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Dr. Dia received his M.S.W. (1994) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Maryland, College of Social Work.  He completed his cognitive behavioral therapy training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1999), under the guidance of Dr. Arthur Freeman, a long-time clinician of Aaron Beck’s (Developer of CBT).  Dr. Dia went on for advanced training and supervision in the treatment of anxiety disorders with Dr. Sally Winston, a nationally recognized expert in the field of anxiety disorders. Dr. Dia also completed the Behavioral Therapy Institutes given by the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, Trichotillomania Learning Center, and Tourettes Syndrome Association. His work has been featured on Discovery/TLC, the Dr. Oz Show and A & E.  Dr. Dia has been in private practice for more than 27 years and was an assistant professor, at The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work (5 years) and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Memphis (appointed Fall of 2012 — non-tenured track). He taught Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychopathology. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters. It is important for him to remain current and provide the most up-to-date, research-based treatment approaches. Therefore he limits his practice to anxiety and related disorders. He works with children, adolescents, and adults. 




Simmons, C. A., Lehmann, P., & Dia, D. A. (2010). Parenting is a strength of women adjudicated for intimate partner abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25, 1429-1448.

Dia, D. A., Harrington, D., & Silverman, W. K. (2010). An Examination of the Tripartite Model of Anxiety and Depression in an Outpatient Sample of Adolescents. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 7, 302.

Neely-Barnes, S., & Dia, D. A. (2008). Families of children with disabilities: A review of literature and recommendations for interventions. Journal of Early & Intensive Behavioral Intervention.

Dia, D. A., & Bradshaw, W. (2008) Cognitive risk factors to the development of anxiety and depressive disorders.  Child and Adolescence Social Work Journal, 25, 469-481.

Dia, D. A. (2008). “I can’t stop pulling my hair!”  Using numbing cream as an adjunct treatment for trichotillomania. Health and Social Work, 33, 155-158.

Dia, D. A., & Harrington, D. (2006).  What about me? The psychosocial functioning of siblings of children with anxiety disorders. Social Work Research 30, 183-188.

Dia, D. A., Simmons, C., Oliver, M., Cooper, R. L. (2009). Motivational Interviewing for Intimate Partner Violence. In Lehmann, P. & Simmons, C.A. (Eds.). Strength’s Based Batterers Intervention: A New Paradigm in Ending Family Violence. New York: Springer Publishing.

Harrington, D., Hisle-Gorman, E., Dia, D. A. (2008).  Family dysfunction: Theoretical explanations and ethic considerations (pp. 51-70).  In C. Hilarski, J. S. Wodarski, & M. Feit (Eds.),  Handbook of Social Work in Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse.  Haworth Press, Inc.

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