Wilson honored for advocacy work on anxiety disorders

Reid Wilson, PhD, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine, was honored this week with the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the highest honor in the field of anxiety disorders.

Wilson honored for advocacy work on anxiety disorders click to enlarge Reid Wilson, PhD

The award, which was named for ADAA co-founder and former president Jerilyn Ross, is given to a health care professional who “exemplifies excellence and outstanding advocacy for patient education and care, training, and research.” Dr. Wilson is only the second recipient of this award.

“I am so grateful for this recognition,” Dr. Wilson said. “I made a pledge to myself at 16-years old to help others who struggle. To now be recognized for a lifetime of service feels like I’ve fulfilled that commitment.”

During his 30-year career, Dr. Wilson has dedicated his work to developing self-help strategies for anxiety disorders, including in 2001 the creation of the website anxieties.com, which offers free information, tools, and resources for people seeking help. The site sees 500,000 unique visitors a year. He is the author or co-author of four self-help books, the latest of which is called Playing with Anxiety: Casey’s Guide for Teens and Kids. He is currently the director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center of Durham and Chapel Hill.

Dr. Wilson, who has offered training throughout the world in the treatment of anxiety, volunteers as the expert for WebMD’s Anxiety & Panic Community. He also designed and served as lead psychologist for American Airlines’ first national program for the fearful flier. And for 12 years, Dr. Wilson served on the Board of Directors of the ADAA.

Dr. Wilson received the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award at the ADAA annual conference in Chicago.

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