Dr. Ascher is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and sees clients in his private practice who face anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, substance use problems, relationship problems, career and life transitions, issues central to the creative process, and difficulties recovering from personal loss. Click here to learn more about what to expect from personalized medication management and attentive care. Dr. Ascher was selected as the national winner (2015) and city winner (2015, 2016) of the Doctors’ Choice Awards in Psychiatry. He recently received the Patients’ Choice Award (2016), On-Time Doctor Award (2016) and Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016).
If you are in therapy already, Dr. Ascher can provide psychiatric medication consultation, and work using a collaborative team approach with your current therapist and other providers, as appropriate.
Dr. Ascher has specialized expertise in treating substance use problems and other damaging behaviors. He combines psychiatric and psychological care for alcohol problems, drug addiction, and love/sex addiction. His publications include the 2015 book, The Behavioral Addictions. In many cases, Dr. Ascher works collaboratively with a psychologist or clinical social worker. He can also design a personalized Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for an individual leaving an inpatient rehab or looking for more support. In times of crisis, Dr. Ascher can respond quickly and work with you and your family to address a loved ones substance problems. Dr. Ascher can also help you to identify world class treatment options based on your values, needs and goals. Please visit Dr. Ascher’s Code of Ethics for more information regarding his approach to care.
Education and Credentials
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
- Candidate at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
- Four year residency in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.
- MD, Tel Aviv University.
In order to best help you, Dr. Ascher will draw on intensive training he has received in dialectical behavioral therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, harm reduction psychotherapy, contingency management, family system, and psychoanalytic approaches.
Dr. Ascher completed the Dissociative Disorders Psychotherapy Training Program sponsored by The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He completed training at The Step Family Foundation and is a certified step family coach.
Dr. Ascher is one of only a few people in the Philadelphia area trained in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), an evidence-based counseling method for working with the families of treatment-refusing addicted people. CRAFT is listed in SAMHSA’s registry of evidence-based practices.
- Board Certifications in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry: Diplomate, The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
- Licensed to practice medicine and surgery in Pennsylvania.
- Waiver Certificate, Buprenorphine Outpatient Maintenance Program, American Psychiatric Association (Fall 2010).
Awards and Honors
- Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Top Physicians Under 40 (2017)
- Distinguished Doctor Designation© from the Expert Network- conferred upon the Top 3% of physicians in the U.S (2017)
- Patients’ Choice Award (2016) On-Time Doctor Award (2016) Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2016) from Vitals.com
- The Jack Greenspan Award (2015), Philadelphia Psychiatric Society
- Doctors´Choice Awards in Psychiatry, National Winner (2015) and City Winner (2016)
- Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
- Sol W. Ginsburg/Dear Abby Fellow, The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry
- Cynthia Horner, M.D. Award for Outstanding Achievement for Research
- American Psychiatric Association Resident Recognition Award
- American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Travel Award
Books and Articles
Dr. Ascher’s books include “The Behavioral Addictions” (American Psychiatric Publishing 2015), “Couples and Family Therapy in Clinical Practice, Fifth Edition” (Wiley-Blackwell 2015) and “Psychiatry Made Ridiculously Simple” (MedMaster Publishing 2015).
Dr. Ascher is active in many professional organizations and sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for Clinical Psychiatry News and is an invited member of The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council. He is a representative to the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine (a chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine). He serves on the curriculum committee of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and is an officer in the Association of Family Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry. He is a member of the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD).
Dr. Michael Ascher is an invited member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a think tank of top psychiatric minds.
He is available for consultation and training in the practice of Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
His academic interests include psychotherapy, family-inclusive treatment, and addictions. His opinions on these matters have appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Fix, Clinical Psychiatry News, Psychiatric Times and Psychiatric News. He frequently lectures to both professional and lay audiences.
You can connect with Dr. Ascher through the contact form on this site.
Volunteer Work in the Community
Dr. Ascher has a long-standing commitment to volunteer work and has been active in organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
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