Clinical Staff at Beck Institute

Cognitive behavior therapy focuses on helping clients solve current problems and get better as quickly as possible. We strive to foster highly supportive, compassionate, and collaborative relationships with clients and to tailor treatment to their particular difficulties and preferences. Clients learn specific techniques to change their unhelpful thinking, behavior, and emotional responses — skills they can use for the rest of their life to overcome their current difficulties and to stay better.

Dr. Judith S. Beck


Through the Institute, she has trained thousands of health and mental health professionals, nationally and internationally. She is also Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and currently divides her time among teaching and supervision, administration, clinical work, program development, research, and writing.

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Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters and made hundreds of presentations, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to cognitive behavior therapy. She is the author of the widely adopted textbook, Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, translated into over 20 languages, a new edition of which was published in 2011. Her other books include Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to do When the Basics Don’t Work; Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders and the Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy. She has written extensively on a cognitive behavioral approach to weight loss. Her latest book for consumers, The Diet Trap Solution, was published in April 2015. She is also the co-author of the Beck Youth Inventories and the Personality Belief Questionnaire.

Dr. Beck has been a consultant for several NIMH research studies and is an editorial board member of several peer reviewed journals.

Norman Cotterell, PhD

Clinical Coordinator

Norman Cotterell, PhD, earned his A.B. in Psychology from Princeton University, his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, under the direction of Dr. Aaron T. Beck.  Dr. Cotterell is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy , and has served as a protocol therapist on a variety of large scale psychotherapy outcome studies including drug abuse, panic disorder, and the prevention of depression.  He has lectured extensively for hospitals, churches, and support groups, and has conducted workshops across the United States and in Brazil.  He has supervised residents and fellows in cognitive therapy, and is a past recipient of the O. Spurgeon English Faculty Award for teaching psychiatry residents at Temple University.  He is a highly active therapist at the Beck Institute who treats older adolescents, adults, older adults and couples with a variety of difficulties.

Francine Broder, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Broder has extensive experience in cognitive behavioral therapies and is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.  In addition to treating adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health problems, Dr. Broder has expertise in the treatment of Eating Disorders.  Dr. Broder earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she was the recipient of the award for Advocacy, Leadership and Service.  During her doctoral studies, she focused her research on predictors of weight loss following bariatric surgery.  Dr. Broder completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a post-doctoral residency at the Beck Institute.  She is the current co-chair of an Integrated Health Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  Dr. Broder has published in the field of eating disorders, and other clinical topics in applied psychology.

Robert Hindman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hindman is a licensed psychologist at the Beck Institute.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America, where his research focused on stress, anxiety, and mindfulness.  He developed two mindfulness focused stress reduction programs for his dissertation research.  Dr. Hindman completed his clinical internship at the Coatesville VA medical center and post-doctoral fellowship at the Beck Institute.  He has co-authored book chapters on anxiety and mindfulness as well as cognitive therapy, and has published several journal articles.  Currently, Dr. Hindman provides cognitive behavior therapy for clients with diverse presenting problems.  He is also an instructor at Beck Institute workshops where he trains therapists in cognitive behavior therapy for depression and anxiety.  Likewise, Dr. Hindman conducts individual and group consultation and supervision for therapists looking to learn or improve their skills in cognitive behavior therapy.  In addition, Dr. Hindman collaborates on research that aims to determine effective ways for organizations and therapists to adopt and be trained in CBT.

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW

Director, Beck Diet Programs

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW received her undergraduate and social work degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. She has treated clients with a wide variety of difficulties in community mental health but is now exclusively focused on helping clients lose weight and maintain their weight loss by directly teaching them cognitive and behavioral skills such as how to motivate themselves, how to use good eating habits even when they’re tempted not to, how to manage hunger, craving, and the desire to eat for emotional reasons, how to stay on track and how to immediately get back on track after making a mistake. In addition to treating dieters, she also supervises and trains professionals throughout the country in the cognitive behavioral program outlined in The Beck Diet SolutionTrain Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person. She recently published The Diet Trap Solution: Train Your Brain to Lose Weight and Keep it Off For Good, with Dr. Judith Beck.