I am an expert in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, and other stress- and adjustment-related problems of living. I have extensive clinical experience providing evidence-based psychotherapy to individuals experiencing these problems. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine and have published research on the effectiveness of psychotherapies and expertise in training other providers.
Training & Experience
I earned my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania where I studied under Robert DeRubeis, PhD, a leader in the field of depression treatment and cognitive therapy. I also trained at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA), whose director, Edna Foa, PhD, is a leader in the field of anxiety and PTSD treatment and inventor of Prolonged Exposure, a prominent empirically supported psychotherapy for PTSD. While at the CTSA, I was trained in evidence-based interventions for various anxiety and related disorders including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Phobias, Trichotillomania and PTSD. I completed my predoctoral internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and my postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Palo Alto and Stanford University School of Medicine. I worked for many years at the VA Palo Alto Trauma Recovery Programs treating men and women veterans with PTSD, depression, anxiety, substance use, and other trauma-related problems. I enjoy teaching and have extensive experience providing clinical training and supervision to psychologists and psychologists in training. I am also an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine.
Boden, M. T., Bernstein, A., Walser, R. D., Bui, L., Alvarez, J., & Bonn-Miller, M. O. (2012). Changes in facets of mindfulness and posttraumatic stress disorder treatment outcome. Psychiatry Research, 200, 609-613.
Alvarez, J., McLean, C., Harris, A. H. S., Rosen, C. S., Ruzek, J. I., & Kimerling, R. (2011). The comparative effectiveness of cognitive processing therapy for male veterans treated in a VHA posttraumatic stress disorder residential rehabilitation program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 590-599. doi: 10.1037/a0024466
Strunk, D. R., DeRubeis, R. J., Chiu, A. W., & Alvarez, J. (2007). Patients’ competence in and performance of cognitive therapy skills: Relation to the reduction of relapse risk following treatment for depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75(4), 523-530.