Ali Mattu, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD). Dr. Mattu specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety disorders and body-focused repetitive behaviors such as trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder) and excoriation (skin-picking disorder). Dr. Mattu also serves as a coordinator of the Launching Emerging Adults Program at CUCARD. Dr. Mattu received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Child Study Center at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Mattu also completed training programs at the DC Department of Behavioral Health's Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Georgetown University's Counseling and Psychiatric Service, and the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. Throughout his career, Dr. Mattu has served in a variety of leadership roles in psychology. He is currently a member of the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives Leadership Team and is part of the Translational Issues in Psychological Science's Editorial Board. Previously, Dr. Mattu served on the American Psychological Association's Policy and Planning Board, the Executive Board of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association, was the Chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, was a member of the American Psychological Association Good Governance Project task force, was appointed to the New York State Psychological Association's Executive Committee, and worked on multiple Society for the Teaching of Psychology task forces. Dr. Mattu is also passionate about destigmatizing mental health and translating psychological science into practical applications. His work has appeared in several popular press websites, he is the founder of an award-winning blog, a regular presenter at conventions celebrating the popular arts, and hosts The Psych Show on YouTube.