Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D.

Creed 3-15-2013

Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, where she directs the Beck Community Initiative, a program of implementation delivery and research through a large-scale academic-public partnership with the City of Philadelphia and other behavioral health systems. Her research combines the state of the science in CBT for behavioral health concerns with an innovative approach to the pressing public health need for access to evidence-based practices (EBPs) in real-world settings. She joined the faculty of the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, where she has developed a program of implementation science and training to bring the evidence-based practice to underserved, inner-city, low-income consumers in the public mental health arena. This program, one of the largest academic community implementation partnerships in the United States, has also resulted in a rich data set housed in a sophisticated data management system, creating a platform for empirical evaluation of patient, therapist, agency, and network-level outcomes. Dr. Creed is also a member of the Teaching Faculty of the Beck Institute, traveling nationally and internationally to lecture about the implementation and practice of CBT in real-world settings. In addition to more than 40 professional papers, she is the lead author of Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents in School Settings (Creed, Reisweber, & Beck, 2011), which is being used as a guide for school-based mental health services in Philadelphia and other public school districts. Dr. Creed’s primary research interests are the effective dissemination and implementation of CBT in community care, and the integration of CBT with principles of recovery.

Selected Publications

  1. Creed, T.A., Frankel, S.A., German, R.,Green, K.L.,Jager-Hyman, S.,Pontoski, K., Adler, A.,Wolk, C.B., Stirman, S.W., Waltman, S.H., Williston, M.A., Sherrill, R., Evans, A.C., & Beck. A.T. (in press). Implementation of transdiagnostic cognitive therapy in diverse community settings: The Beck Community Initiative. Journal of Consulting and Community Psychology.
  2. Waltman, S.H., Hall, B., McFarr, L., Beck, A.T., & Creed, T.A. (in press). In-session stuck points and pitfalls of community clinicians learning CBT: A qualitative investigation. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
  3. Creed, T.A., Benjamin, C., Feinberg, B., Evans, A.C., & Beck, A.T. (2016). Beyond the Label: Relationship between community therapists’ self-report of a cognitive-behavioral therapy orientation and observed skills. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research, 43, 36-43.
  4. Pontoski, K., Jager-Hyman, S., Cunningham, A., Sposato, R., Schultz, L., Evans, A.C., Beck, A.T., & Creed, T.A. (in press). Using a Cognitive Behavioral framework to train staff serving individuals who experience chronic homelessness. Journal of Community Psychology.
  5. Stirman, S.W., Pontoski, K., Xhezo, R., Evans, A.C., Beck, A.T., Crits-Christoph, P., & Creed, T.A. (2015). A non-randomized comparison of strategies for consultation in a community-academic training program to implement an evidence-based psychotherapy. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services and Mental Health Services Research. DOI 10.1007/s10488-015-0700-7
  6. Creed, T.A., Waltman, S.H., Frankel, S.A., & Williston, M.A. (2015). School-based cognitive behavioral therapy: Current status and alternative approaches.  Current Psychiatry Reviews, 11.
  7. Wiltsey Stirman, S., Toder, K., Hurford M.O., Xhezo, R., Crits-Christoph, P., Beck, A.T., & Creed, T.A. (2015). System-level influences on the sustainability of a program to implement cognitive therapy in a community behavioral health system. Psychiatric Services, doi 10.1176/
  8. Creed, T.A., Jager-Hyman, S., Pontoski, K., Feinberg, B., Rosenberg, Z., Evans, A.C., Hurford, M.O., & Beck, A.T. (2013). The Beck Initiative: A strength-based approach to training school-based mental health staff in cognitive therapy International Journal of Emotional Education, 5, 49-66.
  9. Creed, T., Reisweber, J., & Beck, A.T. (2011). Cognitive therapy for adolescents in school settings. New York: Guildford Press.
  10. Wiltsey Stirman, S., Bhar, S., Spokas, M., Brown, G., Creed, T.A., Perivoliotis, D., Farabaugh, D., Grant, P., & Beck, A.T. (2010). Training and consultation in evidence based psychosocial treatments in public mental health settings: The ACCESS model. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 48-56.

Contact Information

Torrey A. Creed, Ph.D.
Director, Beck Community Initiative
Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center
3535 Market Street, Room 2029
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-573-6773