Dr. Michael R.
Petronko (Ph.D., Florida State) joined the faculty of the Graduate
School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers
as research professor and Director of the Anxiety
Disorders Clinic (ADC) in 1992. The ADC is a major training/research
clinic for Rutgers University graduate students. He is a Diplomat
in Clinical Psychology of the American
Psychological Association and Fellow of the American
Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).
Dr. Petronko served
from 1976-1991 as Director of the Division of Psychological Services
at Farleigh Dickinson University, where he also held the rank of
Professor. Between 1971-1976, he was Chief Psychologist of the American
Institute for Mental Studies. During graduate school, Dr. Petronko
received a Veterans Administration (VA) Fellowship, and subsequently
received one of the first federal grants awarded to a non-VA facility
to provide readjustment counseling to Viet Nam Veterans. He has
maintained an active research, training and clinical interest in
evidence-based treatments, especially cognitive behavioral treatments,
of anxiety disorders for 40 years. Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum
Disorders (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), especially
resulting from War, have represented specialties; with Body Dysmorphic
Disorder (BDD), Hoarding, and Trichotillomania representing subspecialties.