Aaron Beck an American psychiatrist who was a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania is being reported to have passed away on November 1, 2021, at the age of 100 as per a statement by his daughter, Dr. Judith Beck. His wife was Phyllis W. Beck and the couple had a daughter, Dr. Judith Beck, who is the President and Co-Founder, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Aaron Beck Cognitive Therapy
Beck is regarded as the father of cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. His pioneering methods are widely used in the treatment of clinical depression and various anxiety disorders. Beck also developed self-report measures for depression and anxiety, notably the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), which became one of the most widely used instruments for measuring the severity of depression.
In 1994, he and his daughter, the psychologist Judith S. Beck, founded the nonprofit Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which provides CBT treatment and training and conducts CBT research. Beck served as President Emeritus of the organization up until his death in November of 2021.
Beck was noted for his writings on psychotherapy, psychopathology, suicide, and psychometrics. He published more than 600 professional journal articles and authored or co-authored 25 books. He was named one of the “Americans in history who shaped the face of American psychiatry”, and one of the “five most influential psychotherapists of all time” by The American Psychologist in July 1989. His work at the University of Pennsylvania inspired Martin Seligman to refine his own cognitive techniques and later work on learned helplessness.
Aaron Beck Cause of Death
Aaron Beck’s cause of death has not been revealed. He died on November 1, 2021, at the age of 100. He will be remembered as a brilliant and innovative psychiatrist who developed cognitive-behavioral therapy. Reports revealed that Dr. Aaron was the founder of the @Penn Center where the Penn Collab was founded.
His daughter, Dr. Judith Beck confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement, writing, “The magnitude of his contributions to the discipline is incalculable. He contributed theoretical constructs for the understanding of #suicide.
The statement further reads, “He died peacefully in his home at the age of 100. My father has devoted his life to the development and testing of treatments to improve the lives of countless people around the world facing health and mental health challenges. My father and I co-founded the Baker Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which provides training for CBT practitioners around the world.”