Richard McNally

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Richard J. McNally
Born (1954-04-17) April 17, 1954 (age 63)
Detroit, Michigan
Residence Massachusetts
Citizenship United States
Nationality United States
Fields Psychology
Institutions Harvard University;
Alma mater University of Illinois at Chicago
Known for Research into anxiety disorders

Richard J. McNally is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University[1] and an expert on anxiety disorders. His work has mostly focused on anxiety disorders,[2] but he has also researched the cognitive functioning of adults reporting histories of childhood sexual abuse.[3]


McNally received his B.S. (1976) in Psychology from Wayne State University, and his M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1982) in Clinical Psychology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Since then, he completed an internship at the Temple University School of Medicine. McNally became an Assistant Professor, and later an Associate Professor, at The Chicago Medical School, from where he moved to Harvard in 1991.[1]

McNally is Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program, Harvard University. He is one of the most cited authors in Psychology and Psychiatry.[4]

McNally has been an associate editor for the journal Behavior Therapy,[5] and has served on the editorial boards of Clinical Psychology Review,[6] Journal of Anxiety Disorders,[7] Behaviour Research and Therapy,[8] The Skeptic (UK magazine), and Psychological Science (journal).[9] He also served on the specific phobia and posttraumatic stress disorder committees of the DSM-IV task force, and on the National Institute of Mental Health‘s panel for the assessment of panic disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

Year Award
1998 Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science[10]
2003 Honorable mention for Remembering Trauma, Association of American Publishers, Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Award in Psychology[11][12]
2004 Who's Who in America[13]
2004 Institute for Scientific Information’s Highly Cited list of published authors in psychology and psychiatry[4]
2005 Distinguished Scientist Award, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology[14]
2006 Who's Who in the World[15]
2006 Who's Who in Science and Engineering[16]
2009 American Men & Women of Science[17]
2010 Outstanding Mentor Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies[18]


Journal articles[edit]

McNally has published articles concerning anxiety disorders and memories of people reporting traumatic experiences.[1]

Whalen, PJ; Bush G; McNally RJ; Wilhelm S; McInerney SC; Jenike MA; Rauch SL (1998). "The emotional counting Stroop paradigm". Biological Psychiatry. 44 (12): 1219–28. PMID 9861465. doi:10.1016/S0006-3223(98)00251-0. 

Shin, LM; McNally RJ; Kosslyn SM; Thompson WL; Rauch SL; Alpert NM; Metzger LJ; Lasko NB; Orr SP; Pitman RK (1999). "Regional cerebral blood flow during script-driven imagery in childhood sexual abuse-related PTSD: a PET investigation". American Journal of Psychiatry. 156 (4). 

Taylor, S; Koch WJ; McNally RJ (1992). "How does anxiety sensitivity vary across the anxiety disorders?". Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 6 (3): 249–259. doi:10.1016/0887-6185(92)90037-8. 

McNally, RJ; Bryant RA; Ehlers A (2003). "Does Early Psychological Intervention Promote Recovery From Posttraumatic Stress?". Psychological science in the public interest. 40 (1): 45–79. doi:10.1111/1529-1006.01421. 

Heeren, A; Mogoaşe C; Philippot P; McNally RJ (2015). "Attention bias modification for social anxiety: A systematic review and meta-analysis". Clinical Psychology Review. 4 (2): 76–90. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2015.06.001. 


Panic Disorder: A Critical Analysis. McNally RJ (1994). New York: Guilford Press.

Remembering trauma. McNally RJ (2003). Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press/Harvard University Press.[11]

What is mental illness?. McNally RJ (2011). Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.


  1. ^ a b c d "Harvard University Department of Psychology". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Reiss, S; Peterson RA; Gursky DM; McNally RJ (1986). "Anxiety sensitivity, anxiety frequency and the prediction of fearfulness" (PDF). Behaviour Research and Therapy. 24 (1): 1–8. PMID 3947307. doi:10.1016/0005-7967(86)90143-9. 
  3. ^ McNally, RJ (2003). Remembering Trauma. Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674010826. 
  4. ^ a b "Highly cited authors in Psychology & Psychiatry". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Behavior Therapy Editorial Board". Behavior Therapy. 24 (1): CO2. 1993. doi:10.1016/S0005-7894(05)80252-7. 
  6. ^ "Clinical Psychology Review Editorial Board". Clinical Psychology Review. 15 (8): 905–913. 1995. doi:10.1016/0272-7358(95)90155-8. 
  7. ^ "Journal of Anxiety Disorders Editorial Board". Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 19 (8): CO2. 2005. doi:10.1016/S0887-6185(05)00091-5. 
  8. ^ "Behaviour Research and Therapy Editorial Board". Elsevier. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Psychological Science Editorial Board". Sage. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "APS Fellows". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Remembering Trauma". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Association of American Publishers". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Who's Who in America 2004. NJ: Marquis Who’s Who. 2004. ISBN 978-0837969749. 
  14. ^ "Distinguished Scientist Award". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  15. ^ Who's Who in the World 2006. NJ: Marquis Who’s Who. 2006. ISBN 978-0837911359. 
  16. ^ Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2006. NJ: Marquis Who’s Who. 2006. ISBN 978-0837957661. 
  17. ^ American Men & Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological and Related Sciences. New York: Gale. 2009. ISBN 978-1414433004. 
  18. ^ "Outstanding Mentor Award". Retrieved 25 May 2012. 

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