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Courtney Beard Elias Adjunct Instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Dr. Beard is a graduate of the University at Georgia (B.S., M.S., PhD in clinical psychology). She completed a predoctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. She joined Mclean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in 2012, but remains an adjunct faculty member at Brown. Dr. Beard's primary areas of research interest are delineating cognitive mechanisms underlying anxiety and translating this knowledge into innovative treatments. She is a past recipient of an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship grant, in which she tested a Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) computerized treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder. Currently, Dr. Beard is an Investigator on a number of grants to develop CBM interventions for a range of disorders and settings, such as primary care.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Beard, C., Weisberg, R.B., & Amir, N. (in press). Combined Cognitive Bias Modification Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Pilot Trial. Depression and Anxiety.

Beard, C. (2011). Cognitive Bias Modification as a Treatment for Anxiety: Current Evidence and Future Directions. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 11(2), 299-311.

Beard, C. Moitra, E., Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2010). Characteristics and Predictors of Course in Social Phobia in a Longitudinal Study of Primary Care Patients. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 839-845.

Beard, C. Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2010). Health-related Quality of Life across the Anxiety Disorders: Findings from a Sample of Primary Care Patients. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 559-564.

Beard, C. & Amir, N. (2010). Negative Interpretation Bias Mediates the Effect of Social Anxiety on State Anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34, 292-296.

Amir, N., Beard, C., Taylor. C., Klumpp, H., Elias, J., Burns, M., & Chen, X. (2009). Attention Training in Individuals with Generalized Social Phobia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 961-973.

Amir, N., Beard, C., Burns, M., & Bomyea, J. (2009). Attention Modification Program in individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 118, 28-33.

Beard, C. & Amir, N. (2009). Interpretation in Social Anxiety: When Meaning Precedes Ambiguity. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33, 406-415.

Beard, C. & Amir, N. (2008). A Multi-session Interpretation Modification Program: Change in Interpretation and Social Anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 1135-1141.

research statement

I am a clinical psychologist with expertise in anxiety disorders, experimental psychopathology, and treatment outcome research. My clinical and research endeavors have highlighted the debilitating nature of anxiety disorders and the need to develop new interventions.

My program of research aims to: (1) characterize the nature and course of anxiety disorders across cultural groups, (2) delineate common mechanisms underlying anxiety disorders, (3) translate these findings into treatments, and (4) disseminate treatments into real world settings.

funded research

Attention and Interpretation Modification for Fear of Breast Cancer Recurrence 7/11-6/12
Role: Co-Investigator
PI: Wendy G. Lichtenthal
Clinical and Translational Science Center, Cornell University

Cognitive Bias Modification: A Novel Intervention for AUDs and Social Anxiety
Role: Co-Investigator
PI: Elise Clerkin
R21 submitted to NIAAA June 2011

Attention Bias Modification for Anxiety in Children
Role: Co-Investigator
PI: Casey Schofield
R34 submitted to NIMH June 2011

Information Processing Training for Social Phobia in Primary Care 12/08-11//10
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Source: NIMH