Katya FernandezResearch Scientist, Americas


    Dr. Fernandez joined the Center for Creative Leadership in 2017. Originally trained as a clinical scientist, her graduate training largely focused on the assessment and treatment of psychopathology, specifically anxiety and depression.

    Prior to joining the Center for Creative Leadership, Katya was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, where she focused her training on the personalization of treatment for anxiety and depression. She then was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, where she expanded her personalization research to include emotion regulation and behavioral assessment.

    Current Role

    Katya is a Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership. She is interested in applying her knowledge of personalization research to leadership development. She is also interested in exploring the role of emotion regulation in the relationship between cognitive distortions and important workplace outcomes in leaders.

    Educational Background

    Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis
    M.A. from Washington University, St. Louis
    B.S. from Duke University

    Professional Affiliations

    Katya is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

    Curriculum Vitae

    Katya is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Katya has authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles that have primarily been published in academic journals and books. She greatly enjoys sharing her research with others, and has presented over 30 posters and talks at various conferences and invited talks. She has also obtained clinical training in providing cognitive behavioral therapy to a variety of populations in diverse settings. Katya enjoys mentoring and teaching, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

    Select CCL Publications

    • Why You Shouldn’t ‘Take a Deep Breath’ When You’re Stressed
    • Giving Thanks Will Make You a Better Leader

    Select External Publications

    • Development and initial implementation of the Dynamic Assessment Treatment Algorithm
    • Emotion regulation: A transdiagnostic perspective on a new RDoC domain
    • TelEMA: A low-cost and user-friendly telephone assessment platform

    Honors, Awards, Grants

    • Barbara Dicker Brain Sciences Foundation (BDBSF) Grant. One size does not fit all: Developing a personalised, modular treatment for young people in social recovery. PI: Michelle Lim, Ph.D. Role: Co-Investigator.
    • Washington University in St. Louis Dissertation Fellowship recipient.
    • Graduation with Distinction in Psychology (Duke University).
    Katya Fernandez

    Contact Information


    Areas of Expertise

    Emotional Intelligence, Feedback, Evaluation, Emotion, Emotion Regulation, Clinical Psychology, Personalization, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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