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Ali Mattu
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This week's Nerd Hour:

40% how Mad Max: Fury Road is the best action movie of the decade.

50% debating if it's a "feminist film".

10% squeeing about onesie flamethrower guitarists.
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This is my love letter to the coolest hero, my favorite psychological research, and the greatest saga in history. May the fourth be with you! #StarWarsDay
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All the real psychology behind the awesome Daredevil Netflix series.
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All the psychology behind the greatest scifi show on TV - Black Mirror: http://brainknowsbetter.com/news/2015/4/21/black-mirror-reflects-the-psychology-of-21st-century-technology
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All the psychology behind the greatest scifi show on TV - Black Mirror: http://brainknowsbetter.com/news/2015/4/21/black-mirror-reflects-the-psychology-of-21st-century-technology
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What role did Wonder Woman play in World War II? How did she influence the feminist movement? And why has it taken her so long to get a film? All that and more this week on Nerd Hour!
“Make a hawk a dove, stop a war with love, make a liar tell the truth!” We discuss Kristy Guevar-Flanagan’s documentary Wonder Women: The Untold Story of American Superheroines! How did Wonder Woman go from being one of most innovative superheroes during World War II to a powerless stereotype in the 1950s? What role did she play in the feminist movement? How did Wonder Woman influence the modern age of female superheroes and why has it ...
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This week on Nerd Hour, we explore the ultimate celebration of DC Comics - Multiversity!
“What if these comic books are bleeding through from parallel worlds?” We give a spoiler-free review of Multiversity, the Eisner-nominated series from DC Comics! How is this Grant Morrison project the ultimate exploration of the past, present, and future of the DC multiverse? What is Multiversity saying about comics as art? Is it necessary reading for all or love letter to fans of comic books? In the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER, we debat...
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Celebrating May the 4th by exploring Han Solo and the Psychology of Happiness. Happy Star Wars Day!
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The real psychology behind Daredevil's awesome superpower!
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Is Ex Machina an amazing scifi film that raises questions about AI, human trafficking, and the objectification of women or is it a piece of sexist crap? +H.A. Conrad and I discuss on this week's Nerd Hour.
“What will happen to me if I fail your test?” We review Alex Garland’s new film — Ex Machina! How does it reinterpret the famous Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence? Is the film feminist or sexist? Does Alicia Vikander’s Ava have consciousness? In the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER, who has more human AI — Ex Machina or Blade Runner? BY YOUR COMMAND, we share our top 5 robots.  Download MP3  Subscribe in iTunes Show Notes * ...
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This week on Nerd Hour we give you a non-spoiler review of Netflix's Daredevil! 
“I’m asking for forgiveness for what I’m about to do.” Without spoilers, we review Marvel’s new TV series Daredevil! How did we get from a critically panned Ben Affleck 2003 film to a critically acclaimed 2015 Netflix series? Does this show honor Frank Miller's gritty New York City source material? What’s Daredevil’s relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? In the INFINITE CROSSOVER CHAMBER, what’s the better criminal street d...
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This week on Nerd Hour the most comprehensive discussion you'll hear on why the Fast and Furious is an awesome franchise.
“The most important thing in life will always be the people in this room, right here, right now.” We discuss the latest entry into the Fast and Furiousverse - Furious 7! What elevates this franchise above your average action film? How did it become an accidental cinematic universe? What was the impact of Paul Walker’s passing and how does the film honor his life? Plus all the reasons why Vin Diesel is so awesome. In the INFINITE CROSS...
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Clinical Psychologist, Psychology Teacher, Trichotillomania Researcher, Anxiety Disorders Therapist
Skills
Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Anxiety Disorders, Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Psychology of Science Fiction
Employment
  • Columbia University
    Clinical Psychologist, 2013 - present
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
    Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2012 - 2013
  • NYU - Bellevue Hospital
    Psychology Intern, 2011 - 2012
  • The Columbia University Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
    Psychology Extern, 2010 - 2011
  • Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
    Psychology Extern, 2009 - 2010
  • Georgetown University
    Psychology Extern, 2008 - 2009
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New York
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California - Washington, DC
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The Science Fiction Psychologist , Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Cohost of the Super Fantastic Nerd Hour.
Introduction

studied psychology at UCLA and received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.. I was an intern at New York City's Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellow at the NYU Langone Medical Center Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I'm currently a clinical psychologist at the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders.

Clinically, I treat anxiety, depression, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (trichotillomania/hair-pulling disorder and excoriation/skin-picking). Most recently I’ve focused my research on understanding how hair-pulling changes with age.

I am an award-winning teacher and regularly teach introductory psychology, cognitive-behavior therapy, and provide supervision in psychotherapy.

I currently serve on the American Psychological Association's Policy and Planning Board. I have previously served as the Chair of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, was a member of the American Psychological Association Board of Directors, served as consultant to the President of the New York State Psychological Association, and was appointed to two Society for the Teaching of Psychology Presidential Task Forces.

I write about the psychology of science fiction at Brain Knows Better and cohost the Super Fantastic Nerd Hour podcast. I love to ride my bike and I'm a connoisseur of tea.

Education
  • The Catholic University of America
    Clinical Psychology, 2005 - 2012
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Psychology, 2005
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