In Memoriam: Art Freeman

Today (19.08.2020), we have lost a close friend, a brilliant colleague, and a priceless mentor, Dr. Arthur Freeman.

Art was one of the key founders of cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) – the core of evidence-based psychotherapy today –, a giant of the clinical/psychotherapy field, fully recognized and appreciated worldwide.

As a member of our International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, in 2017 ( and in 2019 (, he was a main organizer and speaker at our international CBT congresses, held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. We have thus recently had the chance of spending valuable academic and personal time together. I have met Art a long time ago, in 1999, in New York, and we remained close friends and colleagues ever since; we collaborated on several international publications and grants/projects, and, over time, Art became a part of our clinical/psychotherapy school in Cluj-Napoca, helping us to rebuild and develop it on solid, modern grounds after the communist period.

Dear Art, thank you for everything! You will survive in our and in the next generations’ minds/hearts by your teachings – academic and clinical contributions –, and those who have met you in person will always remember your beautiful mind/personality and tell the story further…Thank you, dear friend!

Daniel David
Professor, Ph.D.,
The Rector of the Babeș-Bolyai University


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