Michael Ascher, M.D. is a board-certified general and addiction psychiatrist who serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and is in private practice. He sees clients in his private practice who face depression, anxiety, Adult ADHD, relationship problems, career and life transitions, issues central to the creative process, and difficulties recovering from personal loss. Dr. Ascher has specialized expertise in treating substance use problems and other damaging behaviors. He is passionate about mental health advocacy, and working with his patients in their search for overall health, growth, and fulfilling relationships.
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). He has published dozens of articles and frequently lectures to both professional and lay audiences.
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 and 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.
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 trained in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), an evidence-based counseling method for working with the families of treatment-refusing addicted people. He is also trained in the practice of Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
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).