Ali Esfandiari obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from American University and his B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently a fellow in the department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Esfandiari specializes in cognitive-behavioral interventions and other empirically-validated treatments. He is especially interested in the treatment of anxiety disorders (especially OCD-spectrum, phobias, and PTSD), body-focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., trichotillomania), addictions, ADHD, and mood disorders.
Dr. Esfandiari’s research interests are currently focused on the use of technology in enhancing the effectiveness of, and accessibility to, clinical interventions. In the past, Dr. Esfandiari has studied choice behavior, implicit cognitions, and the influence of existential concerns on behavior. He also enjoys teaching and has taught at Georgetown and George Washington Universities.
In his free time, Ali enjoys the exploring the outdoors, participating in sports (especially basketball), attempting to make music, searching the internet for random information, and having deep discussions of the existential variety.