Starting at the NOATC in July 2020
Dr. Judy Mier-Chairez is a postdoctoral associate who has worked with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a broad range of difficulties, with emphasis on anxiety and related disorders. Dr. Mier-Chairez is bilingual, with native fluency in English and Spanish, and is passionate about making psychological services accessible to those with different language backgrounds. Her research has been in cultural factors related to anxiety disorders and she co-authored a book chapter adapting OCD treatment for work with Latinx individuals.
Dr. Mier-Chairez received a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado and her Masters of Science and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Texas Health San Antonio. She has worked in many different settings including a refugee health center, a primary care clinic, and a community mental health center.
Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Mier-Chairez worked in a senior adult day program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She primarily uses a Cognitive Behavioral framework for treatment, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Exposure andResponse Prevention (ERP). She also uses Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) andMindfulness-based skills as needed. Dr. Mier-Chairez infuses self-compassion in treatment, recognizing there is room for both acceptance and striving for change. Her favorite part of the job is watching individuals conquer their fears and gain new confidence in their abilities.
In her free time, Dr. Mier-Chairez enjoys reading and listening to murder mysteries, watching football (or whatever sport is on tv!), and playing with her 3-year-old Boxer, Bailey Ray.