Aaron T. Beck and Judith S. Beck

Beck Institute was founded in 1994 in Philadelphia by Dr. Aaron T. Beck and his daughter, Dr. Judith Beck, who continue to lead the organization as its president emeritus and president, respectively. Lisa Pote serves as Beck Institute's Executive Director.


Dr. Aaron T. Beck, President Emeritus

Aaron T. Beck MDAaron T. Beck, M.D., is globally recognized as the father of cognitive therapy (CT) and one of the world's leading researchers in psychopathology.  He has been credited with shaping the face of American psychiatry, and The American Psychologist has called him "one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time."


Educational and professional background

Dr. Beck graduated from Brown University in 1942 and Yale Medical School in 1946. Originally trained as a psychoanalyst, his explorations into psychoanalytic concepts of depression while working as a psychiatrist at the University of Pennsylvania led to his development of CT, which has since been found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders. 


Dr. Beck has developed a number of scales to measure psychopathology which are used broadly throughout the world.  He has participated on review panels of the National Institutes of Mental Health, served on the editorial boards of many journals and lectured around the world. He has been a visiting scientist of the Medical Research Council at Oxford and a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale and Columbia. He is a visiting fellow of Wolfson College. He is also the honorary president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a non-profit organization of more than 800 certified cognitive therapists and 100 general members worldwide.


Publications, awards and honors

Dr. Beck has published more than 600 articles and authored or co-authored 25 books. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research and the Gustave O. Lienhard Award from the Institute of Medicine for “outstanding national achievement in improving personal health care services in the United States.”

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Dr. Judith S. Beck, President

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is an eminent clinician and educator who previously served as director of Clinical Services at the Center for Cognitive Therapy and now serves as president of Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. She is also clinical associate professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctoral degree from Penn in 1982.

Dr. Beck directs the three major functions of Beck Institute:

Professional education and training in cognitive therapy

Clinical care




Professional activities

Dr. Beck divides her time among administration, supervision and teaching, clinical work, program development, research, and writing. She has been a consultant for several National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) studies, has developed widely adopted assessment scales for children and adolescents, and has presented hundreds of workshops nationally and internationally on various applications of cognitive therapy. She is also a Distinguished Founding Fellow and Past President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

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Dr. Beck has written nearly 100 articles and chapters on different aspects of cognitive therapy. She is the author of the primary text in the field, which has been translated into 20 languages, as well as books, workbooks, and pamphlets for consumers. Her publications include:



Lisa Pote, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Lisa Pote, MSW, manages internal operations and oversees the creation of new programs and the expansion of existing programs to increase access to CBT training and resources for health and mental health professionals worldwide. She holds a masters of social work degree from the University of Tennessee with a focus in management and community practice.

Prior to working at the Beck Institute, Ms. Pote was a senior vice president for Seedco, a national workforce and community development nonprofit. She provided oversight for the Memphis office, including leadership of staff, managing multi-million dollar workforce contracts, the design and implementation of the ACA Navigator statewide initiative, asset-building programs, and quality assurance.

Prior to joining Seedco, Ms. Pote served as the vice president for Nashville's Center for Nonprofit Management. She assisted in the daily operation of the organization and the consulting bench, matching nonprofits and consultants. She also provided consulting services to CNM member nonprofit and government agency clients with a focus on strategic planning, board development, performance planning and the development of strategic alliances.

Lisa has served on numerous workforce, social service, and education boards. She was president of the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus and Hands On Nashville; chairwoman of the Middle Tennessee Workforce Investment Board Youth Council; and board member of the YWCA in Nashville.