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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. 

Allen R. Miller, PhD, MBA

Dr. Allen R. Miller is the Director of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Programs and 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. 

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW

Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and Director of Diet Programs at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). Ms. Busis helps clients learn to gain control of their eating 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 a 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. 

Paul M. Grant, PhD

Dr. Paul M. Grant is Co-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 severe 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, 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 Co-Director of the Center for Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) and a clinical psychologist at the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (BI). 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.  

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 during times of crisis  
  • 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. 

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 Hindman, PhD

Dr. Robert Hindman 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. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Hindman teaches workshops and has written chapters and articles on topics related to cognitive therapy, mindfulness, and anxiety. His specialties include:   

  • mindfulness practices for helping individuals cope with distressing thoughts and emotions
  • obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and specific phobias  
  • tips for stress reduction   
  • general anxiety and health anxiety   

Dr. Hindman enjoys the opportunity to disseminate research-based information to the public and to dispel misconceptions and myths about mental health and the process of therapy. 

Sofia M. Chernoff, PsyD

Dr. Sofia M. Chernoff is a clinical health psychologist and the Assistant 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.

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