Rachel Merson, Psy.D.

Rachel Merson
Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program
900 Commonwealth Ave

Rachel Merson, Psy.D. is the Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Merson provides individual therapy, facilitates parent training groups, and conducts neuropsychological evaluations. In addition, she is actively involved in providing supervision and training to Child CARD graduate students and trainees. She oversees Brave Bunch, CARD’s intensive treatment program for young children with Selective Mutism. Dr. Merson’s research interests include the impact of parenting factors on child anxiety.

Dr. Merson completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia where she majored in Psychology and graduated with High Distinction. She went on to earn her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Dr. Merson completed a one-year, APA-approved internship at Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston, Massachusetts, where she provided school-based mental health services, outpatient individual, group, and family therapy, and psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Merson’s previous clinical experiences also include providing school consultation and running evidence-based therapy groups through the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, specialized training in the treatment of Tourette Syndrome, and trauma-focused CBT with youth in the child welfare system.

Dr. Merson enjoys reading, outlet shopping, cooking (and eating!), and spending time with her friends and family.


Chu, B.C., Merson, R.A., Zandberg, L.J., & Areizaga, M. (2012). Calibrating for comorbidity: Clinical decision-making in youth depression and anxiety. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 5-