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2007 ATB Award Winner
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Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D.

       Christine A. Padesky, Ph.D., is considered one of the leading cognitive therapy presenters in the world, appreciated for her depth of knowledge, compassion, and good humored warmth. She has presented over 330 workshops to more than 35,000 professionals throughout North America and Europe as well as 25 workshops with cognitive therapy's founder, Aaron T. Beck, M.D. Her clear, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, and creative clinical innovations.


  • B.A., Yale University
  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • Co-Founder in 1983 of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California (originally in Newport Beach, CA)
  • Distinguished Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • Former President of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy

Main Contributions

TEACHING AND DISSEMINATION Workshops - More than 330 workshops to 35,000 + professionals throughout world - 25 workshops with Aaron T. Beck, M.D. - Innovative teaching formats
  • Piggyback training (1978)
  • Camp Cognitive Therapy (1993 – 2006)
  • Beach Ball workshop research (2007)
- Recent research programs to evaluate impact of workshops:
  • James Bennett-Levy (Oxford U, UK)
  • Anne Simons (Oregon U) with AT Beck (U Pennsylvania)
  • Willem Kuyken (Exeter U, UK) – in planning stages
- Reviews: “Her clear, organized and compelling presentations integrate theory, empiricism, and creative clinical innovations” Audio CDs - Produced more than 20 Audio CD programs that teach:
  • Fundamental CBT skills
  • CBT protocols
  • Applications to diverse populations (children, couples, groups)
  DVDs - Produced 6 DVDs (with two more in production) that illustrate:
  • Collaborative case conceptualization
  • 7 – column Automatic Thought Records for depression
  • Panic disorder treatment
  • Socratic dialogue – Four stages
  • Building new core beliefs
  • Building new underlying assumptions with behavioral experiments
  • Forthcoming DVDs on social anxiety and the “three speeds of therapy”
  Websites (for MH Professionals) (for public) Publications Co-Authored Books Mind Over Mood Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky ******Over 600,000 copes have been sold worldwide. In 2002, BABCP voted Greenberger & Padesky’s best selling client self-help manual, Mind Over Mood, the most influential cognitive therapy book of all time. Clinician's Guide to Mind Over Mood Christine Padesky with Dennis Greenberger Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders Aaron T. Beck, Arthur Freeman, Denise D. Davis, & Associates Cognitive Therapy with Couples Frank M. Dattilio & Christine Padesky Book Near completion: Collaborative Case Conceptualization Willem Kuyken, Christine Padesky & Robert Dudley ******Expected publication date: December, 2008, Guilford Press Book in Progress: NEW Paradigm-CBT for personality disorders and other chronic mental health problems: A Treatment Manual Christine Padesky & Kathleen Mooney Author of seminal articles / chapters / invited addresses including: Socratic questioning (1993) – invited address Schema change processes in CT (1994) – journal article Teaching and supervision models (1996) – book chapter Aaron T. Beck: Man, Mind & Mentor (2004) –book chapter Development of Therapy Models CT with Children (1978) – one of early therapists to use CT with children. Robert Friedberg - her post-doctoral trainee; helped develop this field CT with Lesbians (1989) - first article on topic CT for Personality Disorders - (helped develop tx model with Beck et al.) Socratic dialogue (1993) – 4 stages Use of constructive language in CT (2001) CT to build resilience: A 4-step model (2002) – With Kathleen Mooney NEW Paradigm-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for personality disorders and other chronic problems (with Mooney, in development since 2000) Currently seeking funding for research on this NEW Paradigm-CBT Dissertation examining therapy imagery procedures underway in UK.