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Beck, Aaron T. (1921-)
David J. A. Dozois
Aaron Temkin Beck is an American psychiatrist and the father of cognitive therapy —the most empirically supported form of psychotherapy to date. Beck was born on July 21,1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Brown University, majoring in English and political science. Beck graduated magna cum laude in 1942. He attended Yale Medical School and attained his M.D. in 1946. In 1954, Beck joined the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as director of the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide, President of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, and Honorary President of the Academy of Cognitive ...