Leslie Sokol, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, distinguished founding fellow, certified trainer/consultant, past president, secretary, and credentials chair of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. A fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), she was past director of education at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy for almost fifteen years, and is a highly acclaimed national and international lecturer. Sokol was behavioral science chair of the family practice department at Mercy Suburban Hospital for twenty-two years where she also served as staff psychologist for cardiac rehab, physical rehab, nursing home, hospice, and family practice clinic.
Sokol has been training mental health professionals in cognitive behavioral therapy for over thirty years. Her coauthored book, Teaching and Supervising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the first comprehensive text to provide effective, empirically validated training and supervision. She is also coauthor of Think Confident, Be Confident; Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens; and two academic, edited book chapters: “Dealing with Difficult Cases” in The Wiley Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and “The Generic Model of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” in The Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sokol is published in peer-reviewed journals. Her private practice is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.
Marci G. Fox, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for nearly twenty years specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy with teens and adults. She has worked with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia, PA, for almost the same amount of time. As an Academy of Cognitive Therapy certified trainer/consultant and adjunct faculty member at the Beck Institute, she trains individuals in cognitive therapy both nationally and internationally. She is actively involved in training thousands of mental health professionals nationally to increase their competency in cognitive behavioral therapy.
Fox has a founding fellow distinction, as well as invited placement on the board of examiners and credentials committee of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. She has lectured for years on cognitive therapy, as well as confidence and self-esteem. She has coauthored the books Think Confident, Be Confident; Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens; and Teaching and Supervising Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Fox has published in peer-reviewed journals and diverse publications in the area of cognitive behavioral therapy. Her practice is located in Boca Raton, FL. For more information, visit her website at www.thinkconfidentbeconfident.com.
Foreword writer Aaron T. Beck, MD, created and refined cognitive therapy over the course of his research and clinical career. He has published more than 600 scholarly articles and twenty-five books, and has developed widely used assessment scales. Beck has received many prestigious awards, including the 2006 Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award for developing cognitive therapy. In 2013, he became the first recipient of the Kennedy Community Health Award from The Kennedy Forum. Beck has been listed as one of the ten “individuals who shaped the face of American psychiatry” and one of the five most influential psychotherapists of all time. He is emeritus professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center. His current research focuses on cognitive therapy for schizophrenia, cognitive therapy for suicide prevention, and dissemination of cognitive therapy into community settings.