Brian Ott Brian D. Ott, PhD


Dr. Ott joined the faculty of MSPP/WJC in 1989.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Clinical Psy.D. Program.   He is a member of the WJC Institutional Review Board, the Institutional Academic Policies and Standards Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Institutional Curriculum Committee, the Curricular Revision Committee, the Clinical Psy.D. Curriculum Revision Committee, and directs the WJC Media Psychology Lab.  He is a past chair of the Technology Committee and the Human Research Committee. He has served on the Clinical Psy.D. Curriculum, Steering and Faculty Evaluation Committees and was a representative to the annual meeting of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology in 2011 and 2012.


After receiving his doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1980, Brian completed post-doctoral fellowships at Temple University Medical School/Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute with Joseph Wolpe and the Institute for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy with Albert Ellis in New York City.


Brian currently teaches Research Methods and Learning Theory in the Clinical Psy.D program and is a research consultant for students’ doctoral research projects. Past courses in the Clinical Psy.D. Program included: Clinical Seminar 1, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, and Critical Thinking. In the Organizational Leadership Department, courses have included Statistics, Research Design and Cognition and Media Psychology.

Research and Practice Interests

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. Brian has coordinated the MGH Charlestown Integrated Care project since 2012 with a focus on reducing barriers to integration of behavioral and medical care as part of a Kraft Foundation grant. Brian’s research interests are in the areas of integrated health care, media psychology and the use of exposure and response prevention in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Professional Licenses and Certifications

Brian is a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey. He also a Certified School Psychologist in New York State.


  • Mintz Chair in Professional Psychology 2006-2008, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence June 6, 2007, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Dr. Stephen D. Hayes Award for Leadership and Service to Underserved Populations May 5, 2009, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
  • Service Excellence Award for Administrative Innovation June 1, 2016, Partners Health Care / Massachusetts General Hospital

Publications and Presentations

Kuller A. & Ott, B.D. (2010)  US and UK Use of CBT in the Treatment of Schizophrenia. Community Mental Health Journal, 46, 2-9.

Ott, B.D. (2012)  What is and is not Exposure Therapy.  Contemporary Forums: Psychiatric Nursing 2012.

Ott, B.D. (2012)  Relationship of Violence Level in Adult Sexual Offenses and Offender Childhood Trauma. Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Ott, B.D. & Hagen, R. (2013)  The use of passive smartphone data  in the prediction of daily negative and positive affect states.   Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Ott, B.D. (2013) Orienting the Patient to Exposure and Response Prevention.  Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education / Cambridge Health Alliance.

Schwaiger, E., O’Connor, M & Ott, Brian D.  (2014) The Interpersonal Style of Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Annual Meeting of the Association for Neuropsychiatry

Flanagan, K & Ott, B.  (2015)  Relationship of homonegativity and disclosure of sexual orientation.  Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Ott, B.D. (2016) Orienting Patients to ERP and Cognitive Restructuring Components of CBT for Anxiety. Seacoast Anxiety Symposium.

Allen, K., Burda, T., Ott, B., & O’Commor, M. (2016)  Distractibility and Aging: Relationship of Scores on the Useful Field of View Across Age and Mini Mental Status Exam.  Journal of Psychological Sciences, 2, 130-147. 

Tillman, E. & Ott, B.D. (2017).  The effect of anticipated access to search engines on implicit memory.  Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science.

Ott, B.D. & Joseph, L. S.  (2017).   Mysticism, technology and the music of the summer of love.  Journal of the American Society on Aging, 41,  45-53.

Ott, B.D. (December - 2017)   Cognitive neuroscience and effectively orienting patients to exposure and response prevention.  Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education / Cambridge Health Alliance.

Ott, B.D. (in press).  Staring Down Panic.  Matchstick Publishing: Boston

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards – member of EPPP Step 2 Implementation Task Force / Template Development and Item Writing Workgroups
  • Coordinator, Media Psychology Committee, Massachusetts Psychological Association
  • Associate Unit Director for Behavioral Health Services - Massachusetts General Hospital, Charelstown HealthCare - consults to providers in the internal medicine, cardiology and neurology departments and is on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School supervising clinical fellows and residents in the Department of psychiatry.

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • 2005 – 2006, Instructor - Certification Program in Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, Amir Duwan for Social Development, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • 1993 – 1995, Mental Health Advisory Board / Member of Mental Health External Appeals Panel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1989 – 1998, Executive Director and Director of Pain Management and CBT Services, Behavior Management Services, Boston, MA
  • 1986 – 1989, Director of Behavioral Medicine and Coordinator or CARF Accreditation, North Shore Pain Center / Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Peabody, MA
  • 1982 – 1985, Director of Clinical and Health Services and Coordinator of JACHO Accreditation, St. Mary's Residential Treatment Center, Syosset, New York
  • 1982 – 1985, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York
  • 1980 – 1981, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Manhattan College, Bronx, New York

Professional Affiliations

Brian is an officer of the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary, and is  chair of the MPA Membership Committee and member of the MPA Education and Program Committees.  Brian is also a member of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science,  the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies and the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.

Community Engagement

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 and coordinates the Theater for Teens and Families program which provides access to theater arts for families from low income communities in the greater Boston area.