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Rachel Wernicke

Dr. Rachel Wernicke is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia and Virginia. She serves as the Associate Director for Clinical Services at the Counseling Center at American University. Before coming to AU, Dr. Wernicke completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where she trained in inpatient, emergency, and outpatient psychotherapy services. She earned licensure as a psychologist/health services provider in Massachusetts and served as a staff psychologist in the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program at Mass General. Special interests include integrative psychotherapy (interpersonal and cognitive-behavioral approaches), women's mental health issues across the reproductive life span, mood and anxiety disorders, life/role transitions and identity development, grief and trauma, mindfulness-based meditation, clinical supervision and training, mental health issues in higher education.


Ph.D., Psychology, American University

Counseling Center
Mary Graydon - 214
Contact Info
(202) 885-3500

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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies


  • Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services


  • American Psychological Association



  • Fall 2017

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

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  • <!--[if !supportLists]-->Haaga, D.A.F., Thorndike, F.P., Friedman, D.G., Pearlman, M.Y., & Wernicke R.A. (2004).  Cognitive coping skills and depression vulnerability among cigarette smokers.  Addictive Behaviors, 29, 1109-1122.
    • Otto,      M. W., Perlman, C. A., Wernicke, R., Reese, H. E., Bauer, M. S., &      Pollack, M. H.  (2004). Posttraumatic stress disorder in patients      with bipolar disorder: A review of prevalence, correlates, and treatment      strategies.  Bipolar Disorders, 6, 470-479.                                               
    • <!--[if !supportLists]-->Wernicke, R. A., Pearlman, M. Y., Thorndike, F. P., & Haaga, D. A. F. (2006).  Depression proneness and reactions to a depressive stimulus. Journal of Psychology, 140, 69-79.
    • <!--[if !supportLists]-->Wernicke, R.A., Pearlman, M.Y., Thorndike, F.P., & Haaga, D. A. F. (2006). Perceptions of depression among recovered-depressed and never-depressed individuals.  Journal of Clinical Psychology. 62, 771-776.