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Current ABCT Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

A list of current SIGs is offered below. To Join a SIG, please contact the respective SIG leader listed below. Each SIG is run independently by its own leadership.

More information is available on how to create a new SIG.

As a service to its members and to others interested in behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, ABCT has included helpful website links to SIGs and organizations with similar interests and goals. ABCT neither reviews nor endorses these linked websites and is not responsible for their content.


SIG Leader

Contact Information: Lance M. Rappaport, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Clinical)

University of Windsor

Email: lrappaport87@gmail.com


Addictive Behaviors SIG

The Addictive Behaviors SIG (SIG AB) provides a platform within ABCT for members to communicate and collaborate regarding substance use topics that include but are not limited to: research examining etiological factors and mechanisms that perpetuate substance use and related disorders, intervention and treatment, harm reduction strategies, and the impact of substance use on health and behavior. The SIG AB welcomes members who are interested in joining a group of researchers, clinicians, mental health professionals, and students who want to connect with other ABCT members in this area of research and treatment. As a whole, our SIG promotes increased awareness of issues surrounding substance use, active involvement in ABCT, and communication among members at the annual conference and throughout the year. Please visit our website for more information or contact us directly!

Contact Information: Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Saint Louis University

Department of Psychology

Morrissey Hall, Room 208

3700 Lindell Blvd.

St. Louis, MO 63108-3412

Phone: 314-977-2137

Email: jweinsto@slu.edu

SIG website: https://addictivebehaviorssig.wordpress.com


African Americans in Behavior Therapy SIG

This SIG is for psychologists, researchers, students and others with an interest in CBT research and practice as it pertains to African Americans. Membership in this SIG also provides an opportunity for networking, support, and camaraderie.

Contact Information: Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences Department

University of Connecticut, Bousfield 167

406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020, Storrs, CT 06269-1020

Cell: (502) 608-7483

Email: monnica.williams@uconn.edu

SIG website: http://monnicawilliams.com/aa-sig.php


Aging Behavior & Cognitive Therapy SIG

The purpose of the Aging Behavior and Cognitive Therapy SIG is to promote communication and collaboration among health professionals interested in aging issues, particularly within behavioral and cognitive-behavioral frameworks, across both clinical and research domains. In order to fulfill this purpose, the SIG will act to: promote awareness of aging issues within ABCT, increase involvement in the SIG and in ABCT for those who have interests in aging, and be responsive to the needs of the members of the organization and changes in the professional environment.

Contact Information: Kristen H. Sorocco, Ph.D.

1122 NE 13th St, ORB 1200

Oklahoma City, OK 73177

Phone: (405) 456-1454

Email: Kristen-sorocco@ouhsc.edu


Anxiety Disorders SIG

The purpose of the Anxiety Disorders SIG is to provide opportunities for academic and clinical collaboration and networking between professionals with passion for the anxiety spectrum. We disseminate information to members on current research developments and practice innovations with respect to anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobia, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma-related disorders. The benefits of Anxiety Disorders SIG membership include: an opportunity to present your anxiety-related research within the SIG Poster Exposition at the annual ABCT conference, eligibility to win annual (monetary) awards for anxiety-related research and early career achievements, receipt of our newsletter, and access to spaces and platforms for networking and collaboration, both online (i.e., website, Facebook, and we are considering reviving the listserv) and in-person. Our annual ABCT conference SIG meeting hosts excellent speakers annually, providing a small venue to learn from and get to know some of today's leading researchers in anxiety disorders and their treatment. These meetings also leave time for chasing down that professional whose ear you've been wanting to bend, and stay tuned for notifications about a conference Anxiety After Party to facilitate a deepening sense of community and connection!

Contact Information: Sarah Staats, Ph.D.

Primary Care - Mental Health Integration Psychologist

Robert J. Dole VAMC (Wichita, KS)

Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Psychologist at Robert J. Dole VAMC (Wichita, Kansas)

1385 Fairfax Street

Denver, Colorado 80220

Email: sarahbethstaats@gmail.com

SIG website: http://www.anxsig.org

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ABCTAnxietySIG


Asian American Issues in Behavior Therapy & Research SIG

The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum and network for those interested in issues involving Asian Americans in treatment and research. We also provide a professional home for individuals of Asian descent seeking community and mentorship. Anyone (including Non-Asian descendents) interested in sharing ideas and experience in culturally responsive assessment, clinical training, treatment, research and other clinically relevant issues are encouraged to join. This SIG provides the field of behavior therapy with a more accurate representation of Asian/Asian American perspectives in mental health.

Contact Information: Janie J. Hong, Ph.D.

