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ABCT has many awards for individuals and programs at almost all stages of their careers, ranging from Career/Lifetime Achievement to Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice.
The deadline for most awards is March 2, which is fast approaching.
Details and applications for all the awards can be found here
How do parents talk to their kids about vaping. Therapists, including Mary Alvord, share strategies with the WSJ’s Andrea Peterson.
The ABCT Research Facilitation Committee is sponsoring a grant of up to $1000 to support graduate student research.
The grant will be awarded based on a combination of merit and need. Eligible candidates are graduate student members of ABCT seeking funding for an unfunded (including internal sources of funding) thesis or dissertation project that has been approved by either the faculty advisor or the student's full committee.
Applications should include all of the materials listed in GSRG Application Guidelines (downloadable from the ABCT webpage) and one letter of support from a faculty advisor.
Please email the application, excluding the advisor letter, in a single .pdf to the chair of the Research Facilitation Committee, Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, at email@example.com. Include "Graduate Student Research Grant" in your subject heading.
Please ask your faculty advisor to e-mail a letter of support separately.
Bruce Chorpita gives the presidential address at ABCT in Atlanta.
He reflects on how we can better achieve health and wellness through cognitive behavioral science, and articulates a framework of Coordinated Strategic Action as a way to organize people and evidence to make efficient use of our capabilities to meet extraordinary challenges.
Make sure to stay to the end, when Bruce discusses "token economies" in which we, our organizations, and our industries operate, to ask what we can do to engineer a society with greater capability of engaging in healthy and therapeutic behavior for ourselves and those around us.
Staff Scientist, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program (NIMH IRP)
ABCT member since 2007
What is the context in which you work, and what was your path to conducting research in this setting?
I conduct research as a federal employee in the NIMH Intramural Research Program. It is the internal research division of the NIMH - a relatively small but diverse set of groups whose focus ranges from basic neuroscience to clinical trials. Here, I am a Staff Scientist in the Emotion and Development Branch, where we study clinical phenotypes as they emerge during development, particularly mood and anxiety disorders. We also collaborate with extramural labs on projects. My research centers on understanding brain-behavior mechanisms that are common versus specific across different symptom dimensions in youth, in the service of informing targeted interventions. For example, in some of my studies I have examined common versus specific neural correlates of irritability and anxiety symptoms. I came to the NIMH as a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in learning neuroimaging methodologies. I was excited about the opportunities provided here to learn new skills at the postdoctoral level. The group and program as a whole are also highly interdisciplinary, and so we conduct studies that cut across a range of methods and levels of analysis, which has been fruitful in addressing our questions of interest.
What drew you to your particular research questions?
My particular interest is in irritability as a symptom dimension in children and adolescents. Irritability, an increased proneness to anger relative to one's peers, transects multiple diagnoses and shows especially strong cross-sectional, longitudinal, and genetic associations with unipolar depression and anxiety. Irritability also confers increased risk for suicidality. I have been interested in irritability for a number of reasons - including the aforementioned clinical implications and the fact that it is understudied relative to other symptom dimensions. For this latter reason, working in the area of irritability has been both challenging and exciting. For example, the field does not have an agreed-upon definition of irritability, which makes it difficult to compare results across studies that use different conceptualizations and assessments of the construct, but also exciting in that there are constant opportunities for discussion and debate that will have an impact on the field going forward.
What strategies have helped you be successful in a challenging funding environment?
Although I do not rely on extramural funding currently, as a graduate student and postdoc I took opportunities to write grants, such as an NIMH F31 and F32 and a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant. My previous postdoctoral mentor also encouraged our contributions to writing grants such as NIMH R01s. I think that this repeated practice, obtaining lots of input from mentors and collaborators, and the process of receiving and responding to reviewer feedback in grant revisions helped me to better understand and hone grantsmanship as a skill. In addition, I learned to incorporate multiple methodologies (e.g., behavioral, psychophysiological, neuroimaging) to answer questions more comprehensively and in a way that appeals to a broader scientific audience. I also remember one of my mentors telling me in this context that "people who succeed more also fail more," i.e., people who are more successful in receiving grants also have a lot of grant submissions that are not funded. Keeping that in mind can be very helpful and motivating in terms of trying again when a grant submission is not successful.
What does an average day or week look like for you?
