Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, is Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California, and Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. A graduate of Yale University and UCLA, she has used cognitive therapy since 1978 to help hundreds of clients overcome emotional difficulties and make life changes. Coauthor of five books and numerous articles, she is respected internationally as a gifted teacher, known for her innovative and clear explanations. In her own workshops and those co-taught with Aaron T. Beck, M.D., founder of cognitive therapy, Dr. Padesky has shown thousands of therapists how to use cognitive therapy more effectively with their clients. Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Anxiety and Depression Treatment Center in Santa Ana, California, is also a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. In addition to his private practice, he leads cognitive therapy training workshops for health maintenance organizations; hospitals; and at local, state, national, and international conferences. he supervises residents and teaches cognitive therapy.Along with Dr. Padesky, he is coauthor ofClinician's Guide to Mind Over Mood.
A native of Rhode Island, Aaron Beck had an early interest in psychology. After graduating from Brown University, he embarked on a career in medicine at Yale University with the intention of specializing in psychiatry. Dissatisfied with classical psychoanalysis, he turned to modified psychoanalytic approaches and was particularly influenced by ego psychology advanced by Rapaport. Ego psychology directed his interest in cognition, and over time Beck abandoned the psychoanalytic framework and formulated his own cognitive theory-behavior therapy for patients with depression and other psychiatric disorders. He developed numerous measurement scales, including the Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, and the Self-Concept Test, which are widely used as diagnostic and research tools in the field. Beck continues to teach, consult, and write about the use of cognitive therapy in treating emotional disorders and other problems.