Margaret Tobias, PhD
Dr. Tobias specializes in using evidence-based treatments to address a wide range of Problems working with adults, young adults, and older teens. She has expertise in treating anxiety disorders and stress management, PTSD, mood disorders (ex: depression, bipolar disorder), and insomnia.
Dr. Tobias has extensive training and experience utilizing the following evidence-based treatments: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioral Activation (BA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT for Insomnia (CBT-I), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). Using these cutting-edge therapies, she specializes in treating the following conditions and difficulties: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder/Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Specific Phobia, Depression/Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder (I & II), PTSD, Insomnia, Perfectionism, School/work/athletic performance anxiety, Social isolation, Relationship or marital difficulties, and life transitions.
Dr. Tobias strongly values creating a compassionate and non-judgmental setting where she collaborates with her clients to address their challenges and build more enjoyable and meaningful lives. Her treatment approach explores the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and incorporates mindfulness and acceptance techniques to help make lasting changes in her clients’ everyday lives. Dr. Tobias finds that this approach adds to her clients’ understanding of themselves and helps them develop greater self-compassion and empowerment in the face of their difficulties. In her free time, Dr. Tobias enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Education and Training:
Dr. Tobias received her dual Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. Prior to this, she earned an M.A. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder and a B.Sc. degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Family Studies and Human Development.
During her graduate training, Dr. Tobias worked as a therapist at the Sutherland Bipolar Center and at Mental Health Partners in Boulder, CO, in addition to providing services in CU’s Raimy Clinic and Brain Behavior Clinic. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, where she specialized in treating PTSD and substance use disorders. Additionally, she served on a national team that provided education and advocacy regarding transgender and gender nonconforming veterans’ healthcare.
Currently, Dr. Tobias is a Postdoctoral therapist at Foothills CBT, a private group psychology practice in Boulder, CO.
Publications and Presentations:
Tobias, M. R., & Ito, T. A. (2021). Anxiety increases sensitivity to errors and negative feedback over time. Biological Psychology, 162, 108092.
Tobias, M. R., Landy, L. N., Levin, M. E., & Arch, J. J. (2021). A Randomized Trial of Brief Online Interventions to Facilitate Treatment Seeking for Social Anxiety. Behavior Modification, 01454455211040051.
Gruber, J., Maclaine, E., Avard, E., Purcell, J., Cooper, G., Tobias, M., … & Palermo, R. (2020). Associations between hypomania proneness and attentional bias to happy, but not angry or fearful, faces in emerging adults. Cognition and Emotion, 1-7.
Gruber, J., Tobias, M, R., Flux, M. C., & Gilbert, K. E. (2019). An introduction to positive emotion and psychopathology. In Gruber, J. (Ed.), The oxford handbook of positive emotion and psychopathology. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Labrecque, L. T., Tobias, M. R., & Whisman, M. A. (2018). Anxiety disorders in couple and family therapy. In J. L. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. C. Bruenlin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. New York: Springer Publishing.
Tobias, M.R. & Ito, T. A. (2021). A trial-level analysis of anxiety, depression, and negative performance-related ERPs. Talk within symposium entitled: Beyond grand averaging: Using single-trial ERPs to study within-person variation in neurocognitive processes. Society for Psychophysiological Research annual meeting, held virtually due to COVID-19.
Tobias, M. R., Labrecque, L. T., & Whisman, M. A. (2020). Swiping and social anxiety: Dating app usage among socially anxious college students. Poster session presented at the Psychology of Media and Technology preconference at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) annual convention, New Orleans, LA.
Tobias, M. R., & Ito, T. A. (2018). Habitual emotion regulation and error sensitivity: The role of temporal dynamics. Poster session presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) annual meeting, Quebec City, QC, Canada.
Tobias, M. R., & Ito, T. A. (2017). Emotion regulation during error-monitoring and learning. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP) annual meeting, Denver, CO.
Tobias, M. R, Most, S. B., Scholl, B. J., & Gruber, J. (2016). Emotion-induced blindness is not associated with risk for or diagnosis of bipolar I disorder. Poster session presented at the Special Interest Group (SIG) for Bipolar Disorder, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) annual meeting, New York, NY.