(Oconomowoc, WI) Rogers Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Rachel C. Leonard, PhD., has joined its psychiatric team. Leonard, who will serve as a Behavioral Activation Specialist & Clinical Supervisor, will focus primarily on utilizing behavioral activation for the treatment of depression, along with additional cognitive-behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders and other co-occurring conditions.
Dr. Leonard explained that behavioral activation works to counteract the avoidance and isolation associated with depression by working with individuals to gradually increase specific types of activities that have demonstrated results in improving mood, thereby leading to more enriched, meaningful lives.
Extremely dedicated to research, Dr. Leonard is committed to developing complete programs and training for the implementation of behavioral activation and other behavioral or cognitive-behavioral treatments for mood and anxiety disorders. She supervises and oversees the behavioral specialists in Rogers’ adult inpatient unit and adult partial hospital depression and anxiety program. She is also charged with developing an obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) intensive outpatient program (IOP) to be launched later this month in Madison, as well as creating a young adult mood disorders residential treatment program.
“I am very interested in depression treatment, primarily with behavioral activation, from both a clinical and research perspective,” Dr. Leonard said. “I have also greatly enjoyed working within the OCD and anxiety programs at Rogers. I am excited about the opportunity to develop a program for mood and anxiety disorders that allows me to merge my interests in depression and anxiety treatment, while providing intensive treatment to individuals with co-occurring depression and anxiety.”
An Emphasis on Mood and Anxiety Disorders
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee/Madison, 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 in Milwaukee and performed her internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She brings a variety of supervised clinical experience to her position, most recently as a post-doctoral fellow for the OCD Center at Rogers Memorial Hospital, where she worked with Bradley C. Riemann, PhD., a leading expert in the assessment of anxiety disorders and use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment.
“Dr. Leonard is a talented researcher and clinician,” Dr. Riemann said. “During her fellowship, she has provided great insight with patients and served as an asset to our team. That’s why I didn’t hesitate to recommend her for this position. Her experience and training with the treatment of mood disorders using behavioral activation will be invaluable to our patients and families.”
Experience at Rogers Memorial Hospital
Over the past year, Dr. Leonard has been responsible for analyzing and presenting treatment outcome data for OCD programs at Rogers. In addition, she has 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. She has offered consultations on anxiety cases throughout the hospital’s system – most frequently on the adult inpatient unit or Herrington Recovery Center. Dr. Leonard used her skills to clarify diagnoses and assess whether patients were appropriate for one of the programs, as well as the severity of their condition. She also supervised master’s level therapists and pre-doctoral interns. 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. She plans to continue her research in these areas.
“I’m eager to continue studying the current treatment programs and the factors that contribute to effective outcomes,” Dr. Leonard added. “I’m extremely focused on CBT and evidence-based treatment. At Rogers, the entire staff would probably say the same thing. It’s all about helping patients to recover.”