Welcome - from the President

E. Thomas Dowd, PhD, ABPP

Dear Colleagues:                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Thank you for your interest in the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. As a member specialty Board of ABPP, our goal is to certify psychological professionals in cognitive and behavioral psychology. 


Board Certified Cognitive and Behavioral Psychologists are health service providers who possess specialized knowledge and experience. Psychologists who earn our Diploma have met our educational, training, and experience requirements. They have specialty level skills in areas such as assessment, intervention, consultation, awareness of the science base of the field, supervision, teaching, ethics, diversity issues, and interpersonal interactions. Cognitive and behavioral psychologists engage in independent practice, community service, research, education and/or training regarding a wide range of psychological and behavioral problems. They work with children, adolescents, adults, families and other populations. The distinct focus of the specialty is its heavy reliance on an empirical approach and its grounding in theories of learning and behavioral analysis. There are currently four sub-areas of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology:  (a) applied behavior analysis, (b) behavior therapy, (c) cognitive-behavior therapy, and (c) cognitive therapy.


Board members want to help guide you through the process of earning the diploma. You can request a personal mentor who can serve as your guide.


We appreciate your interest in our specialty. Please contact me directly if I can be of service to you.  I can be reached at edowd@kent.edu.




E. Thomas Dowd, PhD, ABPP



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