James Abelson, M.D., Ph.D.

Director Emeritus, Anxiety Disorders Program


To honor Dr. James Abelson’s nearly three decades of leadership, the Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the establishment of the Abelson/Curtis Legacy Fund which benefits the Anxiety Disorders Program while paying tribute to the founder of the program, George Curtis, M.D., and to Dr. Abelson for his many accomplishments over the years. 


Director, Anxiety Disorders Program

Clinical Interests

  • Value of psychological and pharmacological treatments and the most effective ways to combine these approaches to help people suffering from anxiety
  • Anxiety disorders (panic, obsessive-compulsive, social and specific phobias)
  • General Adult psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy, and pharmacotherapy


  • Research fellowship in anxiety disorders 
  • Residency in psychiatry 
  • University of Michigan (M.D. 1984) 
  • Michigan State University (Ph.D. in clinical psychology 1980) 
  • Oberlin College

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