Redwood Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Research

5625 College Avenue- Suite 215

Oakland, CA 94618

Phone: (510) 400-4052 ext 101

Fax: 888-975-9811

Email: hong@redwoodcbt.com

Google Groups e-mail: aaibtr@Google Groups.com

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aaibtr

Website: www.asianamericansig.com


Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) SIG

The purpose of the ADHD SIG is to promote research on understanding, assessing and treating ADHD in children, adolescents and adults. The SIG offers a pre-conference meeting every year to allow faculty and graduate students who conduct research in this area to network and share ideas.

Contact Information: Cynthia M. Hartung, Ph.D. (Leader)

1000 East University Avenue

Department 3415

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 314-2123

Email: chartung@uwyo.edu

Contact Information: Carla Allan, Ph.D. (Leader Elect)

Licensed Psychologist

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Children's Mercy Kansas City/UMKC School of Medicine

5520 College Blvd., Ste. 365

Overland Park, KS 66211

Phone: 913-696-5740

E-mail: callan@cmh.edu

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ADHDSIG


Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disabilities SIG

The Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities (ASDD) SIG is committed to sharing ideas and recent findings about children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Our SIG focuses on the intersection of behavioral and cognitive therapy traditions. Cognitive-behavioral treatments (CBT) are relatively new for this population in terms of systematic evaluation. ASD and other developmental disorders affect millions of individuals in the U.S. and elsewhere, many of whom are functioning in the average to superior range of cognitive abilities. The cognitive and language-based aspects of CBT are likely to be accessible and useful to many people with ASD and related disorders, and it is the mission of this SIG to advance efforts to make cognitive-behavioral treatments relevant and accessible to affected individuals. The SIG provides a forum for dissemination of relevant basic and clinical research findings, including descriptive outcome studies, the effects of comorbidity, and studies of behavioral therapy and CBT for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.

Contact Information: Brenna Maddox, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

University of Pennsylvania

3535 Market Street, 3rd Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 573-8474

Email: maddoxb@upenn.edu

Contact Information: Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

St. John's University

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, NY 11439

Phone: (718) 990-6418

Email: MoskowiL@stjohns.edu

Contact Information: Cy Nadler, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Children's Mercy Kansas City

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine

2401 Gillham Road

Kansas City, MO 64108

Phone: (816) 234-3674

Fax: (816) 346-1382

Email: cnadler@cmh.edu

SIG website: http://abctautism.com/


Behavior Analysis SIG

The Behavior Analysis SIG gives emphasis to the contextual, selectionist, and scientific theoretical foundations of behavior therapy. Behavior analytic principles provide process level accounts for therapeutic change in CBT interventions ranging from exposure and cognitive restructuring to acceptance and mindfulness. This SIG is committed to maintaining contemporary behavior analytic accounts of human behavior and therapeutic process of change. It is the mission of the members of this SIG to ensure that our conceptual understanding of the processes of change in therapy keeps pace with the evolving technology used to foster such change.

Contact Information: Thomas J. Waltz, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

Eastern Michigan University

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: (734) 487-4852

Email: twaltz1@emich.edu


Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care SIG:

The purpose of the Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care SIG is to disseminate information to members on current behavioral research and practice regarding health promotion (e.g., HIV prevention, exercise), the treatment of medical problems (e.g., chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes), and providing consultation and intervention on mental health problems in primary care and other healthcare settings. The Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care SIG hopes to strengthen the membership and scope of ABCT by providing a forum for researchers and scientists of a variety of professional backgrounds to discuss the use of CBT research and practice to promote health and treat medical problems as well as to support work from a public health perspective. Moreover, the SIG seeks to provide a forum for networking for behavioral medicine and primary care-based CBT professionals and researchers.

Contact Information: Jessica F. Magidson, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

University of Maryland

1147B Biology-Psychology

College Park, MD 20742

Email: jmagidso@umd.edu

Contact Information: Cara Fuchs, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Department of Psychiatry

Boston Medical Center

720 Harrison Ave

Boston, MA 02118

Email: cara.fuchs@bmc.org

SIG Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABCTBMEDIPCSIG

SIG Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ABCTBMEDIPCSIG


Behavioral Sleep Medicine SIG

Our special interest group is open to any ABCT members with an interest in behavioral sleep medicine. Our members vary from students who want to learn more about the field, sleep specialists and/or researchers, and those with very little sleep background. All are welcome. We meet once a year at the convention but correspond via email during the year.

Contact Information: Colleen E. Carney, Ph.D.

