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CPS Faculty Member Named Beck Institute Scholar

Seated: Judith Beck, Ph.D., Aaron Beck, M.D. Standing from left: Jedidiah Siev, Ph.D with two Beck Institute Scholars

Jedidiah Siev, Ph.D., an assistant professor at NSU’s Center for Psychological Studies and director of NSU’s OCD and Related Disorders Clinic, has been named as a Beck Institute Scholar by Aaron T. Beck, M.D., and Judith Beck, Ph.D. Each year, a select group of individuals are personally invited to be Beck Institute Scholars. The criterion includes “individuals who…have and will continue to make significant contributions to the field of cognitive therapy.” The scholars receive specialized training in conducting and supervising cognitive behavior therapy from senior faculty at the Institute, including  both of the Becks.

Beck and his daughter, Judith, founded the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in 1994, of which they are President Emeritus and President respectively. The Institute is an outgrowth of Aaron T. Beck’s original Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania. Beck developed cognitive therapy (CT) in the 1960s (now more broadly referred to as cognitive behavior therapy [CBT]). CBT has been shown in hundreds of research studies to be an effective treatment approach for a range of psychological disorders, and according to the American Psychologist, Aaron T. Beck is one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time. Today, the Beck Institute is an international training and resource center for health and mental health professionals, educators and students worldwide.