Neil R. Bockian

An Illinois licensed clinical psychologist, is founder and president of Behavioral Health Associates. He has been a professor of Clinical Psychology and Behavioral Medicine since 1995, first at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology (ISPP; 1995-2005) and then at the Adler School of Professional Psychology (2005-present). He has taught classes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Diagnostic Seminar, Therapy Seminar, Introduction to Psychopathology and Wellness, Behavioral Medicine, Mindfulness Meditation Skills Lab, and Research Methods. He is currently the Director of the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy concentration at the Adler School. Sensitive to the needs of individuals of varying backgrounds, Dr. Bockian was chair of the Disability Committee and a member of the Diversity Committee while he was a professor at ISPP.


Dr. Bockian has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 1990. He is well-versed in numerous forms of treatment. His specialty is the application of personality theory to treatment, thereby customizing treatment to the unique needs of the individual, while emphasizing their strengths and areas of resilience. He is is the lead author of 3 books on this topic: Personality Guided Therapy for Depression (American Psychological Association Press, 2006); New Hope for People with Borderline Personality Disorder (Random House, 2002); and The Personality Disorders Treatment Planner (Wiley, 2001). He has applied this approach to the treatment of people with medical problems, such as chronic pain, spinal cord injury, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions.


Dr. Bockian has over 40 presentations and publications in the Health/Rehabilitation Psychology domain. He is also an American Association of Clinical Hypnosis Level-3 hypnotist, is trained in mindfulness meditation, and is certified in neurofeedback; these approaches are often helpful to individuals with medical conditions. He enjoys working with people from a wide array of backgrounds with various problems, including depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, personality disorders, psychological issues secondary to medical conditions, and issues related to aging.