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Josh Cisler, PhD

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University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, PhD, Clinical Psychology

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MA, Clinical Psychology


Clinical Internship, Traumatic Stress, National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center/Medical University of South Carolina

Fellowship, fMRI Methodology and Computational and Network Approaches to Imaging Analysis, Brain Imaging Research Center/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Biography and Education

Clinical Biography

Josh Cisler, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in UT Health Austin’s Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. He specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other traumatic stress-related symptoms in adults, primarily using treatment modalities of exposure therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Additionally, Dr. Cisler is an associate professor in both the Dell Medical School Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and The University of Texas at Austin Department of Psychology’s Clinical Psychology Graduate Program.

Dr. Cisler earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Louis University and his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where his research focused on emotional and cognitive mechanisms that mediate anxiety disorders. He completed a clinical internship in the treatment of traumatic stress-related mental health disorders at the National Crime Victim Research and Treatment Center/Medical University of South Carolina, where his research focused on understanding risk factors for psychopathology following assaultive events (e.g., physical and sexual assault). He also completed a fellowship in fMRI methodology and computational and network approaches to imaging analysis at the Brain Imaging Research Center/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Cisler previously served on the faculty of the Brain Imaging Research Center as well as the University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Psychiatry. His current research interests include neuroimaging, computational modeling, exercise, pharmacology, and clinical trials methodology to understand core psychopathology mechanisms among individuals experiencing traumatic stress-related symptoms and to identify and enhance core mechanisms of treatment for traumatic stress-related symptoms.

Board Certification

  • Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Licensed Psychologist

Awards & Honors

  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Foundation
  • Travel Awardee, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology



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