Evan Forman, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor

Evan Forman
Office: Stratton 282
Phone: 215.553.7113

Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change
Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy Program

Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (Google)

Research Interests

  • clinical psychology: mechanisms and measurement of psychotherapy outcome, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based psychotherapies, the development and evaluation of acceptance-based interventions for health behavior change (for problems of obesity and cardiac disease) as well as mood and anxiety disorders

  • neurocognition of eating


Evan Forman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose research interests include health-related behavior change especially related to problems of obesity and overeating, food cravings, and neurocognition of eating in the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change. His research interests also include cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based psychotherapies, psychotherapy mechanisms of action, and the development and evaluation of acceptance-based behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders in the Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy Program.

Currently he serves as principle investigator of Mind Your Health, an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial comparing gold standard behavioral intervention to an acceptance-based behavior intervention for obesity; principle investigator of TakeControl, a smartphone-based system for treating binge eating disorder with just-in-time, momentary interventions; and co-investigator of Project ENACT, Project ImPACT and SMARTfit, which are NIH-funded trials comparing alternate forms of cognitive-behavioral interventions for obesity. He was recently awarded the Weight Watchers Karen Miller Kovach Award from the Obesity Society which will fund the development of a system to predict and prevent dietary lapses and will work in conjunction with the Weight Watchers smartphone app. In collaboration with James Herbert, PhD, he also is conducting an RCT comparing standard CBT to an acceptance-based behavior therapy for social anxiety.

Currently Dr. Forman serves as a Professor in the Department of Psychology and is the Director of Graduate Studies. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses including Principles of Psychotherapy, Advanced CBT, and Abnormal Psychology. He is a board member and past president of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association.  Dr. Forman was also named Managing Editor of and he is the chair of the Committee on Science and Practice for APA Division 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology).

Dr. Forman has mentored numerous undergraduate, Masters and doctoral students.  Recent student awards have included Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group Graduate Student Research Award, National Institutes of Health National Service Research Award (NIH NRSA F31), Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Meritorious Student Award, Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant, Adelaide M. Delluva Award of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Dissertation Award, APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship, Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Early Career Scholarship, American Psychological Association (APA) Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Student Research Grant.

Dr. Forman’s undergraduate work was conducted at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. After he achieved his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, he completed clinical internships and fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania with specialties in cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-related disorders and assessment, treatment and prevention of suicidality. He has also functioned as a clinical associate at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.