Hello, and welcome to a preview of ABCT’s 2019 election. Our election voting site will be available from April 1 until April 30. All full members and new professionals will be sent an instructional email prior to the election on how to vote in the VoteNet system.
And, it is never to soon to be thinking about governance participation for next year, and who would make a skilled leader for ABCT. Please be sure to nominate yourself or a colleague when the 2020 Call for Officers is released.
Going forward, we will hold the annual election in November--the same month as our annual convention. Please check tBT, our website, and list serve for the new schedule. Again, thank you for making your voice heard and your vote count!
David Pantalone, Ph.D.
Chair, Leadership and Elections Committee
President Elect 2020-2021
Marc S. Atkins, Ph.D.
ABCT and its Annual Convention has meant a lot to me over the years. In graduate school, and several years after, it was the only conference I attended and I still relate strongly to the well-dressed graduates seeking that first job in the elaborate dance of conference cheerfulness and serious science. November was also just enough time for those in their first jobs to share their excitement at how wonderful their students are, how great their lab space, and how supportive their colleagues; though invariably, the next November, one could find them at the hotel bar lamenting that their students were not quite as stellar as they hoped, their lab space had a leaky ceiling, and their colleagues had more than a few snakes among them. As a training director, I dubbed this the ABCT effect to encourage students to balance expectations.
Through the years, the convention has remained a steady influence on my work, a place to share my most valued findings and to hear from colleagues whose work I admire the most. I attend a smattering of symposia, but my favorite place is poster sessions (and, yes, also the hotel bar) where I hear the backstory on the work. Many of these conversations are with former interns and graduate students, which is even more pleasurable.
A few years back, Bruce Chorpita and Brad Nakamura started a small but energetic Special Interest Group for dissemination and implementation (DI) science. The group has expanded exponentially and its energy is a bellwether for ABCT's future. DI is a force multiplier, a cross-cutting metric of ABCT's long-standing mission to bridge research and practice. The core goal is same-applying principles of behavior change to promote health-but with an expanded focus to include the settings and social influences that maintain behavior change over time. ABCT, with its multidisciplinary membership, its strong student base, and its core group of researchers and practitioners, is the ideal organization to lead this effort, to close the long-standing gap from need to availability, to reduce health disparities, and to inform public policy.
I am a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago where I directed psychology training for two decades and currently serve as Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research of the Community-Based Dissemination and Implementation Science program for UIC's Center for Clinical and Translational Science. My research examines new models for mental health practice in high-poverty urban communities, especially for children with ADHD and aggression, to address long-standing disparities in mental health care. I have a strong interest in public policy and serve as a consultant to the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Department of Public Health. I have also served on the executive committee of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science and as Past-President of the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53). In 2015, I received the Career Achievement Award from the ABCT Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group.
David F. Tolin, Ph.D.
The mission of ABCT-to advanc[e] the scientific understanding, assessment, prevention, and treatment of human problems through the global application of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles-is a lofty one, and requires input from a wide range of scientist-practitioners. One of my main objectives would be to increase the recruitment, retention, and diversity of membership. Within our ranks, Ph.D.s outnumber Psy.D.s by a factor of nearly 10 to 1, and outnumber M.S.W.s by a factor of over 30 to 1 (ABCT central office data, 2019). I would "expand our tent" by reaching out to Psy.D., M.S.W., and other training programs, in addition to the Ph.D. programs that have been the mainstay of our membership to date.
ABCT benefits from a strong student membership, yet many students do not continue their membership once training is complete. To help retain them, I would emphasize small individualized group experiences and recognition of individual accomplishments, particularly at the early career stage of development. I would also promote Special Interest Group (SIG) membership, which allows for more direct involvement within the larger organization. The SIGs, in particular, have a strong role to play in terms of dissemination and implementation. The content-based diversity of these groups can be leveraged to develop resources that translate science into practice, and to promote CBT delivery across a broad spectrum of health care practitioners.
