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April Fallon

April Fallon, PhD

Clinical Professor

Department: Psychiatry

Specialties: Psychology


  • PhD in Psychology - University of Pennsylvania (1981)
  • BA in Psychology - Allegheny College (1975)

Awards & Honors

  • Psychiatry Resident Teaching Award, Drexel University College of Medicine 2005-2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017
  • Psychiatric Educator Award, Philadelphia Psychiatric Society: 2012
  • Psychiatry Resident Teaching Award, Medical College of Pennsylvania 1989, 1993-1999, 2002, 2003

Memberships / Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Philadelphia Area Group Psychotherapy Society (Past President)
  • Society for Personality Assessment
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Alliance for Psychoanalytic Thought
  • South Asia American Forum, Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Society

April Fallon, PhD, is a psychologist practicing in Bala Cynwyd. She has an interest in group therapy, body image and eating disorders, effects of physical abuse, and child adoption. Dr. Fallon has a certification in group psychotherapy from the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Clinical Services

Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia, Eating disorders - resources, Adoption


  • Clinical Psychology - Friends Hospital (1981)


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship - Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (EPPI) 1982

April Fallon, PhD, is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She has taught medical students, psychology and social work students, and psychiatric residents for 30 years.


Recent Publications

"Review of Assessment with the WAIS"
Fallon A
Journal of Personality Assessment, 95(1), 125-127, 2013.

"The Maternal Bonding Trajectory for Mothers Who adopt Young, International Children: A Qualitative Analysis"
Swartz A, Brabender V, Fallon A and Shorey H
Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, 21, 138-167, 2012.

"International Medical Graduates in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Adaptation, Training and Contributions"
Gogineni RR, Fallon A, Rao NR
Child and Adolescent Clinics of North America, 19(4), 833-853, 2010.

"Ethical hot spots of combined individual and group therapy: Applying four ethical systems"
Brabender V, Fallon A
International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59(1):127-147, 2009.

"Interpersonal and Group Dynamics in Running a Residency Call Committee"
Sedky K, Swanljung P, Fallon A
Academic Psychiatry, 31, 84-85, 2007.

"Informed Consent"
Fallon A
International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 56(4), 431-453, 2006.

"Assessment of behavioral and cognitive impulsivity: development and validation of the Lifetime History of Impulsive Behaviors Interview"
Schmidt CA, Fallon AE, Coccaro EF
Psychiatry Research, 126(2), 107-121, 2004.

Recently Published Books

The Impact of Parenthood on the Therapeutic Relationship: Awaiting the Therapist's Baby 2nd Edition
Fallon A, Brabender V
New York: Taylor and Francis, 2018.

Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions
Brabender V, Fallon A (Eds)
New Jersey: Wiley and Sons, 2013.

Group Development in Practice: Guidance for Clinicians and Researchers on Stages and Dynamics of Change
Brabender V, Fallon A
American Psychological Association: Washington, D.C., 2009.

Essentials of Group Psychotherapy
Brabender V, Fallon A, Smolar A
New York: Wiley, 2004.

Awaiting the Therapist’s Baby
Fallon A, Brabender V
New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum, Inc., 2003.

Recent Book Chapters

"Mistrust in adolescence"
Gogineni R and Fallon A
In S Akhtar (Ed.) Mistrust: Developmental, Cultural, and Clinical Realms. (pp. 19-39). London: Karnac Books, 2017.

"Identity Development for International Medical Graduate Physicians: A Perspective"
Gogineni R, Fallon A, Rao N, Ruiz P and Akhtar S
In (Eds.) Rao N and Roberts L. International Medical Graduates: A Guide to Training, (pp. 257-267). Springer International: Switzerland, 2016.

"Issues of gender and assessment in feeding eating disorders"
Fallon A and Lannon K
In V Brabender and Mihuri, J. Handbook of Gender and Sexuality in Psychological Assessment (pp. 316-352). New Jersey: Taylor & Francis, 2016.

"Mothers’ experiences in creating emotional bonds with their adoptive children"
Winzinger M, Fallon A and Brabender V
In S Ahktar (ed.). The New Motherhoods: Patterns of Early Child Care in Contemporary. (pp. 81-106). New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

"Latino gender roles"
Fallon A and Bauza P  
In S Ahktar and S Bertoglia (eds.) The Latino American: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health. (Pp. 23-42). New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.

"Child rearing by Latino immigrants"
Fallon A and Quintano C
In S Ahktar and S Bertoglia (eds.) The Latino American: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Culture and Mental Health. (pp. 23-42). New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015.  

"The ubiquitous nature of revenge: Biopsychocultural perspectives"
Gogineni RR and Fallon A
In S Akhtar and H Parens (Eds.) Revenge: Narcissistic injury, rage and retaliation. (pp.119-143). New York: Jason Aronson, 2014.

"A secure connection: The tethering of attachment and good-enough maternal care"
Fallon A, Brabender VM
In: The Mother and Her Child: Clinical Aspects of Attachment, Separation and Loss; S Akhtar (Ed.). New York: Jason Aronson, 2012.

"The case of Kristen: the psychoanalytic perspective"
Fallon A, Bunce S
In: Comparative Treatments for Eating Disorders; K Miller & JS Mizes, New York: Springer Publishing Co., 2000.

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

Contact Information

Department of Psychiatry
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Friends Hospital, Scattergood Building
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: 215.831.7800
Fax: 215.831.6382