Emmanuel Espejo, Ph.D. 

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD
Coordinator, Anxiety Disorders Clinic, VA San Diego Healthcare System


Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Village Dr., 116B
San Diego, California 92161
T: (858) 552-8585 ext. 7912


Emmanuel Espejo, Ph.D. earned his B.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of California Los Angeles. He completed his predoctoral internship at VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home in Los Angeles and a postdoctoral fellowship at VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS). He is now Coordinator of the VASDHS Anxiety Disorders Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Espejo investigates treatment outcome for anxiety disorders, particularly group-based treatments for anxiety. Additionally, he is interested in moderators and mediators of group-based treatment for anxiety.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Espejo’s clinical specialization is in the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly group-based psychotherapy for anxiety. Dr. Espejo is a VA trained Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) provider and also specializes in exposure-based therapies for anxiety and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. As coordinator of VASDHS Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Dr. Espejo supervises psychiatry residents and psychology practicum students and postdoctoral fellows.


  • Ayers, C. R., Saxena, S., Espejo, E., Twamley, E. W., Granholm, E., & Wetherell, J. L. (2013). Novel Treatment for Geriatric Hoarding Disorder: An Open Trial of Cognitive Rehabilitation Paired with Behavior Therapy. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22, 248-252.
  • Espejo, E. P., Hammen, C. L., & Brennan, P. A. (2012). Elevated Appraisals of the Negative Impact of Naturally Occurring Life Events: A Risk Factor for Depressive and Anxiety Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 303-315.
  • Espejo, E. P., Ferriter, C. T., Hazel, N. C., Keenan-Miller, D., Hoffman, L. R., & Hammen, C. (2011). Predictors of subjective ratings of stressor severity: The effects of current mood and neuroticism. Stress and Health, 27, 23-33.
  • Eifert, G. H., Forsyth, J. P., Arch, J., Espejo, E., Keller, M., & Langer, D. A. (2009). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Anxiety Disorders: Three case studies exemplifying a unified treatment protocol. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16, 368-385.