Finally, the innovation and advancement of science is of paramount importance to the organization. Changes in NIMH's funding priorities have left many ABCT members wondering about the future of our science. As President, I would seek to secure ongoing funding for behavioral research by engaging with NIMH decision-makers, as well as supporting the expansion of a database of alternative research funding sources.
ABCT has been my professional home for the past 25 years. I joined ABCT as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, and deepened my relationship with the organization through my predoctoral and postdoctoral training at the Boston VA Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania. In my current position as the founding Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at The Institute of Living in Connecticut, I lead an outpatient clinic where we treat a range of anxiety-, mood-, and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. There, I face issues of dissemination and implementation on a near-daily basis, helping to transform a traditionally psychodynamic institution into a hub of evidence-based practice. I have published over 180 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, and my research on bio-behavioral mechanisms of anxiety-related and obsessive-compulsive related disorders and on clinical outcomes of cognitive-behavioral interventions has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for two decades. I am a dedicated scientist-practitioner, and am happy to say that my membership in ABCT has helped forge my professional identity. As President, I hope to give back to the organization by bringing my experience in research, clinical service, education, and dissemination to ABCT leadership.
Amie E. Grills, Ph.D.
Like many who have served ABCT before me, I feel a deep connection with this organization that has long been my professional home. During my 20+ years of membership, I have learned the importance of those who dedicate their time for the advancement of our field. ABCT has been my go-to for presenting my latest findings and continuing my own learning, and I have attempted to pay forward what the organization has been for me through my ongoing service to it. The Representative-at-Large position is an extension of work I have previously done with ABCT, which has included serving as SIG leader, Ambassador Committee Chair, International Associates Committee, Program Committee, and Self-Help Book Recommendations Committee. If elected, I would attend to strategic initiatives concerning Membership Community and Value and Dissemination and Implementation in my role as Board Liaison to Academic and Professional Issues. Each of the five committees that fall under the scope of this position align with these two initiatives and I envision building on these groups' expertise to further support the larger organization goals of membership recruitment and retention. I would expand efforts to reach and include diverse disciplines and practitioners. Doing so will strengthen our overall community and better drive the scaling and uptake of the work from our field. CBT is utilized by practitioners across a variety of settings (medicine, social work, education), and our organization should serve as a professional home for all of these individuals to connect, learn, collaborate, and disseminate their practices. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Academic and Professional Issues Committees and the Board to achieve these shared goals.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs within Boston University's Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech and completed my internship at Charleston Consortium. Most of my research has been conducted within two domains: child internalizing disorders and risk/protective factors that predict adverse outcomes following trauma. My work has focused on developing evidence-based intervention programs that can be innovatively applied (e.g., classrooms, online) to reach greater numbers of individuals. I have received funding from NICHD, NIMH, and NSF, published several books and over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and received awards from ABCT and the American Psychological Society and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. I first joined ABCT in 1996 and have remained an active member since. For over 10 years, I have been a member of the Ambassadors Committee, and for the past 2 years, I have served as its Chair. I am a longstanding member of the Program Committee and am on the Editorial Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. I have been a member of the International Associates and Self-Help Book Committees, and have completed terms as the Anxiety Disorders SIG Leader and Treasurer. Outside work, I can be found with my husband and three children playing card games, dancing, building with Legos, or doing something gymnastics-related.
Laura A. Payne, Ph.D.
ABCT has been a vital part of my development as a psychologist at every step of my career. As an eager undergraduate student at UCLA, I was fortunate to be mentored by Michelle Craske in her anxiety disorders research program. This experience introduced me to ABCT and set the stage for my love of behavior therapy. Through my undergraduate, graduate, and faculty careers, ABCT has kept me connected to the most important advancements in the field. My hope, and my primary objective as Representative-at-Large, is to enhance and showcase the value of ABCT membership across all disciplines and levels of training.
