Donald Meichenbaum is one of the originators of cognitive behavior therapy, and his contributions have been recognized by his colleagues, who have voted him to be one of the then most influential psychotherapists of the century. He has emphasized the interdependence among the patient's thought, feelings, and behavior and their resultant consequences. Born and raised in New York City, where, he noted, many people "talk to themselves," he has highlighted that one goal of therapy is to help people learn to talk to themselves differently and to tell themselves and other more constructive adaptive "stories." But such stories must be based on behavioral change. His books include several classics, including Cognitive-Behavioral Modification: An Integrative Approach; Stress Inoculation Training; Pain and Behavior Medicine; Facilitating Treatment Adherence; Treatment of Individuals with Anger-Control Problems and Agressive Behaviors; and A Clinical Handbook for Assessing and Treating Adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Meichenbaum is presently Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada, and Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, in Miami, Florida. [adapted from The Mummy at the Dining Room Table (2003)]