Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is the Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban Philadelphia and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches psychiatry residents. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.
Dr. Beck directs the three major functions of the Beck Institute: educating professionals in cognitive therapy through a variety of training programs, clinical care and research. She currently divides her time between administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research and writing. Dr. Beck is a consultant for several NIMH studies and presents workshops nationally and internationally on cognitive therapy for a wide variety of psychiatric disorders and medical problems with psychological components. She has written numerous articles and chapters on various applications of cognitive therapy. Dr. Beck is the author of the primary text in the field, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond, which has been translated into 20 languages. Her other books include Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do when the Basics Don't Work, The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders. She has written a cognitive behavioral book and workbook for consumers, The Beck Diet Solution: Training Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person, and her latest book is The Complete Beck Diet for Life (for more information about the diet books and diet workshops, visit www.beckdietsolution.com).
Dr. Beck is a Distinguished Founding Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.