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Cindy Aaronson

  • ASSISTANT CLINICAL PROFESSOR Psychiatry, Mood and Personality Disorders
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  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University

  • Master of Science, Columbia University School of Social Work

  • Bachelors of Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa


    Clinical Interests:
    Panic Disorder
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder



Co-investigator, NIMH 1R01-MH071827

The aim of this project is to understand the amygdala and prefrontal cortex in panic disorder patients as compared to a normal population in both states of anticipatory anxiety and panic through PET imaging.

Principal Investigator, NARSAD Young Investigators Award

The aim of this project is to understand the amygdala and prefrontal cortex in panic disorder patients in both states of anticipatory anxiety and panic after successful treatment with cognitive behavior therapy through PET imaging.


Aaronson CJ, Shear MK, Goetz RR, Allen LB, Barlow DH, White KS, Ray S, Money R, Saksa JR, Woods SW, Gorman JM. Predictors and time course of response among panic disorder patients treated with CBT. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2008; 69: 418-424.

Aaronson CJ, Katzman GP, Gorman JM. Combination pharmacothery and psychotherapy for the treatment of major depression and anxiety disorders. In: Nathan PE, Gorman JM, editors. A guide to treatments that work, 3rd ed.

Garakani A, Buchsbaum MS, Newmark RE, Goodman C, Aaronson CJ, Martinez JM, Torosjan Y, Gorman JM. The effect of doxapram on brain imaging in patients with panic disorder. European Neuropsychopharmacology 2007; 17: 672-686.

Aaronson CJ, Bender DS, Skodol AE, Gunderson JG. Comparison of attachment styles in borderline personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder. Psychiatric Quarterly 2006; 77(1): 69-80.

Garakani A, Aaronson CJ, Martinez JM, Buchsbaum MS, Gorman JM. The effect of cognitive behavioral therapy on brain imaging and neuroendocrine responses in patients with panic disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology 2004; 29(Suppl 1): S145.

Aaronson CJ. Separation Anxiety Disorder in Adults with Borderline Personality Disorder. (Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 2001) [abstract]. Dissertation Abstracts International. 2002; 62:.

Fyer AJ, Mannuzza S, Gallops M, Martin LY, Aaronson C, E. Familial Transmission of Simple Phobias and Fears. Archives of General Psychiatry 1990; 47: 252-256.

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Dr. Aaronson did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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