Dr. Aaron Beck Receives Changing Minds Award

Congratulations to Dr. Aaron Beck who received the Changing Minds Award at the Minding Your Mind Annual Blue Gene Gala, in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania on October 19, 2014. Dr. Beck received this award for his lifetime achievement in psychiatry. During his acceptance speech, Dr. Beck discussed the influence of catastrophizing across all of the psychological disorders. He described how catastrophizing was adaptive in the wild, and that individuals with the “catastrophizing gene” were at the top of the evolutionary ladder. His message was to de-stigmatize mental illness and to show the positive aspects of some symptoms in an evolutionary sense.

Dr. Judith Beck, a featured speaker for this event, provided the Keynote address. Dr. Beck talked about ways to reduce stigma, first, by providing a rationale for labeling both mental illness and physical illness as just “illness. ” Second, she discussed how people with mental illness need help to de-stigmatize themselves by evaluating their self-critical thoughts, especially those that interfere with seeking treatment. Dr. Beck also talked about Cognitive Behavior Therapy and noted the overwhelming amount of research that demonstrates its effectiveness for a large number of problems. Dr. Beck described what a typical therapy session is like and how it leads to improvement. She concluded with why we should all have hope for people with mental illness—because good therapy can help them get better and stay better. Dr. Judith Beck was also presented with a plaque in recognition of her advances in the field.

Aaron T. Beck, M.D. was Awarded the 2011-2012 Edward J. Sachar Award

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, M.D. was recently awarded the Edward J. Sachar Award for facing the challenge of treating low functioning patients with Schizophrenia. In this video Dr. Aaron T. Beck is first introduced by Nobel prize-recipient, Dr. Eric R. Kandel, who refers to Dr. Beck as “the most original and important contributor to Psychotherapy and Psychiatry of the last 50 years and the most important psychoanalyst since Freud.” Dr. Kandel provides a brief history of Dr. Beck’s work then awards Dr. Beck with the Edward J. Sacher Award on behalf of Columbia University. Dr. Beck then explains his most recent research, led by Dr. Paul Grant at the University of Pennsylvania, and provides a slideshow presentation of their procedure and findings.

Aaron T. Beck Receives the 11th Annual Bell of Hope Award

On Thursday, May 13, 2010, the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania presented Dr. Aaron T. Beck with the 11th Annual Bell of Hope Award. This lifetime achievement award was given to Dr. Beck for his significant contributions to improving the lives of individuals in recovery from behavioral health challenges.

The Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania aims to promote the recovery and resilience of those struggling with behavioral health problems through education, advocacy, and support.

Pictured from left to right, Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D., Director, Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services, Philadelphia; Aaron T. Beck, M.D.; William S. Dinwiddie, CEO, Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Dr. Aaron Beck to Receive the Anna Monika Prize

The Psychiatry Department at the University Pennsylvania will present Aaron T. Beck, M.D., professor emeritus, with the Anna Monika Prize, following the department’s Grand Rounds on Thursday, November 19, 2009. Dr. Beck will be honored with this prize for his development of cognitive therapy, and specifically, for his lifetime achievement in defining the cognitive biases and distorted interpretations of events which represent the core elements of depression and its symptoms.

The Aaron T. Beck Award at ABCT

Are you attending the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention this week? The Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) invites you to attend their annual meeting.

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
Time: 5:30pm
Place: Manhattan Ballroom, Marriott Marquis Hotel
Followed by: Photo ops, book signing, networking

Each year at this meeting, the Academy presents the Aaron T. Beck, M.D., award to an individual who has made significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy. This year, the award will be presented to Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and will feature “A conversation Period with Aaron T. Beck, M.D. and Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.” Questions from the audience will follow.

For a listing of previous winners, click [here].

Dr. Aaron Beck Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from National Nursing Centers Consortium


On November 5, 2009, the National Nursing Centers Consortium, in partnership with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Nursing Centers Research Network, and Institute for Nursing Centers, honored Aaron T. Beck, M.D., with the Lifetime Achievement Award (left) at its annual conference in Philadelphia. The award was presented by Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, Executive Director of the National Nursing Centers Consortium, who described Dr. Beck’s contributions to the field: “Widely recognized as the founder of cognitive therapy, Dr. Beck and colleagues, worldwide, have demonstrated the superiority of cognitive therapy in treating a wide variety of disorders including depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and many medical conditions with psychological components via rigorous scientific research.”

Following the award presentation, Dr. Aaron Beck and his daughter, Dr. Judith Beck, engaged in a conversation period entitled, Exciting Developments in the Cognitive Therapy World.

Award to Aaron T. Beck, M.D., for contributions to public understanding of psychology

At the American Psychological Association’s 2008 annual convention in Boston, Aaron T. Beck, M.D., received a presidential award for distinguished lifetime contributions to the public understanding of psychology.

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine: Honorary degree for Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

At the 2008 commencement of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, an honorary degree was conferred upon Aaron T. Beck, M.D., for his contributions to psychiatry and mental health.