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Citizenship  United States
Fields  Psychology
Name  Richard McNally
Institutions  Harvard University;
Nationality  United States

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Born  April 17, 1954 (age 61)Detroit, Michigan (1954-04-17)
Known for  Research into anxiety disorders
Residence  Massachusetts, United States
Alma mater  University of Illinois at Chicago
Books  Remembering Trauma, What Is Mental Illness?

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Richard J. McNally is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and an expert on anxiety disorders. His work has mostly focused on anxiety disorders, but he has also researched the cognitive functioning of adults reporting histories of childhood sexual abuse.


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McNally received his B.S. (1976) in Psychology from Wayne State University, and his M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1982) in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Since then, he completed an internship at the Temple University School of Medicine. McNally became an Assistant Professor, and later an Associate Professor, at The Chicago Medical School, from where he moved to Harvard in 1991.

McNally is Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program, Harvard University. He is one of the most cited authors in Psychology and Psychiatry.

McNally has been an associate editor for the journal Behavior Therapy, and has served on the editorial boards of Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Behaviour Research and Therapy, The Skeptic (UK magazine), and Psychological Science (journal). He also served on the specific phobia and posttraumatic stress disorder committees of the DSM-IV task force, and on the National Institute of Mental Health‘s panel for the assessment of panic disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Journal articles

McNally has published articles concerning anxiety disorders and memories of people reporting traumatic experiences.

Whalen, PJ; Bush G; McNally RJ; Wilhelm S; McInerney SC; Jenike MA; Rauch SL (1998). "The emotional counting Stroop paradigm". Biological Psychiatry. 44 (12): 1219–28. PMID 9861465. doi:10.1016/S0006-3223(98)00251-0. 

Shin, LM; McNally RJ; Kosslyn SM; Thompson WL; Rauch SL; Alpert NM; Metzger LJ; Lasko NB; Orr SP; Pitman RK (1999). "Regional cerebral blood flow during script-driven imagery in childhood sexual abuse-related PTSD: a PET investigation". American Journal of Psychiatry. 156 (4). doi:10.1176/ajp.156.4.575. 

Taylor, S; Koch WJ; McNally RJ (1992). "How does anxiety sensitivity vary across the anxiety disorders?". Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 6 (3): 249–259. doi:10.1016/0887-6185(92)90037-8. 

McNally, RJ; Bryant RA; Ehlers A (2003). "Does Early Psychological Intervention Promote Recovery From Posttraumatic Stress?". Psychological science in the public interest. 40 (1): 45–79. doi:10.1111/1529-1006.01421. 

Heeren, A; Mogoaşe C; Philippot P; McNally RJ (2015). "Attention bias modification for social anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Clinical Psychology Review. 4 (2): 76–90. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2015.06.001. 


Panic Disorder: A Critical Analysis. McNally RJ (1994). New York: Guilford Press.

Remembering trauma. McNally RJ (2003). Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/Harvard University Press.

What is mental illness?. McNally RJ (2011). Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.


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