Meet Our Trainers

All of our trainers are either authors on the published UP manual or received their training directly from the authors while in residency at our Center for at least two years. All trainers are certified as experts in the delivery of this protocol.

UP Institute Leadership

David BarlowDavid H. Barlow, Ph.D., ABPP.

David H. Barlow completed his undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame and received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969. Throughout his long career, he has become a leading expert in cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of anxiety and related emotional disorders, having published over 575 articles and 75 books and clinical manuals on this topic. Dr. Barlow has also dedicated his career to training others in empirically supported treatments. He founded clinical psychology internship programs at both the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Brown University. While at the University at Albany, SUNY, Dr. Barlow established the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic, where many of his clinical protocols were developed and tested. When Dr. Barlow moved to Boston University in 1996, he founded the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, a world-renowned clinic for cutting edge cognitive-behavioral treatment of emotional disorders. Over the past decade, Dr. Barlow and his colleagues developed the Unified Protocol in response to emerging research on the nature of anxiety and related disorders, or emotional disorders.


Shannon Sauer-ZavalaShannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D. Director

Shannon Sauer-Zavala completed BA in psychology from Gettysburg College and her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical training at Duke University Medical Center where she specialized in cognitive-behavioral interventions for individuals with severe mental illness and chronic medical problems. From there, Dr. Sauer-Zavala moved to Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders to complete her post-doctoral fellowship under Dr. Barlow’s mentorship in order to further enhance her CBT skills and to train in the UP. Dr. Sauer-Zavala was promoted to faculty in BU’s Department of Psychology and currently divides her time between her research, clinical work, and dissemination efforts. Dr. Sauer-Zavala enjoys training others in research-supported psychological treatments, particularly the UP, through her faculty role in BU’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program, as well as through the UP Institute’s workshops and certification programs. Her research is focused on identifying factors that maintain symptoms across broad classes of disorders and using this information to streamline treatment for commonly co-occurring diagnoses. She is especially interested in developing/refining treatments for borderline personality disorder with comorbid mood and anxiety disorders.


Hannah BoettcherJulianne Wilner, M.A. Assistant Director

Julianne Wilner is a graduate student in Boston University’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program. After receiving her B.A. in psychology from Boston University in 2013, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hosptial's Behavioral Medicine Service where she gained experience in clinical research and treatment at the intersection of mental health and chronic illness. Her research interests include investigating mechanisms that maintain symptoms in emotional disorders, and the development, implementation, and evaluation of transdiagnostic, cognitive-behavioral treatments targeting these mechanisms. She is specifically interested in understanding the overlap amongst anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors. As Assistant Director, Julianne coordinates training workshops for therapists looking to bring the UP to their clinical practice. She also assists Dr. Sauer-Zavala with the management of the UP Institute, including communications with providers, coordinating the UP training team, and administrative duties. As a graduate student clinician at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Julianne delivers the UP to patients and helps to train other graduate student clinicians in delivering the Unified Protocol. Julianne also works with interested consumers to answer questions and connect them to effective care.


Unified Protocol Institute Expert Trainers

Christina L. Boisseau, Ph.D.

James F. Boswell, Ph.D. 

Laren Conklin, Ph.D.

Kristen K. Ellard, Ph.D.

Jill Ehrenreich May, Ph.D. (Child and Adolescent Applications)

Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D. 

Matt W. Gallagher, Ph.D. 

Heather M. Latin, Ph.D. 


Graduate-Level Training Assistants

Depending on the size and scope of the workshop, advanced graduate students may assist licensed Ph.D. level trainers in order to facilitate the delivery of the training experience. All training assistants are under the mentorship of Dr. Barlow and are certified as experts in the delivery of the UP.

UP Graduate-Level Training Assistants


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