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Donna Sudak

Donna Sudak, MD

Professor; Interim Residency Program Director

Department: Psychiatry

Practices: Drexel Psychiatry

Specialties: Psychiatry


  • MD - Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • BS - Ursinus College

Donna Sudak, MD, is director of the psychotherapy training program and is board certified in psychiatry, with special expertise in both psychopharmacological treatments and cognitive behavioral treatments.

Referrals for private practice accepted at 215.873.0245.

Clinical Services

Psychiatric evaluation, Psychiatric treatments, Psychotherapy, Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Donna Sudak, MD, is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and interim program director for the Adult Psychiatry Residency.


Papers in Refereed Journals

"The Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire (CD-Quest): Psychometric Properties and Exploratory Factor Analysis"
*Morrison, A.S, Potter, C.M., Carper, M.M., Kinner, D.G., Jensen, D., Bruce, L., Wong, J., De Oliveira, I.R. Sudak, D.M., Heimberg, R.G.
Submitted,  International Journal of Cognitive Therapy

"Evaluation of the Psychometric Properties of the Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire (CD-Quest) in a Sample of Undergraduate Students"
*DeOliveira, I.R., Seixas, C., Osorio, F.L., Crippa, J., de Abreu, J., Menezes, I., Pidgeon, E., Sudak, D., Wenzel, A.
In press, Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience

"Advancing the Accessibility of Psychotherapy: Learning From Our International Colleagues"
*Sudak, D.
In press, Journal of Psychiatric Practice

"Combining CBT and medication for insomnia"
*Sudak, D., Getsy, J., Bartholow, J.
International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 7 (2), 162 – 174, 2014

"Behavioral Activation – a Strategy to Enhance Treatment Response"
*Sudak, D., Majeed, H., Youngman, B.
Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 20: 269 – 275, 2014

"Suicide on Facebook: Clinical Case Discussion"
*Ahuja, A., Biesaga, K., Sudak, D.
Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 20, 141-146, 2014

"'Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship:' A mentoring journey"
*Sudak, D.M., Arbuckle, M.R.
Academic Psychiatry 37:6, Nov-Dec 2013

"Changing core beliefs with trial-based cognitive therapy may improve quality of life in social phobia: A randomized study"
*Powell, V. B., de Oliveira, O., Seixas, C., Almeida, C., Grangeon, M.C., Caldas, M., Bonfim, T., Castro, M., Galvao, A.,  Moraes, R., Sudak, D., deOliveira, I.R.
Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, November 2012

"Efficacy of the trial-based thought record, a new cognitive therapy strategy designed to change core beliefs, in social phobia"
*deOliveira, I.R., Powell, V. B., Wenzel, A., Caldas, M., Seixas, C., Almeida, C., Bonfim, T., Grangeon, M.C., Castro, M., Galvao, A., de Oliveira Moraes, R., Sudak, D.
J Clin Pharm Ther 37 (3): 328-334. June 2012

"Trends in Psychotherapy Training: A National Survey of Psychiatry Residency Training"
*Sudak, D.M., Goldberg, D.A.
Academic Psychiatry, 36 (5): 369-373, September 2012

"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression"
*Sudak, D.M.
Psychiatr Clin N Am, 35: 99-110. March 2012

"Is that an Unconscious Fantasy or an Automatic Thought? – Perils of Learning Multiple Psychotherapies Simultaneously"
*Gastelum, E.D., Hyun, A., Goldberg, D., Stanley, B., Sudak, D., Cabaniss, D.L.
Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry, Spring 2011

"The Y Model: Integrated, Evidence-Based Approach to Teaching of Psychotherapy Competencies" (Paper in Refereed Journal)
Plakun E, Sudak DM, Goldberg D
Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 15 (1): 5-11, January 2009

"Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Psychiatry Residency: An Overview for Educators" (Paper in Refereed Journal)
Sudak D
Behavior Modification, 33: 124-137, January 2009

"Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Depression" (Paper in Refereed Journal)
Powell VB, Abreu N, Reis de Oliveira I, Sudak D
Revista Brasilera de Psiquitria (online}, 30, suppl.2, 73-80, November 2008

"Deficiencies in Suicide Training in Primary Care Specialties: A Survey of Training Directors" (Paper in Refereed Journal)
Sudak D, Roy A, Sudak H, Lipschitz A, Hendin H
Academic Psychiatry, 31:345-349, October 2007

Invited Articles

"Cognitive Therapy in China"
Sudak D
Advances in Cognitive Therapy, Volume 7, Issue 2/3, 2-7, 2007

"Teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Residents: An Update"
Sudak D
Advances in Cognitive Therapy, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2-6, 2006

Book Chapters

"Integrating psychopharmacology and psychotherapy in mood disorders: Bipolar disorder"
Sudak, D., Du, W.
In DeOliveira, I.R., Stahl, S. Integrating Psychotherapy and Pharmacotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians, New York: Routledge, 2013

"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression"
Abreu, N., Powell, V., Sudak, D.
In De Oliveira, I.R., Standard and Innovative Strategies in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, pp. 63 – 77, 2012

"Psychodynamic, Behavioral, and Cognitive Theories: Concepts and Techniques"
Good GE, Beitman BD, Sudak DM
In G. Good and B. Beitman, Counseling and Psychotherapy Essentials: Integrating Theories, Skills and Practices, pp. 09-28, New York: W.W. Norton, 2006

"Depression and Suicide"
Good GE, Beitman BD, Sudak DM
In G. Good and B. Beitman, Counseling and Psychotherapy Essentials: Integrating Theories, Skills and Practices, pp. 227-248, New York: W.W. Norton, 2006


Teaching and Supervising CBT
Sudak, D.M., Codd, R.T., Ludgate, J., Reiser, R.J., Milne, D., Sokol, L., Fox, M.
Manuscript in preparation, Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, anticipated publication 2015

CBT and Medication – An Evidence Based Approach
Sudak, D.M.
Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons, 2011

High-Yield Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Brief Sessions: An Illustrated Guide
Wright, J.H., Sudak, D.M., Turkington, D., Thase, M.
Washington, DC: APPI Press, 2010

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Clinicians
Sudak D
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia 2006

Book Reviews

The Science of the Art of Psychotherapy, Schore, A.N.
Sudak, Donna M.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74 (9):e867, 2013

Essential Psychopathology and its Treatment, 3rd Edition, Ward, N.G., Kilgus, M.,  Eds.
Sudak, Donna M.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 199 (12): 991, December 2011

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Severe Mental Illness: An Illustrated Guide, Wright, J.S., Kingdon, D.,Turkington, D., Basco, R.
Sudak, Donna M.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 72:3, 420-421, March 2011

Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders, Clark DA, Beck AT
Sudak, Donna M.
Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 16:4, 281-2, July 2010

Comprehensive Textbook of AIDS Psychiatry, Cohen MA, Gorman JM (Editors)
Sudak, Donna M.
, 49:4, August 2008


"Female and Male Medical Students – Comparison of Perceived Stress, Coping Style and Distress:  Implications for Treatment"
*Russo, J., Miller, D.M., Vitaliano, P.P. and Carr, J.E.

"The Trial-Based Thought Record, a new cognitive therapy strategy to change core beliefs in social phobia"
*deOliveira, I.R., Powell, V., Pereira, C., DeAlmeida, C., Grangeon, M.C., Caldas, M., Bonfim, T., Castro, M., Galvao, A., Moraes, R., Wenzel, A., Sudak, D.

"Initial Psychometric Properties of the Cognitive Distortions Questionnaire"
*deOliveira, I.R., Osorio, F.L., Sudak, D., Abreu, J.N., Crippa, J., Powell, V., Landerio, F.M., Wenzel, A.

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Contact Information

Practice Office

Drexel Psychiatry
245 N. 15th Street
17th Floor, Mail Stop 403
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.873.0245