Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

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Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

Aaron Temkin Beck, M.D. is the father of Cognitive Therapy, having created and refined cognitive therapy over the course of his research and clinical career. He has published more than 600 scholarly articles and 25 books and has developed widely-used assessment scales. He has received many prestigious awards including the 2006 Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award for developing cognitive therapy, which fundamentally changed the way that psychopathology is viewed and its treatment is conducted. On October 23, 2013, Dr. Aaron T. Beck became the first recipient of the Kennedy Community Health Award from the Kennedy Forum. This award marks the 50th anniversary of Community Mental Health Act – the last piece of legislation that was signed by President John F. Kennedy which transformed the way mental illness was treated. Dr. Beck was honored as the father of cognitive therapy and as one of the most influential individuals within the community of mental health. He has been listed as one of the "10 individuals who shaped the face of American Psychiatry" and one of the 5 most influential psychotherapists of all time.

Dr. Beck is an emeritus professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center. His current research focuses on cognitive therapy for schizophrenia, cognitive therapy for suicide prevention, and dissemination of cognitive therapy into community settings.

For more information about Dr. Beck, please visit his profile at the Aaron Beck Center Psychopathology Research Center.

 

 

 

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NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship with Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Click here for information.