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About Dr. Dahlsgaard

Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D., ABPP is Founder and Director of Brave is Better - Consulting and Therapy. She focuses her efforts on the promotion of evidence-based psychotherapy via her clinical practice, speaking and writing, and consultation and training. She was previously the Founder and Clinical Director of the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic and the Picky Eaters Clinic in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She was also the co-founder and co-director of the Food Allergy Bravery Clinic at CHOP's Food Allergy Center. She developed the Scale of Food Allergy Anxiety, which can be downloaded for free for research and clinical use here. Her research on treatment of food allergy anxiety was published here.


Dr. Dahlsgaard is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania and New York with expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for children, adolescents, and young adults. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly Social Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder, and generalized fears. Dr. Dahlsgaard also frequently treats children with disorders that commonly present with anxiety, such as sleep problems and food selectivity ("picky eating").

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 telepsychology 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, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Dr. Dahlsgaard has an extensive background in research. She worked for two years with Dr. Aaron T. Beck on an NIH funded study of suicide prediction and prevention, led treatment groups on studies of depression prevention in school-aged children, led parent groups in a treatment study of anxiety in adolescents, and directed a longitudinal study investigating character strengths and their relation to well-being among middle school students. While at NYU's Child Study Center, Dr. Dahlsgaard led empirically-supported group therapy treatments of social phobia for adolescents. At CHOP, she directed multiple clinics, developed treatments for picky eating and food allergy fears, supervised interns and fellows, and taught courses on CBT.


A recipient of a National Science Foundation Fellowship award, Dr. Dahlsgaard is a frequent lecturer and guest speaker and has published widely in scientific journals, books, and mainstream media on the topics of child development, psychopathology, mental health, and human virtue. She was formerly Assistant Professor of Psychology at the Chestnut Hill College School of Professional Psychology and has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on human development, child psychopathology, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.


Dr. Dahlsgaard received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude and with honors in psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She completed her Psychology Internship at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at New York University's Child Study Center.

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