Ashley Arens, Ph.D., joined UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic as a Postdoctoral Fellow in August, 2012. As a clinician for the Trauma Management Therapy Program, Dr. Arens conducts comprehensive assessments, implements individual treatment sessions using virtual-reality exposure therapy, and co-leads group treatment sessions.
Dr. Arens received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota in August, 2012. During her graduate studies, she received comprehensive training in the assessment and treatment of a range of disorders within various clinical settings, including inpatient behavioral health, adolescent residential substance use, community mental health, and university-based psychological services. As a LEND fellow, she received specialized training focused on leadership in interdisciplinary settings. She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In addition to clinical work, Dr. Arens has published research in scholarly journals and presented at national conferences. Her primary research interests focus on emotional dysregulation and associations between trauma and risky behaviors, including nonsuicidal self-injury and substance use.