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Dr. Gayle Beck Named Editor of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

For release: July 19, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

Dr. J. Gayle Beck
Dr. J. Gayle Beck

Dr. J. Gayle Beck, holder of the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence at the University of Memphis, has been named editor of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

The journalpresents cutting-edge developments in the science and practice of clinical psychology by publishing scholarly topical reviews of research, theory and application to diverse areas, including assessment, intervention, service delivery and professional issues. It is the flagship journal for the Society of Clinical Psychology.

Beck joined the Department of Psychology at the U of M in 2008. Prior to that she was professor and associate chair at the University at Buffalo–SUNY. Beginning with her undergraduate training at Brown University, Beck has strived to integrate diverse research methodologies toward the goal of enhancing the knowledge and understanding of adult behavioral disorders. 

Beck’s current research focus is on the mental health consequences of intimate partner violence. She heads up the U of M’s Athena Project, a research clinic that provides free assessment and treatment services to women who have experienced domestic violence. In addition to her work with the Athena Project, she is active locally and nationally in her field. She is the immediate past president of the Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association and a past president of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

Other faculty members in the Department of Psychology who hold editorships include: Dr. Frank Andrasik, editor-in-chief of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback; Dr. Randy Floyd, editor-in-chief of the Journal of School Psychology; and Dr. Art Graesser, senior editor of the Journal of Educational Psychology. Dr. Bob Neimeyer founded the Journal of Constructivist Psychology in 1988 and continues as its editor-in-chief. In 1990 he began serving as editor of Death Studies.

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