Directors

Carol Mathews

Carol Mathews, M.D.

CHIEF & PROF
Department: MD-PSYCHIATRY

Dr. Mathews is the Brooke Professor and the Vice Chair for Strategic Development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Mathews completed her undergraduate education at Cornell University and her medical training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She subsequently did an internship and psychiatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), followed by research fellowships in biological psychiatry and clinical research methods. She spent 15 years as a clinician and research scientist at UCSD and UCSF before moving to the University of Florida in 2015.

Dr. Mathews is the Director of the Center for OCD, Anxiety, and Related Disorders at UF. Her research and clinical interests center around identifying the causes and neural underpinnings of obsessive compulsive and anxiety spectrum disorders, including OCD, hoarding disorder, tic disorders, and grooming disorders. She is actively engaged in studying the genetic causes of Tourette Syndrome (TS) and OC spectrum disorders, as well as examining how individuals with these disorders process information using standard neuropsychological assessments, electrophysiological methods such as EEG, and neuroimaging. She is also the principal investigator of a large study comparing community-based behavioral treatment for hoarding disorder to the current standard of care, group treatment by psychologists. She hopes that ultimately, this information will help to refine diagnosis, prevention, and intervention for these disorders. She serves on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations, including the Tourette Association of America, the International OCD Foundation, and the MHASF Task Force on Hoarding and Cluttering. She is also the chair of the TS/OCD Workgroup of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC).

Joseph P H McNamara

Joseph P H McNamara, Ph.D.

Psychiatry Faculty
Department: MD-PSYCHIATRY

Joseph McNamara, PhD, completed doctoral degrees in counseling and developmental psychology. He has completed an internship in clinical and health psychology and a psychology residency at the University of Florida. 

Dr. McNamara has professional experience in counseling centers, psychiatric outpatient facilities and hospitals. He has treated patients of all ages, from children to seniors. He has extensive training in exposure-response therapy, or CBT, and the treatment of insomnia. He specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Dr. McNamara is qualified to teach CBT, therapeutic treatment of anxiety disorders, therapeutic treatment of depression, psychotherapy, assessment, diagnosis, supervision and developmental psychology.

Dr. McNamara conducts clinical research with patients as part of daily, biweekly and weekly outpatient CBT for obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and other anxiety-related disorders. Currently, Dr. McNamara’s research team includes four graduate and more than 20 undergraduate students working on seven different research projects. 

Herbert E Ward, Jr

Herbert E Ward, Jr, M.D.

Psychiatry Faculty
Department: MD-PSYCHIATRY

Dr. Ward has served as the medical director for the department, medical director for the VA PTSD program, director of psychiatric specialty clinics, co-director of the UF Weight Management Program, and interim director for our general adult clinic. In addition, he has chaired four faculty search committees, the Anxiety Disorders Program Development Committee, and the Weight Management Program Development Committee. Currently, Herbert Ward, M.D. is on the Shands at UF Executive Committee and continues to be both a role model for medical psychiatry but also actively involved in bringing evidence-based practices to UF College of Medicine, clinics and inpatient psychiatric settings.

Herbert Ward, M.D. received a Masters in neuropharmacology before attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed a combined residency training program in internal medicine and psychiatry from West Virginia University which lead to board certification in both specialties. His training in a med/psych clinical environment serves as a background for his current appointment as the vice chair for clinical services and chief of adult clinics and clinical services. He is an expert in internal medicine and psychiatry and their area of overlap. Areas of special interest include diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders in the outpatient , medical, and primary care settings. Dr. Ward’s commitment to medical education has been recognized through his receipt of the NIMH Faculty Scholar Award early in his career and Faculty Teaching Awards from two different universities. Administrative experience at UF has included serving as the acting director of psychiatry for UF Student Health, medical director for the Department of Psychiatry and director of the psychiatry specialty clinics. Dr. Ward’s combined training in internal medicine and psychiatry, investment in clinical teaching and administrative experience make him uniquely qualified for this position.