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.


Todd J. Farchione, Ph.D., Director

Todd J. Farchione completed his undergraduate work at Wayne State University and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. Dr. Todd Farchione is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University (BU). For over fifteen years, he has been a member of the clinical research group at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at BU (CARD). Dr. Farchione's research is focused on understanding emotion regulation processes, identifying mechanisms of change in treatment, and on developing new preventative measures and improved treatments for emotional disorders. Dr. Farchione is one of the co-developers of the UP and has collaborated with Dr. David Barlow and others on several research studies aimed at the development and evaluation of that treatment protocol. 


Elizabeth H. Eustis, Ph.D., Associate Director

Dr. Eustis completed her Bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her pre-doctoral training at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Currently, Dr. Eustis is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) where she is actively involved in several research studies using the UP, and clinical work. Dr. Eustis' research focuses on identifying mechanisms of change in evidence-based treatments for anxiety and related disorders to inform the flexible adaptation, dissemination, and implementation of these treatments in diverse contexts. She is also interested in the use of technology to increase access to evidence-based care. Dr. Eustis is excited to have the opportunity to train others in the Unified Protocol through the UP Institute. 


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. 

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, 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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