James Herbert, PhD

Dean, Graduate College; Executive Vice Provost; 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, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavior therapy (including newer mindfulness and acceptance-based models of behavior therapy), mood and anxiety disorders, remote Internet-based treatment, and the promotion of evidence-based practice in mental health. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Treatment and Research Program at Drexel University. He previously served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as Director of Clinical Training of Drexel’s Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, and as Interim Head of the Department of Biology. He currently serves as the Interim Provost & Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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 fellowship 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, he 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 1999 and the Highly Commended Faculty Mentor Award in 2011. 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. In collaboration with colleagues at Drexel, he is currently developing and evaluating acceptance-based behavior therapy programs for obesity, and is comparing the effectiveness of traditional cognitive therapy and novel mindfulness-based therapy programs for mood and anxiety disorders. He has published over 150 papers and book chapters on these and other topics, including a recent book on mindfulness and psychological acceptance in cognitive behavior therapy that was endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He is also known internationally for his writings on quackery and pseudoscience in mental health. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Science in Medicine, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, 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 Associate Editor of The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice and the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, and serves on the editorial boards of several additional journals.

Herbert currently resides in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Avocations include running, gardening, and martial arts (he holds the rank of second degree black belt in Kenpo karate). Dr. Herbert can be reached at 215-571-4253 or via email at