Emily Malcoun, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist

About Dr. Emily Malcoun

Dr. Emily Malcoun is a licensed clinical psychologist and nationally recognized expert in evidence-based treatment of anxiety and related disorders. She has lectured and published widely on best practice treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder,  posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma resiliency and multicultural adaptations of evidence-based psychotherapies. She is among a selected group of experts who are certified to provide training in Prolonged Exposure therapy by its developer, Dr. Edna Foa.  Her work has been featured on television and other media outlets including Al-Jazeera America segment highlighting delivery of Prolonged Exposure therapy to adolescents living with PTSD. She is also certified in Exposure and Ritual Prevention for Treatment of OCD by the Behavior Therapy Training Institute. 

Dr. Malcoun received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program under the directorship of Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, where she helped implement a ground-breaking study investigating an evidence-based treatment model for prevention of PTSD in the immediate aftermath of trauma. Dr. Malcoun also completed clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Treatment and. Study of Anxiety under the directorship of Dr. Edna Foa, where she later served as a staff psychologist.  Dr. Malcoun received a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard University, where she focused on comparative religions. She has extensive training in pastoral counseling and is a certified inter-faith hospital chaplain, a background she draws extensively from in treatment of scrupulosity OCD and working with individuals embracing post-trauma growth.

Dr. Malcoun has a private practice in Philadelphia where she is dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based, treatment to adolescents and adults living with anxiety conditions, body-focused repetitive behaviors and grief. She views access to evidence-based mental health treatment as a social justice issue and is committed to dissemination of best practice treatment to all in need. She launched an initiative with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in 2015 to train community mental health clinicians throughout the state and continues to provide training and serve as a consultant on this project.

Dr. Malcoun currently serves as the regional area clinician to the Philadelphia division of the Drug Enforcement Agency.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Trichotillomania Learning Center and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.