Dr. Michael Ascher is committed to delivering a level of personalized mental health care that is unrivaled in the Philadelphia area.
Dr. Ascher is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and sees adults (18+) in his private practice who face anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, relationship problems, career and life transitions, issues central to the creative process, and difficulties recovering from personal loss.
In addition to his general psychiatry practice, Dr. Ascher also works with high functioning individuals who are motivated to reduce or abstain from substance use.
Dr. Ascher is happy to consult and collaborate with any existing clinicians that you are currently working with. Dr. Ascher makes himself readily accessible to all his patients so that he can partner with them to ensure the best possible clinical outcomes.
- Board Certification in Psychiatry. Subspecialty certification in 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).
Education and Credentials
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Candidate, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.
- The Residency Training Program in Psychiatry, Beth Israel Medical Center.
- MD, Tel Aviv University.
- Bachelor of Science (Psychology), The University of Michigan.
In order to best help you, Dr. Michael 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 clinicians 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.
Selected List of Awards and Honors
- Castle Connolly Top Doctors (2019)
- Main Line Today’s Top Doctors (2018)
- Caron Foundation’s Unsung Hero Award (2018)
- America’s Top Psychiatrists, Consumers’ Research Council of America (2018)
- Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Top Physicians Under 40 (2017)
- Patients’ Choice Award/Compassionate Doctor Recognition/On-Time Doctor Award (2016-2019)
- The Jack Greenspan Award, Philadelphia Psychiatric Society (2015)
- Cynthia Horner, M.D. Award – Outstanding Achievement for Research (2013)
- American Psychiatric Association Resident Recognition Award (2013)
- American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Travel Award (2013)
- Ethel Ginsburg Post-Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (2013)
- Ginsburg Fellow, Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (2010-2012)
- Associate Member (by invitation), The New York Academy of Medicine (2011)
Books and Articles
Dr. Michael 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 member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD). He served as a representative to the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, and on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Society of Addiction Medicine (a chapter of the American Society of Addiction Medicine). He served on the Board of Directors for The International Society for Sports Psychiatry, the curriculum committee of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and as an officer in the Association of Family Psychiatrists. He is a longtime member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.
Dr. Michael Ascher is an invited member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a think tank of top psychiatric minds. He served on the Institutional Review Board at the Treatment Research Institute.
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, Clinical Psychiatry News, Psychiatric Times and Psychiatric News. He frequently lectures to both professional and lay audiences.
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Due to a high volume of inquiries, Dr. Ascher may not be able to return phone calls, so please fill out the contact form on this website and Dr. Ascher will try his best to answer promptly. Dr. Ascher’s practice is typically at full capacity and he can accept new patients on a very limited basis.
Dr. Ascher is a psychiatrist in Philadelphia, serving clients in Center City and the Philadelphia Main Line area, including Wayne, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Gladwyne, Radnor, Haverford, Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth, Merion, Strafford, Berwyn, Devon, Malvern, St. Davids, Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, Haverford Township, Tredyffrin Township, Easttown Township, Willistown Township, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester County Pa.