Dr. DeCola received a doctorate in clinical psychology at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he worked with Dr. Michelle Craske at The Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Research Program. He completed an internship at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital where he served on the staff of the OCD Day Treatment Clinic and The Anxiety Disorders Clinic. While at UCLA, he was awarded an Individual Postdoctoral Research Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for his work developing a cognitive-behavioral treatment for Irritable Bowel Disorder based on the successful cognitive-behavioral treatment for Panic Disorder.
Prior to the clinical doctoral program at UCLA, Dr. DeCola received his first Ph.D. in Biological Psychology from The University at Albany of the State University of New York. In that program, he studied learning theory and his research focused on the Pavlovian conditioning of fear. He accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Neuroscience at UCLA’s Brain Research Institute to pursue research on the neuroanatomical structures that support fear learning.
In 2000, Dr. DeCola became a licensed clinical psychologist in the State of Ohio, started a private practice, and in 2003 he was appointed as the Director of Clinical Services for the Anxiety & Stress Disorders Clinic located in the Department of Psychology at The Ohio State University (OSU). He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the OSU Department of Psychiatry and teaches in their psychiatry resident training program. In 2010, he closed his practice to accept the Clinic Director position at the PSC. He maintains memberships in the American Psychological Association and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.