There have been two significant contributions credited to Michael Mahoney. In the early years of his career, he was one of the leading researchers in cognotive therapy. His book Cognition and Behavior Modification was instrumental in combining the work of cognitive therapy and behavior therapy into an integrative model. His book Human Change Processes continued his efforts to synthesize ideas from a variety of sources into a coherent framework.
More recently, Mahoney has turned his attention toward writing in the area of constructivist therapy, an effort culminating in several influencial books such as Congnitive and Constructive Psychotherapies and Constructivism in Psychotherapy. In this approach, Mahoney and several colleagues have developed a theory that helps people create meaning from their experiences through the use of metaphors, cognitive reflection, and a collaborataive relationship.
Mahoney is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas in Denton and Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco. [adapted from The Mummy at the Dining Room Table (2003)]