I have enjoyed being active in the ABCT community for many years. My work as Chair of the Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee has been an opportunity to help ABCT achieve its goal of increasing awareness of and disseminating evidence-based CBT. It has also prepared me for the role of Representative-at-Large for Academic and Professional Issues. I recognize the importance of integrating research with professional development, and I believe I have the necessary experience to successfully realize this goal. Collaboration with other professional societies and training programs is critical to further ABCT's impact on the field; as part of my role, I plan to foster an environment of inclusion to help facilitate these connections and boost member value.
ABCT is a part of my past, present, and future. I would love the opportunity to continue to help our organization grow nationally and internationally, and to ensure it remains the premiere professional organization for CBT research and clinical practice.
Laura Payne, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pain Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As a graduate student, Laura worked closely with David Barlow to develop and test the initial version of the Unified Protocol. She subsequently applied her experience with emotion regulation and transdiagnostic interventions in a behavioral medicine context. Her current research interests include understanding underlying mechanisms of pain, particularly in young women with menstrual pain. Laura has received numerous grants from NIH and UCLA to continue her research, and she has published research articles and book chapters in the areas of anxiety disorders, emotion regulation, and pain. She has also trained many practitioners, students, and psychiatry residents in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapies, including the Unified Protocol. Laura has been a member of ABCT since her first conference in 2000 and has been actively involved in ABCT ever since. She received the Virginia A. Roswell Dissertation Award in 2007 and was a member of the Clinical Directory and Referral Issues Committee from 2012-2015. Laura then served as Committee Chair from 2015-2018. In this position, Laura implemented a number of initiatives to bring greater value to members, including development of the Therapist Spotlight, CBT Pioneers, and Monthly Mental Health Topics. Laura considers ABCT her professional home and is very eager to continue to support the professional association that has shaped her career over the last two decades.
Kamila White, Ph.D.
L. Frank Baum (1900) wrote, "There's no place like home." I can attest, ABCT is my professional home, and there is no other place like it. According to our vision statement, ABCT aspires to expand access to evidence-based cognitive and behavioral therapy to drive better health outcomes. This aim to broaden outreach and fuel growth is dynamic, and I will advocate for comprehensive outreach. My ongoing research outreach is on a smaller scale but with similar aims for outreach. My work focuses at the intersection of anxiety and cardiovascular health to examine outcomes and cultural factors in congenital heart disease; this work is international (http://www.isachd.org/content/approach). I will also advocate for ABCT's longstanding core values of diversity and mentorship. Every generation of diverse, rising professionals strengthens ABCTs mission, and we have the potential to engage and mentor each student and professional. The ABCT priorities and strategic initiatives (2019) include these and other central agenda items for the academic and professional issues. With my drive and commitment, I believe my past experiences have provided me with some of the background and experiences to serve ABCT as Representative-at-Large.
My involvement with ABCT includes serving on Academic and Professional Issues (Coordinator, 2011-2013); Publications Committee (at-large member, 2009-2012); Committee on Research Agenda (member, 2005-2009); Local Arrangements Committee (member, 2003), and Program Committee (since 2004).
Kamila White, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at University of Missouri, St. Louis. Dr. White has written over 85 journal articles and book chapters. Her research is at the intersection of anxiety and cardiovascular health; much of her work has examined how anxiety contributes to cardiovascular risk in heart disease, particularly in at-risk populations (i.e., congenital heart disease). Under her leadership, she maintains a small private practice, supervises an active research laboratory including undergraduate and graduate students (the Health and Anxiety Research Program), and supervises doctoral student clinicians in training. Dr. White is a consulting editor for Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. White attended Kansas State University (BS), Virginia Commonwealth University (M.S., Ph.D.), Brown University Medical School (APA-accredited clinical internship, behavioral medicine), Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University (research assistant professor appointment and postdoctoral residency).
Cheri A. Levinson, Ph.D.
Featured Therapist Interview
Cheri Levinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville and Director of the Eating Anxiety Treatment (EAT) lab. She is also the Clinical Director of the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders, where she treats clients, and supervises and trains other clinicians and students in evidence-based treatments for eating disorders.
