Drs Beck and Grant give keynote address at NASMHPD

Drs Beck and Grant presented on recovery-oriented cognitive therapy at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Annual Meeting on Sunday, July 30th, in Washington DC. Dr. Beck appeared via a pre-recorded video. See below to view the video

Dr. Aaron T. Beck Speaks at Georgia State University

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 speaks at 22nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Forum


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.


See video of Drs. Beck and Evans talk about their partnership

In an significant move for the city of Philadelphia, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Community Behavior Health (CBH) and Dr. Aaron T. Beck have collaborated to disseminate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy throughout Philadelphia’s behavioral health system since 2007. 

In the video below, Dr. Arthur Evans (Commissioner of DBHIDS) and Dr. Aaron Beck highlight their ongoing work together. 

The Association for Psychological Science’s Observer Spotlights Dr. Aaron Beck’s Innovative Approach to Depression

Dr. Beck’s innovative theory of depression gains recognition in the Association for Psychological Studies (APS) recent issue of the Observer, a publication promoting cutting-edge applied research.

Here is a quote from the article:

“With their unified model, Beck, an APS James McKeen Cattell Fellow, and Bredemeier draw on findings spanning various levels of analysis and multiple disciplines — including clinical, cognitive, biological, and evolutionary approaches — to provide a broad framework that accounts for the symptomatology of depression and its natural course, from predisposition to recovery.”

To access full article: Beck Proposes an Integrative Theory of Depression

Medscape has named Dr. Beck one of the 50 most influential Physicians in History


In a feature by Steven Rourke, Dr. Beck was listed as number 20 of the 50 most influential physicians in history.

According to the author:

The father of cognitive therapy, Dr Aaron Temkin Beck is considered one of history’s most influential psychotherapists and a pioneer in the field of mental health.[1]

Dr Beck’s early work on psychoanalytic theories of depression led to his development of cognitive therapy,[2] a new theoretical and clinical orientation, “based on the theory that maladaptive thoughts are the causes of psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, which in turn cause or exacerbate physical symptoms.”[3] Through this empirical framework, Dr Beck conducted extensive research on the psychopathology of depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, panic disorders, alcoholism, drug abuse, personality disorders, and schizophrenia, and developed cognitive therapy for these disorders—helping to establish theories that are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression.[2]

Dr Beck has published over 600 scholarly articles and 25 books and is the recipient of a long list of awards, including the 2006 Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award “for the development of cognitive therapy, which has transformed the understanding and treatment of many psychiatric conditions, including depression, suicidal behavior, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, and eating disorders.”[4]

Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, Dr Beck attended Yale Medical School and completed residencies in pathology, neurology, and psychiatry. He joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and has remained affiliated with the institution for most of his long career.[2]

Beyond his influence in the realm of psychiatry, Dr Beck made important contributions to public health, founding the Beck Initiative in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health/Mental Retardation Services in Philadelphia. He was also the first recipient of the Kennedy Community Health Award from the Kennedy Forum.[5]

Author References:

1. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.http://www.med.upenn.edu/suicide/beck/ Accessed January 19, 2016.

2. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center.https://aaronbeckcenter.org/about/staff/beck/ Accessed January 19, 2016.

3. Palsson OS, Whitehead WE. Psychological treatments in functional gastrointestinal disorders: a primer for the gastroenterologist. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012;11:208-216.http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/779877_3 Accessed January 19, 2016

4. Strauss E. Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award 2006. Award description. Aaron Beck.http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/2006_c_description.htm Accessed January 19, 2016

5. Dr Aaron Beck—recipient of the inaugural Kennedy Forum Community Health Award. PatrickKennedy.net. May 5, 2014. http://www.patrickjkennedy.net/articles/dr-aaron-beck-recipient-inaugural-kennedy-forum-community-health-award#sthash.gLMio2gL.dpuf Accessed January 19, 2016.


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Meeting of the Minds

Dr. Aaron T. Beck received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia). Associate Professor Stephen Kent, the Head of the School of Psychology, performed the conferral ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 13th 2014.

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.

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