Specialty Areas: Trichotillomania/Hair-Pulling Disorder, Skin-Picking, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Depression.

Ali M. Mattu, PhD, is a Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Anita Saltz Institute for Anxiety and Mood Disorders at the NYU Child Study Center. Dr. Mattu specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and skin-picking. Dr. Mattu's research focuses on trichotillomania and his dissertation studied the development and affect-regulation of trichotillomania. Currently, he is evaluating the efficacy of a comprehensive behavioral treatment for trichotillomania and developing a body-focused repetitive behavior treatment program at the NYU Child Study Center.

Dr. Mattu received his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. Prior to his fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center, Dr. Mattu completed an internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center/NYU Child Study Center. Dr. Mattu also completed training programs at the Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, The Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, and Georgetown University.

Dr. Mattu currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association and is a Past-Chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students. Dr. Mattu has presented at several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, and the National Conference on Trichotillomania and Skin Picking.


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