Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Aviva Katz’s clinical interests focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments for anxiety, OCD, and mood disorders. Additionally, she specializes in treating trauma and PTSD, and is intensively trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT-Prolonged Exposure for co-occuring PTSD and emotion/behavioral dysregulation. She is passionate about dissemination of evidence-based care, and therefore enjoys working to support families of those with anxiety, as well as training and advocating with other professionals. Prior to McLean OCD Institute // Houston, Dr. Katz worked as a staff psychologist at Cognitive Behavioral Consultants in Westchester, NY, and Psychology Houston, in Houston, TX.

Expertise/Clinical and Research Interests:

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mood Disorders

Education and Fellowship:

  • D. – Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, 2016
  • A. – Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, 2013
  • S. – Psychology and Community Health, Tufts University, 2009

                Pre-doctoral Internship:

  • Pre-doctoral Intern, Westchester Jewish Community Services, 2015-2016


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cognitive Behavioral Consultants, Westchester, NY, 2016-2017

Licensure and Certifications:

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas, April 2019, License number: 38145
  • Licensed Psychologist, State of New York, July 2017, License number: 022219
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Prolonged Exposure PTSD Training, Behavior Tech, October 2017
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Training, Behavior Tech, May 2016

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • Katz A, Eubanks CF, Muran JC, Safran JD, Winston A. Patient-therapist agreement and dropout status. In Catherine F. Eubanks (Moderator), Panel presented at Society for Psychotherapy Research Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 24-28, 2015.
  • Gabbay V, Ely BA, Li Q, Bangaru SD, Panzer AM, Alonso CM, Castellanos FX, Milham MP. Striatum-based circuitry of adolescent depression and anhedonia. (2013). J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 52(6), 628-41.
  • Gabbay V, Babb JS, Klein RG, Panzer AM, Katz Y, Alonso CM, Petkova E, Wang J, Coffey BJ. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ω-3 fatty acids in Tourette’s disorder. (2012). Pediatrics, 129(6), 1493-1500.
  • Gabbay V, Mao X, Klein RG, Ely BA, Babb JS, Panzer AM, Alonso CM, Shungu DC. Anterior cingulate cortex γ-aminobutyric acid in depressed adolescents: Relationship to anhedonia. (2012). Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(2), 139-49.

Media, Honors and Awards:


  • 2013-2015 – Dr. Elizabeth and Nathan Leight Scholarship
  • 2012-2013 – CB Scholarship Fund, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology