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Stefan Hofmann, PhD, is one of the foremost experts in CBT for anxiety disorders. He has contributed significantly to research and interventions related to Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). Dr. Hofmann is a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University, where he directs the Psychotherapy and Emotion Research Laboratory at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. His research focuses on understanding treatment mechanisms, enhancing treatments, cultural expressions of psychopathology, and translating discoveries from neuroscience into clinical applications.

Dr. Hofmann is former president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy. He is also editor in chief of Cognitive Therapy and Research and is Associate Editor of Clinical Psychological Science. Dr. Hofmann has authored more than 300 articles and 20 books, including Process-based CBT, The Social Foundations of Emotions, and the classic therapy manual, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder.

In this interview, Dr. Hofmann summarized what he has learned from his research with Dr. Michelle Dexter, PhD, Board Member of the National Social Anxiety Center and representative of NSAC Los Angeles (Behavioral Associates LA). Dr. Hofmann summarizes his research related to the neuroscience of SAD, mechanisms of social anxiety, specific interventions to improve the treatment of SAD, and culturally-specific ways to enhance treatment.