Dr. Levinson's research focuses on (a) understanding the high levels of comorbidity between eating and anxiety disorders and (b) applying empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders, specifically exposure therapy, to the eating disorders, and (c) using advanced analytic tools and technology to personalize eating disorder treatment. Dr. Levinson has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters and has been the primary investigator on several national grants and awards. Dr. Levinson has conducted clinical trials on the effectiveness of using exposure therapy and perfectionism treatment for the eating disorders. She has received several awards, including the 2015 Outstanding Scientific Contribution Award, for her work from the Academy for Eating Disorders.
Dr. Levinson's clinical works focuses on treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She specializes in the treatment of comorbid disorders (eating disorders, OCD, and anxiety disorders) using empirically supported cognitive-behavioral techniques. Dr. Levinson has worked in all levels of eating disorder care, including outpatient, partial-hospitalization, residential, and inpatient care.
Before moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson trained at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED). While at CEED, she trained in cognitive behavioral therapies, dialectical behavior therapy, family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness therapies for eating disorders. Dr. Levinson was also a therapist at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Clinic and Webster Wellness Outpatient Clinic, where she treated patients using DBT, CBT, and mealtime therapy, and where she ran several groups, including a perfectionism in the eating disorders group. She also worked at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, where she trained in intensive exposure therapy for anxiety disorders and OCD.
Prior to moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson was a post-doctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, where she developed technology-based treatments for eating disorders. She completed her clinical internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in the psychology department at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and history at the University of Kentucky.
First, we would like to know a little about your practice.
What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?
I think one of my personal strengths is the ability to empathize and understand what my patients are experiencing. Having worked in all levels of eating disorder care for several years now I have seen the entire spectrum of severity and have had many experiences where I get to hear from the patient (and family) perspective. Additionally, one of my strengths is using science to inform my practice. Because I continue to conduct research, this informs my practice and gives me a unique perspective on my patients, that is fully informed by cutting-edge research.
What "tips" can you offer to colleagues just opening a practice?
Get to know the community. This helps determine what types of services are needed and also helps build a referral base.
How do you remind your patients of their strengths during the therapy process?
I always like to point out progress. Working with eating disorders, many times the progress gets lost behind the challenges, especially because progress can sometimes be extremely slow. What may seem like a huge win to me as the provider is often not seen as a win by the patient. This is extremely important for maintaining motivation in an already low-motivation illness.
Are you involved in other types of professional activities in addition to your private practice?
I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville and run a large research lab. I am also a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders Advocacy Committee and am involved with the National Eating Disorder Association.
When not practicing CBT, what do you do for fun?
Spend time with my two year old daughter, Sofia : We like to go to music class and on walks around the neighborhood.
What do you think is the single most important thing CBT can do for your clients?
Teach them that they can approach emotions and experiences that help them live the life they want.
Where do you see the field of the behavioral therapies going over the next 3-5 years?
I think we will hopefully see a huge shift toward personalized treatments, where we are using evidence-based treatments to target the most important symptoms for each one of our clients.
How do you use the local or social media to educate your community on the benefits of CBT?
I give a talk to the community/professionals on eating disorders about once a month. I also teach a class on evidence-based interventions to clinical psychology PhD students and supervise a team of PhD students learning evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and anxiety disorders.
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
I have been a member of ABCT since my first year of graduate school! I haven't missed a single conference since my second year of graduate school.
How has ABCT helped you professionally?
ABCT helps remind me that there is a whole body of professionals who use and support evidence-based treatments.
2018 Presidential Address
CBT in the Digital Age: Enhancing Effectiveness and Reach of Research and Psychotherapy
Tom Ollendick talks pediatric anxiety treatments, and especially his early work with one-session treatments that had success rates as high as 75% and long-term success even at 4 years.
