictions. She is also on the steering committee of the Quebec-Atlantic node of the CIHR-funded Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM) as well as the CRISM national executive committee.

Dr. Thomas Fergus

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor (Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University)

Dr. Fergus has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and serves on the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, including “Journal of Anxiety Disorders”, “Psychological Assessment”, and “Assessment”. Much of his work has focused on health-related anxiety, including emerging concepts like cyberchondria, and the role of metacognitive beliefs in relation to anxiety.


PsyPan Network research is supported by the following sponsors: