Michael W. Otto, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Translational Research Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He is a federally funded investigator of strategies to improve treatment outcome for anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders, with over 300 publications spanning his research interests. Dr. Otto has over two decades of clinical and research experience at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and has served as President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. A central professional role has been to teach new therapists the art of helping people find successful strategies for desired change. Most recently, he has turned his attention to writing treatment manuals and books. These works direct readers to the central elements of change, to help readers and/or their therapists direct their efforts toward clinical success.