Meet ABCT's Featured Lab
The PTSD Research and Treatment Lab, located at the Case Western Reserve University Department of Psychological Sciences, is directed by Norah Feeny, Ph.D.
Doctoral Student Lab Members
We asked each of the PTSD Research and Treatment Lab's graduate student ABCT members:
What is your area of research interest?
How has ABCT been helpful to you?
If a student were thinking about joining ABCT, what activities would you recommend they get involved in?
Alexander Kline, M.A.
My research interests center around unpacking interventions for PTSD and investigating ways to increase their efficacy and reach. I have great interest in predictors and processes linked to clinical outcomes, particularly treatment response and dropout.
ABCT provides exposure to novel, exciting work both within and outside my own area of research, and provides opportunities to showcase our work. ABCT has made a tremendous impact on my clinical and research interests.
I would attend ABCT's conference, where you can present your work, attend poster sessions and symposia, and connect with other researchers. ABCT showcases innovative ongoing work in the field and provides various networking opportunities as well.
Allison Baier, M.A.
I am particularly interested in understanding mechanisms underlying treatment outcomes, such as treatment response and dropout. I am also interested in effectively increasing dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for PTSD.
ABCT has been an invaluable resource for exploring cutting-edge research, sharing my own work, and networking with other researchers.
I would recommend getting involved in special interest groups that align with your clinical research interests and submitting your work to the annual conference.
Alexandra Klein, B.A.
Broadly, my research interests are in increasing access to evidence-based interventions for individuals with PTSD. Within this realm, I am interested in 1) optimizing interventions to increase relevancy and accessibility and reduce patient and provider burden in low-resource populations; 2) understanding who benefits from which treatments and why; and 3) developing tools to appropriately match individuals to optimal treatments.
ABCT has been helpful to me at various points in my career. As an undergraduate, I learned about a research assistant position for after graduation through the ABCT list serve. Further, At the ABCT annual conference, I was able to take advantage of the networking opportunities, learn a ton about my field, and solidify my interests in pursuing treatment research.
I would recommend attending the annual conference and finding a special interest group (SIG) that interests you. These are really great networking opportunities, where you can meet people from all career stages. Conferences are also where the most groundbreaking research is being presented for the first time. It's a great way to learn about where your field of interest is going, who the big players are, and to find what you're passionate about.
Other students in the PTSD Research and Treatment Lab:
Alex Rothbaum, M.A.
Kathy Benhamou, B.A.
Norah Feeny, Ph.D.
Dr. Feeny is a licensed clinical psychologist, Professor, and former (until January 2019) Director of Clinical Training at Case Western Reserve University in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She teaches, mentors, and provides clinical supervision at graduate and undergraduate levels. As Director of the PTSD Treatment and Research Program, she has been PI and co-investigator on multiple NIMH-funded clinical trials, with over 150 publications that focus on cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD, treatment preferences, and processes underlying treatment efficacy. Her work has involved her in sexual assault programs, emergency departments, and treatment programs for anxiety and depression. Dr. Feeny received the 2017 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Distinguished Mentorship Award.
Broadly, our laboratory focuses on the development and evaluation of cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety and mood disorders. Most of our work is focused in the area of PTSD specifically. We have ongoing research evaluating evidence-based treatments for PTSD, understanding what predicts who will benefit from such treatments, which treatments people prefer, and what might predict PTSD development in emergency department settings. Further, we are currently conducting an RCT examining the preliminary efficacy of a lay-led group intervention for Somali refugees with trauma-related difficulties. We have also conducted research in the area of depression and bipolar disorder in youth and pediatric PTSD.
How do you stay current with developments in the field, both research and practice?
I try to stay current by reading relevant research literature and attending and presenting at conferences. I also collaborate often with other researchers doing similar research, including the University of Washington Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress. In addition, I regularly engage in research efforts with my lab and we discuss current research as a group. I also teach graduate classes in psychopathology and psychotherapy. which forces me to be up to date on the literature in those areas. Finally, I read a lot as a member of editorial boards and as a grant reviewer at various organizations, including the NIMH.
