Background

Dr. Cary has over 20 years of clinical experience in academic health centers.  In her DC private practice, she helps adults learn to better self-manage their anxiety or moods, stress-related conditions, or chronic medical illnesses. She’s an adjunct faculty member of USUHS, a member of the Georgetown University Sleep Disorder Center team, and she’s developing the Total Fitness project with George Mason faculty (initially presented at APA by invitation of the APA President).

From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Cary directed Clinical Skills – a unique 2-year long course for civilian and military graduate students at the National Simulation Center. This course was identified as meeting the gold standard for training treatment and supervision skills. The National Training Coordinator of Army Psychology Programs invited Dr. Cary to train Army Internship faculty in her training methods. And, she was invited to present the Clinical Skills course at the 2011 meeting of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology.

For nearly a decade, Dr. Cary was at Georgetown University Medical Center, where she began as a postdoctoral fellow in Behavioral Medicine. As Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Internal Medicine, she directed the Biofeedback Lab and trained medical residents while working with patients from the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinics, Pain Clinic, Cardiac Rehab, and Sleep Disorders Center. Patients were also referred by Ob-Gyn (e.g., fertility), Gastroenterology (e.g., Acid Reflux), Neurology (e.g., Headache, MS), Rheumatology (e.g., Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue), and Internal Medicine (e.g., stress-related illness). Also, associated with Georgetown’s Lombardi Cancer Center, Dr. Cary supervised clinicians in smoking cessation studies.

Dr. Cary joined the Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center, when it was at Georgetown University. There, she led CBT groups* in which people with fibromyalgia (chronic pain & fatigue) were 3 times more likely to gain significant function than controls – at 1 year post treatment. She also helped develop the CBT manual for treating Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses for the national multi-site trial. That study was the primary basis for recommending CBT as part of the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Chronic Pain & Fatigue.

Dr. Cary completed her Internship in Physical Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital (led by a co-founder of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis) and completed her Doctor of Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. While finishing her doctoral research (studying anger and headaches), Dr. Cary was a school psychologist in Fairfax County Schools. Previously, she was the Personnel Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center for the State of Florida when it was at the University of Miami.

*Improving Physical Functional Status in Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Brief Cognitive Behavioral Intervention; Journal of Rheumatology 2002; 29:1280-6.

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