Leadership and Vision: Dr. Judith S. Beck

As President of Beck Institute, Dr. Judith S. Beck oversees all clinical, training and outreach activities, and serves as a steward of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) now and into the future. Dr. Beck is considered an international leader in the field of psychology.

Professional Activities

In addition to her leadership role at Beck Institute, Dr. Beck is also Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches psychiatric residents. She is an engaging public speaker and has made hundreds of presentations nationally and internationally on various applications of CBT. She also maintains a clinical caseload, helping clients who are experiencing a range of challenges.

A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Weight Loss and Maintenance

In 2007 Dr. Beck launched this popular weight management program based on cognitive-behavioral principles. Dr. Beck recognized that the same unhelpful thinking patterns, self-sabotaging behavior, and negative beliefs often present in individuals with depression and anxiety also appeared in individuals struggling to maintain a healthy weight. She developed a way to teach people how to respond to their unhelpful or unrealistic thoughts and build and maintain new healthy habits. Dr. Beck has published a series of books about this approach, including the New York Times bestseller The Beck Diet Solution.


Dr. Beck has written over 100 articles and chapters on different aspects of cognitive therapy, as well as books, workbooks, and pamphlets for professionals and non-professionals. Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond, now in its third edition, is considered the primary text in the field of CBT. This book is an essential resource in the field of mental health, for both students and experienced practitioners who want to learn the core techniques and essential features of CBT. In addition, Dr. Beck has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Huffington Post and Psychology Today.