Dr. Evans is an expert in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and mood disorders (panic disorder, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depression, dysthymia). She also utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to promote healthy lifestyles including weight reduction and management, exercise, and stress reduction. She is trained and certified in Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) developed for the treatment of chronic depression. Dr. Evans participated as a CBASP therapist in two large multi-site studies on the effectiveness of CBASP for chronic and treatment resistant depression. Dr. Evans is also an expert in the area of stress management, specifically Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). MBSR involves training in mindfulness meditation and aims to promote mind-body health and well-being. After completing an internship in MBSR in 2000 at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Evans established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. The mission of the program is to deliver the MBSR group treatment to patients in the community and to conduct research on its effect.
In recognition of her expertise and contributions, Dr. Evans was selected for the American Psychological Asssociation Leadership Institute of Women in Psychology. She is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a founding member and President of the New York City-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (NYC-CBT) Association. Dr. Evans has authored numerous articles and chapters on cognitive behavioral therapy, and studies in the areas of posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, HIV/AIDS, and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. Dr. Evans presents her research worldwide and is regularly invited to conduct lectures, seminars and workshops in the US and abroad to professionals. Her expertise has been highlighted in various popular media outlets such as CBS Nightly News, Wall Street Report, New York Times, New York Magazine, Elle, Women's Day, Lifetime and Fitness, and Women’s Health magazines. She contributes regularly to the Weill Cornell Medical College's Women's Health Advisor.
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