Dr. Olden is an expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders (posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, phobias). She is a specialist in posttraumatic stress disorder and has additional expertise in psycho-oncology and behavioral medicine, addressing the psychological needs of individuals with cancer and other medical illnesses.
Dr. Olden has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through her work with the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Olden is the principal investigator of an NIH/CTSC-funded study investigating the use of videoconferencing to provide a translational prolonged exposure therapy protocol to individuals with occupationally-related PTSD, including war veterans, police officers, fire fighters, and other emergency workers. She is also working as key personnel on a large multi-site Department of Defense funded clinical trial to treat Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with PTSD, investigating the use of virtual reality therapy and the pharmacological agent D-cycloserine to treat PTSD.
Dr. Olden also has clinical experience with survivors of combat, terrorism, burn injury, accidents, assault, and life threatening illness. She has worked with 9/11 survivors, active duty U.S. service members, war veterans, police officers, firefighters, and other emergency personnel. She uses evidence-based treatments when working with patients with PTSD, including cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and virtual reality therapy, and is certified in prolonged imaginal exposure and virtual reality therapy.
Dr. Olden also has particular expertise in helping individuals with the psychological issues that can arise following a diagnosis of cancer or other serious medical illness. She trained for several years at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in the use of cognitive and existential interventions for patients with advanced cancer and has worked with individuals struggling with serious illness across the lifespan and with a variety of diagnoses.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Olden trains and supervises clinical psychology interns and externs in the use of prolonged exposure, virtual reality, and cognitive behavioral therapies. She is also a co-investigator on several studies focused on developing interventions for PTSD in diverse trauma populations. She has authored scientific articles and book chapters in the fields of psychological trauma and psycho-oncology, and has presented her work at international scientific conferences and grand rounds.
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