About Me

Susan Wagner

Susan Wagner, PhD

Dr. Wagner received her PhD in clinical and social psychology from Columbia University in 1980. She obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at NY Presbyterian- Westchester Division. Following her fellowship, she was invited to join the faculty there. Dr. Wagner served as full time senior psychologist, then adjunct supervising psychologist on the eating disorders in-patient unit. While there, she did research, supervised all therapists on the unit. In addition, Dr. Wagner developed group therapy manuals for in-patients which she modified as length of stay was steadily abbreviated.

After specializing in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa for many years, Dr. Wagner became intrigued when  patients referred for evaluation presumed to have anorexia nervosa did not.  In fact, these individuals were struggling with OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder), or other phobias impacting eating behavior. Her focus shifted to OCD and anxiety disorders. She received intensive training in adult and pediatric OCD through the IOCDF (International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation).

Since then, Dr. Wagner engages in consultation with national experts. She provides supervision and consultation for psychologists who need guidance in treating OCD. She has been specializing in the treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders and trauma for over 12 years.  

Dr. Wagner begins with an evaluation followed by recommendations.  Treatment methods include CBT/ERP (cognitive behavioral therapy with exposure response prevention), DBT tools (dialectical behavioral therapy), CPT (cognitive processing therapy), and mindfulness to treat these conditions.  Her up-to-date approach has helped several clients make improvements where previous therapy (including previous CBT) has been ineffective. Dr. Wagner offers the option of Inference Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for OCD (I-CBT) for appropriate clients to consider as an alternative to the usual ERP standard treatment modality for OCD.

Professional affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy
  • International Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Foundation

Community Service

  • Dr. Wagner volunteers to provide counseling for women who cannot afford it/do not have insurance. These             women are referred through the Sisters of Life