Ryerson University

Sleep and Depression Laboratory

Department of Psychology

350 Victoria Street JOR926

Toronto, Ontario

M5B 2K3 Canada

Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext 2177

Email: ccarney@ryerson.ca


Bipolar Disorders SIG

The Bipolar Disorders SIG welcomes members who are focused on the etiology and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders. The members cover the developmental course of bipolar disorder, from juvenile to adult bipolar disorder, and span interests in assessment, clinical description, culture, outcomes, risk factors, and treatment models. This SIG has a particular investment in providing a nurturing atmosphere for idea exchange, and a forum to help promote the development of junior scientists.

Contact Information: Lauren Weinstock, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Butler Hospital

345 Blackstone Boulevard

Providence, RI 02906

Phone: (401) 455-6304

Email: Lauren_Weinstock@Brown.edu

Contact Information: Anna Van Meter, Ph.D.

Assistant Investigator

Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience

The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

The Zucker Hillside Hospital

75-59 263rd Street

Glen Oaks, NY 11004

Email: avanmeter@northwell.edu


Child & Adolescent Anxiety SIG

The Child and Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed to facilitate advancements in the field of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. To this end, the SIG aims to: i) provide an arena for members to discuss current controversies, limitations of research and directions for future research; ii) foster collaboration amongst researchers and clinicians; and iii) provide an avenue for members to network with colleagues sharing a common interest in child anxiety.

Contact Information:Adam S. Weissman, Ph.D. (Leader)

Director, The Child & Family Institute

Westchester, Greenwich, Manhattan, Park Slope

Email: DrAdamWeissman@childfamilyinstitute.com

Contact Information: Kendra Read, Ph.D. (Leader-Elect)

Director of Anxiety Programs, Seattle Children's Hospital

Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine

Email: readk@uw.edu

SIG website: http://www.childanxietysig.com


Child & Adolescent Depression SIG

The Child and Adolescent Depression SIG works to promote dissemination of research and information related to the etiology and treatments of youth depression, and provide a forum for networking and collaboration among researchers and practitioners. We focus on areas of common interest in child and adolescent depression that include assessment, intervention, prevention, translation of theoretical research into effective intervention, and development and dissemination of empirically based treatments. The Child & Adolescent Depression SIG offers an annual award for best poster presentation at our SIG poster presentation at the ABCT convention. Additionally, we organize a networking social event as part of the annual Convention. We publish a newsletter three times a year and are available to connect via Facebook and our webpage: http://childdepressionsig.wix.com/home.

Contact Information: Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care

Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

5323 Harry Hines Boulevard

Dallas, TX 75390-9119

Phone: Phone: 214-648-6677

Email: Jennifer.Hughes@utsouthwestern.edu

SIG website: http://childdepressionsig.wix.com/home

SIG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChildDepressionSIG


Child Maltreatment & Interpersonal Violence SIG

The Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence SIG provides an opportunity for ABCT members with interests related to child physical and sexual abuse, neglect, psychological abuse, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and sexual violence to network and exchange ideas about current research and clinical issues in these areas. In addition to fostering professional relationships, this group seeks to: 1) promote research and empirically-based interventions addressing the many facets of child maltreatment and interpersonal violence; 2) facilitate the dissemination of research findings to help professionals address the needs of those impacted by child maltreatment and interpersonal violence, and; 3) increase professional and societal awareness of issues related to maltreatment and violence. SIG members receive our SIG newsletter and informational emails with news, activities, and opportunities related to violence and abuse.

Contact Information: Ruby Charak, Ph.D. (Leader)

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychological Science

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

College of Liberal Arts ELABN 361

Edinburg, Texas 78539

Email: ruby.charak@utrgv.edu

Contact Information: Emily Dworkin, Ph.D. (Leader-Elect)

Phone: 206-221-2380

Email: edworkin@uw.edu

SIG website: https://cmiv-sig.bss.design/index.html


Child & School-Related Issues SIG

The SIG is designed to facilitate the interests of ABCT members who wish to apply empirically supported assessment and treatment practices in school and clinical settings that serve children, youth and their families. We are interested in preventative and clinical applications and the dissemination of these practices to clinicians. Some specific points of interest include: 1) treating parents own symptoms in addition to child treatment; 2) CBT for children in medical settings; 3) utilizing a public health model for prevention and intervention efforts; and 4) conducting parent and teacher trainings. We serve practicing clinicians as well as clinical researchers in the hope that our dialogue enhances child and family services and research. Our group sponsors poster presentations, a biannual newsletter, and a listserv focus on child and school-related issues.

Contact Information: Fabian Agiurgioaei-Boie, Psy.D.

