Katie Fracalanza, Ph.D.

Katie Fracalanza, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Katie Fracalanza, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Fracalanza (PSY28652) is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), and other empirically-supported treatments for adults with anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Fracalanza is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where she delivers psychotherapy to clients, conducts research that informs clinical care, and provides training to graduate students and psychiatry residents. She currently teaches a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Mood Disorders course at the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium. Dr. Fracalanza has presented workshops on treating stress and anxiety disorders, and has published numerous research articles and book chapters on evidence-based approaches for anxiety. 

Dr. Fracalanza earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in 2015. Her graduate research under the mentorship of Dr. Naomi Koerner focused on better understanding factors that underpin generalized anxiety disorder, and how interventions for generalized anxiety disorder might be optimized. Dr. Fracalanza received awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding her graduate-level research, and her work was recognized by the Canadian Psychological Association with a Certificate of Academic Excellence. Dr. Fracalanza finished her pre-doctoral internship training at Canada’s largest mental health facility, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where she focused on deepening her expertise in CBT for anxiety disorders and providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, where she continued to pursue specialized training in anxiety and mood disorders, and DBT.  

Clinically, Dr. Fracalanza tailors strategies supported by research evidence to each individual client. She works with clients in a warm, collaborative, active manner to help them better understand themselves, learn new skills, and approach life’s struggles in a manner consistent with their values and goals. Her work with clients is aimed at both alleviating psychological distress, as well as bolstering personal strengths, quality of life, and a sense of personal fulfillment.

Selected Publications:
McCabe-Bennett, H., Fracalanza, K., & Antony, M. M. (in press). Treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. In D. David, S. Lynn, & G. Montgomery (Eds.), Evidence-based psychotherapy: The state of the science and practice. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gee, B. A., Fracalanza, K., & Antony, M. M. (2015). Behavior therapy. In R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical psychology. Wiley-Blackwell.

Fracalanza, K., Koerner, N., Antony, M. M. (2014). Testing a procedural variant of written imaginal exposure for generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Fracalanza, K., McCabe, R. E., Taylor, V. H., Antony, M. M. (2014). The effect of comorbid major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder on cognitive behavioural therapy for social anxiety disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Fracalanza, K., Koerner, N., Deschênes, S. S., Dugas, M. J. (2014). Intolerance of uncertainty mediates the relation between generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and anger. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Koerner, N., & Fracalanza, K. (2012). The role of anxiety control strategies in imaginal exposure. In P. Neudeck & H. U. Wittchen (Eds.), Exposure Therapy: Rethinking the Model – Refining the Method. New York, NY: Springer Press.

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