Mark A. Reinecke, PhD, ABPP, is Professor and Chief of the Division of Psychology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 53, and 54), Distinguished Fellow and former president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Reinecke's research and clinical interests include childhood depression and suicide, cognitive and social vulnerability for depression, and cognitive mediation of adjustment to chronic illness. Frank M. Dattilio, PhD, ABPP, is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, as well as the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Dattilio has a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. His clinical and research interests include marital and family therapy, crisis intervention and management, forensic psychology, and the cognitive-behavioral treatment of anxiety disorders. Arthur Freeman, EdD, ABPP, is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is past president of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy and is a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Freeman's research and clinical interests include marital and family therapy, crisis management, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.
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.