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New Publication from ATB-PRC Researchers Finds Catastrophic Thoughts About the Future are Linked to Suicide Attempts

According to the press release:

“Suicide has been on the increase recently in the United States, currently accounting for almost 40,000 deaths a year.  A new study shows that one successful effort to avoid suicide attempts would be to focus on correcting the distorted, catastrophic thoughts about the future that are held by many who try to kill themselves.  Such thoughts are unique and characteristic to those who attempt suicide, says Shari Jager-Hyman of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in the US. Jager-Hyman led a study, published in Springer’s journal Cognitive Therapy and Research, about how distorted thoughts influence suicidal behaviors in patients who seek emergency psychiatric treatment.”

“To prevent suicides, therapists would benefit from directly targeting patients’ thoughts of hopelessness in clinical interventions,” says Jager-Hyman. “A cognitive approach can help  patients evaluate their beliefs that negative outcomes will inevitably occur, and show them how to entertain other possible options. This can help to minimize patients’ thoughts of hopelessness, help them to cope better, and ideally decrease their suicidal ideation and behaviors.”

The full press releaserebe: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1462543-0

The full article in Cognitive Therapy and Research: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10608-014-9613-0




Jager-Hyman, S., Cunningham, A., Wenzel, A., Mattei, S., Brown, G. K., & Beck, A. T. (2014). Cognitive distortions and suicide attempts. Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi: 10.1007/S10608-014-9613-0

Article on the Beck Initiative’s Dissemination on Clinical Training Appears in the Association For Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ journal, the Behavioral Therapist

March, 2014: a cutting edge article on The Beck Initiative’s dissemination of clinical training by Creed et al, was recently published in the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ journal, the Behavioral Therapist entitled “A Model for Implementation of Cognitive Therapy in Community Mental Health.”




Article on Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Appears in Psychiatry News

Jan 20, 2014. Below is a link to a recently published article in Psychiatry News describing the recovery-oriented cognitive therapy program that has been developed in our center and is being implemented in psychiatric hospitals, Assertive Community Treatment teams, and community mental health centers. Drs. Beck and Grant are quoted.


Safety Planning Article Most Downloaded

Jan 16, 2014. Article by the Center’s Dr. Greg Brown was the most downloaded article in the past 90 days for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. The full reference is below:

Stanley, B., & Brown, G. K. (2012). Safety planning intervention: A brief intervention to mitigate suicide risk. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 256-264.

Dr. Aaron T. Beck Receives First Ever Kennedy Community Mental Health Award


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.


The Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for two types of Postdoctoral Fellowship positions: (1) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the National Institute of Mental Health and (2) Aaron T. Beck Endowed Fellowship. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge CT projects that include research or training in collaboration with Dr. Aaron T. Beck and core faculty, Drs. Greg Brown, Torrey Creed, and Paul Grant. Successful candidates may focus on (1) schizophrenia, (2) implementation and dissemination of CT, or (3) suicide prevention. Populations may include children, adults and older adults. Applicants should have earned a Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in psychology or related field and had previous training in CT, severe mental illness, or dissemination/implementation. We especially encourage bilingual candidates to apply.

Please email curriculum vita, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Aaron T. Beck, M.D.: abeck@mail.med.upenn.edu.

Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy Training Success in Georgia


The first year of recovery-oriented cognitive therapy training for severe mental illness in Georgia has been a great success.  Trainees pictured above are holding certificates recognizing their competency in the intervention.

Dr. Aaron Brinen Named PA Early Career Psychologist of 2013


The Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) has announced that Dr. Aaron Brinen of the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center is the recipient of the 2013 Early Career Psychologist award.  Dr. Brinen is being recognized for his groundbreaking work in treatment development and dissemination of  recovery-oriented cognitive therapy for schizophrenia in the Center, his efforts in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as his service to psychology.

Dr. Beck and Staff to Speak at “Truth About Mental Health” Wellness Symposium

Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Psychopathology Research Center staff will be speaking at the upcoming “Truth About Mental Health” Wellness Symposium.

Truth About Mental Health: Expressions of Hope

Celebrating recovery and wellness in Philadelphia

Join us for storytelling, spoken word, music, dancing and art from Philadelphia’s recovering community and family members. Help dispel the myths surrounding mental illness.

When: April 5, 2013
Where: Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA

RSVP by March 22, 2013 to Nancy Lightcap, Horizon House, (215) 386‐3838

Dr. Beck Receives Yale Psychiatry Distinguished Alumni Award

(seated, from left) Margaret Hilary Marshall, Richard Wilbur, William Julius Wilson, Aaron Beck; (standing, from left) Robert Darnton, Midori, Jane Lubchenco, Angelika Neuwirth and Robert Gates. (Photo by Joy Bush)

(seated, from left) Margaret Hilary Marshall, Richard Wilbur, William Julius Wilson, Aaron Beck; (standing, from left) Robert Darnton, Midori, Jane Lubchenco, Angelika Neuwirth and Robert Gates. (Photo by Joy Bush)

From Yale School of Medicine:

Aaron T. Beck, MD ’46 is regarded as the father of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and a leading psychiatric researcher. He has been credited with shaping the face of American psychiatry, and his psychological theories have impacted clinicians, researchers, and academics throughout the world. The American Psychologist has called him “one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time.”

Dr. Beck has also developed a number of self-report scales to measure psychopathology including the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Hopelessness Scale, Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSS), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and Beck Youth Inventories. These scales are used internationally and are commonly used in most clinical research studies examining psychopathology.

In 1946, Dr. Beck received his MD from Yale University School of Medicine. Originally trained as a psychoanalyst, his explorations into psychoanalytic concepts of depression while working as a psychiatrist led to his development of CBT, which has since been demonstrated to be effective for a wide variety of disorders.

He has participated on review panels of the National Institutes of Mental Health, served on the editorial boards of many journals and lectured around the world. He has been a visiting scientist of the Medical Research Council at Oxford and a visiting professor at Yale, Harvard and Columbia. Dr. Beck has been the recipient of the Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Science (often labeled “America’s Nobel”).

Dr. Beck is an emeritus professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and president emeritus of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research.

Beck’s research continues to focus on cognitive therapy and its dissemination into community settings as well as therapeutic approaches for suicide prevention and schizophrenia.


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