Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Mark Powers


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Psychology Research Associate Professor
Mark Powers

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Interests


Nature, causes, and treatment of PTSD and other Anxiety and Substance Use Disorders

Biography


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.  He is also leading a funded project on Virtual Reality for pain reduction at Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Dr. Powers is also the Director of Trauma Research at Baylor Scott & White running federally funded projects (NIH & DoD) at two Level I 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 Behaviour Therapy.