PhD, University of Georgia, 1986
Clinical Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychology & Education (MC 156304), 1985

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  • About Me

    About Me

    Dr. Piacentini is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist whose works focuses on the development and testing of effective treatments for childhood anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Piacentini has played a lead role in several major treatment studies for these disorders and has published over 240 research papers, many in leading medical journals, chapters and books.

    In addition to his role as the Director of the UCLA CARES Center, Dr. Piacentini is Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders. He has a long history of child and family advocacy and serves on Boards for several organizations, including, nationally, the Anxiety Depression Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, the Tourette Syndrome Association Behavioral Sciences Consortium (Chair), the Trichotillomania Learning Center, the American Board of Professional Psychology, and, locally, the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation (Vice-President). In addition, he is also current President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.


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    PhD, University of Georgia, 1986
    Clinical Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychology & Education (MC 156304), 1985
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    Research Interest

    Dr. Piacentini’s research, teaching and clinical work focus on the development, evaluation, and implementation of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and other effective treatments, including medication, for children with OCD, other anxiety disorders, tic disorders and trichotillomania.


    1. Rozenman, R., Johnson, O., Chang, S., Woods, D., Walkup, J., Wilhelm, S., Peterson, A., Scahill, L., PIACENTINI, J. Relationships between Premonitory Urge and Anxiety in Youth with Chronic Tic Disorders, Children’s Health Care, 44:235-248 (2015) .
    2. Capriotti, M., PIACENTINI, J., Himle, M,. Ricketts, E., Espil, F., Lee, H.J., Turkel, J., & Woods, D. Assessing Environmental Consequences of Ticcing in Youth with Chronic Tic Disorders: The Tic Accommodation and Reactions Scale, Children’s Health Care, 44:205-220 (2015)
    3. Ramanujam, K., Himle, M., Hayes, L., Woods, D., Scahill, L., Sukhodolsky, D., Wilhelm, S., Deckersbach, T., Peterson, A., Specht, M., Walkup, J., Chang, S., & PIACENTINI, J. Clinical correlates and predictors of caregiver strain in children with chronic tic disorders. Children’s Health Care, 44:249-263 (2015).
    4. Gordon-Hollingsworth, A., Ginsburg, G., Compton, S., March, J., Birmaher, B., PIACENTINI, J., Walkup, J., Kendall, P. Anxiety disorders in Caucasian and African American children: A comparison of clinical characteristics, treatment process variables, and treatment outcomes in the CAMS sample, Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46:643- 655 (2015).
    5. Read KL, Settipani C, Peterman J, Kendall P, Compton S, Piacentini J, McCracken J, Bergman L, Walkup J, Sakolsky D, Birmaher B, Albano AM, Rynn M, Ginsburg G, Keeton C, Gosch E, Suveg C, Sherrill J, March J. Predicting anxiety diagnoses and severity with the CBCL-A: Improvement relative to other CBCL scales? Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 37:100-111 (2015).
    6. McGuire, J., PIACENTINI, J., Lewin, A., Brennan, E., Murphy, T., Storch, E. A meta-analysis of cognitive behavior therapy and medication for child obsessive compulsive disorder: Treatment efficacy, response and remission, Depression and Anxiety, 32:580-593 (2015).
    7. McGuire, J.F., Piacentini, J., Scahill, L., Woods, D., Villarreal, R., Wilhelm, S., Walkup, J., & Peterson, A. Bothersome tics In patients with chronic tic disorders: Characteristics and individualized treatment response to behavior therapy, Behaviour Research and Therapy, 70:56-63 (2015).
    8. De Nadai A, Nagpal PS, PIACENTINI J, Peris TS, Geffken GR, Geller DA, Murphy TK, Storch EA, Lewin AB. Contemporary models of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: An evaluation with a large clinical sample. Psychiatry Research. 229:620-622 (2015).
    9. Halldorsdottir, T., Ollendick, T., Ginsburg, G., Sherrill, J., Kendall, P., Walkup, J., Sakolsky, D., & PIACENTINI, J. Treatment outcomes in anxious youth with and without comorbid ADHD in the CAMS. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44:985-991 (2015).
    10. Asarnow, J., Atkins, M., Hoagwood, K., Hughes, J., Kazak, A., Lochman, J., Miranda, J., PIACENTINI, J., Portwood, S., Stancin, T., Tynan, D., Wysocki, T Psychological Science and Innovative Strategies for Informing Health Care Redesign: A Policy Brief, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44:923-932 (2015).
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