EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- 2000: Received MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College
- 2003: Received MS in Psychology from UGA
- 2004: Completed Internship/Residency at Boston Univ.’s Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology
- 2005: Received PhD from UGA
- 2005-2006: NIMH-funded Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Fellowship for HIV/AIDS interventions.
- 2006: Obtained License to practice in the State of GA
- 2008: Completed Certification by USUHS to provide PE to treat PTSD
- 2010: Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) to treat PTSD among IOF/OEF Service Members
- 2013: Completed BTTI Certification (general) by the IOCDF to provide ERP to treat OCD
- 2013: Board Certified (AABP) in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology
- 2014: Opened Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta (formerly Spitalnick & Associates)
- 2019: Completed BTTI Certification (Pediatric Specialty) by the IOCDF to provide ERP to treat OCD
- 2019: Completed Selective Mutism intensive training under the direction of Dr. Shelley Avny
- 2020: PSYPACT (The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact) approved to offer Telepsychology to all PSYPACT states (click here to see if your state is included)
- 2021: Completed SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) training
Josh S. Spitalnick, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (ABPP), and Owner/Clinical Director of Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, an outpatient clinic in Dunwoody, GA. In his clinical practice, Dr. Spitalnick specializes in the delivery of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat OCD, anxiety and mood disorders, health anxiety, specific phobias, stress and trauma, medical complexities, and difficulties in relationship functioning. He works with children (as young as 3) as well as adolescents and adults. He has notable subspecialties in pediatric anxiety (separation anxiety, sleep difficulties, selective mutism, phobias, etc), and OCD subtypes that are less commonly seen (harm OCD, moral scrupulosity, relationship OCD, sexual orientation OCD, etc).
The owner of two businesses (his clinical practice and a healthcare-focused software development company) and a consultant to other small healthcare companies, Dr. Spitalnick also enjoys working with C-level executives, businesses owners, professional athletes, and tv/movie/media personalities who find themselves struggling to navigate such exciting yet challenging career paths, whether its dealing with performance anxiety, the uncertainties associated with lucrative career decisions, the sense of imposter syndrome, or the common fear of failure/success.
Within the clinical community, Dr. Spitalnick serves in a consulting capacity to various anxiety specialty clinics, he presents locally and nationally on advances in CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and exposure therapy along with the science behind treating anxiety and OCD. He remains active as a research scientist specializing in developing and evaluating technology and software that emphasizes evidence-based interventions and training platforms, with current funded projects addressing Chronic Tic Disorders and training professionals who support Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Spitalnick has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on over 15 federally-funded (NIH, NIMH, CDC, USAF) interventions and programs to address a variety of important anxiety and health-related interventions, including transdiagnostic pediatric anxiety, social anxiety in youth, PTSD/TBI, STD/HIV risk prevention, weight loss, food-based allergies, sleep disorders, pain management, resilience training for healthcare workers, and substance use disorders, to name a few.
He is active in the Atlanta community in volunteer roles, serving as a Board Member for OCD Georgia (the state based affiliate to the International OCD Foundation), co-chair of mental health initiatives at local religious and educational organizations, and he holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Emory University’s School of Medicine where he trains physicians and other health care providers in the delivery of CBT.
Dr. Spitalnick has been a featured expert on The OCD Stories for Health Anxiety and for Understanding OCD in Children, Natasha Daniel’s (LCSW) Anxious Toddlers Parenting Survival Network, the International OCD Foundation’s OCD/COVID-19 Online Townhall for OCD, Social Isolation, and Social Anxiety, Chrissie Hodges’s OCD Gamechangers Fireside Chats, Uppercut, ABC News, Fox 5 News, NBC News, London Times, American Medical News, The Times-Georgian, The Discovery Channel’s Brink Series, NPR: The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Emory Magazine, American Psychological Association’s Webcast Portal, 11alive.com, myfoxatlanta.com, CNN.com, ScienceDaily.com, PsychCentral.com, Orlando Sentinel, and a variety of other local, regional, and national print, television, and online media outlets.
Dr. Spitalnick is also the co-host of Shrinking the Issues, a LIVE mental health podcast tackling real topics with science, compassion, and lots of laughter. Each episode brings the listening audience to the discussion, answering real questions from real people, hoping to provide sound guidance and professional insights with the hope of simply making “tomorrow…a little bit easier.” It airs LIVE every Tuesday night, 8pm EST via the podbean app, and available for listen after the show on Podbean or Apple Podcasts.
Having lived in Atlanta for over 40 years, Dr. Spitalnick is passionate about his local professional and collegiate sports teams (Go Dawgs!!), and he’s hoping for a championship sometime soon. He loves stand-up comedy and has followed the best of the best in stand-up since his teenage years (Ellen Degeneres is his all time favorite and having lunch with her remains on his very short bucket list). Dr. Spitalnick is a percussionist of over 30 years, listens to music as much as time permits, and is major follower of the band Phish.