Alicia Meuret




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Prof. Dr. Alicia E. Meuret, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ARC) at SMU. She is a tenured Full Professor in the Clinical Psychology Division at the Department of Psychology at SMU.

Dr. Meuret completed her doctoral studies at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and her postdoctoral studies at the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard University, and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.

Her research program focuses on novel treatment approaches for anxiety and mood disorders, biomarkers in anxiety disorders and chronic disease (asthma), fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, and mediators and moderators in individuals with affective dysregulations, including non-suicidal self-injury. Dr. Meuret is the founder of Capnometry-Assisted Respiratory Training (CART).

Dr. Meuret has published 90 scientific publications and has received ongoing funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies (>$10 M), including NIH R01, U, and R61/33 grants. Additionally, she has authored 152 presentations at scientific conferences, including 23 invited talks, keynote and plenary addresses, and psychiatry grand rounds. Dr. Meuret served on several NIH review and federal and scientific expert advisory boards. She was president of the International Society of the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology. Dr. Meuret has received multiple honors for her work, including by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Psychiatric Research Society, and the American Psychosomatic Society.

Dr. Meuret is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, was past president of ISARP and the Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She also served as a technical expert for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program. Dr. Meuret is a 2014 Beck Institute Fellow and a 2018 Rotunda SMU Outstanding Professors. Dr. Meuret serves on several editorial boards and was an Associate Editor for the journal Behavior Therapy and guest editor for the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Media interviews, podcasts, and publications featuring Dr. Meuret’s work include NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Department of Health and Human Services, the Atlantic. Dr. Meuret is also a licensed clinical psychologist who maintains a small private practice.


Selected recent publications (*student authors)

*Tunnell, N. C., Ritz, T., Wilhelm, F. H., Roth, W. T., & Meuret, A. E. (in press). Habituation or normalization through treatment? Experiential and respiratory recovery from voluntary hyperventilation in treated versus untreated patients with panic disorder. Behavior Therapy.

Meuret AE, *Tunnell N, & *Roque A. (2020). Anxiety Disorders and Medical Comorbidity: Treatment Implications. Adv Exp Med Biol., 1191:237-261.

*Roque, A.D., Craske, M.G., Treanor, M., Rosenfield, D., Ritz, T., & Meuret, A.E. (2020). Stress-Induced Cortisol Reactivity as a Predictor of Success in Treatment for Affective Dimensions. Psychoneuroendocrinology.

Craske, M.G., +Meuret, A.E. (+co-corresponding authors), Ritz, T., Rosenfield, D., Treanor, M., & Dour, H. (2019). Positive Affect Treatment for Depression and Anxiety: A Randomized Clinical Trial for a Core Feature of Anhedonia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 87, 457-471.

Meuret, A.E., Ritz, T., Wilhelm, F.H., Roth, W.T., & Rosenfield, D. (2018). Hypoventilation Therapy Alleviates Panic by Repeated Induction of Dyspnea. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3, 539-545.

Meuret, A.E., *Kroll, J., & Ritz, T. (2017). Panic disorder comorbidity with medical conditions and treatment implications. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 209-240.

Meuret, A.E., *Simon, E., *Bhaskara, L., & Ritz, T. (2017). Ultra-brief behavioral skills trainings for blood-injection-injury phobia. Depression and Anxiety, 34, 1096-1105.

Meuret, A.E., Rosenfield, D., *Bhaskara, L., Auchus, R., Liberzon, I., Ritz, T., & Abelson, J.L (2016). Timing matters: Endogenous cortisol mediates benefits from early-day psychotherapy. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 74, 197-202.

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