Adjunct Associate Professor
NJ Psychologist Practice

Dr. Mike Abrams, ABPP is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty in cognitive behavior therapy. He is a fellow and supervisor of the Albert Ellis Institute where he studied and worked closely with Dr. Ellis, with whom he published several books, chapters, and articles on REBT and CBT. Dr. Abrams was instrumental in expanding Dr. Ellis’ model of personality to combine evolutionary psychology and CBT. Dr Abrams had also collaborated with Aaron Beck and other founders of modern therapy. More recently he has worked with Davis Buss to link CBT treatment to evolutionary models of jealously and aggression. His most recent text that is on sexuality included the personal contributions of Joseph LeDoux, Elizabeth Loftus, Sue Carter of the Kinsey Institute and other major psychological scientists. As a researcher he is currently exploring the role of childhood abuse on sexual development and the role of the internet in changing sexual mores. He also has been a practicing clinician for more than 30 years working in both NY & NJ and has received commendations from the New Jersey governor, the Hudson County executive, and the Jersey City mayor for his volunteer efforts. His commitment to pro-bono work includes his being the first non-gay psychologist to counsel people with AIDS at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in the early 1980s. Prior to becoming a psychologist, he earned an MBA from the NYU Stern School and worked in organizations such as the New York Stock Exchange, Merrill Lynch, and Citibank.  


CUNY - Graduate Center
CUNY - Graduate Center
CUNY - Brooklyn College
CUNY - Baruch College
NYU - Stern School
PhD in Psychology
MPhil in Psychology
MA in Psychology
Post-MBA certificate in Statistics
MBA in Finance


  • Examiner, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Fellow, American Board Cognitive Behavioral Psychology
  • Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Diplomate and Fellow, Albert Ellis Institute
  • Subject Matter Expert, U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

Post Doctoral Training

Columbia University
Albert Ellis Institute

Selected Publications

Abrams, M. (2018) RE/CBT for sexual disorders. In Dryden and Bernard (Eds.) REBT Best-Practice applications. London, England: Springer (In preparation).  

Buss, D. & Abrams, M. (2017). Pathological Jealousy. In Shackelford, T.K. (Ed.) The evolution of psychopathology. New York: Springer (Submitted).  

Buss, D. M., & Abrams, M. (2016). Jealousy, Infidelity, and the Difficulty of Diagnosing Pathology: A CBT Approach to Coping with Sexual Betrayal and the Green-Eyed Monster. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 1-23.  

Abrams, M.& Mann, G & DiGiuseppe, R (2016). Childhood Abuse, PTSD, and Paraphilias (in preparation)

Abrams, M., Mann, G. & Souza J.  (2016). Predicting diabetic compliance with a brief 5 factor scale (in submission).

Abrams, M. (2014). A Sexual Irrational Belief is Associated with Several Measures of Sexual and Emotional Problems and Reports of Life Trauma, Erdélyi Pszichológiai Szemle 2, 3-28.

Abrams, M. (2012). Helping couples deal with intimacy and sexuality. In Vernon A. (Ed.) Cognitive and Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy with couples.  New York: Springer

Abrams, M.  & Stephan, S. (2012).  Sexual abuse and masochism. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 12, 231-239. 

Abrams-Dengelegi, L. and Abrams, M (2009). The Role of a Community Mental Health Center in a New Jersey Public School System.  Revista de Psihologie Scolara, vol 4, Dec 2009Asociatia Nationala a Psihologilor Scolari Eds, Romania.

McMahon, J. & Abrams, M. (2009).  Author Motivation: An Interview Examining Personality Theory. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 9, 107-117.

Abrams, M. & Abrams- Dengelegi. (1997)The paradox of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic therapy.  The Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 15, 133-156.

Abrams, M. & Ellis, A. (1996).  Rational emotive behaviour therapy in the treatment of stress.  In S. Palmer & W. Dryden (Eds.) Stress Management and Counselling: Theory Practice, Research and Methodology. London: Cassell

Abrams, M. & Ellis, A. (1994). Rational emotive behaviour therapy in the treatment of stress. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 22, 39-50.

Abrams, M. (1991). The Eating Disorder Inventory as a predictor of compliance in a behavioral weight-loss program. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 10, 355-360.

Abrams, M. & Reber, A. (1988). Implicit learning: Robustness in the face of psychiatric disorders. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 17, 425-439.

Sclafani, A. & Abrams, M. (1986). Rats show only a weak preference for the artificial sweetener aspartame. Physiology & Behavior, 37, 253-256.


Abrams, M. (2018). Applying CBT: Evolutionary concepts. San Diego, Ca: Cognella.(In preparation).

Abrams, M., Abrams, L,D. & Ellis, A. (2018). Facing mortality: Rational cognitive approaches. San Diego, Ca: Cognella (In preparation).

Abrams, M. (2016). Sexuality and its Disorders. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Press (Scheduled Release 11/1/.16).

Ellis, A., Abrams, M., Abrams, L (2008). Theories of Personality: A critical perspective. Thousand Oaks, Ca: Sage Press

Ellis, A. & Abrams, M. (1994). How to Cope with a Fatal Illness: The rational management of death and dying. New Jersey: Barricade Books.

Ellis, A., Abrams, M. & Dengelegi, L. (1992). The Art and Science of Rational Eating. New Jersey: Barricade Books.


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