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J. Gayle Beck
stress disorders anxiety psychology

1. Introduction

J. Gayle Beck is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma stress disorders[1] and anxiety disorders.[2] She is the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis.

Beck was President of the Society of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12, in 2012[3] and President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in 2004-2005.[4] She served as a member of the Board of the American Psychological Foundation[5] and as Editor in Chief of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.[6]

2. Awards

Beck was elected a Fellow of the APA Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), APA Division 38 (Society for Health Psychology), and APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology).[7] She received the APA Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology from the Society of Clinical Psychology in 2016.[8]

3. Biography

Beck received an A.B. in Psychology and Education from Brown University in 1979. She subsequently completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology State University of New York at Albany in 1984,[9] with supported from a Presidential fellowship from the State University of New York (1979-1982). Her titled "The effect of performance demand and attentional focus on sexual responding in functional and dysfunctional men,"[10] was supervised by David H. Barlow.[11]

Beck held faculty positions at the University of Houston (1984-1993) and the State University of New York, Buffalo (1993-2007) before moving to the University of Memphis in 2008.[12] Beck's clinical research on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been funded by grants from the National Institute for Mental Health.[13][14] She led a multi-site randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the treatment of PTSD among veterans.[15] Beck is Director of the Athena Project at the University of Memphis, which provides free services, resources, and support for victims of domestic abuse.[16][17]

4. Book

  • Rosen, R. C., & Beck, J. G. (1988). Patterns of sexual arousal: Psychophysiological processes and clinical applications. Guilford Press.

5. Representative Research

  • Beck, J. G., Bozman, A. W., & Qualtrough, T. (1991). The experience of sexual desire: Psychological correlates in a college sample. Journal of Sex Research, 28(3), 443-456.
  • Beck, J. G., Coffey, S. F., Palyo, S. A., Gudmundsdottir, B., Miller, L. M., & Colder, C. R. (2004). Psychometric properties of the Posttraumatic Cognitions Inventory (PTCI): a replication with motor vehicle accident survivors. Psychological Assessment, 16(3), 289-298.
  • Beck, J. G., Grant, D. M., Read, J. P., Clapp, J. D., Coffey, S. F., Miller, L. M., & Palyo, S. A. (2008). The Impact of Event Scale-Revised: Psychometric properties in a sample of motor vehicle accident survivors. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 22(2), 187-198.
  • Beck, J. G., McNiff, J., Clapp, J. D., Olsen, S. A., Avery, M. L., & Hagewood, J. H. (2011). Exploring negative emotion in women experiencing intimate partner violence: Shame, guilt, and PTSD. Behavior Therapy, 42(4), 740-750.
  • Beck, J. G., Palyo, S. A., Winer, E. H., Schwagler, B. E., & Ang, E. J. (2007). Virtual reality exposure therapy for PTSD symptoms after a road accident: An uncontrolled case series. Behavior Therapy, 38(1), 39-48.
Further Reading
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  1. The Oxford handbook of traumatic stress disorders. Beck, J. Gayle., Sloan, Denise M.. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. ISBN 978-0-19-539906-6. OCLC 745766005. 
  2. Interpersonal processes in the anxiety disorders : implications for understanding psychopathology and treatment. Beck, J. Gayle. (1st ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association. 2010. ISBN 978-1-4338-0746-6. OCLC 612728659. 
  3. "Past Presidents of Society of Clinical Psychology | Society of Clinical Psychology". 
  4. "ABCT | Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies | Cognitive Behavioral Therapy". 
  5. "Psychology Giving | June 2019 New APF board members". 
  6. Gayle Beck, J. (2014). "From the Editor: Continuity and Change" (in en). Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 21 (1): 1–2. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12061. 
  7. "Awards & Honors | Division of Trauma Psychology". 
  8. "SCP 2016 Award Winners | Society of Clinical Psychology". 
  9. "J. Gayle Beck, Ph,D." (in en). 
  10. The effect of performance demand and attentional focus on sexual responding in functional and dysfunctional men. Doctoral dissertation, State University of New York at Albany, Department of Psychology.. 
  11. "PsychTree - J. Gayle Beck Family Tree". 
  12. "J. Gayle Beck CV (December 2014)". 
  13. "Group Therapy Helps Car-Accident Survivors Deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" (in en). 
  14. Clapp, Joshua D.; Gayle Beck, J. (2009). "Understanding the relationship between PTSD and social support: The role of negative network orientation" (in en). Behaviour Research and Therapy 47 (3): 237–244. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2008.12.006. PMID 19162260.
  15. Sloan, Denise M.; Unger, William; Lee, Daniel J.; Beck, J. Gayle (2018). "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Group Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Veterans Diagnosed With Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder" (in en). Journal of Traumatic Stress 31 (6): 886–898. doi:10.1002/jts.22338. ISSN 0894-9867. PMID 30499227.
  16. "Media and News" (in en). 
  17. "I'm J. Gayle Beck, Professor of Psychology, and This is How I Work" (in en). 2016-08-29. 
Name: J. Gayle Beck
Born: Dec 1956
Richmond, Indiana, United States
Title: Psychologist
Affiliation: University of Memphis
Honor: Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology (2016)
Subjects: Psychology
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