Anne Marie M Albano, PHD

Child and Adolescent Psychology
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I am a professor of medical psychology, a clinical psychologist and board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In addition to serving as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at 3 Columbus Circle, I also conduct research and train residents, fellows and psychology postdoctoral fellows and interns.

Our clinic treats children, adolescents, young adults and adults. Specialized programs, such as our Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program for young children (ages 3-8), and our "Launching Emerging Adults Program" (ages 18-28) focus on treatment from a developmentally sensitive perspective. We offer individual, group, and family based cognitive behavioral therapy, in addition to psychiatric consultation and medication management.

In addition to clinical work, my research is focused on the development and testing of psychosocial treatments for anxiety and mood disorders, and in understanding the impact of these disorders on the developing youth. I was a PI of the "Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS)", a randomized clinical trial evaluating treatments for childhood anxiety disorders (see Walkup, Albano et al., 2008; NEJM) and for the "Treatments for Adolescents with Depression (TADS)" randomized clinical trial (TADS Team, JAMA, 2004).

I am editor of the journal "Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health", a past member of the Board of Directors of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and past president of both the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and past president of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the APA. I am a Fellow of Division 12, the Society of Clinical Psychology of the APA, a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. In 2015 I was awarded the "Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities" distinction by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Additional information: Dr. Albano devotes her career to the study and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is an expert diagnostician and cognitive behavioral therapist. Dr. Albano co-developed a cognitive behavioral treatment program for adolescents with social phobia, and is the co-author of a treatment manual and parent guide for school refusal behavior and of the treatment of depression in adolescents. In addition, she is the co-author of the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for Children. Her book for parents “You and Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life” with Leslie Pepper, was published in 2013 by the Avery/Penguin Press. Dr. Albano authored or co-authored over 90 articles and chapters, conducts clinical research, supervises the research and clinical development of interns and postdoctoral fellows in psychology and psychiatry, and is involved in advanced training of senior clinicians in CBT.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adolescent and Childhood Disorders
  • Adolescent Depression
  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Child Psychology
  • Child Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research Trials
  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
  • Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Mental Health
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parent-Child Relationship Problem
  • Parent Counseling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Relationship Problems
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Stress Management
  • Work-Related Stress
  • Young Adults

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Co-Clinical Director, Youth Anxiety Center at Columbus Circle and Washington Heights

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital


  • Female

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • National Institute of Mental Health, Member, Interventions Committee for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families (ITVC) 2012-2015
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (formerly Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy) 2007-2008, President; 2010-2013, International Associates Chair; 2012-2015, Publications Chair
  • American Psychological Association (APA) 2013-2016 Member, Council of Specialties; 2013-2016 Fellows’ Committee for Division 12
  • American Board of Professional Psychology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Executive Board; 2013: Credential Reviewer
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) 2008-2016 Scientific Advisory Board

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual for Clinical Activities, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • 2014 Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • 2013 Fellow, Division 12, Society for Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • 2012 Elina Manghi Memorial Lecturer, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago IL
  • 2011 Virginia Tarlow MD, Memorial Lecturer in Psychiatry, Northwestern/Feinberg School of Medicine
  • 2010 Todd Ouida Annual Lecture in Childhood Anxiety and Depression, University of Michigan
  • 2008 Rosenberry Award in Behavioral Sciences, the Children's Hospital, University of Colorado at Denver
  • 2005 Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • 2001 Beck Institute Scholar in Cognitive Therapy and Research
  • 2001 Recanati Family Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine


Development and dissemination of effective treatments for anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. Evaluate cost-effective dissemination models of CBT to community practices.

Research Interests

  • Anxiety and Mood Disorders

Selected Publications

  • Walkup J, Albano AM, Piacentini JP, Birmaher B, Compton S, Sherrill J, Ginsburg G, Rynn M, McCracken J, Waslick B, Iyengar S, March JS Kendall PC: Cognitive behavioral therapy, sertraline, or a combination in child anxiety. New England Journal of Medicine 2008;359: 2753-2766
  • White SW, Albano AM, Johnson CR, Kasari C, Ollendick TH, Kiln A, Oswald D, Scahill L: Development of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention Program to Treat Anxiety and Social Deficits in Teens with High-Functioning Autism. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review 2010;13: 77-90
  • White SW, Ollendick TH, Scahill L, Albano AM : Preliminary efficacy of cognitive-behavioral treatment program for anxious youth with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities 2009
  • Compton S, March JS, Brent DA, Albano AM, Weersing V, Curry JF : Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression in children and adolescents: An evidence based medicine review. . Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2004;43: 930-959
  • The Treatments for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS) Team. J. S. March, corresponding author.: Fluoxetine, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Their Combination for Adolescents With Depression: Treatment for Adolescents With Depression Study (TADS) Randomized Controlled Trial.. Journal of the American Medical Association 2004;292: 807-820