Faculty Profile: Courtney Beard, Ph.D.

Courtney Beard, Ph.D.
Adjunct Instructor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Rsch)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior

Biography

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.

Research Description

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.

Grants and Awards

Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, 1st prize research poster 2007, 2011
Neurocognitive and Translational Therapy ABCT SIG poster, Honorable Mention 2007
NIH Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials 2010
Involving Behavioral Interventions Anxiety Disorders Association of America Career Development Travel Award 2011
University-Wide Graduate Research Fellowship 2003-2005
American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Nancy B. Forest and Michael Honaker Master's Scholarship for Research in Psychology 2004
Henry E. Adams Memorial Research Award 2005
University-Wide Dissertation Completion Award 2007-2008
Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Dissertation Grant 2008

Affiliations

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)

Funded Research

Ongoing
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
NIH

Pending
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

Completed
Information Processing Training for Social Phobia in Primary Care 12/08-11//10
Role: Principal Investigator
1F32MH083330
Funding Source: NIMH

Teaching Experience

I frequently teach continuing education workshops to clinicians in the community on the treatment of anxiety disorders. I also lead research seminars for pre doctoral interns and post-docs at McLean Hospital.

Selected Publications

  • Beard, C., Weisberg, R.B., & Amir, N. (in press). Combined Cognitive Bias Modification Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder: A Pilot Trial. Depression and Anxiety. (IN PRESS)
  • Beard, C. (2011). Cognitive Bias Modification as a Treatment for Anxiety: Current Evidence and Future Directions. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 11(2), 299-311. (2011)
  • 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. (2010)
  • 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. (2010)
  • Beard, C. & Amir, N. (2010). Negative Interpretation Bias Mediates the Effect of Social Anxiety on State Anxiety. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 34, 292-296. (2010)
  • 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. (2009)
  • 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. (2009)
  • Beard, C. & Amir, N. (2009). Interpretation in Social Anxiety: When Meaning Precedes Ambiguity. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 33, 406-415. (2009)
  • Beard, C. & Amir, N. (2008). A Multi-session Interpretation Modification Program: Change in Interpretation and Social Anxiety. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46, 1135-1141. (2008)