My typical day or week involves multiple roles and activities - working on data, writing or editing manuscripts, mentoring postbaccalaureate students and postdoctoral fellows on research projects, conducting and supervising clinical assessments and cognitive-behavioral interventions with our patients, and carrying out administrative aspects of the group. I enjoy the diversity of activities, although with it has come a steep learning curve of how to balance them and complete everything efficiently. One of the strategies that I have found useful is to confine meetings to certain days of the week, so that I can focus on data work and writing in larger blocks of time on other days. I also tend to place meetings back-to-back, which involves quite a bit of set-shifting but again allows for larger blocks of open time. Different strategies work for different people, of course, but it is critical to be deliberate about balance and trying to control what you can in your schedule in a way that works best for you.
If you weren't pursuing a career in psychology, what would you be doing?
Probably something completely different. I love studio art and almost pursued an undergraduate degree in architecture before deciding to take a liberal arts route. And while I do not have a lot of spare time these days, I do still make time for drawing and painting when possible. Like others, I think it is important to have some interest or pursuit outside of psychology or one's chosen career and to spend time on that - for its own intrinsic sense of satisfaction or fulfillment and also as a way to refocus attention when a setback in work might occur.
Erica Lander Miller, Psy.D.
Featured Therapist Interview
Erica Lander Miller, Psy.D. is the Founder and Clinical Director of the Behavioral Care Center of New Jersey, in Florham Park, New Jersey, and is licensed to practice psychology in New Jersey and New York. Dr. Lander Miller specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy with children, adolescents, and families.
Dr. Lander Miller graduated cum laude from Tufts University, with a BA in clinical psychology and English, and received her masters and doctorate in School Psychology from Rutgers University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital and accrued her post doctoral hours at Montefiore Medical Center's School-Based Health Program. In collaboration with Dr. Alec Miller and colleagues, she has contributed to the adaptation of DBT for elementary school-aged children and their parents. Dr. Lander Miller was formerly the Director of Mental Health Services at the Montefiore School Health Clinic at PS 8 and was an Instructor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Lander Miller has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and trauma. She works with children, adolescents, and adults in individual therapy, family therapy, parenting, and group therapy. Dr. Lander Miller has been intensively trained in DBT and received specialized training working with parents and their toddlers through Parent Child Interaction Therapy. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has trained other health care professionals in the evidence-based treatment approach.
First, we would like to know a little about your practice.
Behavioral Care Center of New Jersey (www.behavioralcarenj.com) is a group practice in Northern NJ that focuses on providing evidence-based care to children, teenagers, and adults. We specialize in providing CBT and ACT to all ages, and DBT to children and adolescents. I feel fortunate to go to work every day and collaborate with such a dedicated, warm, and insightful group of clinicians.
What are your personal strengths as a practitioner?
It is incredibly important to me to provide a non-judgmental space in which clients can feel both accepted for who they are and motivated to make the changes that will help them better live their values and engage in a life worth living. I am inspired by my clients' strength every day and feel lucky to be able to do this work.
What "tips" can you offer to colleagues just opening a practice?
I believe that if you focus on providing quality and compassionate care and spend time ensuring that your clients feel validated and heard, your practice will grow organically.
How do you remind your patients of their strengths during the therapy process?
It is important to provide a mirror to my clients and accurately reflect back their strengths, values, and reasons for making change. Affirmations and validation are all ways to draw out the strength that already resides within the client and can help to remind them of their abilities and the values that drive them in meaningful directions.
Are you involved in other types of professional activities in addition to your private practice?
Because so many clients come to us with long histories of attending therapy that has not helped them to make change, it is important to educate my local community about CBT and to support clinicians in their ongoing training in evidence-based therapies. I offer lectures at hospitals, schools, houses of worship, and at local doctors' offices to help families deepen their understanding of mental health difficulties as well as evidence-based treatments. I and my staff offer trainings in various evidence-based therapies to other practitioners and I also help to bring experts to New Jersey to offer in depth trainings in evidence-based treatments. Clinicians from around the country have come to participate in some of the wonderful training opportunities, and it is wonderful to be a part of a thoughtful network of clinicians who are invested in life-long learning.
We would also like to know a little about you personally.
Who was your mentor?
I was very luck to work with Alec Miller for several years. What I most appreciate is how he balances incredible talent with humility, strength with a soft touch, compassion and warmth with honesty and a radically genuine approach. He helped me to understand how to take an evidence-based process approach and to always engage in the dance between acceptance and change.
