Jelena Kecmanovic, PhD – Dr K.

Dr K. is the founder and director of the Behavior Therapy Institute.  She is a CBT expert with over 25 years of experience in psychotherapy, teaching, and conducting research.  In addition to heading the institute, she is an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University Psychology Department.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University, Dr K. earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia.  Prior to private practice, she gained extensive psychotherapy experience at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and George Mason University.

In addition to being a therapist, Dr K. has worked for as a professor at George Mason University, American School of Professional Psychology, and Hood College.  She has instructed and supervised future therapists, taught numerous undergraduate and graduate classes, and conducted research.  Dr K. has published many scientific articles, presented at over 25 national and international conferences, and provided continuing education training for psychologists, counselors, and social workers.  Her published and presented work deals with CBT, anxiety, depression, and resilience.

Dr K. has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Dr K. is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post. Her work has also appeared in The Conversation, Chicago Tribune, Fast Company, Business Insider, Psychology Today Magazine, and other outlets. She writes a Psychology Today blog “From science to practice” and is often quoted in popular media, from CNN and Vox to New York Times. Dr K. was a guest on NPR’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show, BAM Radio Network, France 24, among others. She has presented for many associations, nonprofits, and corporate audiences.

Owing to her multicultural background, she is fluent in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and conversational in French.

To contact Dr K. directly 
Call: 202-991-2200, Ext. 1