Meet The Team

Joseph T. Pate, Jr., Ph.D.  grew up in Morris, Alabama, and completed his undergraduate training at the University of Alabama.  He was accepted into the clinical psychology graduate program at the University of Georgia and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees there.  He was chosen as sole child intern and earned the C. J. Rosecranz Outstanding Intern award during his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  After graduate training, Dr. Pate completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Tampa Children’s Hospital Child Development Center.  He moved to the Atlanta area in 1999, taught at Georgia State University as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Psychology and began private practice.  In addition to work with patients, he has consulted with various schools, agencies and organizations to foster clinical knowledge and skills.

Dr. Pate focused on clinical work throughout his undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral training, and he has run a busy and diverse private practice in the Atlanta since 1999.  He continues to specialize in assessment and treatment of children (age three and above), adolescents and families with expertise in areas including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and other attention and behavioral issues, Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, anxiety and depression, parenting/family communication, divorce/loss issues and adjustment difficulties of all types.  Dr. Pate also works with adults experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety and depression, attention and adjustment problems and difficulties in coping and parenting.  Dr. Pate uses a combination of behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatments, as well as interpersonal and parent-focused intervention to foster success.  Dr. Pate regularly consults with schools, pediatricians, psychiatrists and other professionals to maximize treatment gains.  Overall, he believes in positively focused interventions that provide support and improved skills, coping and self-confidence for patients, parents and other family members.

Email: Pate@virtuallybetter.com

Marat V. Zanov, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and is licensed in several states.  He graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of California, Los Angeles, with highest honors in psychology and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Southern California.  His dissertation was an empirical study on the fear of flying, and anxiety disorders continue to be among his current clinical and research interests.  Upon completion of his doctorate studies, Dr. Zanov accepted commission as an officer in the United States Air Force where he served for 6 years.  He attained a rank of Captain and was stationed as a Clinical Psychologist at several Stateside and overseas bases, including an active F-16 fighter wing in Europe and a deployment to Afghanistan.  In his clinical work, Dr. Zanov heavily leverages empirically supported treatments and follows the clinical practice guidelines that themselves are derived from rigorous scientific research.  He strives to empower his patients to become their own clinical experimenters and encourages development of self-efficacy through empirical experience in safe but systematic ways.  Dr. Zanov values the importance of therapeutic alliance, strongly believes that patients often need to understand the reasons for their current distress, and consistently promotes the expectation of a positive change as a result of treatment.

Email: Zanov@virtuallybetter.com

Libby Tannenbaum, Ph.D. completed her undergraduate training at The University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and received her doctoral training in Atlanta, Georgia, at Georgia State University. She completed her internship training year at The Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA and her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University in conjunction with Virtually Better. She has been a clinical psychologist at Virtually Better since 2002. Her clinical work specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. She most often works with with people struggling with various phobias (such as flying, driving, animals, heights, etc.), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Depression and Bipolar Disorder. She has extensive experience using virtual reality (VR) therapy to address the fear of public speaking (and social anxiety), fear of flying, and fear of heights. Other important issues she addresses in therapy include relationship difficulties, work stress/job dissatisfaction, anger management, and general life and well-being improvement, such as helping people to improve their sleep, diet, exercise, and other health behaviors. Dr. Tannenbaum takes a strength-based perspective with her clients, meaning she believes that many people come to therapy with a number of strengths as is and her aim is to help people maximize their strengths in order to achieve happiness, success as they define it, and a sense of well being.  As a researcher, Dr. Tannenbaum has been actively involved with numerous federally-funded clinical trials investigating cognitive-behavioral therapy and virtual reality technology. In addition to her role as a therapist and researcher, she is passionate about being an educator and remains active as a teacher and supervisor to undergraduate and graduate level students.

Email: Tannenbaum@virtuallybetter.com

Delia L. Lang, Ph.D. received her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University, California. She also holds two master degrees in Experimental Psychology and Biostatistics. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Portland VA Medical Center, Oregon. After graduate training, Dr. Lang received the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine and CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship award in STI/HIV Prevention. Upon completing her postdoctoral research training at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, she joined the faculty as Research Assistant Professor. Over the past decade, Dr. Lang’s research in STI/HIV prevention has taken her to numerous international settings including the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Kenya and South Africa. Dr. Lang also completed a clinical postdoctoral training program in collaboration with Virtually Better, Inc. and has been associated with the clinic since 2003. In her current capacity as Research Associate Professor at Emory University, Dr. Lang continues to teach, conduct research and publish in the areas of virtual reality exposure, trauma and health promotion with a focus on understanding factors that adversely impact sexual health such as partner violence and other relationship power dynamics. Dr. Lang’s clinical expertise focuses on utilizing evidence-based approaches in Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression, trauma, grief and loss, health issues and stages of life change including relationships, career, faith and/or cross-cultural transitions. For the past 10 years, Dr. Lang has specialized in the treatment of various phobias (e.g. flying, public speaking, heights, driving, emetophobia, agoraphobia) using virtual reality exposure as well as imaginal and in vivo exposure as needed. Dr. Lang’s goal in therapy is to develop a collaborative, therapeutic relationship that offers individuals a safe space to uncover and adapt their existing strengths as well as learn and adopt new coping strategies toward achieving positive and lasting change.

Email: Lang@virtuallybetter.com

Dawn McDaniel, Ph.D. received her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degree from Brown University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. After graduate training, Dr. McDaniel completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in applied epidemiology and was a research scientist in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention. Dr. McDaniel’s research focuses on trauma, youth violence, child maltreatment, health disparities, and violence prevention. In her clinical work, Dr. McDaniel uses evidence-based techniques that have the best available scientific support. She has specialized training in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specifically, with additional emphasis on emotional distress and trauma. Dr. McDaniel also treats adults with issues relating to depression, anxiety or adjustment, and couples with marital distress or conflict. She uses behavioral, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, and family systems approaches in her work. Dr. McDaniel believes the keys to treatment are to establish a collaborative client-therapist relationship and to provide clients the best tools to achieve their goals.

Email: mcdaniel@virtuallybetter.com