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Aaron P. Brinen

Aaron P. Brinen, PsyD

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychiatry

Specialties: Psychology


  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2010)
  • MA, Psychology - Phillips Graduate Institute (2003)
  • MS, Clinical Psychology - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2008)
  • BA, Theatre Arts - Pennsylvania State University (1997)

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • American Psychological Association
  • International CBT for Psychosis Group
  • North American CBTp Network

Aaron P. Brinen, PsyD, is a primary developer of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) along with Aaron T. Beck, MD. Under the guidance of Dr. Beck, Dr. Brinen has worked to formalize and standardize the CT-R protocol for individual and group therapy settings, as well as for use in team-based psychiatric care and during inpatient treatment. He is a co-author in the upcoming manual of CT-R for schizophrenia, and has been active in the training of community therapists from around the world.

Dr. Brinen directs a center for the dissemination, development, study and practice of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy for psychosis in the Department of Psychiatry. Additionally, he trains psychiatry residents in CT-R. Dr. Brinen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with schizophrenia, PTSD, and other disorders. In addition to training, research and treatment development, Dr. Brinen has a small practice at Drexel where he sees individuals. Dr. Brinen is also a faculty member at the Beck Institute and trainer for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, where he speaks nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including CBT for schizophrenia and PTSD. He feels it is his greatest gift to work with his patients and strives to provide the highest quality treatment.

Clinical Services

Recovery-oriented cognitive therapy , Cognitive-behavioral therapy, Evidence-based treatments, CBT for psychosis, Prolonged exposure, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, Psychosis


  • Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center (2009-2010)


  • NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship - Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2010-2012)

Aaron P. Brinen, PsyD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. He trains residents in the cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis (CBTp) section of their training. He teaches CBTp through the lens of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy. Additionally, Dr. Brinen supervises residents in CBTp cases and an elective in dissemination.

Research Overview

Dr. Brinen is interested in researching the impact of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy on inpatient and outpatient individuals. Additionally, he is interested in the crossover of different evidence-based treatments, particularly prolonged exposure for PTSD applied to individuals with both PTSD and schizophrenia.


"Self-stigma in first episode psychosis (FEP): The mediating role of depression in the relationships between positive and negative symptoms and self-stigma"
Bornheimer LA, Tarrier N, Brinen A, Dwyer M, Li J and Himle J
JAMA Psychiatry (under review)

"Successfully breaking a 20-year cycle of hospitalizations with recovery-oriented cognitive therapy for schizophrenia"
Grant PM, Reisweber J, Luther L, Brinen AP and Beck AT
Psychological Services, 11(2), 125-133 (2014)

"Prolonged exposure (PE) for treatment of childhood sexual abuse-related PTSD: Do we need to augment it?"
Hembree EA and Brinen AP
Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy (online) 5:2 (2009)


"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Individuals Lacking Insight"
Workshop leader, in-congress workshop, World Congress of CBT, Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2019

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Psychosis"
Workshop leader, Provo, Utah, May 21-23, 2019

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for State Hospital Clinicians"
Workshop leader, Savannah, Georgia, February 4-8, 2019

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for First Episode Psychosis"
Workshop leader, Pennsylvania First Episode Teams, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, November 26-29, 2018

"Recovery Oriented Cognitive Therapy in Forensic Settings"
Southern States Psychiatric Hospital and National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Forensic Division Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October 29, 2018

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy"
Plenary, Georgia Behavioral Health Symposium, Lake Lanier, Georgia, October 4, 2018

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for PTSD"
Workshop leader, The Beck Institute, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, July 9-11, 2018

"Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Schizophrenia"
Workshop leader, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Oxnard, California, June 4-5, 2018
Workshop leader, The Beck Institute, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, April 9-11, 2018
Workshop leader, Peer Training, Atlanta, Georgia, February 8-14, 2018

* This physician's clinical practice is independent of Drexel University.

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
1427 Vine Street
8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.565.5147