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Nicholas J. Sibrava

Phone: (646) 312-3833
Location: VC 4-289


Dr. Sibrava earned his B.A. from The Ohio State University in Psychology and Criminology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Following his graduate studies, Dr. Sibrava completed an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University Medical School in 2011, and was Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown before joining the faculty of Baruch College in the fall of 2014.

Dr. Sibrava’s research focuses on the factors that contribute to the cause, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. His research explores neurobiological, cognitive, developmental, interpersonal, and sociocultural variables that underlie pathological anxiety and present barriers to recovery. His recent work includes studies examining the role of race, ethnicity, and culture as risk factors for developing anxiety disorders, cognitive factors that serve to maintain pathological anxiety, and interpersonal dynamics that may facilitate or hinder recovery in psychotherapy. Dr. Sibrava has received support from the National Institute of Mental Health, and maintains an active research program in pursuit of a greater understanding of anxiety and related disorders, as well as improved interventions for these conditions.

In addition to his research, Dr. Sibrava teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Theories of Counseling, Developmental Psychopathology, Research Methods, and Clinical Assessment, and he is a member of the Mental Health Counseling Graduate Program Faculty at Baruch.

Students interested in working with Dr. Sibrava may contact him at to learn more about volunteer opportunities in his lab.


Sibrava, N.J., Boisseau, C.L., Eisen, J.L., Mancebo. M.C., & Rasmussen, S.A. (2016). An empirical investigation of incompleteness in a large clinical sample of obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 42, 45-51.

Sibrava, N.J., Beard, C., Bjornsson, A.S., Moitra, E., Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2013). Two-year course of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder in a longitudinal sample of African American adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(6), 1052-1062.

Pérez Benítez, C.I., Sibrava, N.J., Kohn-Wood, L.P., Bjornsson, A.S., Zlotnick, C., Weisberg, R.B., & Keller, M.B. (2014). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in African Americans: A two-year follow-up study. Psychiatry Research, 220(1-2), 376-383.

Sibrava, N.J., Boisseau, C.L., Mancebo, M.C., Eisen, J.L., & Rasmussen, S.A. (2011). Prevalence and clinical characteristics of mental rituals in a longitudinal clinical sample of obsessive compulsive disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 892-898.

Bjornsson, A.S., Sibrava, N.J., Beard, C., Moitra, E., Weisberg, R.B., Pérez Benítez, C.I., & Keller, M.B. (2014). Two-year course of generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and panic disorder with agoraphobia in a sample of Latino adults. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(6), 1186-1192.

Eisen, J.L., Sibrava, N.J., Boisseau, C.L., Mancebo, M.C., Stout, R.L., Pinto, A., & Rasmussen, S.A. (2013). Five-year course of obsessive-compulsive disorder: Predictors of remission and relapse. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74(3), 233-239.


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