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Bruce S. Zahn, EdD, ABPP, Professor, Director of Clinical Training

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 the 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 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 Seminars; Assessment III: Projective Assessment; and Geriatric Psychology.

Dr. Zahn's mentoring and research interests are in the supervision competency, diversity issues in clinical training and practice, recovery and serious mental illness, and cognitive therapy with older adults.

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 has volunteered 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 earned 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 over 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 CBT.

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.

Recent Publications:

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.


Recent Lectures and Presentations:

Fischman, R. and Zahn, B.S.Critical issues and competencies in supervision. Workshop presented at the 32nd Annual School Psychology Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. March 8, 2013.

Evans, A.C., Beigel, A., Zahn, B.S.Psychology Training and Integrated Healthcare: Competencies for New Realities. Symposium presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Convention, Pittsburgh, PA. March 3, 2012.

Davidson, L., Evans, A., Jansen, M., Zahn, B.S., Ashenden, P. Will Psychology Be Relevant in the Era of Health Care Reform---The Need for Recovery-Oriented Care. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C. August 4, 2011.

Zahn, B.S.The Supervision Competency: Ethical Diversity-Informed Supervision. 13th Annual Ethics Conference Workshop for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA. June 24, 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. March 16, 2011.

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. November 20, 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. September 24, 2010.

Zahn, B.S. and Weil, M. C. The Ethics and Practice of Multicultural Supervision. Spring Ethics Conference of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Lancaster, PA. April 9, 2010.

Zahn, B. S.Cognitive behavioral therapy with the elderly client. Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Dover, DE. April 13, 2009.

Zahn, B. S.The Internship Application Process from Start to Finish. Annual Convention of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA. June 20, 2008.

Zahn. B.S.PCOM Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives: From Classroom to Practice. National Council for Schools of Professional Psychology, Austin, TX. January 17, 2008.

Last Updated: 12/12/14