James Herbert, PhD

Department Head; Professor

Dr. James Herbert
Office: Stratton 119B
Phone: 215.571.4253
Fax: 215.571.4259
Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Research Interests

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Cognitive behavior therapy
  • Acceptance and mindfulness based psychotherapies
  • Teletherapy
  • the role of empiricism in clinical psychology


James D. Herbert, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy (including newer mindfulness and acceptance-based models of behavior therapy), mood and anxiety disorders, teletherapy, the distinction between science and pseudoscience in psychology and related fields, and the promotion of evidence-based practice in mental health. He is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program at Drexel University. He also served for several years as Director of Clinical Training of Drexel's PhD Program in Clinical Psychology. From 2008-2009 he served as Interim Head of the Department of Biology at Drexel.

Following his undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and liberal arts studies in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Herbert received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1989. He completed a clinical internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, then joined the faculty of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where he directed the Behavior Therapy Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry.

In 1993, Herbert moved to MCP Hahnemann University. As President of the University Faculty, Herbert was instrumental in the integration of the faculties of MCP Hahnemann University with Drexel University when the two institutions merged in 2002. He has taught various courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including introductory psychology, science and pseudoscience in psychology, clinical psychopharmacology, cognitive behavior therapy, and the history and systems of psychology. He also is actively involved in the clinical training and supervision of graduate psychology students. He has received numerous professional honors and awards, including the University's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. In collaboration with Evan Forman and other colleagues, he has an active research program on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, with particular emphasis on evaluating the effectiveness and mechanisms of action underlying new acceptance-based models of behavior therapy such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Herbert and Forman are also comparing the efficacy and mechanisms of standard and acceptance-based CBT approaches for a variety of other conditions, including obesity and cardiac disease. They are also studying the remote delivery of these interventions via the internet. Herbert has published widely on these and other topics in professional journals, and is known internationally for his writings on quackery and pseudoscience in mental health. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy as well as the Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health, and is active in several professional organizations. He is currently an Associate Editor of The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, and serves on the editorial boards of several additional journals, including the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Herbert currently resides in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Avocations include martial arts (he holds the rank of black belt in Kenpo karate), running, cycling, and gardening. Professor Herbert can be reached at 215.762.1692 or via email at