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Evan Forman

Evan Forman, PhD

Evan Forman received his BA from Cornell University, and his PhD from the University of Rochester. He completed clinical internships and fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Beck Institute with specialties in cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-related disorders and suicidality. Currently he serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses including Principles of Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Theories, Advanced Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Abnormal Psychology. His primary research focus concerns the development and evaluation of new acceptance-based behavior treatments for obesity and other health problems, as well as anxiety. Non-psychology interests include running, cycling and traveling.

Email: evan.forman@drexel.edu Faculty Page Vita (PDF)

James Herbert, Ph.D.

James Herbert, PhD

James D. Herbert, PhD, pursued his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and liberal arts studies in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed a clinical internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology, and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program. He currently teaches an undergraduate course in science and pseudoscience in psychology, and graduate courses in cognitive behavior therapy. His research program focuses on evaluating the effectiveness and mechanisms of action underlying new acceptance-based models of behavior therapy such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), particularly for anxiety disorders, obesity, and eating disorders. He is also studying the remote delivery of these interventions via the Internet. Herbert has published widely on these and other topics in professional journals, and is also well known for his writings on quackery and pseudoscience in mental health. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, and serves on the Board of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is currently an Associate Editor of The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice and the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Psychology, and serves on the editorial boards of several additional journals. Avocations include running, martial arts (he is a black belt in Kenpo Karate), cycling, and gardening.

Email: james.herbert@drexel.edu Faculty Page Vita (PDF)

Graduate Students

Staci Berkowitz 

Staci Berkowitz

Staci is a third year PhD student from New York State. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 2009. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at Columbia University Medical Center at New York State Psychiatric Institute. As a graduate student, Staci has been involved with research with individuals with eating and anxiety disorders. Her current research interests include the identification of variables that predict differential response to psychotherapy as well as understanding biological correlates of psychotherapeutic processes. Staci is currently a therapist for the Social Anxiety Treatment Program at Drexel University and also works as a therapist at Nezu Psychological Associates Center for Evidence-Based Services. In her spare time,Staci enjoys being outside, running, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends.

Lauren Bradley

Lauren Bradley

Lauren is a fourth year PhD student in the Forman-Herbert lab. She is from Los Angeles and received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Biological Basis of Behavior with a minor in Nutrition. Her research interests include acceptance-based therapies for the treatment of obesity and eating disorders. She is particularly interested in the treatment of post-bariatric surgery weight regain. She is currently a practicum student at the University of Pennsylvania Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. She also serves as a therapist for the Social Anxiety Treatment Program, Skype for OCD Study (Project S.O.S), and Project Well (Weight Loss for Life), all at Drexel University. She loves local Philly music, the Lakers and Mexican food.

Hallie Espel

Hallie Espel

Hallie is a first-year PhD student in the Forman-Herbert lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, biology, and public health, from the University of Minnesota in 2013. During her undergraduate career, she spent two years as the Education Chair for the Emily Program Foundation, where she developed a community education program to prevent eating disorders and promote healthy eating in adolescents. Her current research interests include evaluating the efficacy of acceptance-based interventions for maladaptive eating behavior, and examining the role of emotion regulation in disordered eating. In her free time, Hallie loves to practice yoga, try out new recipes, play piano, and spend time with friends and family.

Laura Fischer

Laura Fischer

Laura is a first year Master's student from Newport, Rhode Island. In 2011, she received her BA from the University of Rhode Island in Psychology and French. After graduating from college, she obtained a two-year clinical research coordinator position in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Laura's primary research interests are centered around the development of efficacious treatments for anxiety disorders. In her spare time, Laura enjoys traveling, cooking, drawing, walking, and spending time with friends.

Marina Gershkovich

Marina Gershkovich

Marina is a fourth year PhD student from New York City. She received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 2008. After graduation, Marina worked at Columbia University Medical Center at New York State Psychiatric Institute as a research coordinator. Her current research interests include the development and dissemination of Internet-based self-help interventions for anxiety disorders. In addition to being a therapist for the Social Anxiety Treatment Program at Drexel University, she currently works as a staff therapist at Drexel University College of Medicine's Outpatient Psychiatry Service. In her spare time, Marina enjoys museums, painting, and practicing yoga.

Email: marina.gershkovich@drexel.edu

Stephanie Goldstein

Stephanie Goldstein

Stephanie is a first-year doctoral student. She grew up in South Jersey and received her BS from Drexel University. Her research involves the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. More specifically, she is interested in utilizing technology to increase dissemination. In the past, she has worked on projects investigating the feasibility and effectiveness of SecondLife and Skype as treatment modalities. She has also been involved in examining the effectiveness of home-based neurocognitive trainings on changing eating behavior. Currently, she is developing and testing an online, acceptance-based physical activity promotion program for college students. Stephanie loves living in Philly. Her favorite thing about the city is trying new restaurants, but also going to museums and concerts.

Peter Hitchcock

Peter Hitchcock

Pete is a second year doctoral student from New Jersey. He received his BA from the University of Miami in 2008. After graduating, Pete worked as a research assistant in the Georgetown University Center on Health and Education, and as a lab manager in the Brown University Psychiatry department. For his thesis, Pete hopes to compare the effects of psychological acceptance and self-affirmation, on mitigating personal uncertainty aroused by receiving threatening health information. Pete enjoys meditation, literature, and talking broken Spanish; as well as exploring this wonderful city.

Arwa Ibrahim

Arwa Ibrahim

Arwa is a second year Master's student from Ewing, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University with a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. Previously, she provided preventive and crisis intervention services to Arab immigrants in New York City. She also worked alongside a team of Iraqi and American coordinators to provide medical relief to Iraqi refugees in Jordan. Her research interests include post traumatic stress in immigrant and refugee populations and the role of culture in psychopathology. Arwa enjoys writing, traveling, and spending time with family.

Lindsay Martin

Lindsay Martin

Lindsay Martin is a third year PhD student in the Forman-Herbert lab. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology in 2008 from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she worked as a research assistant in doctoral labs specializing in acceptance-based behavioral interventions. She received her Master's in Clinical Psychology in 2011 from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, and while there served as the Data Manager for a multi-site treatment development trial using Acceptance-Based Separated Family Therapy (ASFT) for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. Also during her time in Baltimore, she completed clinical and research training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Eating Disorder Program, where she also served as a research coordinator of a NIMH funded five-site placebo-controlled trial for the use of olanzapine in the treatment of anorexia. Her interests include technique, process, and outcome in acceptance-based behavioral interventions, with a primary concentration in maladaptive eating behaviors, anxiety disorders, and behavioral medicine. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys live music, outdoor activities, basketball, mountains, espresso, and spending time with her close friends and family.

Jena Shaw

Jena Shaw

Jena is a fifth year student in the PhD program. She is currently working in both the Forman-Herbert Lab and the Lowe Lab as her research interests involve the use of acceptance based treatments to improve health behavior change, particularly for weight loss and eating disorders. Her thesis used behavioral outcomes to measure the efficacy of an ACT-based treatment for anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa in an inpatient setting and her dissertation will focus on the impact of implicit attitudes on eating behavior. Her other interests include rock climbing, traveling, reading, music, running, and freshly baked cookies. She anticipates graduating in 2014.

Email: jas396@drexel.edu