Muniya Khanna, Ph.D.

Dr. Khanna is a clinical psychologist specializing in CBT for anxiety disorders and OCD. She is Founder and Director of the OCD & Anxiety Institute in Pennsylvania and Research Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Prior to this, Dr. Khanna held a faculty position at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychiatry at the Child and Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich, and Anxiety Group (“COTTAGe”). She has been involved in some of the most important research in the field of child anxiety in the last 15 years, including the Child and Adolescent Multimodal Study (CAMS; Walkup et al., 2008), Pediatric OCD Treatment Study (POTS II; Franklin et al. 2011), and Family-based Treatment of Early Childhood OCD (POTS Jr.; Freeman et al., 2014) trials.

She is currently conducting 2 large-scale clinical trials, funded by NIH and NICHD, focused on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for anxiety in urban public schools. In addition to her research, she is a mentor and CBT instructor to residents, fellows, and a wide range of mental health professionals. She has over 20 years of clinical and research experience in the treatment of anxiety and OC-Spectrum disorders.

Dr. Khanna is a pioneer in web-based mental health research for anxiety disorders. In partnership with her mentor, Dr. Philip Kendall, she developed and tested Camp Cope-A-Lot, one of the first empirically-supported computer-assisted treatment programs for anxious youth, and CBT4CBT: Computer-based training in CBT for anxious youth, a computer-based training program for clinicians interested in becoming proficient in CBT for child anxiety. Most recently Drs. Khanna and Kendall have developed, Child Anxiety Tales, an empirically-supported online parent-training program for parents of anxious youth, along with, a free informational website for parents and professionals who work with anxious youth and their families.

She is author of numerous research articles, chapters, treatment manuals, and computer programs for the treatment of childhood anxiety disorders. She is author of “The Worry Workbook For Kids” with Dr. Deborah Ledley and co-author with Dr. Phil Kendall, of The CAT Project treatment manual for CBT for anxiety in adolescents.

Among her professional activities, she is Associate Editor of the journal Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, on the review board of the Journal of Evidence-based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, serves on the Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (ABCT) CE committee, and has previously served on the board of Division 53 Society for Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology of the APA and the APA Continuing Education Committee, and as Leader of the Child Anxiety Special Interest Group of ABCT.

Dr. Khanna graduated with Honors in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University under the mentorship of Dr. Philip Kendall, completed her pre-doctoral training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and her postdoctoral NIH-sponsored fellowship at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons.


My Partner Websites

  • A website with resources for parents and those working with children with anxiety.
  • Dr. Khanna's clinic website. Find information about services, scheduling, and directions.
  • The Children's and Adult's Center for OCD and Anxiety is a group of therapists with expertise in the treatment of anxiety and OCD - one of the most respected outpatient clinics in the country.

Books and Other Media:

Selected Research Publications:

