Research Summary

My research focuses on expanding our understanding of emotional disorders, with the eventual goal of informing the most effective ways to modify psychotherapy for a greater diversity of populations by: (1) elucidating psychological mechanisms by which anxiety disorders, OCD, and PTSD are maintained/treated, (2) applying a cross-cultural and diversity lens to address the outcomes that matter most to our communities, and (3) utilizing technology innovations to enhance such examinations.


  • , PhD Psychology (Clinical area), Boston University


Anu Asnaani, Ph.D., is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who currently is the Principal Investigator of the Treatment Mechanisms, Community Empowerment, and Technology Innovations (TCT) laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. She was previously an Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania from 2013-2018 and Associate Director of the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety from 2017-2018, which is a world-renowned research powerhouse for PTSD, OCD, and anxiety disorders. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University from 2007-2013, and her clinical internship from the Brown Alpert Medical School from 2012-2013. She proudly hails from the country of Saint Lucia.