M. Zachary Rosenthal, PhD

Director of Duke Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation & CBRTP

Dr. Zach Rosenthal is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. He is Director of the Center for Misophonia and Emotion Regulation (CMER), where he leads a team conducting research, providing education, and developing clinical care pathways for Misophonia. He directs the Duke Cognitive Behavioral Research and Treatment Program (CBRTP), is Program Director for the Duke Clinical Psychology Fellowship Program, is Co-Chief Psychologist for Duke University Medical Center, and until recently served as the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Vice Chair for Clinical Services. Dr. Rosenthal has over 75 publications and has received grants to conduct research from a range of funding sources, including the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, foundations, and major donors. His research largely has focused on characterizing problems with emotional functioning and emotion regulation in adult psychopathology. In doing research on emotion regulation and borderline personality disorder, Dr. Rosenthal became interested in the relationship between emotional processes, psychopathology, and Misophonia. He is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina with expertise in contemporary cognitive behavioral therapies, and is an expert in the treatment of borderline personality disorder using dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). In addition to research, administrative duties, and clinical practice, Dr. Rosenthal enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate students, mentoring students, interns, post-docs, residents, and faculty, and training community clinicians in best practices using cognitive behavioral therapies for adults. In his free time, he loves to watch his two teenage sons play ice hockey (yes, ice hockey in North Carolina!), and to laugh and live fully with his wife and friends.

Representative Publications

Cassiello-Robbins, C., Anand, D., McMahon, K., Guetta, R., Trumbull, J., Kelley, L., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2020). The Mediating Role of Emotion Regulation Within the Relationship Between Neuroticism and Misophonia: A Preliminary Investigation. Frontiers in psychiatry, 11, 847. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00847

Cassiello-Robbins, C., Anand, D., McMahon, K., Brout, J., Kelley, L., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2021). A Preliminary Investigation of the Association Between Misophonia and Symptoms of Psychopathology and Personality Disorders. Frontiers in psychology, 11, 519681. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.519681

McMahon K., Anand D., Morris-Jones M. & Rosenthal M. Z. (2019) A Path From Childhood Sensory Processing Disorder to Anxiety Disorders: The Mediating Role of Emotion Dysregulation and Adult Sensory Processing Disorder Symptoms. Front. Integr. Neurosci. 13:22. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2019.00022

Brout, J. J., Edelstein, M., Erfanian, M., Mannino, M., Miller, L. J., Rouw, R., Kumar, S., & Rosenthal, M. Z. (2018). Investigating misophonia: A review of the empirical literature, clinical implications, and a research agenda. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 36.