The Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies recently presented the 2013 Lifetime/Achievement Career Award to Virginia Tech University Distinguished Professor of Psychology Thomas Ollendick at a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.

“I am deeply honored by this award, and very humbled in accepting it. The ABCT has been my professional home for over 40 years -- this is truly a lifetime/career award. Many individuals are to be thanked including my university, colleagues, students, and most of all my family,” Ollendick said.

The award is presented to a member who has made significant contributions to cognitive and/or behavior therapy. Ollendick is considered one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of childhood anxieties and phobias and he has written or edited 28 books, more than 100 book chapters, and over 300 research articles.

His research interests include assessment and evaluation, child behavior therapy, child psychopathology, clinical psychology, evidence-based psychotherapies, developmental psychopathology, evidence-based assessment, advanced child psychotherapy, research design, and learning.

In 1999 he was named a Virginia Tech University Distinguished Professor and in 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate in the Social Sciences from the University of Stockholm. He is currently on 12 journal editorial boards and since 1973 he has received nearly $8 million in research grants.

Ollendick received his bachelor’s degree from Loras College and a master's degree and doctoral degree from Purdue University. His academic career began as an assistant professor of psychology at Indiana State University in 1972. 

He came to Virginia Tech in 1980 as an associate professor of psychology and assistant department head. Since arriving he has held a number of positions within the psychology department as well as becoming an adjunct honorary professor at both Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and Roehampton University, London, England.