Professor David H. Barlow, a pioneer in shaping the field of cognitive behavior therapy, receives lifetime achievement award

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June 3rd, 2008

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Boston University Professor David H. Barlow, founder and director emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, is the 2008 recipient of the Career/ Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He will receive the award at ABCT’s 42nd annual convention in November.

Over the past 30 years, Barlow has studied anxiety and its disorders and helped develop new psychological procedures for practice settings. He has published more than 500 articles and chapters, and over 60 books and clinical manuals, primarily in anxiety and related emotional disorders, sexual problems and clinical research methodology.

Barlow has been a leader in training new professionals, guiding the organization and shaping the field of cognitive behavior therapies.

“He has been a central force in demonstrating and disseminating the efficacy of cognitive-behavior therapies (CBT) applied either individually or as part of a combined treatment strategy for the anxiety disorders, including most prominently, studies of CBT for panic disorder,” the ABCT citation states.

“It is certainly a very meaningful kind of recognition, especially when you receive it from your peers,” said Barlow who has been one of the organization’s top producers for developing, validating and disseminating CBT treatments. “To receive this award from a 5,000-member multidisciplinary group of psychologists and psychiatrists who advance the scientific basis for mental health interventions is very special.”

Barlow joined Boston University faculty in 1996 and is now a professor of psychology and psychiatry. In launching the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, he is credited for creating an internationally known clinical and research center that provides treatments for anxiety, mood, eating, sleep and related disorders. The Center’s patients are adults and children who receive cognitive behavioral therapies.

Prior to BU, he was professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and professor of psychiatry and psychology at Brown University. He founded clinical psychology internship at both universities. He has also served as president of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Clinical Psychology and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Barlow also received a Career Contribution Awards from the Massachusetts and Connecticut Psychological Associations and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Psychological Association. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in 1969.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.

David H. Barlow Boston University Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
David H. Barlow Boston University Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

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