Rachel C. Leonard, PhD, is a full-time psychologist who specializes in utilizing behavioral activation for the treatment of depression, along with additional cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders and other co-occurring conditions. She will be supervising the behavioral specialists in Rogers’ adult inpatient unit and adult partial hospital depression and anxiety program. Dr. Leonard is currently developing the cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) components of – as well as collaborating with others to create – a new young adult mood disorders residential treatment program for the hospital. She is also in the process of launching an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) intensive outpatient program (IOP) at the Madison location.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Dr. Leonard received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her master’s in Clinical Psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and performed her internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She has co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and presentations and has helped to teach psychology courses at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Dr. Leonard brings a variety of supervised clinical experience to her position, including a post-doctoral fellowship with the OCD Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital, where she worked with Bradley C. Riemann, Ph.D., a leading expert in the assessment of anxiety disorders and use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment. During her fellowship, Dr. Leonard offered her expertise in analyzing and presenting treatment outcome data for OCD programs at Rogers. She also conducted diagnostic assessments and provided treatment for OCD and other anxiety disorders, as well as other co-morbid conditions in the residential and IOP programs.
Dr. Leonard has offered consultations on anxiety cases throughout the hospital’s system – most frequently on the adult inpatient unit or Herrington Recovery Center. She uses her skills to clarify diagnoses and assess whether patients are appropriate for one of the programs, as well as the severity of their condition. Dr. Leonard has an extensive background in depression treatment and research, primarily behavioral activation, as well as an extreme interest in OCD and anxiety treatment.