Rebecca Katz is a clinical psychologist providing empirically supported treatment to adults, children, and adolescents. Dr. Katz has dedicated her career and training to understanding the challenges and barriers faced by those of us who feel uncomfortable in our own skin. Through treatment she fosters an increased sense of self-advocacy and of determination to face these challenges while offering empathetic guidance and support.
Dr. Katz graduated with distinction from Boston University and earned her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. Katz's variety of exciting training experiences have taken her across the globe. She served as clinical director and behavioral counselor for Wellspring Hawaii, a cognitive behavior therapy camp. She has worked throughout the New York and Boston metropolitan areas, including Boston Medical Center, Boston University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Jacobi Medical Center, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and interned at the Rhodes Farm Clinic, in England. Dr. Katz developed an understanding of the demands of the education system while serving the Bergenfield, NJ high school counseling program.
Dr. Katz has worked closely with the team at the Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program of New York where she received specialty training on the implementation and practice of family-based treatment for eating disorders (Maudsley) and cognitive behavioral approaches to eating disorders.
Prior to her move to Maryland, Dr. Katz practiced as a private clinician at the Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy & Research in the community of Westchester, New York specializing in the treatment of anxiety, obsessive compulsivity, weight issues, and academic stressors.
Dr. Katz was the 2008 recipient of the Eastern Regional Research Award for her work examining familial factors in weight management. She has been published in the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine and has most recently published a book chapter exploring the discrete elements of anxiety. Currently, Dr. Katz is working on a publication introducing a new assessment measure of body dissatisfaction to the psychological community.
Posters & Publications
(please note Dr. Katz has published her work under her maiden name, Lo Presti)
Lo Presti, R., & Capuano, C. (2009, March). The relation between parent body mass index and child reduced body mass index and percent body fat through weight loss program. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Pittsburgh, PA.
Lo Presti, R., Lai, J., Hildebrandt, T., & Loeb, K. (2010). A critical review of psychological treatments for obesity in youth and adults. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, 77(5), 472-487.
McKay, D., & Lo Presti, R. (2015). Disgust and interpersonal experiences: The complex emotional experience of rejection. In P. Powell P. Overton, & J. Simpson (Eds.), The Revolting Self: Perspectives on the Psychological and Clinical Implications of Self-Disust (pp.113- 126). London, UK: Karnac Books.
Loeb, K.L., Bacow, T., Alfano, L., Hildebrandt, T., Lo Presti, R., Krawitz, E., & Fairburn, C.G. (2009, November). Multiple informants in the assessment of anorexia nervosa among adolescents: Comparisons of the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) and the EDE Parent Version. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York,NY.
Licensed Psychologist, Maryland #05872
American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)
Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)