Dr. Bruce Zahn joined the core faculty in the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine in July 1999, and serves as Professor and Director of Clinical Training in
the PsyD in clinical psychology program. Dr. Zahn is a licensed and board certified
psychologist who has a broad variety of clinical experiences with patient populations
ranging from children to older adults. In his capacity as Director of Clinical Training,
Dr. Zahn is leader of the Clinical Training Committee, where he is responsible for
the direction and coordination of all doctoral practicum and internship activities.
He also serves as the Clinical Training Committee consultant to the Student Progress
and Evaluation Committee (SPEC).
At PCOM, Dr. Zahn is responsible for advising students throughout the PsyD in clinical
psychology program in all aspects of clinical training, specifically mentoring students
through the APPIC internship match process. Dr. Zahn's teaching responsibilities
have included: Administration, Consultation and Supervision in Behavioral Health Care
Services; Practicum Seminar; Assessment III: Projective Assessment; and Geriatric
Dr. Zahn's mentoring and research interests are in the supervision competency, diversity
issues in clinical training and practice, homelessness, cognitive therapy with older
adults, and psychological testing (including projective personality assessment).
He has recently chaired dissertations that have focused on multicultural competence
of providers and clinical supervisors (focusing specifically on Latino behavioral
health issues), as well as issues related to homelessness and recovery.
As a leader and advocate, Dr. Zahn has mentored many regional agencies and behavioral
health provider institutions to become members of APPIC in response to the local and
national shortage of approved internship programs. He is the PCOM campus FEDAC (Federal
Education Advocacy Coordinator Grassroots Network) representative - a campus-based
nationwide, education advocacy grassroots network established to assist the APA Education
Directorate and Public Policy-Education staff with its efforts to gain federal support
(funding) for psychology education and training. Dr. Zahn is also the program's lead
delegate to the NCSPP (National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology).
In 2010, Dr. Zahn was selected to serve on the American Psychological Association's
Recovery Advisory Committee, designed to provide recommendations, information, and
strategic oversight with regard to data collection and analysis, training material
development, marketing, dissemination, and education in the APA's Recovery to Practice
program for individuals with serious mental illness (http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/recovery-to-practice/index.aspx).
Dr. Zahn has been active at the national and regional levels of leadership. He was
the Chair of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Master Clinician
Series for the 2010 Annual Convention, and he is a member of the PPA Continuing Education
Committee. He has recently served on the Board of the Philadelphia Society for Clinical
Psychologists as well. Dr. Zahn also volunteers his time as a Board Member of the
Inter-faith Housing Alliance of Ambler, serving families in Montgomery County to overcome
homelessness (http://www.i-fha.org). Within the PCOM community, Dr. Zahn has served as a member of the Appointments,
Promotions and Tenure Committee and the Academic Appeals Committee.
Dr. Zahn completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Rutgers University and
received his master's degree in clinical psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University,
Teaneck, NJ. He completed his doctoral studies in school psychology at Temple University.
Dr. Zahn is board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional
Psychology, is a fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology, and he is listed in
the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. In addition to his
responsibilities at PCOM, Dr. Zahn maintains a part-time private practice in Spring
House, PA, serving adolescents and adults.
Dr. Zahn has nearly 35 years of clinical experience with a diverse range of patient
populations. Before coming to PCOM, he served as Director of Psychological Services
and Cognitive Therapy Program at the Presbyterian Medical Center of the University
of Pennsylvania Health System. In this capacity, Dr. Zahn collaborated with David
D. Burns, MD, the author of Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, The Feeling Good Handbook, and Ten Days to Self Esteem on adaptations of the cognitive therapy model for inpatient and outpatient populations
that have traditionally been thought of as too difficult to treat with traditional
From 1978 to 1991, Dr. Zahn served as a senior psychologist at the Devereux Foundation's
Institute for Clinical Training and Research, specializing in issues related to the
intensive treatment of adolescents and adults with exceptional emotional, behavioral
and learning difficulties. He has been devoted to supervision and training of beginning
and advanced graduate psychology students for many years.
