Prof. Dr. Alicia E. Meuret, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist

Prof. Dr. Alicia E. Meuret, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and the Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center (ARC) at SMU. She is a tenured Full Professor in the Clinical Psychology Division at the Department of Psychology at SMU.


Dr. Meuret completed her doctoral studies at Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and her postdoctoral studies at the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at Harvard University, and the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.


Her research program focuses on novel treatment approaches for anxiety and mood disorders, biomarkers in anxiety disorders and chronic disease (asthma), fear extinction mechanisms of exposure therapy, and mediators and moderators in individuals with affective dysregulations, including non-suicidal self-injury. Dr. Meuret is the founder of Capnometry-Assisted Respiratory Training (CART).


Dr. Meuret has published over 100 scientific publications and has received ongoing funding for her work from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies (>$10 M), including NIH R01, U, and R61/33 grants. Additionally, she has authored over 200 presentations at scientific conferences, including invited talks, keynote and plenary addresses, and psychiatry grand rounds. Dr. Meuret serves on several NIH review and federal and scientific expert advisory boards. She was president of the International Society of the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology (ISARP) and is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Psychiatric Research Society, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (Fellow status), and ISARP. Dr. Meuret has received multiple honors for her work, including by the ADAA, the Psychiatric Research Society, and the American Psychosomatic Society.


Dr. Meuret is the 2024 Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board and Board member (ex officio) of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, was past president of ISARP and the Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. She served as a technical expert for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program and DSMB chair at UTSW for psychopharmacological studies. Dr. Meuret is a 2014 Beck Institute Fellow and a 2018 Rotunda SMU Outstanding Professors. Dr. Meuret serves on eight editorial boards, is a current guest editor for Behavior Research and Therapy, and was an Associate Editor for the journal Behavior Therapy and guest editor for the International Journal of Psychophysiology. Dr. Meuret actively fosters female leadership representation chairing academic society career development leadership programs, including the ADAA Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership (CDLP) Program.  

Media interviews, podcasts, and publications featuring Dr. Meuret’s work include NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, Department of Health and Human Services, the Atlantic. 

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Listen to Dr. Meuret's KERA NPR interview on anxiety disorder and depression/anhedonia

Read about Dr. Meuret's latest research on Depression/Anhedonia and Anxiety (Wall Street Journal)