Lasker Award for Developing Cognitive Therapy: Aaron Beck

Dr. Aaron T. Beck, University Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2006 Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research. Often called “America’s Nobels,” the Laskers are the nation’s most distinguished honor for outstanding contributions to basic and clinical medical research.

Dr. Beck will receive the Lasker Award for developing cognitive therapy—a form of psychotherapy—which transformed the understanding and treatment of many psychiatric conditions, including depression, suicidal behavior, generalized anxiety, panic attacks and eating disorders. In cognitive therapy, a therapist and client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients to overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior and emotional responses. “It is a true thrill and honor to receive the prestigious Lasker Award,” said Dr. Beck, who is also President of the non-profit Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Source: UPENN almanac, September 26, 2006, Volume 53, No. 5

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