Rebecca L. Gladding, M.D. is a UCLA-trained psychiatrist specializing in anxiety and depression who recently completed a year as an Attending Psychiatrist, Clinical Instructor and Medical Director of the UCLA Adult Inpatient Eating Disorders Program. She has been featured on television in A&E’s critically acclaimed series Obsessed and in print for Cosmo, Forbes, New York Post and The Huffington Post. She writes articles for Psychology Today and has been interviewed by numerous radio programs across the country, including You The Owners Manual Radio, Dr. Radio and many NPR affiliates.
Dr. Gladding graduated from the UCLA Psychiatry Residency Program in 2009, completing her final year in the prestigious position of Program Chief Resident. She received her M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa upon receiving her B.S. in Biological Chemistry from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She loves to teach and has been honored with several teaching awards.
For the past three years, Dr. Gladding has focused her clinical work on anxiety and how people often misunderstand this vital emotion. As a believer that anxiety is a helpful signal often alerting us that a deeper emotion is trying to reach the surface, Dr. Gladding focuses on teaching people how to recognize anxiety and use it to identify erroneous negative thoughts (i.e., deceptive brain messages) so that they can uncover and express their true emotions and live a life free from these unwanted, unhelpful intruders. She has been studying how emotional states affect physical health and well-being – and vice versa – for years and spent six months at the University of Washington as a Psychosomatic Fellow.
Dr. Gladding has been working with Dr. Schwartz since 1999 and shares his philosophy that the mind can change the brain. She is an expert in deceptive brain messages, mindfulness, anxiety and the Four Steps and regularly teaches people how to apply the Four Steps to their lives and relationships.