Clinical Director, Psychologist



Doctor of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology; University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology; Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina Master’s Degree, Psychosocial Interventions; Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

Education and career background

Dr Aldea received a master’s degree in clinical psychology and then a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2007. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University Counseling Center at Florida State University and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Florida, Obsessive-Compulsive Program. She continued as an assistant professor at the University of South Florida, Department of Pediatrics, Rothman

Center of Neuropsychiatry where she conducted clinical research and individual and family evidence-based therapy with adults, adolescents, and children suffering from obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, and other conditions.

During her tenure at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, Dr. Aldea founded and managed a program focused on the assessment and treatment of OCD, anxiety disorders, and comorbid conditions in veterans. She served as the chief of the Collaborative Addictions Recovery Services (CARS) at Providence VA and clinical director at Rogers Behavioral Health, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the clinical operations, including patient care, staff supervision and training, and quality insurance. In addition to direct clinical services, Dr. Aldea is passionate about clinical research, and training and supervision of peers and younger colleagues in evidence based treatments. She served in various consultant and subject matter expert roles, including for the Veterans Health Administration National Evidence Based Psychotherapy Program and the VA Center of Innovation.

Clinical experience and approach

With over 16 years of experience, Dr. Aldea is well-versed in a range of evidence-based psychotherapies and interventions for different mental health concerns and developmental impasses across the lifespan. She specializes in the evaluation and evidence-based treatment of OCD, anxiety-related disorders, trauma, and co-occurring conditions in adults, children and adolescents. The evidence-based interventions she offers include exposure and response prevention, prolonged exposure, habit reversal training, cognitive processing therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and general and specialized cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT; e.g., CBT-Pain, CBT-Insomnia, CBT-Depression).

Dr. Aldea provides highly individualized treatment to meet the unique needs and specific presenting concerns of each person she works with. Dr. Aldea has a strong background in outcome-informed treatment. Throughout the course of treatment, she elicits feedback from clients and utilizes standardized measures to monitor each client’s treatment response; this feedback loop informs clinical decisions and allows to tailor and optimize practice approaches and treatment planning to the individual needs of each client.


Dr. Aldea enjoys traveling, hiking and reading, and she is an avid pickleball player.

Selected publications

Ennis, C. R., Raines, A. M., Aldea, M. A., Shapiro, M. O., Crowe, C. M., & Franklin, C.L. (in press). Addressing Barriers in Access to Mental Health Care within the Veterans Health Administration: Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Johnson, C. C., & Aldea, M. A. (2021). The impact of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on mental health: Potentially vulnerable groups and comorbidities. Journal of Emergency Management., 9-15.

Johnson, C. C., & Aldea, M. A. (2021). Ethical considerations for telepsychotherapy and the management of high-risk patients during Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Challenges and practice considerations. Ethics & Behavior, 1-12.

Aldea, M. A., Michael, K., Alexander, K., & Kison, S. (2019). Obsessive compulsive tendencies in veterans with PTSD. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 33-45.

Regan, J., Buchbinder, M., Makowski, D., & Aldea, M. A. (2017). Improving mental health services through physician assistants: Legislation in several southern states. Southern Medical Journal, 110, 239-243.

Storch, E. A., Rahman, O., Aldea, M. A., & Murphy, T. K. (2010). Obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders in children and adolescents. In Steketee, G. (Ed.), Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders. Oxford University Press.

Pence, S., Aldea, M. A., & Storch, E. A. (2010). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Adults with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Borderline Intellectual Functioning: A Case Series of Three Patients”. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 23, 71-85.

Storch, E. A., Lewin, A. B., Farrell, L., Aldea, M. A., Reid, J., Geffken, G. R., & Murphy, T. K. (2010). Does Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Response among Adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Differ as a Function of Certain Comorbidities? Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24, 547-552.

Markarian, Y., Larson, M. J., Aldea, M. A., Baldwin, S. A., Good, D., Berkeljon, A., Murphy, T. K., Storch,E. A., and McKay, D. (2010). Multiple Pathways to Functional Impairment in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 78- 88.

Aldea, M. A., Rice, K. G., Gormley, B., & Rojas, A. (2010). Telling perfectionists about their perfectionism: Effects of providing feedback on emotional reactivity and psychological symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 1194-1203.

Aldea, M. A., Storch, E. A., Geffken, G. R., & Murphy, T. K. (2009). Intensive cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents with body dysmorphic disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 8, 113-121.

Aldea, M. A., Geffken, G. R., Jacob, M. L., Goodman, W. K., & Storch, E. A. (2009). Further psychometric analysis of the Florida Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 124-129.

Aldea, M.A., Rahman O., & Storch, E. A., (2009). The Psychometric Properties of the Florida Obsessive Compulsive Inventory: Examination in a Non-Clinical Sample. Individual Differences Research, 7, 228-238.

Aldea, M. A. & Rice, K. G. (2006). The role of emotional dysregulation in perfectionism and psychological distress. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 498-510.

Rice, K.G. & Aldea, M. A. (2006). State dependence and trait stability of perfectionism: A short-term longitudinal study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 53, 205-213.

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