Richard Heimberg, PhD, is an internationally-recognized expert on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for social anxiety disorder. He is the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Temple University, where he founded and directed a specialty social anxiety clinic. He is past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association. He has published nearly 500 articles, chapters, and books on understanding and treating anxiety, including Managing Social Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach, which was released in its third edition in November 2019.
Dr. Heimberg joins his former graduate student and NSAC Board member, Taylor Wilmer, PhD, (NSAC Montgomery County, MD and Northern Virginia), to discuss lessons learned during his nearly 30 years of experience in understanding and treating social anxiety disorder. He highlights key takeaways from his research, ways to enhance exposure therapy, and considerations for the future of social anxiety treatment. This interview took place in June 2021.