What conferences do you regularly attend and why?
ABCT was one of my first conferences!!! I try to attend the annual meeting whenever I can. I also often attend the annual conferences for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
A long time! I have been a member since 1999.
How has ABCT helped you professionally?
ABCT has been a wonderful place to keep up to date on the latest research, present our ongoing work, learn about areas I am less familiar with, and connect with colleagues. ABCT provides a great environment for me to help my students progress in their careers, from new collaborators to planning for internship and postdoc. On a more personal note, ABCT provides a venue to keep up with those I care about in the field and don't get to see often enough!
How do you see the future of ABCT for both you and your students?
I see ABCT as a continued source for the promotion of evidence-based practice. I believe it will continue to promote the dissemination of evidence-based practices and rally the field for this cause. I think ABCT will continue to be a venue important to the exchange of ideas across specific disorders. As healthcare and healthcare delivery continue to evolve at a fast pace, I think ABCT and its members will be a necessary force to advocate for evidence-based change.
Are your students members of ABCT? If so, what has been most useful for them?
Many of my students have been or are members of ABCT. I always encourage my students to join ABCT and go to the annual conference. My students have particularly found it helpful to present posters, give talks, and serve on panels. I know there has also been high value to them in networking with a focus on their post-graduate career trajectory.
For prospective students:
ABCT can provide a great foundation for evidence-based practice, research, and a feel for the field. The benefits include initiatives like this one, that expose you to researchers and work without having to dive deep into the literature. We have a strong lab that is dedicated to many of the same causes as ABCT and its members. Any potential students who are interested in research on developing and evaluating PTSD treatments should consider applying to join our lab. We believe that part of our duty as scientists is training the next generation. Our students have many opportunities to participate in research, work on their own projects, as well as collaborate on projects within the field. We foster an environment of collaboration and cross-mentorship to students with a wide range of end-goals in terms of career. Many of our graduates continue to be members and attend ABCT.
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The Clinical Directory and Referral issues committee is highlighting the large number of SIGs that cover racial and ethnic diversity within ABCT:
This award recognizes outstanding individuals who are not members of ABCT but who have shown exceptional dedication, influence, and social impact through the promotion of evidence-based interventions and who have thereby advanced the mission of ABCT.
Visit our Champions page for full details on how to nominate and for a full listing of champions
Call for Papers: Special Issue of Behavior Therapy
The impact and treatment of sleep disorders
Sleep disorders are a significant public health problem in general, and are particularly elevated among psychiatric populations. This Special Issue aims to highlight cutting-edge research on the treatment of sleep disorders as well as work that makes significant contributions to our understanding of how sleep disorders impact the treatment of comorbid psychological disorders. Some of the essential questions that this special issue will seek to address include:
1. What is the efficacy or effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapies for sleep disorders, including traditional and eHealth interventions?
2. How do sleep disorders impact the treatment outcomes of comorbid psychological disorders?
3. What are the mechanisms that may explain the connection between sleep disorders and other psychological disorders, and how can this inform treatment planning?
This is not an exhaustive list, but instead illustrates the type of research questions of interest. Studies that assess sleep disorders using interview or polysomnography methods are encouraged. Papers for this special issue must highlight the clinical value of the findings. In addition to original research, review articles, short reports, brief commentary, case reports, and meta-analyses are invited.
Please direct inquiries and submit proposal abstracts to Carmen McLean (email@example.com) no later than February 1, 2019. If invited to contribute, final papers will be due July 1, 2019. Papers not considered for the special issue are of course still welcome for submission to the journal as an author initiated manuscript.
ABCT is delighted to announce a new partnership with PsyberGuide.
Please watch these pages for an expanding list of CBT-relevant apps being reviewed by the staff at PsyberGuide and the editors at Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.
