Joanna Katsanis, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry - (Clinical Series Track)

Dr. Joanna Katsanis is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Arizona. She is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic at the Department of Psychiatry. Her clinical interests include anxiety, depression and psychoeducational assessment. Dr. Katsanis works with the Arizona Telemedicine Program addressing important needs for behavioral health services in rural areas. She provides telemental health services to adolescents and their families on the Navajo Reservation using a wireless telecommunications system with direct connections into the two high school clinics in Tuba City, Arizona. Mental health services are provided without the students leaving their schools. Services include diagnosis, assessment, individual and family psychotherapy and consultation. Dr. Katsanis has received several awards recognizing her clinical and research contributions from the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research and the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder organizations. She has received a training award from the psychology interns and child psychiatry fellows at the Department of Psychiatry. Her professional writings have appeared in national and international journals including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Biological Psychiatry and American Journal of Psychiatry. Dr. Katsanis teaches seminars at the Department of Psychiatry and mentors psychiatry residents and psychology interns in psychotherapy and assessment.

Research Interests: 

Anxiety Depression Psychoeducational Assessment

  • PhD: University of Minnesota, 1993
  • MA: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1987
  • BA: Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1986
Honors and Awards
  • Award of Recognition, International Congress of Schizophrenia Research
  • Award of Recognition, National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder
  • Training Award, Psychology Interns and Child Psychiatry Fellows at the Department of Psychiatry



Smith, R., A. W. Kaszniak, J. Katsanis, R. D. Lane, and L. Nielsen, "The importance of identifying underlying process abnormalities in alexithymia: Implications of the three-process model and a single case study illustration.", Conscious Cogn, vol. 68, pp. 33-46, 2019 Feb. PMID: 30605861