Boston University’s School of Social Work Dean and Master of Social Work (MSW) Professor Gail Steketee, Ph.D. has been elected President-Elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) for 2015-2016. The election is of particular significance as Gail is among the first in the social work field to enter into the role, and complements the association’s efforts toward a more multidisciplinary membership.
Among her many accomplishments over her 35 years of ABCT membership, Gail has worked tirelessly with ABCT as Co-Chair of the 2010 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies that took place at Boston University and attracted over 2,500 attendees from all over the world. Gail is also an accomplished academic author and has received nominations for her work including Goodreads Choice Awards Best Nonfiction and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Cover Art.
“I'm very honored to be elected to the presidency of The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), an exciting professional home to me for decades now,” says Gail Steketee, Ph.D. “This 5,000 member organization of mental health clinicians and researchers has an important mission to promote evidence-based practices across disciplines. Among my goals as president, I hope to increase the presence of clinical social workers within the ABCT membership and among presenters and attendees at its major national conference, and also to promote social work values and skills with in CBT practice. This is a truly exciting period for me, and I hope, ABCT.”
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies was established in 1966 with the behaviorist movement brought about by Pavlov, Watson, Skill Thorndike and other notable behaviorist scientists. The ABCT today is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for development and well-being via investigation and application of cognitive, behavioral and other evidenced-based principles.