PsyberGuide (PsyberGuide.org) is a non-profit website reviewing smartphone applications and other digital mental health tools. Its goal is to help people make responsible and informed decisions about the technologies they use for management of mental health. PsyberGuide is committed to ensuring that this information is available to all, and that it is free of preference, bias, or endorsement.
PsyberGuide is funded by One Mind, a leading non-profit organization supporting collaborative brain research to provide patients who suffer from brain disease and injury better diagnostics and treatment. With over 325,000 emerging digital health technologies, and an estimated 15,000 of those designed for mental health, One Mind recognized the lack of advice or guidelines to help people navigate the expanding marketplace of mental health apps. Thus in 2013, One Mind established PsyberGuide to address this growing problem.
In 2017, One Mind welcomed Dr. Stephen Schueller as Executive Director. Dr. Schueller is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at University of California. Irvine. His work focuses on expanding the accessibility and availability of mental health services through technology.
PsyberGuide & ABCT established this partnership with the aim of disseminating reviews of digital mental health tools to a broad audience of researchers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental-health practitioners who are interested in using these tools in their practice of behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles.
In the coming months, app reviews from both PsyberGuide and Cognitive and Behavioral Practice will be integrated on both sites to expand the reach of information on available apps. ABCT will be developing a dedicated app review page which will host a sample of relevant PsyberGuide reviews. PsyberGuide will also link to C&BP reviews on their site, where relevant.
PsyberGuide Executive Director, Dr. Stephen Schueller, said "ABCT has been a leader in advancing the use of innovative behavioral and cognitive treatments. Technological behavioral and cognitive treatments will play a role in the future of mental health care and we're excited to team with ABCT to ensure researchers and practitioners are equipped to effectively use technology to help improve people's lives."
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's apps are reviewed with the idea of providing guidance to clinicians in choosing apps that allow them to best serve the needs of their clients. Reviews will often cover cost, targeted clients, basic purpose, the research data behind them, as well as quick overviews of their utility.
To see Cognitive and Behavioral Practice's review apps, click on the app that most interests you:
MMFT Review Summaries
Anxiety Coach is an app for iOS devices ($4.99 at time of publication; Mayo Clinic, 2016) marketed as a self-help program for anxiety for children and adults. The primary focus is to help individuals understand and identify anxiety symptoms, create a hierarchy, and develop plans for exposure tasks. The program was designed by clinical researchers with expertise in CBT for anxiety. There is potential to support ongoing therapy, such as to allow patients to provide real-time data when reviewing between-session anxiety and exposure details with a therapist. Whiteside and colleagues (2014) have published case studies and reported feasibility/acceptability data which are promising. Our expert reviewer felt that the focus of the app on helping users conduct exposure tasks is unique and valuable, and the program had good navigation and an easy to follow user interface.
SuperBetter is an iOS app and website that is marketed to help users pursue goals, which can include mental health goals. The app was developed using game theory and mechanics that mimic "behaviors and techniques that have been clinically shown to give individuals more control over their thoughts and feelings" according to the developer, Jane McGonigal, who has authored books on the subject of leveraging gaming to increase well-being. There are video-game features like "power-ups," "quests," "Power Packs" and a "Community" where individuals can join in to engage in forums or play together as "Allies." Our reviewer found a strong development team and breadth of content, but felt the overall quality of the content lacking in terms of potential to promote clinically significant levels of improvement without active or guided practice with real-world behavior change. Preliminary RCTs have shown feasibility, though attrition rates continue to be a concern. Our reviewer recommends caution if considering this as a stand-alone option for depression or as an adjunct to face-to-face therapy without further data on effectiveness and further development of human safety plans.
Sleepio is a 6-week treatment program for insomnia delivered online and through mobile app. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, relaxation techniques, cognitive thought challenging sleep scheduling and sleep tracking compatibility (with other wearable trackers). Our reviewer felt the navigation was easy to use and the platform engaging. The program has been tested in a large RCT and smaller trials with promising results. The program is more costly than online competitors ($300 for a 1-year subscription). Our reviewer felt it was a good option as stand-alone first-line intervention and a model internet-based CBT intervention.
