Dr. Curtis Hsia is a Southern California native who attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree in psychology where he began clinical experience working with children with autism with Dr. Ivar Lovaas. Reluctantly leaving Orange County, he attended Hofstra University, where he earned his doctoral degree in a combined clinical and school psychology program. While there, he interned with Dr. Neziroglu and Dr. Yaryura-Tobias, both researching and treating OCD. Dr. Hsia wrote and presented several peer reviewed articles and learned the intricacies of cognitive behavioral therapy, and in particular, exposure and response prevention. He furthered his skills and training with Dr. David Barlow at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders as a postdoctoral fellow where he primarily focused on Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia and the intensive treatment programs for panic disorder and specific phobias.
Dr. Hsia then returned to California and held a professorship at Azusa Pacific University as well as several other posts, including Chair of Undergraduate Research and Assistant Chair of the Psychology Department. In 2012, he opened the Anxiety Research Center, which is now known as the Orange County Anxiety Center. He continues to engage in research, is currently writing a book tentatively titled “The Anxious Christian”, and enjoys hiking with his wife, young son and dog, Pavlov.