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Leslie Sokol, Ph.D.
Leslie Sokol, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, is Senior Faculty, past Director of Education and one of the principal instructors with the internationally acclaimed Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia. She has taught cognitive therapy to professional and para-professional groups, nationally and internationally, on such topics as: depression, anxiety, personality disorders, stress management, psychosis, substance abuse, and couples’ problems. In addition to her roles at the Beck Institute, she maintains a private practice in a primary care setting in the Philadelphia area. In her role as Chairman of Behavioral Science in the Family Practice Department at Mercy Suburban Hospital, she taught psychiatry to family medicine residents for twenty-two years. She continues to serve as the staff psychologist in the cardiac and physical rehabilitation departments.
Dr. Sokol, is a distinguished founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a past president. Currently she serves as Chairman of its Credentials Committee. In these roles, she was intricately involved in the provision and development of training protocols to insure competency in Cognitive Therapy, and in the testing and utilization of tools to evaluate this competency. To further her mission of spreading accurate knowledge of cognitive therapy worldwide, she was Representative at Large for the IACP (International Association of Cognitive Psychotherapy). Dr. Sokol is on the Meet the Experts panel for Psychology Today and an invited member of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychology Today, PESI Healthcare, and Penguin Speakers Bureaus.
Dr. Sokol coauthored the books Think Confident, Be Confident: A Four-Step Program to Eliminate Doubt and Achieve Lifelong Self-Esteem and Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens: A Cognitive Therapy Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Creating Unshakable Self-Esteem. Dr. Sokol has published in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Sokol has been interviewed for articles in multiple national magazines, such as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health and Shape Magazine. She also has been interviewed for television WCAU NBC10 “10Show”, and Better TV, a nationally syndicated show. She is often interviewed by many national and international radio stations including such shows as WLAC_AM “He said she said”, “Martha Stuart Radio ”Sirius Satellite, “I Hear America Talking” WRDC-FM, WLBS-FM, “Montel Williams Show” Air America Radio Network and “Chefs Table” WHYY.
Marci G. Fox, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, has been in private practice for almost fifteen years. She has worked closely with Dr. Sokol, Dr. Judith Beck, and Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia for almost the same amount of time. As an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Beck Institute, she trains individuals in cognitive therapy both nationally and internationally, and helps mental health professionals to improve their clinical skills and pinpoint specific areas of remediation.
Dr. Fox has a founding fellow distinction as well as an invited placement on the board of examiners and credentials committee of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Fox has lectured for years on cognitive therapy and has coauthored the books Think Confident, Be Confident: A Four-Step Program to Eliminate Doubt and Achieve Lifelong Self-Esteem and Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens: A Cognitive Therapy Guide to Overcoming Self-Doubt and Creating Unshakable Self-Esteem. Dr. Fox has published in peer reviewed journals as well as written the explanation and description of cognitive therapy in The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (3rd ed.) and The Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (3rd ed.). Dr. Fox was recently invited to coauthor an article on the topic of Reframing for inclusion in the fourth edition of The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science published by John Wiley and Sons. Dr. Fox wrote an article for PARADE.COM on “6 Ways To Bounce Back After a Job Loss” and coauthored with Dr. Leslie Sokol articles for BELIEFNET.COM on “How to Put Boundaries around Worry”, and Bottom Line Women’s Health on “Secrets to being More Self-Confident”. She has been interviewed for articles in multiple national magazines, such as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Fitness, Shape Magazine, All You, Woman’s World, and USA Today. Dr. Fox also has been interviewed for television WPEC CBS12 & FOX29 “DAYBREAK” (PALM BEACH) and BETTER TV (National), and is often interviewed by many national and international radio stations including such shows as the “Montel Williams Show”, WLAC_AM “He Said She Said”, WBIX 1060 AM “Frankie Boyer Lifestyle Show”, and WKYE-FM/WNTJ-AM “Sunday Magazine/NTJ Morning Magazine”. She is on the Meet the Experts panel for Psychology Today and an invited member of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Psychology Today, and Penguin Speakers Bureaus.
Dr. Fox graduated with honors in psychology from Tulane University. Upon graduation, she received a Master of Science and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. After a year as a Medical Psychology Intern at Duke University Medical Center, she did a first-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania and a second-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. She worked at the Beck Institute as a Senior Associate for five years before moving into private practice. Dr. Fox continues to play an active role at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in their Extramural Training Program, lectures nationally and internationally, and maintains a private practice in Boca Raton, Florida.
Dr. Fox has maintained memberships in the American Psychological Association since 1990, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies since 1994, the Academy of Cognitive Therapy since 2000, and the Florida Psychological Association since 2007.