Richard J. McNally
Research interests: Network analyses of psychopathology, cognitive biases in social anxiety disorder, cognitive biases in obsessive-compulsive disorder
Professor McNally received his B.S. in psychology from Wayne State University in 1976, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982. He completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Behavior Therapy Unit, Department of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine. In 1984 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the UHS/The Chicago Medical School where he established the Anxiety Disorders Clinic and directed the university counseling center. He moved to Harvard in 1991 as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Professor in 1995.
Professor McNally’s main research emphasis has concerned the psychopathology of anxiety and related disorders (e.g., panic disorder, specific phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD], social anxiety disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder), especially the cognitive abnormalities constitutive of these syndromes. Current lines of work in his lab include laboratory studies on information-processing biases in OCD, social anxiety disorder, and complicated grief; the cognitive and emotional benefits of physical exercise; and network analyses of PTSD, OCD, and depression.