Dr. Maureen Whittal received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1995 from West Virginia University. She completed her internship training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine in eating and anxiety disorders before returning to Canada in 1996 to complete a second fellowship in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. From 1998 to 2009 she was the Manager and Director of the UBC Anxiety Disorders Clinic. In 1999 Dr. Whittal co-founded AnxietyBC with her colleague, Dr. Peter McLean and remained on the Board of Directors until 2007. She has also received teaching awards from the British Columbia Psychological Association and the Canadian Consortium of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Whittal is currently Clinical Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry and is Adjunct Faculty in the UBC Department of Psychology. She is also the former Editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, a scientific journal designed to bridge the gap between laboratory-based work and clinical practice. Dr. Whittal is an acknowledged expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) and in 2003 received a year-long scholarship to train at ACT. Dr. Whittal also holds a Diplomate in CBT with the American Board of Professional Psychology, and is certified by the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
Dr. Whittal is internationally known for her work in anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She ran 3 treatment trials in OCD and has published numerous research articles and chapters. Dr. Whittal has also lectured and provided workshops to professionals across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. Closer to home, Dr. Whittal has trained numerous psychologists and psychiatrists since 1996 in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders from a cognitive-behavioral perspective.
Schedule at the Vancouver CBT Centre: Dr. Whittal is available for appointments between 9am and 6pm from Monday to Thursday.