Aaron Brinen, PsyD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Psychology
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
1601 23rd Avenue South

Aaron P. Brinen, PsyD, is a primary developer of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy (CT-R) along with Aaron T. Beck, MD. Under the guidance of Dr. Beck, Dr. Brinen has worked to formalize and standardize the CT-R protocol for individual and group therapy settings, as well as for use in team-based psychiatric care and during inpatient treatment. He is a co-author of the manual of CT-R for serious mental health conditions, and has been active in the training of community therapists from around the world.


Clinical Interests

 Dr. Brinen is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for individuals with schizophrenia, PTSD, and other disorders.

Research Information

Dr. Brinen is interested in researching the impact of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy on inpatient and outpatient individuals. Additionally, he is interested in the crossover of different evidence-based treatments, particularly prolonged exposure for PTSD applied to individuals with both PTSD and schizophrenia.