Otto, Michael, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University


Dr. Otto is Professor of Psychology at Boston University. He specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) of anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. An enduring theme across these disorders is the role of exposure-based emotional tolerance/acceptance strategies in improving mental health. Current research includes investigations of potential moderators of CBT efficacy, including several translational-research agendas such as the application of putative memory enhancers (e.g., d-cycloserine) to facilitate exposure-based treatments. Dr. Otto also focuses on health behavior promotion ranging from medication adherence and smoking cessation to documentation and promotion of the emotional and cognitive benefits of exercise. Dr. Otto has been identified as a “top producer” in the clinical empirical literature; he is author of Exercise for Mood and Anxiety: Proven Strategies for Overcoming Depression and Enhancing Well Being, with Oxford University Press, as well as over 300 other articles, chapters, and books spanning his clinical and research interests. Dr. Otto is a past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (formerly AABT), a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Dr. Otto is a regular provider of continuing education and continuing medical education workshops across the United States.


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Last updated: 2/8/12