Newswise – Nationally recognized psychologist and anxiety specialist, Thea Gallagher, PsyD, has joined NYU Langone Health’s Department of Psychiatry as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Digital Mental Health, Outcomes and Wellbeing.
Gallagher previously held several positions at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, including assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, clinical director and clinical psychologist at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, and clinical director of COBALT, a center digital wellness platform for University of Pennsylvania employees.
“Dr. Gallagher is a highly respected psychologist, educator, researcher, and communicator whose expertise will help advance the goals of the institution and add to the collective talents of our already distinguished faculty,” said Charles R. Marmar, MD, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Psychiatry and Chair of NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gallagher to NYU Langone and look forward to witnessing his continued success in implementing implementing digital wellbeing strategies for employees in addition to providing the highest quality mental health care to patients.”
Gallagher specializes in prolonged exposure therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), exposure prevention and response for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and cognitive-behavioral treatments for other mental illnesses such as social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, generalized disorders. anxiety, eating disorders, insomnia and depression.
“I focus on evidence-based psychotherapies, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, because most of what is known about mental health indicates that there is a strong connection between our thoughts, our behaviors, our emotions and our environment,” says Gallagher.
In addition to her clinical work, Gallagher serves as the Digital Mental Health, Outcomes and Wellbeing Coordinator for Psychiatry. In this role, she will further enhance mental health support and resources for healthcare workers at NYU Langone through digital content, especially during this critical time when so many healthcare workers have experienced varying levels of burnout. due to COVID pande strains
“The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of healthcare professionals and frontline workers will be felt for many years. We need to provide our employees with effective tools to take care of themselves, but in a way that fits seamlessly into their daily lives,” says Gallagher. “Providing curated mental health and wellbeing content can help reduce friction and stigma in accessing mental health care, and provide timely and targeted support and treatment.”
About Dr. Gallagher
After earning her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Gallagher completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty where she has worked for seven years. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Gallagher also taught and supervised medical residents, receiving the Martin P. Szuba Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching and Research in 2021 for his focus on translating the concepts and findings of research into clinically useful teaching.
Throughout his career, Gallagher has presented at several national and international conferences, participated in a variety of speaking engagements on wellness, mental health, and anxiety-related disorders, and conducted dozens of trainings in cognitive-behavioral therapy. She is active in research and has authored and co-authored numerous journal publications, review articles and book chapters.
Gallagher is regularly featured in national and local media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and Huff Post, as a trusted resource on mental health topics. She also hosts a podcast focused on mental health, Mind in sight.
“I am honored to join such an incredible and accomplished group of clinicians and researchers at NYU Langone, where we engage in both research and clinical care of mental health treatment and therapies to improve the lives of patients and of our community,” says Gallagher.
Gallagher’s office is at NYU Langone Psychiatry Associates, located at One Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.