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Money for Clinical Research in CBT

Dr. Richard Friedman, a well-known psychiatrist in New York, recently published an Op-Ed article in the New York Times, which made a strong case for increasing federal funding for research on psychotherapeutic interventions. Dr. Friedman's article is a laudable effort to draw the public's attention to both the value of therapy as a treatment for psychiatric disorders, and to the growing overemphasis on psychopharmacological and neuroscience research over psychotherapeutic/non-biological treatments for psychiatric disorders. As staunch proponents of cognitive and behavioral interventions, I'm sure many members of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)- especially our colleagues who strive annually for ever-scarcer research dollars- will welcome the sentiment of more equitable funding for psychotherapy research.

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