About Me

Hi there, and welcome!

Please let me tell you the point of this blog. Once per week I’ll write an article on anxiety to bring the latest research to you. I am doing this for myself, as it’s a good way to learn, but also to help others who want to know more. I hope it’s at least a little helpful.

My name is Daniel O’Rourke, Ph.D. I’m a licensed clinical psychologist at the Evidence-Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS), working in the Child Anxiety Center and Eating Disorder Center. I hold adjunct faculty and lecturer positions at the University of Washington Clinical Psychology Program, where I also regularly supervise the clinical graduate students.

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I completed my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Bath, England. There, I received First Class Honors, in addition to the Codamotion award for the School of Health, and the University of Bath Sport Psychology Award. After my studies there, I initially wanted to be a sports psychologist, particularly in areas of youth athlete performance enhancement, anxiety, and motivation. As such, I pursued a career in clinical psychology in order to apply clinical interventions in the sporting domain.

I was lucky enough to earn acceptance to the clinical psychology Ph.D program at the University of Washington in the USA, considered to be the leading program in the country. I graduated in 2015, with extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Family-Based Therapies. I focused my clinical work around adolescents and adults with anxiety and eating disorders, and with college athletes for sport psychology interventions. My research focused on the role of parents in youth athlete well-being, and my dissertation examined factors related to prolonged recovery following a concussion in athletes. I published my dissertation in the journal Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology and it won the 2017 Paper of the Year Award for Division 47 of the American Psychological Association.

I completed my pre-doctoral internship in child clinical psychology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center through the University of Washington Medical Center. That was a really cool year, and by the end I was awarded the John E. Carr Award for Outstanding Achievement in Empirically-Supported Psychotherapies.

Following this, I began my postdoctoral fellowship at EBTCS in child and adolescent anxiety disorders. I completed the program in 2016 and continued on as a clinical staff member. It is here that I really immersed myself in conducting evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders, and where the idea of this website began. I have been worried for a long time about the lack of implementation of evidence-based treatment in the field of psychology and I decided that I could begin a site dedicated to reviewing articles and guidelines for treatment, in addition to discussing concerns that I have in this field. The idea is to encourage readers to think about these ideas and hopefully promote a critical understanding of the research to date.

Happy reading and thanks again for visiting!


Contact me at danny@knowinganxiety.com