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Brian OttBrian D. Ott, PhD

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Faculty
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Leadership Psychology Faculty

Hofstra University, 1980

Brian received his doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1980 and completed post-doctoral training at Temple University Medical School/Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute with Joseph Wolpe and the Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy with Albert Ellis.  He has been a member of the Core Faculty in the Clinical PsyD Program at William James College since 1989 and has faculty appointments at the Harvard Medical School and Department of Psychology, and Tufts University.  He is a staff psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and member of the Association for Psychological Science, Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation. 

Dr. Ott currently teaches Research Methods in both the Clinical PsyD and Organizational Leadership PsyD Programs and  Learning Theory in the Clinical PsyD Program. Past courses in the Clinical PsyD Program included: Clinical Seminar 1, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and Critical Thinking.  He is a member of our IRB, Academic Policies and Standards Committee of the Board of Trustees, serves on the Institutional Technology and Distance Learning Committees and is co-director of our Media Psychology Lab.  He is past chair of the Human Research Committee and has been a member of the Clinical PsyD Faculty Evaluation and Steering Committees.

His primary area of clinical practice is the application of exposure and response prevention and cognitive restructuring to anxiety disorders. The majority of his practice is devoted to patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and phobia.  At the Massachusetts General Hospital he serves as associate unit director for behavioral services at the Charlestown HealthCare Center and consults to providers in the internal medicine, cardiology and neurology departments.

Away from teaching and professional practice, Brian is an avid amateur musician and is active in local community and repertory theaters in the Boston area.  He serves as the "Bikes not Bombs" program liaison for the Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain.