Faculty

School of Psychology

Dr. ApscheDr. Jack A. Apsche specializes in behavior disorders of children and adolescents, particularly those who have been victims of sexual, physical, and/or emotional abuse, as well as forensic psychology and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In addition to serving as the program director for Walden’s M.S. in Forensic Psychology program, Dr. Apsche currently directs the Apsche Center for Mode Deactivation Therapy at North Spring Behavioral Healthcare, which provides therapeutic programs for adolescents, promoting growth and self-responsibility. Through his work with children, Dr. Apsche pioneered mode deactivation therapy (MDT), an evidence-based psychotherapeutic technique that focuses on the interplay between trauma, personality factors, and belief systems in the development of behavior problems, such as aggression and sexual offenses.  

Throughout his career, Dr. Apsche has served as a consultant for a wide range of school programs, healthcare systems, research facilities, and government programs worldwide, including conducting forensic evaluations of adolescent offenders and providing sentencing and treatment recommendations. He has presented his work on MDT and other therapies at conferences around the world and has authored books and articles that have appeared in nationally recognized peer-reviewed journals. He is founding editor of The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy and is a board certified clinical, clinical child and adolescent, counseling, couples and family, cognitive and behavioral, and group psychologist.

Education

  • Ed.D., Psychoeducational Process and Counseling Psychology, APA standards, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., May 1986
  • Ed.M., Psychological Studies in Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pa., May 1977
  • B.A., Honors Political Science, Speech, and English, University of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Pa., August 1973

Board Certifications

  • Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ)
  • Virginia Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist
  • New Jersey Licensed Professional Psychologist
  • Board Certified in Behavioral Psychology (ABPP)
  • Board Certified in Clinical Psychology (ABPP)
  • Board Certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Board Certified in Group Psychology (ABPP)
  • Board Certified in Counseling Psychology (ABPP)
  • Board Certified in Couple and Family Psychology (ABPP)
  • Board Certified in Family Psychology (ABPP)
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Behavioral Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Counseling Psychology
  • Fellow, Academy of Group Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology
  • Virginia Sex Offender Treatment Provider
  • Diplomate Status in Professional Psychotherapy (IABMCP)
  • Diplomate Status in Chemical Dependency Counseling (IABMCP)

Areas of Expertise

Behavior of Children and Adolescents

  • Developed internationally recognized Mode Deactivation Therapy, an evidence-based contextual behavioral approach for working with oppositional and angry adolescents.
  • Focuses on the interplay between trauma, personality factors, and belief systems in the development of behavior problems, such as aggression and sexual offenses.
  • Was founding editor of The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy.

Forensic Psychology

  • Has served as an expert witness in three high-profile serial killer trials in Philadelphia.
  • Remains sought-after national expert in areas of sexual homicide and serial killers.
  • Conducts forensic evaluations of adolescent offenders and provides sentencing and treatment recommendations.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Has treated numerous combat veterans of Vietnam and other wars for PTSD.
  • Remains an advocate for adolescents and children who suffer from this disorder.
  • Is a board certified clinical, clinical child and adolescent, counseling, couples and family, cognitive and behavioral, and group psychologist.

Relevant Publications (since 2002)

  • Apsche, Jack, and DiMeo, Lucia. Mode Deactivation Therapy for Aggression & Oppositional Behavior in Adolescents: An Integrative Methodology Using ACT, DBT & CBT. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications Inc., 2012. Print.
  • Apsche, J.A., Bass, C.K., and Houston, M.A. (2011). A Summary and Data Analysis of MDT Research. Submitted: Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology.
  • Apsche, J.A. (2010). A Literature Review and Analysis of Mode Deactivation Therapy. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, (6)4, 296.
  • Apsche, J.A., Bass, C.K., and DiMeo, L. (2010). Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) Comprehensive Meta-Analysis.  Journal of Behavior Analysis of Offender and Victim Treatment and Prevention, (2)3.
  • Apsche, J.A. and DiMeo, L. (2010). Application of Mode Deactivation Therapy to juvenile sex offenders. In S. Bengis, D. Prescott, and J. Apsche (Eds.), Current Applications: Strategies for Working with Sexually Aggressive Youth and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems. Holyoke, Mass.: NEARI Press.
  • Apsche, Jack A., Bass, C.K., Zeiter, J.S., and Houston, M.A. (2009). Family Mode Deactivation Therapy in a Residential Setting: Treating Adolescents with Conduct Disorder and Multi-Axial Diagnosis. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, (4)4, 328.
  • Apsche, J.A., Bass, C.K., and Houston, M.A (2008). Family Mode Deactivation Therapy as a Manualized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 4(2) (reprint).
  • Apsche, J.A. and DiMeo, L. (2008). Mode Deactivation Therapy:  An Evidenced Based Psychotherapy for Adolescents. In S. Bengis, D. Prescott, and J. Apsche (Eds.),   Current perspectives:  Evidenced based treatments for sexually aggressive adolescents. Holyoke, Mass.: NEARI Press.
  • Apsche, J.A., Bass, C.K., and Houston, M.A. (2007). Family Mode Deactivation Therapy as a Manualized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment. Behavior Analyst Today, 8(3).
  • Houston, M.A., Apsche, J.A., and Bass, C.K. (2007). A Comprehensive Literature Review of Mode Deactivation Therapy. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 3(2), 271.
  • Apsche, J.A. and Bass, C.K., and Houston, M.A.  (2007) Family MDT: vs. Treatment as Usual in a Community Setting. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 3(1), 145.
  • Apsche, J.A. and Jennings, J.L. (2006). A Clinician’s Manual and Guide For Case Conceptualization. Holyoke, Mass.: NEARI Press.
  • Apsche, J.A. and Jennings, J.L. (2006). Responsibility and Self-Management: A Client Workbook of Skills To Learn. Holyoke, Mass.: NEARI Press.
  • Apsche, J.A. and Bass, C.K. (2006). A review and empirical comparison of mode deactivation therapy and treatment as usual in a community outpatient setting. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 3(3), 259. 
  • Apsche, J. A., Siv, A.M., and Bass, C.K. (2005). A Case Analysis of MDT with an Adolescent with Conduct Personality and Fire Setting Behaviors. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1(4), 312.
  • Apsche, J.A., Bass, C.K., and Siv, A.M. (2005). A Review and Empirical Comparison of Three Treatments for Adolescent Males with Conduct and Personality Disorder. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1(4), 371.
  • Apsche, J.A., Siv, A.M., and Matteson, S.C. (2005). A Comparison of MDT and DBT: A Case Study and Analysis. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1(3), 204.
  • Apsche, J.A., Bass, C.K., Siv, A.M., and Matteson, S.C. (2005). An Empirical “Real World” Comparison of Two Treatments with Aggressive Adolescent Males. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1(3), 239.
  • Apsche, J.A. and Ward-Bailey, S.R. (2005). Mode Deactivation Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Young People With Reactive Conduct Disorders or Personality Disorders or Traits Who Sexually Abuse. In M.C. Calders (Ed.), Children and Young People Who Sexually Abuse: New Theory, Research and Practice Developments. London: Russell House Press.
  • Fusco, G. and Apsche, J.A. (2004). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. In A. Freeman, M.H. Stone, and D. Martin (Eds.), Comparative Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Apsche, J.A., Evile, M.M., and Castonguay, G. (2002). Mode Deactivation Therapy for Adolescent Females. Portsmouth, Va.: Alternative Behavioral Services.

Professional Affiliations

  • University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Cooper Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Division 25 (APA)
  • Adult Development, Division 20 (APA)
  • Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (sustaining member)
  • Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers (clinical research member)
  • International Association of Cognitive Therapy
  • Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 (APA)
  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Division 53 (APA)
  • Counseling Psychology, Division 17 (APA)
  • Family Psychology, Division 43 (APA)
  • American Counseling Association

Professional Recognition

  • Craig A. Thomas, Ph.D., Article of the Year: Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) Comprehensive Meta-Analysis. Journal of Behavior Analysis of Offender and Victim Treatment and Prevention, (2)3.
  • Jan Handleman, Ph.D., Distinguished Contribution to Behavioral Analysis Award.  Behavior Analyst Online 2007
  • Behavior Analyst Online 2007 Article of the Year: Family Mode Deactivation Therapy as a Manualized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment of Adolescent Male Sexual Offenders. Behavior Analyst Today, 8(3) (2007)
  • Distinguished Practitioner Award (2008), Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers—Nominated
  • Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Psychology National Honor Society