Trainee Spotlight: Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD

Trainee Spotlight: Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD

Courtney DeAngelis, PsyD

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD)—Westchester, which is located in Tarrytown. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Muhlenberg College, and went on to obtain my Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology degrees from La Salle University’s PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program. It is a great privilege to complete this fellowship, as I am confident that the training experiences offered at CUCARD Westchester are an exceptional match for my goal of honing and refining my clinical competencies in the treatment of youth anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Throughout my graduate career, I received specialized training in the provision of several evidence-based treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (EX/RP), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and parent management training (PMT) for youth disruptive behavior disorders. I have trained in a variety of settings, including a private college preparatory school, an outpatient clinic within a children’s hospital, a private practice, and a community mental health clinic. I completed my predoctoral clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where I served as an outpatient clinician in the Child and Family Therapy Clinic. Across these contexts, I gained extensive experience collaborating and consulting with schools, other disciplines, and outside professionals to address children’s emotional and behavioral issues. I also had the unique opportunity to supervise doctoral-level students in the assessment and treatment of adult anxiety disorders.

As a postdoctoral fellow at CUCARD Westchester, I have been able to continue to treat anxiety disorders across the developmental lifespan. I believe that my postdoctoral fellowship has fostered professional growth not only by strengthening my core competencies, but also by challenging me to work in new areas of practice. I have been exposed to new treatment modalities and have gained extensive experience in the treatment of school refusal. I have also been able to deliver intensive and accelerated courses of EX/RP to patients. I feel fortunate to receive such high-quality supervision at CUCARD Westchester, which allows me to be fully supported when tackling more complex clinical presentations. Participating in group supervision has afforded me the opportunity to learn from others and creatively generate ideas for treatment, especially when developing novel exposures. I am pleased to say that I have felt very welcomed by all staff at CUCARD Westchester since my first day. The organizational culture views postdoctoral fellows as highly respected and valued colleagues who are full members of the clinical team.

As I look forward to transitioning from a trainee and fully immersing myself in clinical work as a licensed psychologist, I am both impressed and motivated by the depth and breadth of training experiences offered at CUCARD Westchester. I am particularly interested in participating in community and school outreach and building relationships with outside agencies to increase access to evidence-based interventions. I am also eager to have opportunities to train, supervise, and mentor psychology graduate students. I feel very pleased with my fellowship and am confident that my training at CUCARD Westchester will support me in reaching my career goals.