Dr. Scharfstein received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2005.  She received her Master of Science degree in 2009 and her Ph.D. in 2013, both from the University of Central Florida. Her primary clinical research interests include elucidating the specific deficits associated with various childhood anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, selective mutism, obsessive compulsive disorder, and separation anxiety disorder with a particular emphasis of study on individuals suffering from anxiety and impairment in social skill. Dr. Scharfstein is on staff at the Center for Anxiety and Behavioral Change in Rockville, MD where she is the director of the Selective Mutism program and Confident Kids Camp- DC Metro for Selective Mutism.