Dr. Zahn has given workshops and presentations at national conferences including the
American Psychological Association, the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the World Congress of Biological
Psychiatry, the American Association for Partial Hospitals, the Association of Mental
Health Administrators, the National Head Injury Association, and the American Association
of Children's Residential Centers.
Dr. Zahn's leisure interests are in the performing arts. He is a former trumpeter,
and he studied with Seymour Rosenfeld, second trumpeter with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
He also was a supernumerary with the Philadelphia Lyric Opera and the Grand Opera
Companies, performing non-singing "bit" acting roles with such greats as Luciano Pavarotti,
Beverly Sills, and Richard Tucker.
Click here to view a video of Dr. Zahn explaining how his passion for psychology and playing
the trumpet are linked.
Zahn, B.S., Zehrung, D., and Russo-Innamorato, L. (2010). Cognitive Strategies.
In DiTomasso, R.A., Golden, B.A., and Morris, H., Eds. Handbook of cognitive behavioral approaches in primary care. New York: Springer.
DiTomasso,R.A., Freeman, A., Carvajal, R., Zahn, B.S. (2009). Cognitive concepts of anxiety.
In D. J. Stein and E. Hollander, Eds. Textbook of anxiety disorders. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.
Zahn, M. R. & Zahn, B.S. (2006). Mature Adults: Working with the Depressed Aging
Patient. In T. Ronen and A. Freeman Eds. Cognitive behavioral approaches in social work practice. New York: Springer.
Zahn, B.S. & Diefenbeck, C. (2004). Mature adults: Working with the aging patient.
In S. M. Freeman and A. Freeman Eds. Cognitive behavioral approaches in nursing practice. New York: Springer.
Zahn, B.S. (2003). Rorschach and Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Strange bedfellows, or
a perfect match? Society for Personality Assessment Exchange, Fall, 2003.
Zahn, B.S. & Davis, B. (2002). When the golden years turn blue. Unpublished manuscript.
Recent Lectures and Presentations:
March 16, 2011. Zahn, B.S. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Depression in the Elderly with Renal Failure. Workshop for the Council of Nephrology Social Workers of Eastern PA and Delaware,
King of Prussia, PA.
November 20, 2010. Golden, B. A., and Zahn, B. S. Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Depression in Primary Care Medicine. Workshop presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual
Convention, San Francisco, CA.
September 24, 2010. Zahn, B.S. Successfully Navigating the APPIC Internship Process: A Workshop for Graduate Students
in Psychology. Sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Philadelphia, PA.
April 9, 2010. Zahn, B.S., and Weil, M. C. The Ethics and Practice of Multicultural Supervision. Spring Ethics Conference of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Lancaster,
April 13, 2009. Zahn, B. S. Cognitive behavioral therapy with the elderly client. Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Dover, DE.
June 20, 2008. Zahn, B. S. The Internship Application Process from Start to Finish. Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA
June 16, 2008. Zahn, B. S. Competency-based Supervision. Philadelphia Connections, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
January 17, 2008. Zahn. B.S. PCOM Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives: From Classroom to Practice. National Council for Schools of Professional Psychology, Austin, TX.
November 17, 2007. Ferguson-Thomas, C. and Zahn, B.S. Older Adults and Depression: The Relationships between Distorted Thinking, Quality
Of Life, and Depressive Themes. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Philadelphia,
November 17, 2007. Serrano., M. and Zahn, B.S. Grounded Theory: Latino Mental Health Providers Perceptions of the Mental Health Beliefs
of Latino Clients. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Philadelphia,
November 12, 2007. Zahn, B. S. Inpatient Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Older Adults. Workshop presented at Friends Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Zahn, B.S. Successfully Navigating the APPIC Internship Application Process. Workshop sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, presented
at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, September 15, 2006.
Zahn, B. S. Basics of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with older adults. Workshop presented at the Fall meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association,
Exton, PA, October 28, 2005.