Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

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mcclean imageCarmen McLean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2008
University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Description of research

Carmen P. McLean, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. McLean received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia and her Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After completing her clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2008, Dr. McLean completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for PTSD at the Boston VA, where she conducted research on Web-based interventions for PTSD. Her current interests include gender effects in anxiety disorders, treatment augmentation, and novel treatment delivery methods. Dr. McLean specializes in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety.

Selected Publications:

McLean, C. P. & Foa, E. B. (2013). Dissemination and Implementation of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.


McLean, C. P., Rosenbach, S. B., Capaldi, S., & Foa, E. B. (2013). Social and Academic Functioning in Adolescent Victims of Sexual Abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect.


McLean, C. P., Asnaani, A., Litz, B. T., & Hofmann, S. G. (2011). Gender Differences in Anxiety Disorders: Prevalence, Course of Illness, Comorbidity, and Burden of Illness. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 1027-1035. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2011.03.006


McLean, C. P., Handa, S., Dickstein, B. D., Benson, T. A., Baker, M. B., Isler, W. C., Peterson, A. L., & Litz, B. T. (2011). Posttraumatic Growth and Posttraumatic Stress Among Military Medical Personnel. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. doi: 10.1037/a0022949


McLean, C. P., Litz, B. T., & Schlenger, W. E. (2010). Using the Internet to Deliver Treatments for PTSD. In A. Brunet, A. R. Ashbaugh, & C. F. Herbert (Eds.), Internet Use in the Aftermath of Trauma (pp. 231 -242). Amsterdam: IOS Press.



 McLean, C. P., & Hope, D. A. (2010). Subjective Anxiety and Behavioral Avoidance: Gender, Gender Role, and Perceived Confirmability of Self-Report. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24(5), 494-502. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.03.006 


McLean, C. P., Steenkamp, M., Levy, H., & Litz, B. T. (2009). Technology-Assisted

Interventions for PTSD. In M. A. Cucciare and K. R. Weingardt (Eds.), The Use of Technology to Support Evidence-Based Behavioral Health Practices: A Clinician’s Guide (pp. 45-68). New York: Taylor & Francis.


McLean, C. P., & Anderson, E. R. (2009). Brave Men and Timid Women? A Review of the Gender Differences in Fear and Anxiety. Clinical Psychology Review, 29(6), 496-505. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2009.05.003