L. Michael Ascher

Clinical Professor

Personal profile


After teaching at the State University of New York for several years, Dr. Michael Ascher undertook a second postdoctoral program under the direction of Joseph Wolpe in the Behavior Therapy Unit of the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University Health Science Center. Dr. Ascher was then offered an Assistant Professorship in Wolpe's Unit. He remained in the Department of Psychiatry for the next 30 years, eventually earning the rank of professor. During his tenure at Temple University, he held a variety of positions, the culmination of which was Director of the Behavior Therapy Unit upon Joseph Wolpe's retirement.

Around 1976, he began an association with Viktor Frankl that was very rewarding in that it served to expand Dr. Ascher's experience in psychotherapy. In December 2001, he left Temple University and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Ascher has been active in the field of behavior therapy as a teacher, clinician, and researcher. He has published more than 50 articles in refereed journals and has edited or co-edited three books. He serves or has served on the editorial boards or as a consultant with a wide variety of national and international journals. He has presented numerous invited lectures and workshops throughout the United States and Europe.

Dr. Ascher's clinical practice is confined to the treatment of anxiety disorders and anxiety-based complaints (e.g., insomnia, sexual dysfunction).

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