Courtney Beard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Rsch)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
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BiographyDr. 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. 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 a coordinator of the NIH-funded Harvard-Brown Anxiety Research Project (HARP), a longitudinal, naturalistic study of individuals with anxiety disorders. HARP has a focus on cross-cultural representations and course of anxiety. She is also an Investigator on a number of pending grants to develop CBM interventions for a range of Axis I disorders and settings, such as primary care.
Research DescriptionI 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 AwardsBrown 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
AffiliationsAnxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT)
Attention and Interpretation Modification for Fear of Breast Cancer Recurrence 7/11-6/12
PI: Wendy G. Lichtenthal
Clinical and Translational Science Center, Cornell University
Cognitive Bias Modification: A Novel Intervention for AUDs and Social Anxiety
PI: Elise Clerkin
R21 submitted to NIAAA June 2011
Attention Bias Modification for Anxiety in Children
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
I do not currently teach any formal courses. However, mentoring undergraduate research assistants is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. I currently mentor a number of students from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island. Additionally, I frequently teach continuing education workshops to clinicians in the community on the treatment of anxiety disorders.
- 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)