Boldly Go Into the Next Generation of CBT:
Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for BFRBs
with Ali Mattu, PhD
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective at treating Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). CBT works by teaching you new ways of responding to your behaviors, regulating your emotions, and changing your environment. Members of the TLC Scientific Advisory Board have now begun applying a new generation of CBT treatments to BFRB problems. This session will introduce you to these treatments, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Participants will learn what makes ACT and DBT different from traditional CBT, understand the scientific support for these treatments, and participate in real demonstrations of ACT and DBT techniques.
Dr. Ali Mattu
Ali Mattu, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Mattu specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder). Dr. Mattu also serves as a coordinator of the Launching Emerging Adults Program at CUCARD.
Dr. Mattu received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center.
Throughout his career, Dr. Mattu has served in a variety of leadership roles in psychology. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representative’s Leadership Team, is on the Executive Board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and is part of the Translational Issues in Psychological Science’s Editorial Board.
Dr. Mattu is also passionate about destigmatizing mental health and translating psychological science into practical applications. His work has appeared in the popular press, he is the founder of an award-winning blog, the producer of YouTube’s The Psych Show, and a regular presenter at conventions celebrating the popular arts.