Evan Forman, PhD

Director of Graduate Studies; Professor

Evan Forman
Office: Stratton 282
Phone: 215.553.7113
Fax: 215.762.8625

Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change
Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy Program

Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (Google)

Research Interests

  • clinical psychology: mechanisms and measurement of psychotherapy outcome, cognitive-behavioral and acceptance based psychotherapies, the development and evaluation of acceptance-based interventions for health behavior change (for problems of obesity and cardiac disease) as well as mood and anxiety disorders

  • neurocognition of eating


Evan Forman, PhD, is a clinical psychologist whose research interests include health-related behavior change especially related to problems of obesity and overeating, food cravings, and neurocognition of eating in the Laboratory for Innovations in Health-Related Behavior Change. His research interests also include cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-based psychotherapies, psychotherapy mechanisms of action, and the development and evaluation of acceptance-based behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders in the Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy Program. Currently he serves as principle investigator of Mind Your Health, an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial comparing gold standard behavioral intervention to an acceptance-based behavior intervention for obesity; principle investigator of the Inhibitory Control Training Study, a Stein Foundation-funded study investigating the ability of computer-based inhibitory control training to improve healthy eating; and co-principle investigator of Project ENACT, an NIH-funded trial comparing alternate forms of cognitive-behavioral interventions for obesity. In collaboration with James Herbert, PhD, he also is conducting an RCT comparing standard CBT to an acceptance-based behavior therapy for social anxiety.

Currently Professor Forman serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and is the Director of Graduate Studies. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses including Principles of Psychotherapy, Psychotherapy Theories, and Abnormal Psychology. He is a board member and past president of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association.  Forman was also named Managing Editor of and as of 2014, he will assume the role of chair of the Committee on Science and Practice for APA Division 12.

Professor Forman’s undergraduate work was conducted at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland. After he achieved his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, he completed clinical internships and fellowships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania with specialties in cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-related disorders and assessment, treatment and prevention of suicidality. He has also functioned as a clinical associate at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.