Note: Dr. Beidel is not considering graduate student applicants as a major advisor for the 2021-2022 application cycle.


Deborah C. Beidel, Ph.D., ABPP is Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology and Medical Education and Executive Director of UCF RESTORES at the University of Central Florida. UCF RESTORES is a clinical research center dedicated to changing the way that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is understood, diagnosed, and treated. Dr. Beidel received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. She holds Diplomates in Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. She is the author of over 350 scientific publications including journal articles, book chapters and books on the treatment of anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has been the recipient of over $31 million dollars in research funding throughout her career. Her recent work focuses on utilizing technology to develop, translate and disseminate efficacious treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder into standard clinical practice. Currently, she is the principal investigator of a Department of Defense funded research program conducting a randomized controlled trial for the treatment of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorders with active duty military personnel on three military installations, and a Department of Defense funded research program developing a new virtual reality tool to provide treatment for veterans, active duty personnel, and first responders with PTSD. Along with her faculty colleagues in UCF RESTORES, Dr. Beidel leads “bench to bedside” clinical and research initiatives that impact the lives of veterans, active duty military personnel, first responders, survivors of sexual assault, and survivors of mass shootings.



* indicates a graduate student author from the UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic.


*Bunnell, B., Joseph, D.L., & Beidel, D.C. (2013).  Measurement invariance of the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 84-91.

*Bunnell, B. E., & Beidel, D. C. (2013). Incorporating technology into the treatment of a 17 year old girl with selective mutism. Clinical Case Studies,12, 291-306.

*Bunnell, B. E., Beidel, D. C., & Mesa, F. (2013). A randomized trial of attention training for generalized social phobia: Does attention training change social behavior?  Behavior Therapy. 44, 662-673.

*Ragsdale, K.A., Neer, S.M., Beidel, D.C., Frueh, B.C., & *Stout, J.W. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder in OEF/OIF veterans with and without traumatic brain injury. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 420-426.

*Wong Sarver, N., Beidel, D.C., & Spitalnick, J. (2014).  The feasibility and acceptability of virtual environments in the treatment of childhood social anxiety disorder. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,43, 63-73.

*Mesa, F., Beidel, D.C., & Bunnell, B.E. (2014). An examination of psychopathology and daily impairment in adolescents with social anxiety disorder.  PLoS ONE, 9(4); e93668. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0093668.

Beidel, D.C., Alfano, C.A., Kofler, M.J., Rao, P.A., *Scharfstein, L., & *Wong-Sarver, N. (2014). The impact of social skills training for social anxiety disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 908-918.

*Owens, M., & Beidel, D.C. (2015).  Can virtual reality effectively elicit distress associated with social anxiety disorder?  Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. 37, 296-305.

*Scharfstein, L., & Beidel, D.C. (2015).  Social skills and social acceptance in children with anxiety disorders.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 826-838  DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.895938.

*Bunnell, B.E., Beidel, D.C., Liu, L., Joseph, D.L., & Higa-McMillan, C. (2015). The SPAIC-11 and SPAICP-11: Two brief child- and parent-rated measures of social anxiety.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 36, 103-109.

Alfano, C.A., Lau, S., Balderas, J., *Bunnell, B.E., & Beidel, D.C. (in press). The impact of military deployment on children: Placing developmental risk in context. Clinical Psychology Review.

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