We offer an exciting opportunity for postdoctoral applicants in the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Specifically, our mission is to develop professionals who will become leaders in the field of psychosocial approaches that promote recovery for individuals with schizophrenia. Under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, M.D., our program includes clinical trials of innovative treatments for the disorder, dissemination, and implementation of these treatment protocols into community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals, as well as basic research. We have been recognized for our cutting edge work in this field.
Applicants who have earned a Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in psychology, social work, medicine or other related field and have had previous training in cognitive therapy, severe mental illness, or recovery-oriented services are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Please send a curriculum vitae with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1st, 2018.
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Dr. Aaron T. Beck made a special video appearance at the Georgia Beck Initiative Panel discussion. The event was put together to create an opportunity to discuss the current efforts in Georgia to build the capacity of community providers in addressing the needs of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness using Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy.
Disclaimer: The cases discussed in this video are loosely based on actual cases and do not relate to any specific patients or contain any protected health information.
Dr. Aaron T. Beck makes a special video appearance discussing the treatment of schizophrenia at the 22nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum. The Carter Forum was established in 1995 and is held each May to address mental health policy issues facing the state of Georgia. Dr. Paul M. Grant was in attendance and presented on the continuing successful efforts to implement Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy state-wide. This initiative empowers mental health providers to partner with individuals with severe mental illness to remain, participate, and flourish in the community.
Below find a list of peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications for 2016 into 2017 from our Center.
An exciting opportunity to learn the basics of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) from an expert in the approach. Developed by Dr. Aaron T. Beck and colleagues, workshops to disseminate CT-R have occurred nationally (Pennsylvania, Georgia, California) and internationally (China, Canada, Switzerland, UK). Implementation of the approach has occurred in large mental health systems (Georgia, Pennsylvania), as well as local agencies (Massachusetts, Virginia).
What is it? Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy (CT-R) is expressly designed to promote recovery and evoke resiliency in the most challenging, treatment refractory individuals with severe mental illness (those with severe negative symptoms, aggressive behavior, extreme self-injury, constant hallucination, seemingly intractable delusions, or profound disorganization), either in early episode or experiencing a long-term course. The workshop covers the basic science, translated theory, innovative strategies, and practical interventions interactively, featuring video clips, in vivo exercises, and case examples. CT-R operationalizes person-centered, strength-based care to successfully achieve individualized and meaningful recovery targets. Aaron Beck himself often participates.
Who might benefit? The workshop is uniquely designed to train psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, peer specialists, and nurses who work across the levels of care, from departments of corrections, to state hospitals (civil and forensic), to community treatment teams, residential facilities, community mental health agencies, Veterans Administration, and private practice.
When does it occur? May 1-3, 2017.
Where does it occur? Beck Institute near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
How to register? https://www.beckinstitute.org/event/cbt-for-schizophrenia/
We currently have an opening for a clinical psychological scientist to direct our research projects on schizophrenia, under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Primary responsibilities for this position will include data analysis and manuscript preparation with existing research databases, including a large 6-month naturalistic longitudinal study and a 24-month randomized clinical trial of Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy. These studies included comprehensive clinical and psychometric assessments of cognitive variables, symptomology, and functioning, using self-report questionnaires, clinical interviews/ratings, and behavioral measures. Secondary responsibilities will include overseeing new data collection projects, assisting with grant submissions, supervising and mentoring research assistants, and contributing to clinical training initiatives.
Appropriate candidates must have a strong track-record of research training and productivity, expertise in statistical analysis, and good scientific writing skills. Experience with advanced statistical methods for analyzing multivariate and longitudinal data (e.g., hierarchal linear modeling, path analysis) is also desired, as is previous training in cognitive-behavioral and/or recovery-oriented treatments for schizophrenia and knowledge of this area of research. The initial appointment will be at the level of Research Associate, with the possibility of future promotion to Research Assistant Professor.
Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Please send a curriculum vitae with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., at email@example.com.
From neurocognition to community participation in serious mental illness: the intermediary role of dysfunctional attitudes and motivation.
E. C. Thomas, L. Luther, L. Zullo, A. T. Beck, P. M. Grant
Evidence for a relationship between neurocognition and functional outcome in important areas of community living is robust in serious mental illness research. Dysfunctional attitudes (defeatist performance beliefs and asocial beliefs) have been identified as intervening variables in this causal chain. This study seeks to expand upon previous research by longitudinally testing the link between neurocognition and community participation (i.e. time in community-based activity) through dysfunctional attitudes and motivation.
Adult outpatients with serious mental illness (N = 175) participated, completing follow-up assessments approximately 6 months after initial assessment. Path analysis tested relationships between baseline neurocognition, emotion perception, functional skills, dysfunctional attitudes, motivation, and outcome (i.e. community participation) at baseline and follow-up.
Path models demonstrated two pathways to community participation. The first linked neurocognition and community participation through functional skills, defeatist performance beliefs, and motivation. A second pathway linked asocial beliefs and community participation, via a direct path passing through motivation. Model fit was excellent for models predicting overall community participation at baseline and, importantly, at follow-up.
The existence of multiple pathways to community participation in a longitudinal model supports the utility of multi-modal interventions for serious mental illness (i.e. treatment packages that build upon individuals’ strengths while addressing the array of obstacles to recovery) that feature dysfunctional attitudes and motivation as treatment targets.
In Press, Psychological Medicine; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291716003019
We offer an exciting opportunity for postdoctoral applicants in the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Specifically, our mission is to develop professionals who will become leaders in the field of psychological approaches that promote recovery for individuals with schizophrenia. Under the direction of Aaron T. Beck, M.D., our program includes basic research in schizophrenia, clinical trials of innovative treatments for the disorder, and dissemination and implementation of these treatment protocols into community mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals. We have been recognized for our cutting edge work in this field. For more information, see http://aaronbeckcenter.org.
Applicants who have earned an Ph.D., Psy.D., or equivalent in psychology, social work, medicine or other related field and have had previous training in cognitive therapy, severe mental illness, or recovery-oriented services are encouraged to apply. Bilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
Please send a curriculum vita with a cover letter and two letters of recommendation via email to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.