Dr. Persons' Writings for Clinicians


Persons, J. B. (2008). The case formulation approach to cognitive-behavior therapy. New York : Guilford.

Persons, J. B., Davidson, J., & Tompkins, M. A. (2001). Essential components of cognitive-behavior therapy for depression. Washington, DC, American Psychological Association.

Persons, J. B. (1989). Cognitive therapy in practice:  A case formulation approach. New York: W. W. Norton. Japanese translation published 1993 by Kongo Shuppan, Tokyo, Korean translation published 2006 by Jungang Moonwha Co., and Polish translation published in 2006 by Alliance Press. 


The American Psychological Association's Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Depression Video Series

This 5-DVD series includes:

Chapters and Articles

Persons, J. B., Brown, C. & Diamond, A. (in press). Case forumlation-driven cognitive behavior therapy. In K. S. Dobson & D. J. A. Dozois (Eds.), Handbook of cognitive behavior therapy (4th ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Persons, J. B. (in press). Simultaneous practice and research: A model for conducting research in private practice. In R. Trent Codd, III (Ed.), Practice-based research: A guide for clinicians. New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Persons, J. B., Fresco, D. M., & Small Ernst, J. (in press). Adult depression. In J.Hunsley & E. J. Mash (Eds.), A guide to assessments that work. (pp. 131-151). 2nd ed.) New York: Oxford University Press.

Persons, J. B. & Jensen, A. S. (2018). Publishing a single case study. the Behavior Therapist, 41(2), 86-89.

Persons, J. B. (2016). Science in practice in cognitive behavior therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23, 454-458.

Persons, J. B. & Hong, J. J. (2016). Case formulation and the outcome of cognitive behavior therapy. In N. Tarrier & J. Johnson (Eds.), Case formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy (pp. 14-37). (2nd ed.). London and New York, Routledge.

Persons, J. B., Hong, J. J., Eidelman, P., & Owen, D. J. (2016). Learning from patients and practice. In L. F. Campbell (Ed.), APA Handbook of Clinical Psychology (Vol. 5 Education and Profession). (pp. 255-268). Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association.

Kazantzis, N., Freeman, A., Fruzzetti, A. E., Persons, J. B., & Smucker, M. (2013). Unresolved issues regarding the therapeutic relationship element of collaborative empiricism in cognitive and behavioural therapies: An expert panel discussion at AACBT. Behaviour Change, 30, 1-11.

Persons, J. B. (2013). Who needs the case formulation and why: Clinicians use the case formulation to guide decision-making. Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 9 (4). 

Persons, J. B., Beckner, V. L., & Tompkins, M. A. (2013). Testing case formulation hypotheses in psychotherapy: Two case examples. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 20, 399-409.

Persons, J. B., & Shannon, J. (2013). Staying anchored with the case formulation when the waves are high: An example. Advances in Cognitive Therapy. Publication of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy. June, 2013, p. 3.

Persons, J. B., & Davidson, J. (2010). Cognitive-behavioral case formulation. In K. S. Dobson (Ed.), Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies (Third edition, pp. 172-193). New York: Guilford Press.

Gruber, J. L., & Persons, J. B. (2010). Unquiet treatment: Handling treatment refusal in bipolar disorder. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy24, 16-25.

Rego, S. A., Barlow, D. H., McCrady, B. S., Persons, J. B., Hildebrandt, T. B., & McHugh, R. K. (2009). Implementing empirically supported treatments in real-world clinical settings: Your questions answered! The Behavior Therapist, 32(3), 52-58.

Persons, J. B., & Fresco, D. M. (2008). Adult depression. In J. Hunsley & E. J. Mash (Eds.), A guide to assessments that work (pp. 96-120). New York: Oxford University Press.

Persons, J. B. (2007). Psychotherapists collect data during routine clinical work that can contribute to knowledge about mechanisms of change in psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 14, 244-246

Persons, J. B., & Tompkins, M. A. (2007). Cognitive-behavioral case formulation. In T. D. Eells (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy case formulation (pp. 290-316). New York: Guilford.

Persons, J. B. (2006). Case formulation-driven psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 13, 167-170.

Persons, J. B. (2014). Some personal observations about conducting research in a clinical setting. Clinician Perspectives Series. Clinical Science, 17(3), 14.

Katzenstein, T., Persons, J. B., & Stuart, B. K. (2006, 2001). Helping victims of trauma: A brief review of the efficacy data evaluating psychological debriefing. Published in the newsletters of the Alameda County Psychological Association (March 2006) and the Contra Costa County Psychological Association (December 2001).

