Shelby Arnold, PhD | Judith S. Beck, PhD | Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW

Francine Broder, PsyD | Sofia M. Chernoff, PsyD | Norman Cotterell, PhD

Robert D. Friedberg, PhD | Paul M. Grant, PhD | Ellen Inverso, PsyD

Elizabeth Jeglic, PhD | Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA | Amy Wenzel, PhD

Beck Institute Team Member: Faculty
Shelby Arnold, PhD 

Dr. Shelby Arnold is a member of the Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) team, and an expert in a recovery-oriented approaches to forensic mental health. Dr. Arnold trains staff and providers at organizations, agencies, and programs along the justice continuum (in correctional facilities, treatment programs, and the community) to empower currently or formerly incarcerated individuals to imagine and achieve a meaningful life beyond justice-involvement.

Dr. Arnold can speak to:

  • how recovery-oriented approaches can be applied along the justice and mental health continuum
  • how the CT-R approach helps individuals strengthen positive beliefs, identify and work toward meaningful aspirations, build resilience, and remain crime-free into the future
  • how this strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral approach differs from more traditional offender treatment, and how it can complement and augment existing services (e.g., competency restoration, risk mitigation, mental health/substance use services)
  • practical ways to implement CT-R in agencies and larger systems to promote systems change and mitigate risk and recidivism 

Many experts agree that our criminal justice system is deeply flawed. Dr. Arnold can speak to a better way of understanding and mitigating criminogenic risk factors using a strength-based approach.

Judith S. Beck, PhD 

Dr. Judith S. Beck is President of the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI), and clinical professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Beck is an international leader in the field of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), a time-sensitive, structured, present-oriented psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in more than 2,000 studies for the treatment of many different health and mental health conditions. She is a prolific and authoritative author, clinician and educator in the field of mental health and has written several books for professionals and for consumers about CBT, including a New York Times bestseller.  

Her areas of expertise include:    

  • evidence-based treatment of psychiatric disorders and psychological problems  
  • resilience, improving well-being, and responding to negative thinking  
  • self-care and the creation and maintenance of good habits    

Dr. Beck has provided clear and concise information about CBT and more general psychology and mental health topics to the New York Times, Huffington Post and Psychology Today, among others. She is an engaging speaker, has made hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally, and has appeared on a number of television and radio programs. 

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and Director of the Weight Management program at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). Ms. Busis helps clients learn to empower themselves, build resilience, and work towards their health goals using a CBT framework.  

Her specialties include:    

  • creation and maintenance of healthy habits   
  • the psychology of overeating, diet, and weight loss 
  • common difficulties people have in maintaining weight loss and how to overcome these “traps”

Ms. Busis is an engaging and accessible speaker and writer and is skilled at explaining complex cognitive and behavioral constructs to a lay or professional audience

Francine Broder, PsyD 

Dr. Francine Broder is a clinical psychologist at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI), providing therapy to adults and older adolescents with diverse presenting problems. She conducts individual and group consultation and supervision, and delivers workshops to clinicians interested in improving their CBT skills.  Dr. Broder has been published in the field of eating disorders as well as other clinical topics in applied psychology.  

Her specialties include:    

  • suicide prevention 
  • disordered eating and obesity   
  • meaningful and effective self-care  
  • anxiety and anxiety related disorders  
  • depression   

Dr. Broder is a wise and thoughtful speaker, and attendees at her workshops and talks remark on her warmth and kindness.

Sofia M. Chernoff, PsyD

Dr. Sofia M. Chernoff is a clinical health psychologist and Director of CBT Programs at Beck Institute, where she manages the daily operations for training and clinical services. Dr. Chernoff’s clinical and research interests include CBT interventions and program development aimed to improve lives of individuals with chronic illnesses.

Her specialties include:    

  • management of acute and chronic pain  
  • management of chronic medical conditions   
  • perinatal mood disorders and maternal mental health  
  • behavioral medicine integration in interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient medical settings  
  • addressing the needs of “super-utilizers” of medical care

Dr. Chernoff is a skilled clinician and an engaging speaker with a strong background in health psychology who has provided psychological services to patients in both primary care and ob-gyn settings. She is fluent in English and Russian. 

Norman Cotterell, PhD 

Dr. Norman Cotterell is clinical psychologist at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI), providing therapy to adults, older adolescents, couples and families with diverse presenting problems. Dr. Cotterell has decades of clinical experience and has lectured extensively for hospitals, churches, and support groups, and has conducted workshops nationally and internationally.

His specialties include:    

  • causes and treatment of chronic anger   
  • family and couples’ problems   
  • substance use disorder 
  • treatment-resistant depression and other complex and chronic mental health problems 

His background in theater makes him a dynamic and engaging speaker, skilled at using humor, metaphors and anecdotes to communicate complex concepts. 

Robert D. Friedberg, PhD

Dr. Robert D. Friedberg is a clinical psychologist and faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI) and a leading expert in evidence-based approaches to the treatment of mental health conditions in children and adolescents. He is currently a tenured full professor at Palo Alto University and serves as Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth.

