Ken Mazey, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and contributing lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry. Emphasizing the importance of behavioral science as a means of understanding and working with patients, Mazey teaches the honors seminar titled The Psychology of Fear. He is an avid proponent of addressing patients’ psychological needs and background in regards to the dental care experience. Specializing in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of phobias, Ken Mazey calls on over 20 years of experience as a private practitioner and consultant to offer students an alternative perspective and approach to helping patients overcome their fear of dental work. Implementing proactive learning including field research and self-study guides, Mazey’s course enjoys positive student reviews every semester.
Prior to his appointment at UCLA, Ken Mazey acted as the Chief Psychologist for his private practice. With extensive experience treating patients with a number of mental conditions, Mazey has also contributed as a speaker at a number of lectures and workshops for UCLA. His expert opinion on anxiety in dental patients has been featured on CNN, Fox News, and the Discovery Channel. Ken Mazey shares the results of his work as a clinical psychologist with the medical community at large through articles on the treatment of phobias and anxiety in peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of California Dental Association and Psychoneuroimmunology. He has also consulted for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to assist in the education of deputies and civilian employees.
Ken Mazey, PhD, studied at Rutgers University before earning his Master’s in Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. He completed his clinical internship at Presbyterian Hospital’s Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Mazey belongs to the Somerset Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on educating the public on a number of scientific, cultural, and artistic topics.