Persons, J. B., & Gruber, J. L. (2005). Commentary on 'Relapse prevention in patients with bipolar disorder: Cognitive therapy outcome after two years.' Evidence-Based Medicine for Primary Care and Internal Medicine, 10(5), 145.

Persons, J. B., & Mikami, A. Y. (2002). Strategies for handling treatment failure successfully. Psychotherapy: Theory/Research/PracticeTraining, 39, 139-151.

Persons, J. B. (2001). Conducting effectiveness studies in the context of evidence-based clinical practice. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8, 168-172.

Persons, J. B. (2001). Understanding the exposure principle and using it to treat anxiety. Psychiatric Annals, 31, 472-476.

Persons, J.B. (2001, April). “Rebirthing” tragedy offers a lesson [Letter to the editor]. The New York Times, 14.

Persons, J. B. (2000). Single-handed dissemination of empirically supported treatments. The Behavior Therapist, 23, 222-229.

Persons, J. B., & Davidson, J. (2001). Cognitive-behavioral case formulation. In K. Dobson (Ed.), Handbook of cognitive-behavioral therapies (pp. 86-110). New York: Guilford.

Levenson, H., Persons, J. B., & Pope, K. S. (2000). Cognitive and behavioral therapies. In H. Goldman (Ed.), Review of general psychiatry. (4th ed., pp. 472-482). Los Altos, CA: Lange Medical Publications.

Persons, J. B., & Silberschatz, G. (1999). How useful for psychotherapists are randomized controlled experiments? The Harvard Mental Health Letter, 16, 5-7.

Persons, J. B. (1999). Using evidence-based methods in a private practice. Behavioral Healthcare Tomorrow, 8, 45-47.

Persons, J. B. (1998). Indications for psychotherapy in the treatment of depression. Psychiatric Annals, 28, 80-83.

Persons, J. B., & Beck, A. T. (1998). Should clinicians rely on expert opinion or empirical findings? American Journal of Managed Care, 4, 1051-1054.

Persons, J. B., & Fresco, D. M. (1998). Assessment of depression. In M. Hersen & A. S. Bellack (Eds.), Behavioral assessment:  A practical handbook. (pp. 210-231). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Persons, J. B., & Tompkins, M. A. (1997). Cognitive-behavioral case formulation. In T. D. Eells (Ed.), Handbook of psychotherapy case formulation. (pp. 314-339). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Persons, J. B. (1997). Looking up, forward, and back: Commentary on "Helping people improve their lives with behavior therapy". Behavior Therapy, 28, 385-388.

Persons, J. B. (1995). The lost art and science of case formulation. In Session: Psychotherapy in Practice, 1, 1-2.

Persons, J. B. (1995). Why practicing psychologists are slow to adopt empirically-validated treatments. In S. C. Hayes, V. M. Follette, R. M. Dawes & K. E. Grady (Eds.), Scientific standards of psychological practice:  Issues and recommendations. (pp. 141-157). Reno, NV: Context Press.

Persons, J. B. (1993). Outcome of psychotherapy for unipolar depression. In T. R. Giles (Ed.), Handbook of effective psychotherapy. (pp. 305-323). New York, NY: Plenum Press.

Persons, J. B. (1993). Case conceptualization in cognitive-behavior therapy. In K. T. Kuehlwein & H. Rosen (Eds.), Cognitive therapy in action:  Evolving innovative practice. (pp. 33-53). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Persons, J. B. (1993). A case formulation approach to cognitive therapy. The California Psychologist, 25, 16.

Persons, J. B. (1992). A case formulation approach to cognitive-behavior therapy:  Application to panic disorder. Psychiatric Annals, 22, 470-473.

Persons, J. B. (1992). The patient with multiple problems. In A. Freeman & F. Dattilio (Eds.), Casebook of cognitive-behavior therapy. (pp. 241-247). New York, NY: Plenum Press.

Persons, J. B. (1992). Theory-driven versus standardized approaches to assessing the outcome of alcohol treatment. In P. E. Nathan, L. W. Langenbucher, B. S. McCrady & W. Frankenstein (Eds.), Annual Review of Addictions Research and Treatment. (pp. 289-290). New York, NY: Pergamon Press.

Persons, J. B. (1990). Disputing irrational thoughts can be avoidance behavior:  A case report. The Behavior Therapist, 13, 132-133.

Persons, J. B. (1989). Case formulation:  Why cognitive-behavior therapists need one. International Cognitive Therapy Newsletter, 5, 3.

Burns, D. D., & Persons, J. B. (1982). Hope and hopelessness:  A cognitive approach. In L. E. Abt & I. R. Stuart (Eds.), The newer therapies:  A workbook (pp. 35-57). New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold.