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Dr. Rowa completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo in 2003. She works as a psychologist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. She provides clinical service to people with anxiety disorders, supervises both clinical and research learners, provides workshops and seminars on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, and conducts clinical research.

Featured Publications

Gros, D. F., Merrifield, C. M., Rowa, K., Szafranski, D. D., Young, L., & McCabe, R. E. (2018). A naturalistic comparison of group Transdiagnostic Behavior Therapy (TBT) and disorder-specific cognitive behavioral therapy groups for the affective disorders. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Waechter, S., Moscovitch, D., Vidovic, V., Bielak, T., Rowa, K., & McCabe, R.E. (2018).  Working memory capacity in social anxiety disorder: Revisiting prior conclusions.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 276-281.

Waechter, S., Rowa, K., Milosevic, I., Shnaider, P., Antony, M.M., & McCabe, R.E. (2017).  Social anxiety and the accuracy of memory for childhood teasing frequency.  Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31, 151-157.

Key, B., Rowa, K., Bieling, P.J., McCabe, R.E., & Pawluk, E.J. (2017).  Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy as an augmentation treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder.  Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 24, 1109-1120.

Gavric, D., Moscovitch, D.A., Rowa, K., & McCabe, R.E. (2017).  Post-event processing in Social Anxiety Disorder: Examining the mediating roles of positive metacognitive beliefs and perceptions of performance.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 91, 1-12.

Vella-Zarb, R.A., Cohen, J.N., McCabe, R.E., & Rowa, K. (2017).  So you think you know OCD? Differentiating sexual thoughts in OCD from paraphilias and nonparaphilic sexual disorders.  Cognitive and Behavioural Practice, 24, 342-352.

Rowa, K., Gavric, D., Stead, V., LeMoult, J., & McCabe, R.E. (2017).  The pernicious effects of post-event processing in social anxiety disorder.  Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7, 577-587.  

Farrell, N.R., Ouimet, A.J., Rowa, K., Soreni, N., Swinson, R.P., & McCabe, R.E. (2016).  Who gets better when? An investigation of change patterns in group cognitive behavioural therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 10, 35-41.

Michel, N., Rowa, K., Young, L. & McCabe, R.E. (2016).  Emotional distress tolerance across anxiety disorders.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 40, 94-103.  

Nowakowski, M., Rowa, K., Antony, M.M., & McCabe, R.E. (2016).  Changes in anxiety sensitivity following group cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder and panic disorder.  Cognitive Therapy and Research, 40, 468-478.

Vorstenbosch, V., Antony, M.M., Monson, C.M., & Rowa, K. (2015).  Family accommodation in problematic hoarding.  Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 7, 7-15.

Rowa, K., Paulitzki, J.R., Ierullo, M.D., Chiang, B., Antony, M.M., McCabe, R.E., & Moscovitch, D. (2015). A false sense of security: Safety behaviors erode objective speech performance in individuals with social anxiety disorder.  Behavior Therapy46, 304-314


  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 2003
  • Internship, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2003
  • MA, Simon Fraser University, 1998
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1996

Research Areas

This faculty member is a core member of the Research and Clinical Training (RCT) stream in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University.  

Cognitive behavioural models and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

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