Dr. Alison Manning is a staff psychologist at CBC where she conducts individual, family and group therapies with children, adolescents and adults. Alison earned her master’s and doctor of psychology degree in clinical psychology from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University, where she graduated summa cum laude.
Alison has been intensively trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She has particular expertise and interest in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders, including social anxiety, generalized anxiety and panic disorder. Furthermore, she has been highly trained in specialized treatments such as Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Trauma-Focused CBT for PTSD and Parent Management Training (PMT) for disruptive-behavior disorders such as ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). Alison brings compassion, spirit and warmth to her work, with a bright and collaborative style that carefully considers each individual’s unique background, culture and needs, as well as the latest research in behavioral health.
Alison completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare in Newark, New Jersey, where she received extensive training in the treatment of childhood trauma, mood and anxiety disorders and worked with a diverse population of children, adolescents, young adults and parents. She also conducted psychological and neuropsychological evaluations, provided adult psychiatric consultation services within the Rutgers University medical hospital, performed acute risk assessments and worked with schools and agencies across the New Jersey area to ensure holistic, integrated care. Prior to her internship, Alison trained at Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, the New York Presbyterian Hospital in Westchester and a local community mental health clinic in the Bronx providing evidence-based treatments to a wide range of children and adolescents. Before graduate school, Alison also provided school-based and in-home behavior therapy for children with moderate to severe autism.
Alison has studied with CBC co-founder Dr. Lata McGinn, and her research interests focus on the understanding, treatment and prevention of anxiety and depressive disorders, specifically social anxiety disorder. Currently, she is particularly interested in the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for individuals with social anxiety. Accordingly, her doctoral dissertation explored the relationship between social anxiety, belongingness, loneliness and depression, and gave particular consideration to the pandemic’s impacts on these factors, in order to best identify treatment targets. Alison is a member of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and NYC-CBT.