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Evan Forman

Evan Forman, PhD

Department of Psychology
WELL Center
Office: Stratton 282
Phone: 215.553.7113

Additional Sites:

Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science (WELL Center)

Curriculum Vitae:

Curriculum Vitae

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. 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.

Forman is principal investigator of Mind Your Health II, an NIH-funded randomized controlled trial comparing gold standard behavioral intervention to an acceptance-based behavior intervention for obesity; principal investigator of TakeControl, a smartphone-based system for treating binge eating disorder with just-in-time, momentary interventions; and co-investigator of Project ENACT (PI Meghan Butryn), Project ImPACT (PI Meghan Butryn) and BestFit (PI Nancy Sherwood), which are NIH-funded trials comparing alternate forms of cognitive-behavioral interventions for obesity. He has also, with Lauren Bradley (PI), developed and evaluated a web-based intervention for preventing weight regain post-bariatric surgery. He was awarded the Weight Watchers Karen Miller Kovach Award from the Obesity Society and an Innovation Grant from Drexel University to fund the development of a system to predict and prevent dietary lapses. In collaboration with James Herbert, PhD, he has conducted several trials of acceptance-based and standard CBT for social anxiety as delivered through various modalities including via videoconference, interactive website, avatar and in person.

Currently Forman serves as a professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Center for Weight, Eating and Lifestyle Science, or the WELL Center. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses including Principles of Psychotherapy, Advanced CBT, and Abnormal Psychology. He is a board member and past president of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association. Evan Forman was also named Managing Editor of and he is the chair of the Committee on Science and Practice for APA Division 12 (Society for Clinical Psychology). He authored an Oxford Press Treatments That Work manual series for acceptance-based behavior treatment for obesity.

Evan Forman, PhD, has mentored numerous undergraduate, masters and doctoral students. Recent student awards have included Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Obesity and Eating Disorders Special Interest Group Graduate Student Research Award, National Institutes of Health National Service Research Award (NIH NRSA F31), Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Meritorious Student Award, Psi Chi Graduate Research Grant, Adelaide M. Delluva Award of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP) Dissertation Award, APAGS/Psi Chi Junior Scientist Fellowship, Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) Early Career Scholarship, American Psychological Association (APA) Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, and the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) Student Research Grant.

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.