Dr. Lata K. McGinn is professor of psychology, director of the PsyD doctoral clinical program and director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) Training Program and Clinic for Anxiety and Depression at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has given her an award for outstanding service for her vision and leadership in creating the World Confederation of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (WCCBT). The award ceremony is on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, during ABCT’s 54th Annual Convention, held virtually this year from Nov. 19 to Nov. 22. The award is given to a person who has actively demonstrated “exceptional rigor, dedication, persistence, and excellence” in contributing to the field of CBT.
“I initiated and spearheaded a global initiative to found the WCCBT in 2013 and worked with colleagues and CBT organizations across the world (Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australasia) for six years before officially launching it in 2019, all of which you can read about in the history section on the website. I currently serve on the Confederation’s Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee.
“My goal in forming it was to create a global organization to disseminate CBT across the world, particularly to underserved regions such as Africa, and to foster the global reach of CBT during peace, war and crises through collaborations with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Those are key goals of the Confederation.”