Lawrence Needleman

Lawrence Needleman, PhD

  • Psychology
  • Psychologist

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Insurances We Accept


About Me

As a psychologist, I specialize in treating adults with anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder. Cognitive behavior therapy is highly effective for patients suffering from anxiety disorders. It’s a research-proven, skills based approach to decreasing symptoms, solving problems and creating a fulfilling life. I find it deeply rewarding to provide patients with tools that enable them to face their fears, view themselves and the world differently, master challenging situations and improve the quality of their lives. I am inspired by their courage on a regular basis.

When I see a patient, I combine the latest proven methods with an empathic and respectful style. Using my expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy, I build individualized treatments based off of my patients’ strengths, to maximize effectiveness.

One of the best parts of working at Ohio State for more than 20 years, has been the opportunity to work with passionate, caring and talented colleagues. Here at Ohio State, patients come from all kinds of backgrounds and experience different obstacles, but our network helps us provide them with the support and care they need.

When I’m not working, I like to relax with my family, read and play chess. After spending so much time in the office, I love being outdoors.
  • Directed cognitive behavior therapy training for Ohio State’s Department of Psychiatry for the past 10 years
  • Published book on cognitive behavior therapy
  • Founding fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • Postdoctoral training with Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy and designated expert in cognitive behavior therapy by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Procedures and Conditions I Treat

  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Panic Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobic Disorders
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Psychiatry

Education and Training

Education History

Masters Degree

Virginia Polytechnic Inst. & State, Blacksburg, VA
8/1/1987 - 8/1/1992


Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

9/1/1991 - 8/1/1992

Post Doctoral Fellow

University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

9/1/1992 - 8/1/1994

Academic Information

My Department


Consulting and Related Relationships

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we support a faculty member’s research and consulting in collaboration with medical device, research and/or drug companies because a faculty member’s expertise can guide important advancements in the practice of medicine and improve patient care. In order to provide effective management of these relationships, the University requires annual disclosures from all faculty members with external interests related to their University responsibilities.

As of 10/25/2021, Dr. Needleman has reported no relationships with companies or entities.