Jasper Smits, Ph.D.
Jasper Smits received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his clinical internship at Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts General Hospital. He was on the faculty in the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University for 9 years before joining the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. The main objective of his research program is to improve the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder) and related problems (e.g., smoking, overeating, physical inactivity). Jasper has published over 150 articles, book chapters, and books. He is a member of the Scientific Council for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Therapy and Research.
Mark Powers, Ph.D.
While pursuing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Powers also completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at Boston University and Harvard Medical School and a clinical internship at the University of Washington. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands for two years studying exposure augmentation strategies. Next he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry for two years at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he focused on research in OCD and PTSD. He was then an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University for three years before joining the faculty here at the University of Texas. He currently is conducting a 5 year NIDA sponsored study of integrated PTSD and smoking cessation treatment. Dr. Powers is also the Director of Trauma Research at Baylor Scott & White running federally funded projects at two Level 1 Trauma Centers including Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and Scott & White Medical Center in Temple. Dr. Powers was certified in prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD and Exposure with Ritual Prevention for OCD at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders with Dr. Edna Foa and he was a Beck Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. He is currently the Chair of the APA Division 12 Presidential Task Force on Empirically Supported Treatment Dissemination and he conducts international workshops in EX/RP for OCD and PE for PTSD. Dr. Powers has over 120 publications including book chapters and journal articles. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Behavior Therapy.