Paul Crits-Christoph, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Psychotherapy Research in the Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Crits-Christoph received his B.A. in biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University. He has been a recipient of 22 National Institute of Health grants as Principal Investigator to study the process and outcome of psychosocial treatments for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders and has published 217 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has served as President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research and received the Distinguished Career Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2016.  His recent research has focused on testing the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments in community settings, understanding the role of the therapeutic alliance in treatment outcomes, incorporating patient preferences into the delivery of evidence-based care, and the integration of behavioral health and medical care for individuals with comorbid disorders.

He is a 2018 grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Building Trust and Mutual Respect to Improve Health program, managed by AcademyHealth.