John Piacentini, PhD

John Piacentini, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychology
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry | 300 Medical Plaza, Suite 1200, Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Piacentini is a board-certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist and Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.  He directs the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Clinic and Tourette Association Center of Excellence which provide diagnostic evaluation and treatment (both therapy and medication) for youth with the above problems.  He also directs the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety Resilience, Education, and Support (CARES; which provides education and programming to parents, teachers, and clinicians about anxiety prevention and management.

Dr. Piacentini's research focuses on the development and testing of effective treatments for youth OCD, anxiety, tics, and body focused repetitive disorders. He has played a lead role in several major treatment studies for these disorders and has published over 300 scientific papers and chapters and nine books.  

Dr. Piacentini has a long history of child and family advocacy and serves on national Boards for several organizations, including the Anxiety Depression Association of America and the International OCD Foundation. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Board for the TLC Foundation for BFRBs, and co-chairs the same board for the the Tourette Association of America




Medical Board Certification

Child & Adolescent Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, 2003


Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, UCLA Department of Psychology & Education (MC 156304), 1985


PhD, University of Georgia, 1986


West Los Angeles

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry| Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology


Recognizing and Treating Problematic Fear and Anxiety in Children
Parenting an Anxious Child
Managing Back to School Anxiety



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.


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