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Effective Psychotherapeutic Interventions for Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive, and Trauma-Related Disorders: Behavioral and Cognitive Mechanisms of Change

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Presenter Details
Mark Starr, PhD
Mark Starr, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

Dr. Starr is a Clinical Psychologist with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine. Dr. Starr earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where his research focused on the role of negative reinforcement in the development and maintenance of substance use disorders. Dr. Starr provides clinical care and supervises trainees in the SAVAHCS’ Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit and the Transgender & Gender Diverse Clinic. Consistent with his interests in education, health disparities, and substance use disorders, he is the SAVAHCS’ Women Veterans Mental Health Champion and he is an affiliate of the University of Arizona's Addiction Medicine Fellowship, where he provides didactic instruction on psychosocial interventions for substance use disorders.

James V. Simms, PhD
James V. Simms, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Trauma
Southern Arizona VA Health Care System

Dr. Simms is the current Post-Doctoral Fellow in Trauma at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. He earned his BA at the University of Louisville, where he conducted research on the measurement and treatment of anxiety, depression, OCD, and trauma-related disorders among racial/ethnic minority groups, as well as conflict-resolution and trauma research in Northern Ireland. He worked in refugee resettlement prior to earning his MA and PhD in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University (CMU). He has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, OCD, and trauma-related disorders, as well as broad-band psychological assessment of personality and psychopathology factors. Dr. Simms completed his clinical internship at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. 

Additional Information

The educational objective for Psychiatry Grand Rounds is to provide mental health professionals with updates on psychiatric topics with the goals of increasing knowledge, competence, and patient care. Psychiatry Grand Rounds are held on Wednesdays (September-May) from 12-1 p.m.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about the theoretical underpinnings of current first-line treatments for anxiety, OCD, and trauma-related disorders, including reasons why theoretical advancements occurred
  • Increase knowledge base on the current efficacy data for these treatments and gain some exposure to how psychologists carry out the key components of these treatments in session
  • Accurately describe the key components and common challenges of behavioral and cognitive interventions for these disorders, and how to have better and more informative discussions with patients who may benefit from a referral for such care
CME Credit/Disclaimer

All faculty, CME Planning Committee members, and the CME office reviewer have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity. 

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 12:00pm




Jamie Manser
College of Medicine – Tucson
Department of Psychiatry
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