March 17, 2014 |
For the last four years, two of the smartest men in town, both titans and respected leaders in their fields, have met monthly for lunch to talk about their work, their lives, and the books they are reading. When Aaron Beck (known to friends as "Tim") and Martin Seligman discuss their professional endeavors, the conversation centers on the mind and how to help people lead lives that are happy, productive and fulfilling. Beck, 92, is a psychiatrist and the father of cognitive therapy, an approach to treating mental illness based on the premise that how you think determines how you feel.
November 14, 2013 |
Judith Beck, a formidable psychologist in her own right, describes her father, the psychiatrist Aaron Beck, with a mixture of amusement and veneration, as a "rock star. " The Becks were the attractions at a fund-raising event last week for their Beck Institute in Bala Cynwyd. But it was clear that the elder Beck, known as the father of cognitive behavior therapy and one of the world's most influential therapists, was the main draw. Before they took the stage at WHYY in Center City to discuss their form of treatment - aimed at changing self-defeating thinking - they met with 70 "patrons" who had paid $250 a ticket for one-on-one access.
December 10, 2012
Tanning faces backlash Teenage girls risking deadly melanoma for a year-round tan have helped spur a global backlash against the tanning-bed industry. Health officials from Brasilia to Sydney are banning tanning salons amid evidence that they cause malignant lesions. Tanning-bed use causes all three types of skin cancer, especially for those under age 25, a study from the University of California, San Francisco, said. Doctors say the work in the British Medical Journal should prompt tougher warnings on ultraviolet radiation-emitting tanning machines, which support $5 billion in U.S. annual economic activity.
October 24, 2011 |
For the eminent psychiatrist Aaron Beck, figuring out how to use talk therapy to help people with schizophrenia has been a passion and also a challenge far greater than "working out the structure of depression," the achievement that first brought him fame. Beck, a University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus who is considered a founder of cognitive behavior therapy, has spent years trying to puzzle out why it can be so maddeningly hard to motivate people with schizophrenia and to change their behavior.
August 8, 2011 |
Aaron Beck is the Joe Paterno of psychiatry. The University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus known as the father of cognitive therapy still works five days a week, training therapists, supervising researchers, conducting studies, writing scholarly papers and books. Last month, he turned 90, and he has no intention of retiring. "It's not a concept that crosses my mind," he said, "because I'm happy with what I'm doing and there's no need to retire. " Happiness experts say that one of the keys to fulfillment and contentment is to be engaged in meaningful work.
June 14, 2009 |
The lights are dimmed in Melody Gardot's Manhattan hotel room. So the sultry-voiced singer, who's been sensitive to light since she was struck by an SUV while riding her bike at Second and Callowhill Streets in 2004, is getting around without her trademark shades. It's the afternoon following Gardot's debut appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. On television, the blond Philadelphia songwriter looked for all the world like a modern-day Peggy Lee as she scatted and toe-tapped her way through "Who Will Comfort Me" from her sophomore album, My One and Only Thrill (Verve . )
March 23, 2009 |
Ever since a hit-and-run driver mowed me down in Collingswood on Nov. 28, I've been considered a "patient. " The conversational-English translation of that term is "dramatically injured person at the total mercy of insurance-company whims. " After I was released from inpatient care at Philadelphia's Magee Rehabilitation in January, I was forced to wait more than six weeks for outpatient physical, occupational, and cognitive therapy. For context, more than two weeks of waiting risks regression on all three fronts.
May 11, 2008 |
Had Tony Soprano been under his care, Aaron Beck says he could have cured his panic attacks in two sessions. Bada-bing that, Sigmund Freud. Instead, Dr. Melfi kept the Sopranos mob boss on the couch for years with traditional psychoanalysis, delving into his childhood and deconstructing his dreams. Beck, the University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist who founded the burgeoning field of cognitive therapy, says he and Tony together would have set up short-term goals, then strategized behavior changes to attain them.
September 17, 2006 |
In the 1960s, University of Pennsylvania psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck began to develop the theories and practice of a new branch of psychoanalysis known as cognitive therapy. Beck's more than 40 years of pioneering work at Penn is being honored today with the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. The Lasker awards are given annually for "stunning" achievements in basic and clinical research in medicine. The awards are often likened to Nobel Prizes and come with a $100,000 honorarium.
September 22, 2005 |
Tonight, in a kind of public therapy session, two giants will sit across from each other and talk intimately about something most people try to hide: Mental illness. One is John F. Nash Jr., the brilliant mathematician and Nobel Prize winner whose battle with schizophrenia was the subject of the 2001 movie A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe. The other is Aaron T. Beck, one of the world's foremost psychotherapists and the originator of cognitive therapy, a practical treatment that focuses on changing distorted or inaccurate beliefs.