Department of Psychology
Professor and Director of Training for Clinical Psychology

Bruce Zahn, EdD, ABPP


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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: Personality Assessment; and Geriatric 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.

In 2015, Dr. Zahn collaborated with composer Leslie Savoy Burrs and Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities to create the award -winning Recovery musical video, "Autumn Journey," which is part of a collaborative vision for the use of creative arts in the dissemination of Recovery principles - known as the Visual Soundscapes project. In 2015, the Autumn Journey video won recognition of a coveted Cine Golden Eagle award as a finalist in the PSA/nonprofit productions category.

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.

  • Education

    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 is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

  • Courses

    Administration, Consultation and Supervision in Behavioral Health Care
    Professional Development Seminar
    Practicum Seminar II, IV, VI

  • Research

    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.

  • Publications

    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 Society for Personality Assessment, 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.

    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:

    Zahn, B.S. & Corvi, K. Challenges in Psychological Testing of People with Psychiatric Disabilities: Implications for Training and Supervision. Paper presented at the Society for Personality Assessment Annual Convention. Brooklyn, NY, March 7, 2015.

    Felgoise, S.F., Zahn, B.S., Panichelli-Mindel, S., Gingras, R.L., & Potts, E.M. Introduction and Reinforcement of Advocacy and Social Justice as Core Competencies in the Curriculum of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology. Poster presentation given at the Annual Mid-Winter NCSPP Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 20-25, 2014.

    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.

  • Memberships

    American Psychological Association
    * Division 42, Independent Practice in Psychology
    * Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology
    * Division 20, Adult Development and Aging
    * Division 38, Health Psychology

    APA Recovery Advisory Committee (Member, 2010-2015)

    Society for Personality Assessment (Fellow)

    International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy (Member)

    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (Member; Chair, Master Clinician Series for the ABCT Convention: 2010-11)

    Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers (Member)

    Pennsylvania Psychological Association (Fellow; Continuing Education Committee, 2005-Present)

    Academy of Clinical Psychology (Fellow)

    Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists (Board Member, 2005-07)

    Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (Member)

    Interfaith Housing Alliance of Ambler, PA (Board Member, 2007-2010)