  • Khanna, M.S., Carper, M.M., Harris, M.S., Kendall, P.C. (2017). Web-based parent-training for parents of youth with impairment from anxiety. Evidence-based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health, 2, 43-53.
  • Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Kerns, C.E., Miguel, E., Coxe, S., Elkins, R.M., Carpenter, A.L., Cornacchio, D., Cooper-Vince, C.E., DeSerisy, M., Chou, T., Sanchez, A.L., Khanna, M., Franklin, M.E., Garcia, A.M., & Freeman, J.B. (2016). Internet-delivered, family-based treatment for early-onset OCD: A pilot randomized trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
  • Eiraldi, R., Khanna, M., Jawad, A.F., Fishman, J. et al. (2016). A hybrid effectiveness-implementation cluster randomized trial of group CBT for anxiety in urban schools: rationale, design, and methods. Implementation science, 11:92.
  • Khanna, M.S. & Kendall, P.C. (2015). Bringing Technology to Training: The argument for computer-based training to promote the development of competent cognitive-behavioral therapists. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, Special Issue, 22(3), 291-301. DOI:
  • Eiraldi, R., McCurdy, B., Khanna, M., Mautone, J., Jawad, A.F., et al. (2014). A cluster randomized trial to evaluate external support for the implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports by school personnel. Implementation science, 9:12.
  • Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Kerns, C.E., Miguel, E., Coxe, S., Elkins, R.M., Carpenter, A.L., Cornacchio, D., Cooper-Vince, C.E., DeSerisy, M., Chou, T., Sanchez, A.L., Khanna, M., Franklin, M.E., Garcia, A.M., & Freeman, J.B. (2014). Internet-delivered, family-based treatment for early-onset OCD: A pilot randomized trial. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43(1), 74-87.
  • Kendall, P. C., Carper, M. M., Khanna, M. S., & Harris, M. S. (2014). Computer technology and children’s mental health. In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (eds.) R. Scott and S. Kosslyn. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Khanna, M.S., Kerns, C.M., Carper, M.M. (2014). Internet-Based Dissemination and Implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Child Anxiety. In R.S. Beidas and P.C. Kendall (Eds), Child and adolescent therapy: Dissemination and implementation of empirically supported treatments. New York, NY: Oxford.
  • Freeman, J., Sapyta, J., Garcia, A., Compton, S., Khanna, M., Flessner, C., Fitzgerald, D., Mauro, C., Dingfelder, R., Benito, K., Harrison, J., Curry, J., Foa, E., March, J., Moore, P., Franklin,M. (2014). Family based treatment of early childhood OCD: The Pediatric OCD Treatment Study Junior (POTS Jr.) Randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. Published online April 23, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.170. Retrieved from:
  • Comer, J.S., Furr, J.M., Cooper-Vince, C.E., Kerns, C.E., Chan, P.T., Edson, A.L., Khanna, M., Franklin, M., Garcia, A.M., Freeman, J.B. (2014). Internet-delivered, family-based treatment for early-onset OCD: A preliminary case series. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology, 43(1), 74-87.
  • Beidas, R.S., Mychailyszyn, M., Edmunds, J., Khanna, M., Downey, M., & Kendall, P. (2012). Training school mental health providers to deliver cognitive-behavioral therapy. School Mental Health, 4, 197-206. doi: 10.1007/s12310-012-9074-0
  • Franklin, M., Sapyta, J., Freeman, J., Khanna, M., Compton, S., Almirall, D., Moore, P., Choate-Summers, M., Garcia, A., Foa, E., March, J. (2011). Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Augmentation of Pharmacotherapy in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Pediatric OCD Treatment Study II (POTS II) Randomized, Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 306(11):1224-32. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.1344.
  • Kendall, P.C., Khanna, M.S., Edson, A.E., Cummings, C., and Harris, M.S. (2011). Computers and psychosocial treatment for child anxiety: Recent advances. Depression and Anxiety, 28(1), 58-66. doi: 10.1002/da.20757
  • Khanna, M.S. & Kendall, P.C. (2010). Computer-assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy for child anxiety: Results of a randomized clinical trial, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(5): 737-745. doi: 10.1037/a0019739
  • Khanna, M.S. & Kendall, P.C. (2009). Exploring the role of parent-training in the treatment of childhood anxiety, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(5): 981-986. doi: 10.1037/a0016920
  • Lewin, A. B., Piacentini, J. C., Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., Moore, P., Khanna, M., March, J. S., Stein, D. J., & The Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory Board TLC-SAB (2009). Child trichotillomania: Evaluating depression, anxiety, and functional impairment. Depression and Anxiety, 26(6): 521-527. url:
  • Keuthen, N. J., Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Piacentini, J. C., Khanna, M., Moore, P., Tolin, D. F., Cashin, S. E., & the Trichotillomania Learning Center Scientific Advisory Board (2008). Parent-child concordance ratings for clinical symptomatology and functional impairment in trichotillomania. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 30(4): 337-353. doi: 10.1080/07317100802483215
  • Khanna, M.S., & Kendall, P.C. (2008). Computer Assisted CBT for Child Anxiety: Development of the Coping Cat CD Rom. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, Special Issue, 15: 159-165. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpra.2008.02.002
  • Khanna, M.S., Aschenbrand, S.G., & Kendall, P.C. (2007). New Frontiers: Computer technology in the assessment and treatment of anxious youth. The Behavior Therapist, 30(1), 22-25.
  • Khanna, M.S., Franklin, M.E., Keuthen, N.J. (2007, March 1). Trichotillomania: Phenomenology and Treatment Interventions., Weekly Update, 24. Retrieved March 15, 2007, from

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