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Rita Ryan, PhD

Rita Ryan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her PhD from The Union Institute & University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ryan has been a protocol therapist for two NIMH-funded research studies examining the prevention of recurrence in depression with drugs, and treatments for panic disorder and is currently a protocol therapist for NIMH funded research study examining the effectiveness of Computer Assisted Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for depression.

Dr. Ryan currently treats patients with generalized anxiety, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, relationship issues and cognitive therapy of personality disorders.  Additionally, she supervises CCT trainees, including PGY-III and PGY-IV residents, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate student externs in psychology and social work.

She is a member of the Professionalism Program and provides resources for distressed physicians in a safe, confidential environment utilizing continuing education and brief counseling, allowing physicians to discover the origins of their actions, behaviors and unwanted consequences as well as develop a new set of skills to foster ongoing professional behavior.


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