TicHelper.com is an 8-week online treatment program for Tic Disorders in youth (8-adolescence) based on the empirically-supported Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) protocol and developed in collaboration with experts who developed and tested CBIT. The program includes evidence-based components including psychoeducation, training in developing competing responses and multiple videos to illustrate concepts. There is also some parent-focused content. Our reviewer felt the program was age-appropriate, appealing and easy to navigate. While the online program does not offer the tailoring allowed in face-to-face individual therapy, there are branching structures which allow some tailoring of content. There is pilot feasibility data on the prototype but no research trials published at the time of this review. Our reviewer notes that the strengths outweigh the weaknesses and the program is unique in the market of targeting this condition and using evidence-based treatment components.
Triple P Online is an online self-help parent training program aimed at reducing child behavior problems through evidence-based "positive parenting practices." The program is available through the website, www2.tripleponline.net, at time of review for $79.95. The program is comprised of 8 video-based modules. Our expert reviewer found the program to include high-quality content with relevant and easily locatable resources, and felt the navigation was easy-to-use and appealing. The program's main weakness lies in its lack of monitoring and adaptation to the user's state (e.g., child's and parent's behaviors), and real-time reminders for desired actions. Overall the program was found to be a valuable parent training resource for addressing child behavior problems by our reviewer.
Psychotherapy.net is an online magazine and video library and production company targeting clinicians, educators, and clinical trainees. At present, the website offers two video steaming subscription plans for individual use: 1) a "Choice plan", which allows access to 2 monthly videos for a fee of $39 each month; and 2) an "Unlimited plan" for $79 monthly, which allows unlimited access to the full online library of over 200 training videos. The primary strength of the website is the breadth of available psychotherapy training videos, which cover several major theoretical orientations, modalities, and clinical populations. However, our expert reviewer notes that the resource is limited by the current absence of information related to evidence-based practice recommendations.
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Linda Carter Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Nova Southeastern University
Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP, Nova Southeastern University
Ricardo Muñoz, Ph.D., Palo Alto University
Shannon Wiltsey Stirman, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD and Stanford University
Outstanding Service to ABCT
Former Behavior Therapy Editors Richard G. Heimberg, Ph.D., Temple University; Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and Michelle G. Newman, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Distinguished Friend to Behavior Therapy
Joel Sherrill, Ph.D., Division of Services and Intervention Research, NIMH
Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice
Joseph McGuire, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Virginia A. Roswell Student Dissertation Award
Gabriela Khazanov, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Leonard Krasner Student Dissertation Award
Eric Lee, M.A., Utah State University
John R. Z. Abela Student Dissertation Award
Joanna Kim, M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Student Research Grant Recipients
Laurel D. Sarfan, Miami University (Ohio), "Using the Approach Avoid Task: Testing the Relation Between Implicit and Explicit Experiential Avoidance and Social Anxiety Symptoms"
HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel P. Moriarity, Temple University, "Reward Sensitivity, Stress Reactivity, and Mood Psychopathology"
ADAA Travel Awards
Shannon Blakey, M.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Martha Falkenstein, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards
Emma Brett, Oklahoma State University
Jonah Meyerhoff, University of Vermont
Kristen E. Frosio, Oklahoma State University
Student Travel Award
Lillian Reuman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ABCT weighs in on the effects on children of being separated from their parents
Members consulted the literature on this, and posted results from the literature. Needless to say, the findings don't paint pretty pictures. Studies included refugees in Christmas Island, survivors of natural disaster in Australia, left behind children in China, and more.
Detention is not good for children; children in detention handle it better if with their parents; Chinese children left behind as their migrant parents work fair worse than children who accompany their migrant parents even though the living conditions are tougher; foster care, when parents are alive, is sometimes a source of confusion.
Problems are detailed in our posting, with full coverage here
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