Dr. Friedberg’s areas of expertise include:

  • the current youth mental health crisis in the US
  • effects of the pandemic on youth and caregivers
  • anxiety, depression, OCD, autism spectrum, and behavior problems in children and adolescents
  • intolerance of uncertainty in children and adolescents
  • CBT for comorbid psychological and medical conditions and CBT with inpatients
  • parent training
  • exposure therapy

Dr. Friedberg is an experienced and engaging clinician, researcher, speaker, mentor, and author and is skilled at sharing his expertise with both professional and lay audiences.

Paul M. Grant, PhD

Dr. Paul M. Grant is Director of the Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) and clinical psychologist at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). For the past 20 years, Dr. Grant, along with Aaron T. Beck, MD, originated and advanced CT-R, which is a revolutionary evidence-based approach to treating serious mental health conditions. He has extensively researched and studied the theoretical basis and application of CT-R to individuals given a diagnosis of schizophrenia.

His specialties include:    

  • theory and research underlying the treatment of schizophrenia and serious mental health challenges (aggressive behavior, self-injury, hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, access to motivation, inactivity)   
  • public health research focused on the importance of connection and purpose for physical and mental health, with a focus on beliefs as mediating factors  
  • enhancing effectiveness of evidence-based interventions with individuals who have been chronically institutionalized, in both correctional and hospital settings; as well as for those who live on the street, in congregate care settings, or are served by community teams   
  • assessing the quality of CT-R implementation at the programmatic, organizational and personal levels   
  • systems change    

Individuals with serious mental health conditions are often neglected by a system overwhelmed by demand and lack of funding. Dr. Grant can provide evidence-based insight into the theory, research and practice behind a radical new treatment that can help these vulnerable individuals build and live meaningful lives of their choosing. Dr. Grant’s research narrows the perceived differences in potential and capability between these individuals and those not given a diagnosis. 

Ellen Inverso, PsyD 

Dr. Ellen Inverso is a clinical psychologist and Beck Institute faculty member. Dr. Inverso is one of the pioneers of CT-R, a revolutionary evidence-based approach to treating serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, and has successfully created and implemented CT-R training programs in hospital units, programmatic residences and community teams around the country.   

Her specialties include:    

  • person-centered, strengths-based, collaborative approaches to schizophrenia, psychosis and other serious mental health conditions   
  • practical application of the CT-R approach to a broad range of challenges, including hallucinations, delusions, negative symptoms, self-injury, aggression and substance use  
  • promoting recovery, resiliency and empowerment  
  • working with cross-disciplinary staff in a variety of settings, including psychologists, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, peer specialists, alcohol and substance use counselors, and more 
  • collaborating with adolescents, young adults, teachers, and families 

Individuals given a diagnosis of a serious mental health condition are often left behind by a system overwhelmed by demand and lack of funding. Dr. Inverso can provide insight into efforts to disseminate a radical new treatment that can help these vulnerable individuals not only move toward independence, but also build and live meaningful lives. 

Elizabeth Jeglic, PhD 

Dr. Elizabeth Jeglic is a Professor of Psychology at John Jay College and a faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). Dr. Jeglic is a leading expert in forensic psychology and has co-authored or edited numerous publications on topics ranging from preventing sexual violence to offender treatment within correctional settings.

Dr. Jeglic can provide expertise on:

  • childhood trauma and abuse
  • preventing sexual violence, sexual abuse, and sexual grooming
  • assessment and treatment of those who have committed sexual offenses
  • integrating evidence-based practices into correctional settings
  • the role of treatment in criminal justice reform
  • the development of evidence-based public policy

Dr. Jeglic is well positioned to provide research-backed information on the critical topics of criminal justice reform and offender treatment.

Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA 

Dr. Allen R. Miller is the acting Executive Director and a clinical psychologist at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). For more than 25 years, he held leadership positions in a large integrated health system where he provided administrative and operational oversight for the behavioral health service line that served hospitals and medical practices. Dr. Miller has extensive experience in disaster preparedness and response, including clinical care of 9/11 first responders and work on the ground in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina.     

His specialties include:    

  • public health issues  
  • trauma  
  • population health management 
  • substance use, including opioid use 
  • administrative and clinical management of critical incidents 
  • responding to stress and anxiety in the medical/health care community 
  • management of chronic medical conditions 

Dr. Miller draws upon his decades of experience and wealth of knowledge in a variety of topics, including the unique challenges faced by medical providers, integrating mental health treatment into medical settings, and how the US and its collective mental health will be impacted during and following the ongoing public health crisis we are facing.  

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Amy Wenzel, PhD 

Dr. Amy Wenzel is a clinical psychologist and faculty member at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). Dr. Wenzel has authored or edited 24 books and treatment manuals and over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from suicide prevention to perinatal mental health.

She is a leading subject matter expert on:

  • common mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety
  • suicide prevention and the treatment of suicidal behavior
  • perinatal mental health and adjustment difficulties associated with childbirth
  • the therapeutic relationship
  • maximizing success in therapy

Dr. Wenzel enjoys working with the media to disseminate evidence-based information about mental health and mental health treatment.


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