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Congratulations to Richard G. Heimberg, recipient of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association’s (PBTA) Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard G. Heimberg received his PhD from Florida State University in 1977. He is the Thaddeus L. Bolton Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple University. Dr. Heimberg is well known for his efforts to develop and evaluate cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety disorder. Most recently, Dr. Heimberg and colleagues at the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry have been working on a program for the treatment of patients with anxiety about going to the dentist. His research has been supported by 15 grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and industry. Dr. Heimberg has published 11 books and more than 425 articles and chapters on social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, dental anxiety, and related topics. He was recently listed among the top 1% of cited authors in his field according to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators, a statistical compilation of publications and citations.

Dr. Heimberg is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. He is also Past Editor of Behavior Therapy, the flagship journal of ABCT and has served on 15 additional editorial boards over the years. Dr. Heimberg was named one of the four most influential psychological researchers in anxiety in a 2001 survey of members of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and he serves on the Scientific Council of that association. He is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and was the inaugural recipient of the Academy's A.T. Beck Award for Significant and Enduring Contribution to Cognitive Therapy. He has also received awards from the Department of Psychology at his graduate alma mater Florida State University (2005 Doctoral Graduate of Distinction), from Temple University (2005 Paul Eberman Award for Excellence in Research), from ABCT (Outstanding Mentor 2006), from the Society of Clinical Psychology (Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology, 2014) and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Students’ Professional Development, 2015). Dr. Heimberg has served as mentor to over 60 doctoral students in clinical psychology over the course of his career.

Dr. Heimberg will receive the award as part of a presentation given by PBTA at Arcadia University on June 9. For more information on the events, contact

Again, congratulations to Dr. Heimberg from all those he's mentored, served while President of ABCT, or served while Editor of Behavior Therapy.



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