CCDBT is thrilled to announce the publication of a TED Talk given by our CCDBT Team Member, Joanna Fava, Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. The talk is entitled, “Dare to Exceed Expectations”. Watch and enjoy.


As a senior in high school, Joanna’s history teacher told her she’d never graduate college. Her parents did not go to the school and complain or write the teacher a nasty letter (as she had hoped). Instead, they offered her a challenge: “You can either prove her right or you can prove her wrong.” Years later, she would graduate from the University of Notre Dame and go on to work in prisons in NY, NJ, and CT providing psychological services to inmates before entering private practice in 2012. She now provides specialized treatments to individuals in the NYC area who are struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, and suicidal urges, and helps them create a life truly worth living. Her talk will draw upon her personal experiences and the lives of her patients to offer steps to defeat anxiety and doubt and to tap into the resilience necessary to exceed expectations. University of Notre Dame Alumna, Class of 2001, Psychology and Computer Applications Director of the Trauma Treatment Program & a Senior Staff Psychologist at Center for Cognitive & Dialectical Behavior Therapy This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at