Center For Education Psychology Instructor

Dr. Steven D. Tsao, Ph.D

Steven D. Tsao, Ph.D.: Dr. Tsao is an expert in exposure and response prevention (EXRP) for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), having trained under several internationally-recognized leaders in the field including Dr. Edna Foa, Dr. Michael Jenike, and Dr. Dean McKay. Dr. Tsao has treated hundreds of clients with OCD, given regional and national presentations on OCD, and been featured on several popular media outlets including ABC’s 20/20, The Philadelphia Inquirer, WBUR, WGBH, Prevention Magazine, and Health.com. Dr. Tsao also has extensive experience with prolonged exposure (PE) therapy for posttraumtaic stress disorder (PTSD) and is a certified therapist and supervisor by Dr. Edna Foa, the developer of PE. He has helped train PE therapists both nationally and internationally and provided expert consultation on PE for grants funded by the Department of Defense. Dr. Tsao received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University where he was the recipient of Senior Teaching Fellowship and the Alumni Dissertation Fellowship. Dr. Tsao completed his predoctoral internship at Boston University School of Medicine/Boston VA Medical Center and his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. He worked at a residential eating disorders program where he developed and implemented a specialized track for patients with OCD and later, focused exclusively on severe and treatment-resistant OCD and OC-spectrum disorders during his years as a Staff Psychologist at the OCD Institute at McLean Hospital. After relocating to the Philadelphia area, Dr. Tsao joined the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania where he most recently served as the Clinic Director. Dr. Tsao also served as the Assistant Clinical Director at Rogers Behavioral Health-Philadelphia, where he helped launch and oversee the delivery of evidence-based treatment for anxiety and mood disorders in an intensive day treatment setting.

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