Aaron T. Beck
Aaron T. Beck
Aaron Temkin Beck
July 18, 1921
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
|Residence||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Brown University, Yale Medical School|
|Known for||his research on psychotherapy, psychopathology, suicide, and psychometrics|
Phyllis W. Beck (m. 1950)
|Awards||Grawemeyer Award in Psychology (2004)|
Lasker Award (2006)
|Institutions||University of Pennsylvania, Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide|
|Influenced||Martin Seligman, Judith S. Beck|
Aaron Temkin Beck (born July 18, 1921) is an American psychiatrist and a professor emeritus in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is thought to be as the father of cognitive therapy, and his theories are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression.
Early life[change | change source]
Career[change | change source]
Beck also developed self-report measures of depression and anxiety including Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Hopelessness Scale, Beck Scale for Suicidal Ideation (BSS), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), and Beck Youth Inventories. Beck is known for his research in psychotherapy, psychopathology, suicide, and psychometrics, which led to his creation of cognitive therapy and the BDI, one of the most widely used instruments for measuring depression severity.
Beck worked with psychologist Maria Kovacs in the creation of the Children's Depression Inventory, which used the BDI as a model. Beck's work at the University of Pennsylvania inspired Martin Seligman to create his own cognitive techniques and exercises, and later work on learned helplessness.
Beck is the President Emeritus of the non-profit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and the Honorary President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, which certifies qualified cognitive therapists.
Personal life[change | change source]
More reading[change | change source]
- Beck, A.T., & Haigh, E. A.-P. (2014). Advances in Cognitive Theory and Therapy: The Generic Cognitive Model. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. DOI 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032813-153734
- Beck, A.T. (1967). The diagnosis and management of depression. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 0-8122-7674-4
- Beck, A.T. (1972). Depression: Causes and treatment. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. ISBN 978-0-8122-7652-7
- Beck, A.T. (1975). Cognitive therapy and the emotional disorders. Madison, CT: International Universities Press, Inc. ISBN 0-8236-0990-1
- Beck, A.T., Rush, A.J., Shaw, B.F., & Emery, G. (1979). Cognitive therapy of depression. New York, NY: Guilford Press. ISBN 0-89862-000-7
References[change | change source]
- 2004 - Aaron Beck, The Grawemeyer Awards, Louisville, KY: University of Louisville/Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2009, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- Aaron Beck bio, The Heinz Awards Undated, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- Beck, A.T., Ward, C.H., Mendelson, M., Mock, J., Erbaugh, J. (June 1961). "An inventory for measuring depression". Archives of General Psychiatry 4 (6): 561–571. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1961.01710120031004. PMID 13688369.
- Beck A.T. (1988). Beck Hopelessness Scale. San Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corporation.
- "Beck Scales for Adults and Children" Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Retrieved 11 January 2007.
- Kovacs, M. (1992). Children's Depression Inventory. North Tonawanda, NY: Multi-Health Systems, Inc.
- Kovacs, M., & Beck, A.T. (1977). "An empirical-clinical approach toward a definition of childhood depression." In Schulterbrandt, J.G., & Raskin, A. (Eds.). Depression in children: Diagnosis, treatment, and concept models. New York, NY: Raven.
- Hirtz, R. (1999). Martin Seligman's journey: From learned helplessness to learned happiness, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania, January/February 1999, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- About Beck Institute: Leadership, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Bala Cynwyd, PA: Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, 2014, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
- Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Philadelphia, PA: Academy of Cognitive Therapy, 2014, Retrieved 21 February 2014.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
- Cognitive Therapy Today (Beck Institute's Blog)
- Academy of Cognitive Therapy
- Centro de Psicología Aaron Beck España
- The International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health
- Charlie Rose interview of Aaron T. Beck and others (video)
- Aaron T. Beck interviewed by daughter Judith Beck (video)