Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard


Follow links below to interviews & appearances:

New York Times How to manage a carsick kid
Philadelphia Inquirer
philly.com Healthy Kids Blog
logo_LA times.png
Teen Vogue | The Anxiety Files: A Look Inside Girls' Real-Life Struggles—and How They Deal
BBC News: Better than a spoonful of sugar
BBC News Mundo 3 tips for parents of picky children at lunchtime
NBC10: Easing Back-to-School Anxiety
CBS Philly: Coping With Back-To-School Anxiety
6abc: Raising Healthy Kids - Picky Eating
KYW1060: Coping With Back-To-School Anxiety
Failure is no big deal...when you don't know what failure is
food psychology picky eaters new york magazine science of us
Failure is no big deal...when you don't know what failure is
Contemporary Pediatrics: Overcoming food phobia
Medscape from WebMD: Overcoming Injection Fears
Main Line Times

Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard is Founder and Director of Brave is Better LLC. She is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. She focuses her efforts on the promotion of evidence-based psychotherapy via her clinical practice, speaking and writing, and consultation and training.


Dr. Dahlsgaard specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety and related disorders.  She was previously the Founder and Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (ABC) and the Picky Eaters Clinic in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.


Dr. Dahlsgaard also serves as a media expert, educator, writer, lecturer, and keynote speaker.  She regularly writes columns for The Philadelphia Inquirer on topics related to mental health and serves on their Health Advisory Panel. Dr. Dahlsgaard was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychology Association's 2017 Psychology in the Media award, the 2019 Friend of PA School Nurses Award, and the 2019 CHOP Psychology Internship Teaching Award.

If you are interested in the Scales of Food Allergy Anxiety (SOFAA), they can be downloaded here.

As a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and New York, Dr. Dahlsgaard is also able to provide teletherapy services to clients located in those states at the time of service.


She has also met all requirements for the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) and is able to provide teletherapy under the authority of PSYPACT in the following participating states (client must be located in one of these states at the time of service):

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia

Recent speaking engagements


Positive Parenting Strategies for Less Worrying and More Connection​

Presented to the Agnes Irwin School in partnership with the Radnor Township School District PTOS/PTSA

The ABCs of ZZZs: How Sleep Deprivation Impairs the Quality of Your Work & Life

Corporate talk, Arkema Corp. Headquarters

King of Prussia, PA


Less Worry, More Joy: Applying the Research of Positive Psychology to Enjoying Your Money and Your Retirement

Corporate talk, von Borstel & Associates

Portland, OR

Sleep and the Adolescent Brain

Invited speaker / panelist, Radnor Township School District with the Radnor League of Women Voters

Making it Easier to Swallow: How to Treat Extreme Picky Eating / ARFID with CBT

Workshop, Pennsylvania Psychological Assoc. Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA

Mailing List

Join Dr. Dahlsgaard's mailing list for updates on blog posts, resources, upcoming events, and slides from her most recent talk.