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Lata K. McGinn, PhD

Co-Founder & Co-Director

Lata K. McGinn, PhD is a clinical psychologist and Co-Founder and Co-Director of Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants (CBC), an evidence-based clinical and training center. She is also a Professor of Psychology at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University and Director of the Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies (CBT) Training Program for Anxiety Disorders, OCD, Trauma, and Depression. tenured Professor

Dr. McGinn’s clinical, training, and research expertise is in Cognitive and behavioral therapies (CBT) for the prevention and treatment of stress, anxiety (general anxiety, social anxiety, panic, phobia), trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She examines the effects of environmental, cognitive, and behavioral factors as contributors of vulnerability to these conditions and has developed a unified vulnerability model for panic disorder and social phobia. She has developed an intervention to prevent the development of depression and has tested the efficacy of this intervention in a NIH funded research study. She has also developed the Mind-Action-Mood (M&M) Program, a Universal (Tier 1) program, and implemented it in schools to prevent anxiety and depression, build resilience and improve functioning. Her extensive publications span peer-reviewed journal articles, chapters, and her co-authored books, "Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder" and "Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders,” which has been translated into 14 languages. Dr. McGinn treats adults and adolescents in her practice, teaches and supervises doctoral trainees, conducts research, authors books and articles, presents her research worldwide, gives invited keynotes, lectures, master clinician seminars, and workshops, and provides consultation throughout the world to professionals, consumers, schools, agencies, and companies. Her expertise has been highlighted by various media outlets including AllYou, Bustle, Elite Daily, The Huffington Post, the New York Times, Parents, Shape, Women’s Health, and Women’s World.

Dr. McGinn is the president of the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT) and in that capacity, works with local, national, and regional organizations across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Australasia, and Africa as well as with Global organizations like the World Health Organization to promote evidence-based mental health practices. In 2019, she spearheaded the global initiative to found the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT). She is also a past president of the International Association of CBT (IACBT) and continues to serve on IACBT’s Board of Directors. She previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), as the program chair of the ABCT convention in 2009 and is currently the chair of ABCT’s International Associates Committee. She is also a founding fellow, certified Diplomate and Consultant-Trainer, and a Past-President of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT). Dr. McGinn is a founding fellow of the New York CBT (NYC-CBT) association, helped found the Indian Association of CBT (IACBT) and is its honorary president, and is also the vice-president of the Access Psychology Foundation, which she co-founded in 2021. Dr. McGinn also served on the advisory board of WayForward, a digital evidence-based mental health company, from its launch until it was acquired by DarioHealth Corp.

Dr. McGinn serves on the editorial board of peer-reviewed journals such as Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, International Journal of Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, on the advisory boards of the Journal of Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapy and served as the associate editor of the peer-reviewed journal Cognitive Therapy and Research. She also served on Division 12, APA’s taskforce on Evidence-Based Doctoral Training. In recognition of her achievements in the field of CBT, Dr. McGinn has earned the title of Beck Scholar and was appointed a Fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (ABCT). She was awarded a certificate of appreciation by ABCT in recognition of her professional contributions on trauma prevention interventions on a Trauma Taskforce following September 11, 2001, and won the Outstanding Service to ABCT award in 2020.