Women in CBT

In a series of video interviews organised and produced by the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) the influential women of EABCT present about their contribution and influence in the fields of development, training and dissemination of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy over the last 50 years.

Anke Ehlers, PhD

Anke Ehlers is a German psychologist and expert in Post-traumatic stress disorder. Anke is one of the developers of evidenced-based first-line interventions for PTSD recommended by International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2019), National Institute for Care and Clinical Excellence (2018), and the American Psychological Association (2017).  She is a fellow of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and a Fellow of the British Academy and is a senior investigator at the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).


Katy Grazebrook, President of the EABCT in conversation with Anne Marie Albano (PhD). Anxiety awareness expert, Anne Marie Albano is a leading pioneer in clinical child and adolescent psychology.

Christine Padesky, PhD

One of the most inspirational trainers in CBT, who is in recognized for her skills all over the world. She is also the author of the best-selling self-help resource “Mind over mood”.
Christine Padesky is a co-founder of the Centre for Cognitive Therapy in Huntington Beach, California and a co-developer of Strengths-Based CBT. She is a recipient of the Aaron T. Beck Award for significant and enduring contributions to the field of cognitive therapy from the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award from the California
Psychological Association and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Award for Most Influential International CBT Therapists. 

Interview partner:Irina Lazarova

Dianne Chambless, PhD

Dianne is an American Clinical Psychologist, a pioneer in research on CBT for anxiety disorders. During her PhD she joined the Feminist Therapy Collective, Inc in Philadelphia, USA. She is the recipient of the Aaron T. Beck award for Sustained and Enduring Contributions to Cognitive Therapy and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the (American) Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Edna Foa, PhD

Edna is an Israeli Professor of Clinical Psychology who lives and works in the USA. She is an internationally renowned authority in the field of psychopathology and treatment of anxiety. She is also one of the world’s leading experts in post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and social phobia. Edna has received too many awards to mention here and is among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2010. 

Elena Heinz, PhD

Shei is a Board Member of Greek Association for Behavioural Modification and Research, EABCT2020 organizing committee chair.
Elena Heinz is an expert in research on eating disorder and schema therapy. She is also a lecturer and research supervisor at the University of Thessaly, Greece.

Interview partner: Irina Lazarova.

Irene Oestrich

Irene is a Danish Clinical Psychologist. In 1990, she became the first female president of the European Association of Behavioural Therapy. Under her leadership the European Association started working with Cognitive Therapy and became the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.

Irina Lazarova, MD 

Irina is a Bulgarian Psychiatrist and the founder and President of the Bulgarian Association for Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy. She is also a Certified cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and a supervisor. She held EABCT Congress organising committee chair in 2018. 

Isabel Fernandez

Dr Isabel Fernandez, a clinical psychologist, has been hugely influential in the world of EMDR therapy for the last 20 years. She trained with Francine Shapiro in Boston and brought EMDR therapy back to Italy, her home country. She is the first female president of EMDR Europe Association.

Iris Fodor, PhD

Iris Fodor, (Ph.D) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University, and also a former director of the Ph.D. and Psy.D. doctoral programs in School Psychology.  Iris is a pioneer in feminist CBT, and advocate for the integration of cognitive and Gestalt psychotherapeutic approaches. In this interview with Iris, she talks about the fight women had in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and the power of collective action.

Janet Wolfe, PhD

Janet L. Wolfe, Ph.D. served over 25 years as the Executive Director of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City.

Dr. Wolfe has conducted hundreds of workshops and has helped to establish numerous programs in schools, clinics, and agencies based on REBT/CBT principles. She has contributed widely with books and journals on pscyhotherapy. Janet is also a pioneer in feminist REBT. She talks about the struggles women have undergone throughout history with regard to psychological trauma. 

Judith Beck, PhD

This video interview has been recorded in 2021 to celebrate the 50th year of EABCT and it is released today – July 18, 2022- in honour of the first annual Aaron T. Beck Day.

Katy Grazebrook

Within the time period of 50 years, EABCT has appointed 2 female presidents and Katy Grazebrook was able to achieve this title as the second female president of EABCT. 

 Katy is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and an accredited CBT therapist in the UK. She has worked as a clinician for the most of her career. Katy has contributed to the field of CBT through her work while being a member in the Board of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and recently she joined the Board of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT).

Kristene Doyle, PhD.

Kristene Doyle is the current (2023) Director of the Albert Ellis Institute, New York, USA and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Kristene has influenced the growth and practice of REBT in countries spanning several continents.

Melanie Fennel, PhD
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Researcher, author and trainer, UK.

Melanie Fennel is one of the pioneers of cognitive therapy in the UK. She developed and led Oxford University´s Diploma in Cognitive Therapy and MSc in Advanced Cognitive Therapy, and co-developed and taught the Masters´s Degree in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). She is a Founding Fellow of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She was also voted as the “Most Influential Female UK Cognitive Therapist” by the membership of the BABCP in 2002.

Interview partner: Katy Grazebrook.

Monnica T. Williams, PhD

Pioneer in research on inequalities. Williams´ research focuses on minority mental health, culture, and psychopathology, and she has published over 100 scientific articles on these topics.
Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is a board-certified, licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities. She is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC in Tolland, Connecticut, and she has founded clinics in Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

Interview partner: Katy Grazebrook.

Rosemery Nelson-Gray, PhD

First female president of  the  (American) Association for Behavioural Therapy (1981-1982).  Rosemery  defied the gender role expectations of women at the time,  studying  math and science at University. She was so determined to  study the  new science of behaviour therapy in the 1960s, that she  had to  travel to England (by boat), to study with Prof Hans  Eysenck at the  Institute of Psychiatry (1966-67).

Susan Bögels, PhD

Susan is a pioneer in the area of the intergenerational transmission of anxiety from parents to children.

she is a professor in Family Mental Health at the University of Amsterdam.
She is also the Founder of UvA minds, an academic center for the treatment of children with psychopathology and their parents, and (young) adults.
She is also a teacher and trainer of mindfulness at the Center of Mindfulness in Amsterdam.

Interview partner: Kim de Jong.

Valentyna Parobii

Valentyna Parobii is a CBT Psychotherapist, the President of the Ukranian Association of CBT  2019 – 2023, a Lecturer and a supervisor. Valentyna has led the Ukranian  Association of CBT during the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in  February 2022. This video was recorded for World CBT Day 2023, to raise awareness  again of the plight of the people of Ukraine. 

Interviewed by Katy Grazebrook, President EABCT 2020 – 2023