Dr. Welch works with children, adolescents, and adults in the Child Anxiety Center and Anxiety Center. She is Co-Director of the Child Anxiety Center. She is also a Founding Member of EBTCS.
About Dr. Welch
In 2005, Dr. Welch started what now comprises the Anxiety Center and Child Anxiety Center at EBTCS. She has extensive training and experience treating anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also specializes in body-focused repetitive behaviors, including hair pulling and skin picking, and works with clients suffering from panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and worry, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), separation anxiety, stress-related conditions, and health anxiety. The majority of Dr. Welch’s current clinical practice is within the Child Anxiety Center.
Dr. Welch received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Occidental College in Los Angeles. After completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Welch was active in research on self-esteem in children and received a Ford Foundation grant focused on children’s mental health within the LA School System. She worked on several federally-funded research projects at the UCLA Medical Center and also served as a school counselor in a K-8 school. Dr. Welch completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Washington and completed postdoctoral training at the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine.
Dr. Welch is on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, as well as the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has been actively involved in several academic research projects (including the large, multi-site anxiety in primary care research study Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management, or “CALM” study) and has published in peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology and JAMA. Dr. Welch is active in training and consulting both locally and nationally. She also serves on the clinical advisory board of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) and the scientific advisory board of Valant Medical Solutions.
Dr. Welch is a member of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, (ADAA), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), and Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC). She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington.
Presentations and Publications
Dr. Welch is actively involved in research projects at EBTCS and previously served at the Director of Research at EBTCS. For a full list of Dr. Welch’s publications and presentations, click here.
Dr. Welch in the News
- Ross Reynolds from National Public Radio (NPR) sits down with Dr. Welch and discusses where fears come from, how fear can help or hurt us and how to overcome fears.