Dr. Josh S. Spitalnick is a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (ABPP), and CEO/Practice Owner of Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, an outpatient clinic in Dunwoody, GA. In his clinical practice, Dr. Spitalnick specializes in the delivery of evidence-based interventions, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety and mood disorders, health anxiety, specific phobias, stress and trauma, medical complexities, and difficulties in relationship functioning. He works with children, adolescents and adults, families, and couples. 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), sometimes called Pure O subtypes of OCD.
Dr. Spitalnick also enjoys working with C-level executives, businesses owners, professional athletes, and tv/movie/media personalities who find themselves struggling to navigate 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. He is also the owner healthcare-focused consulting business where he advises small to medium-sized clinical practices on how to create business policies and procedures that 1) emphasize clinical efficacy and customer service, 2) increase scalability and procedural efficiency, and 3) maximize profitability for all stakeholders.
Within the clinical community, Dr. Spitalnick serves in a consulting capacity to various anxiety specialty clinics and practitioners in delivery of evidence-based intervention for anxiety and OCD. He remains active as a research scientist, developing and evaluating software technologies that disseminate evidence-based interventions. 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, PTSD/TBI, tics and body-focused repetitive behaviors, 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 also very active in the Atlanta community in various volunteer roles, having served as a Board Member for OCD Georgia (the state based affiliate to the International OCD Foundation), 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 mental health care providers in the delivery of evidence-based intervention.
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, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Self.com, 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.
Having lived in Atlanta for over 45 years, Dr. Spitalnick is passionate about his local professional and collegiate sports teams, and he no longer needs to wait around for UGA National Championship (Go Dawgs, the 2021 Nat’l Champs!!). 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 has been a percussionist for over 30 years, listens to music as much as possible, and is simply can’t get enough of his favorite band, Phish.