When not practicing CBT, what do you do for fun?
I have always loved to explore the world both through travel as well as via a good book. Most of my time outside of the office, however, is spent with my husband and my incredibly curious and wonderfully energetic children.
Finally, we would like to know your opinions about ABCT.
How long have you been a member of ABCT?
I first joined ABCT as a graduate student and it has been my professional home since then. ABCT has provided an easy to way to stay connected to a like-minded network of professionals who believe in providing effective treatments. I always enjoy going to the yearly convention and seeing friends from across the country who share a passion for the work that we do.
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions!
We, your publishers, love coming to the ABCT Annual Convention. Like everyone who attends, we are here to network and to learn, and in our case - we hope - to inform. We get to meet existing authors, prospective authors and editors; and we get to show readers and potential readers both the latest releases as well as established classics and publications that ABCT members and others have created. We aim to showcase the best of ABCT for ABCT.
Unlike online stores, where you may have to search through millions of products, in the ABCT convention exhibit hall attendees can see carefully curated selections of books, journals, and other information resources that are relevant for your professional development. Some may even be a bit of fun. You can pick them up, browse them, compare them with other publications to get the one that is right for you and/or your clients.
Another great thing is that you can usually choose whether to buy and take your favorite book with you to read straight away - or have it shipped home for free.
And our meeting discounts save you money as well. Just a couple of examples: New Harbinger is currently offering a 30% discount online, with a meeting discount of 30% and free shipping. Or you can save over $10 on $30 books in Hogrefe's Advances in Psychotherapy series with the meeting discount and "4 for 3" offer.
Another neat thing is that many of our authors like hanging out at their publishers' booths, so if you're lucky you may even be able to chat with this expert in the exhibit hall - if you've not already attended a talk or symposium.
The select band of publishers that continue to support ABCT help make the exhibit hall educational and professionally informative. So come by your favorite publishers' booths at the Annual Convention: delve into great publications and choose the right one(s) for you, to read right now or later, save money, and chat with the experts who've written them - or maybe even discuss your own ideas with your favorite publishers.
Dorothy Smyk, Foreign rights Director (New Harbinger)
Cory F. Newman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Center for Cognitive Therapy
Outstanding Training Program
Jesse R. Cougle, Ph.D., Director, Florida State University's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
Outstanding Service to ABCT
Carmen McLean, Ph.D., National Center for PTSD
Distinguished Friend to the Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Rod Holland, D.Clin.Psych., WCCBT and EABCT
Philip Tata, D.Clin.Psych., WCCBT and EABCT
President's New Researcher
Jessica L. Schleider, Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for the Integration of Science and Practice
Jami M. Furr, Ph.D., Center for Children and Families, Florida International University
Virginia A. Roswell Dissertation Award
Amy R. Sewart, M.A., UCLA
Leonard Krasner Dissertation Award
Michael Best, M.Sc., Queen's University
John R. Z. Abela Dissertation Award
Natalie Rodriguez-Quintana, M.P.H., Indiana University
Student Research Grant
Colin M. Bosma, M.A., University of Maine
Honorable Mention: Shirley Wang, B.A., Harvard University
Student Travel Award
Poppy Brown, University of Oxford
Beliefs About the Self and Others in Paranoia
Elsie Ramos Memorial Student Poster Awards
Abel Mathew, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, "Evaluating the Role of the Approach Avoidance Training on Action Tendencies in Individuals With Skin Picking Disorder"
John McKenna, Suffolk University, "Sexual Assertiveness as a Predictor of Consent Attitudes and Beliefs Among LGBTQ+/Non-Binary Young Adults"
Oliver G. Johnston, University of Connecticut, "Identifying Intervention Targets for Oppositional Defiant Disorder Symptoms in College Students"
Spotlight on Mentors
Elise M. Clerkin, Ph.D., Miami University
Genelle K. Sawyer, Ph.D., The Citadel
Norman B. Schmidt, Ph.D., Florida State University
ADAA Travel Awards
Christal Badour, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
Nicholas Jacobson, M.S., Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
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
David F. Tolin
2019-2020 President Elect
Amie E. Grills
2019-2022 Representative-at-Large Elect
photo courtesy of Geralt
The Clinical Directory and Referral issues committee is highlighting the large number of SIGs that cover racial and ethnic diversity within ABCT:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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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