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Courtney Beard, PhD

Courtney Beard, PhD

McLean Hospital Title:
Harvard Medical School Title:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry


Courtney Beard, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with expertise in anxiety disorders, cognitive biases, cognitive behavior therapy, and treatment outcome research. She is assistant director of the clinical research program at McLean Hospital’s Behavioral Health Partial Hospital Program. Dr. Beard's research aims to delineate cognitive mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders and to develop treatments to target these mechanisms. She is internationally known for her work on cognitive bias modification.

Dr. Beard is a past recipient of an NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship grant, in which she tested a cognitive bias modification (CBM) computerized treatment for social anxiety disorder. Her current NIMH funded R34 project aims to develop a transdiagnostic, personalized, online cognitive bias modification treatment for anxiety disorders, as well as the methods for primary care practices to prescribe and deliver this treatment.


Treatment OutcomesAnxietyQuality Improvement


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Education & Training:

  • 2003 BS, University of Georgia
  • 2008 PhD, University of Georgia
  • 2007 Pre-Doctoral Internship, Brown Medical School
  • 2010 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Brown Medical School




Office Address:

Belmont campus - Recreation Building, Room 130