Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Thomas Treadwell EdD, TEP

Clinical Associate

Thomas Treadwell EdD, TEP, received his EdD in Health Behavior & Group Psychology from Temple University in 1981. He has postgraduate training in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, & Sociometry, Fellowship in Family Therapy, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Fellowship - Licensed Psychologist Training Program, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Cognitive Therapy.

He is currently a clinical associate in Psychiatry, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Full Professor of Psychology at West Chester University.

Dr. Treadwell’s research interests include: Cognitive Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry, Cognitive Therapy of Depression, Anxiety, Couple/Relationship/Partner Conflicts-Social Network Problems, and is currently studying Social-Psychological Processes of Collaborative Communication Styles of Electronic Groups via the Internet. Dr. Treadwell is an executive editor for the Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, and Sociometry and serves on editorial boards for two journals.

"As a group therapist I find effectiveness is better achieved when patient(s) and therapist(s) work collaboratively as a therapeutic team. An inter-active action-oriented group-focus is my treatment of choice in helping people re-adjust in modifying their communication and behavioral patterns to bring about healthy change(s). Cognitive group psychotherapy is a modality utilizing guided action, dramatic, and cognitive techniques in examining conflicts, predicaments, and crisis situations that are fathered/mothered in-group or individual settings. The action and cognitive techniques are designed to facilitate individual and group expression(s) with respect to perceptions of thoughts, feelings, and behavior that are central to creating a sense of community among group members. As a result, group participants become part of a therapeutic community by sharing conflicts, supporting each other in rehearsing new ways of coping with life situations, and experimenting with alternate ways of behaving." - Thomas Treadwell EdD, TEP

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