Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP


Pegasus Professor of Psychology & Medical Education

Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Office: Main Campus (Orlando) Psychology Bldg. Rm. 301A

* Past Editor in Chief, Journal of Anxiety Disorders

* Member, Board of Directors, Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP)

* Member, NIMH Institutional Review Group, Children and Families Intervention Group

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Recent Accomplishments

January 2013: Dr. Beidel has been awarded a $2.7 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program to examine the impact of military deployment on spouses and children using neurobiological measures of stress as well as traditional measures of psychological adjustment.

August 2011: Dr. Beidel has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop virtual environments that will enhance behavioral treatment of children with social anxiety disorder.

January, 2011: Dr. Beidel had been awarded a $5.1 million dollar grant from the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command to examine the effectiveness of two different treatments for warriors of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts who are suffering from combat-related PTSD. The program will use established behavioral treatments for this disorder augmented by the use of virtual reality to provide an enhanced treatment experience.


Dr. Beidel joined the faculty at UCF in 2007 as professor and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology. Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. in 1986 from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her internship and post-doctoral clinical research fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of Maryland, and Penn State College of Medicine. She was the 1990 recipient of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy’s New Researcher Award, the 1995 recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award from the Association of Medical School Psychologists, and the 2007 recipient of the APA Division 12 Samuel M. Turner Clinical Research Award. Dr. Beidel holds the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) Diplomate in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a past-president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.

She is a past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Accreditation. She serves on the editorial board of a number of scientific journals. Her academic, research, and clinical interests focus on child and adult anxiety disorders, including their etiology, psychopathology and behavioral treatment. Her research is characterized by a developmental focus, and includes high risk and longitudinal designs, psychophysiological assessment, treatment outcome and treatment development. She is the recipient of NIMH grants addressing the development and efficacy of behavioral interventions for adults and children with anxiety disorders.