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LeeAnn Cardaciotto
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Contact Information
Office: Wister 228
Phone: 215.951.5119

Dr. Cardaciotto earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall in 2000 and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University in 2005.  She received a broad-based clinical training, gaining experience with clients across the entire developmental spectrum in many levels of care (e.g., inpatient, partial hospital, outpatient, student counseling center). Currently, her main clinical interests are anxiety disorders and the use of mindfulness- and acceptance-based interventions.

Dr. Cardaciotto’s research interests primarily focus on constructs related to psychological well-being.  Specifically, she is interested in the study of mindfulness, acceptance, defusion/ decentering, and compassion (for self and others).  She welcomes both undergraduate and graduate students to share in her research endeavors - there are many ways to become involved (e.g., participant recruitment, data collection, project development, presentation of results in posters/publications).   Dr.  Cardaciotto and her research team have several ongoing projects related to examining the measurement of mindfulness and related constructs with self-report and non-self-report measures; the differential roles of the two key components of mindfulness, awareness and acceptance, in a variety of outcomes and contexts; and examining mindfulness and self-compassion in the areas of social anxiety and disordered eating.  Dr. Cardaciotto also is interested in effective pedagogical practices in the field of counseling education. 

Outside of work, Dr. Cardaciotto enjoys being with her family and friends, watching football, reading, spending time in nature, and getting up at 6:00AM for “Boot Camp” classes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Mindfulness, compassion/self-compassion, and related constructs
  • Social Anxiety Disorder


  • Postdoctoral Training: University of Delaware
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Drexel University (2005)
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, MCP Hahnemann University (2002)
  • B.A. in Psychology, Franklin & Marshal College (2000)


  • PCC502 Counseling Laboratory
  • PCC/PCMF503 Psychopathology
  • PCC610 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches in Counseling
  • PCC660/690-692 Professional Seminar
  • PCC661/680-682 Practicum & Internship


Representative Publications

  • Cardaciotto, L., & Tonrey, D.  (2012).  The training, value, and reality of Master’s-level mental health counselors.  Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy- An International Quarterly, 26, 183-195.
  • Smith, C. V., & Cardaciotto, L. (2011).  Is active learning like broccoli? Student perceptions of active learning in large lecture classes.  Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11, 53-61.
  • Cardaciotto, L., Herbert, J. D., Forman, E. M., Moitra, E., & Farrow, V. (2008). The assessment of present-moment awareness and acceptance: The Philadelphia Mindfulness Scale. Assessment, 15, 204-223.

Representative Presentations

  • Winch, E., Delguercio, M., McAfee, M.., Cardaciotto, L., Goldbacher, E., & Block-Lerner, J.  (2012, November).  Examining the mediating role of self-compassion in the relationship between mindfulness and social anxiety.  Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.
  • Hickman, S. D., Roemer, L., Tirch, D., Schraufnagel, K., Fuchs, C., & Rubin, N.  (2011, November). Panelists in Cardaciotto, L., & Block-Lerner, J. (Chairs), 7 questions for highly effective trainers: Learning how they train student therapists to deliver mindfulness-based approaches competently.  Clinical Roundtable presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.
  • Johnson, A. V., Winch, E., Cardaciotto, L., Block-Lerner, J., & Moon, S.  (2011, November).  Deconstructing mindfulness’ beneficial influence on social anxiety: Acceptance as a moderator of self-focused attention and social anxiety.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada.

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Pennsylvania Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (PACES)
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)
  • Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA)


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