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Keith S. Dobson, Ph.D.

      Dr. Keith Dobson is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he has also served in other roles, including Head of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology program. His research has focused on both cognitive models and mechanisms in depression, and the treatment of depression, particularly using cognitive-behavioral therapies.

Dr. Dobson’s research has resulted in over 240 published articles and chapters, 13 books, and numerous conference and workshop presentations in many countries. His books include Evidence-based Practice of Cognitive-behavior Therapy (2017, with Deborah Dobson, Guilford Press), The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy (2017, with Kazantzis and Dattilio; Guilford Press), the Handbook of Cognitive-behavioral Therapies (3rd Edition) (2010, Guilford Press; 4th edition in progress). He has three DVD series, and a 2012 book on Cognitive Therapy with the American Psychological Association.

In addition to his research in depression, Dr. Dobson has recently been engaged in the examination of psychological approaches and treatments in primary care. This work is related to the integration of evidence-based treatments in family practice. Dr. Dobson is also a Principal Investigator for the Opening Minds program of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, with a focus on stigma reduction related to mental disorders in the workplace. This work includes evaluations of a number of programs, and spans a variety of types of employers in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Dobson has written about developments in professional psychology and ethics, and has been actively involved in organized psychology in Canada, including a term as President of the Canadian Psychological Association. He is a past President of both the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, and he is the President-elect of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies. Among other awards, he has been given the Canadian Psychological Association’s (CPA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Profession of Psychology, the Donald O. Hebb Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Psychology, the CPA Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Internationalization of Psychology.