School Psychologist

Board of Education, Greenwich CT

31 Grandview Ave

Norwalk, CT 06850

Phone: (803) 295-3752

Email: fagiurgioaei@gmail.com

SIG website: http://childandschoolsig.webs.com


Clinical Psychology at Liberal Arts Colleges SIG

CPLAC SIG is devoted to developing community and sharing resources for clinical psychology faculty, students, and alumni of liberal arts colleges. This group comprises clinical scientists who are committed to promoting evidence in their teaching, research and clinical practices. The goals of this group are to: provide a forum for members to communicate about issues related to conducting research in clinical psychology at liberal arts colleges; foster collaborations among researchers at liberal arts colleges; facilitate communication and sharing of resources related to teaching clinical psychology (and related topics) at the undergraduate level; provide support and professional networking opportunities for members, including clinical psychology graduate students interested in faculty jobs at liberal arts colleges as well as student alumni applying to graduate school and faculty positions.

Contact Information: Ashley Borders, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

The College of New Jersey

Phone: (609) 771-2291

Email: borders@tcnj.edu

Contact Information: Kerstin K. Blomquist, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology

Associate Professor

Psychology Department

Furman University

Greenville, SC

Email: kerstin.blomquist@furman.edu

Office: (864) 294-3215

SIG website: www.cplac.org


Clinical Research Methods and Statistics SIG

The Clinical Research Methods and Statistics Special Interest Group

(SIG) serves as a resource both for SIG members as well as the ABCT community at large. In particular, we look to share information on improving cognitive behavioral research and practice through the application and dissemination of advanced research methods.

Contact Information: Alessandro De Nadai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Texas State University

Department of Psychology

San Marcos, TX 78666

Email: adenadai@txstate.edu

Contact Information: Hanjoo Kim, M.S.

The Pennsylvania State University

378 Moore Building

University Park, PA 16802-3103

Email: hzk136@psu.edu

SIG website: http://www.abctstat.com


Cognitive Therapy SIG

The Cognitive Therapy SIG recognizes a wide diversity of approaches within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, some placing emphasis on behavioral models, others on experiential models and others on cognitive models. The Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group will focus on all forms of cognitive therapy that stress the central role of cognitive processing in the development, maintenance and treatment of psychopathology.

Contact Information: Bradford C. Richards, Ph.D., ABPP

The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque, LLC

1 San Rafael Ave Ne

Albuquerque, NM 87122-1116

Phone: (505) 823-1600

Email: br@cogtherapy.com

Google Groups: http://groups.google.com/group/ctsig

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216030651759565


Couples Research & Treatment SIG

The SIG provides a forum for academic and professional networking among individuals conducting research and/ or interventions with couples. Areas of common interest include: interaction processes, individual differences, assessment, prevention, intervention and treatment, grant funding, translation of basic research about couples into effective intervention and treatment, methodology in couples research, special problems facing couples such as infidelity, sexual dysfunction and psychological and physical aggression.

Contact Information: CJ Eubanks Fleming, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Campus Box 2337

Elon University

Elon, NC 27244

Email: cfleming6@elon.edu

Contact Information: Julianne Flanagan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Addiction Sciences Division

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina

67 President Street

Charleston, SC 29425

Email: hellmuth@musc.edu

SIG website: http://www.abctcouples.org


Dissemination & Implementation Science SIG

The Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group (SIG) promotes research on how to better disseminate and implement evidence based practices by behavioral health care stakeholders (e.g., practitioners, policy-makers, consumers, etc.). Our goals include (1) helping members network with like-minded colleagues, (2) collaborating with stakeholders to identify what works for them, what they need, and how best to provide evidence-based practices, and (3) communicating the benefits of evidence-based practices in order to increase consumer demand for effective treatments.

Contact Information: Rinad Beidas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Director, Penn Implementation Science Working Group

Director, Implementation Research

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

University of Pennsylvania

3535 Market Street

3rd floor, 3015

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Office: 215-746-1759

Cell: 617-519-6676

Fax: 215-349-8715

Email: rbeidas@upenn.edu

SIG website: http://groupspaces.com/DISSIG


Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors SIG

The Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors SIG is dedicated to the application of cognitive-behavioral principles to the understanding, prevention, assessment and treatment of externalizing behaviors that put individuals at risk for harming others and themselves, and for criminal justice involvement. Members strive to understand and find better solutions for addressing a broad range of antisocial behaviors that lead to immeasurable human suffering worldwide, and to improve the lives of some of society's most marginalized members and the lives of those impacted by antisocial behavior. Clinical and research activities span both community and forensic contexts and encompass such issues as: Antisociality, delinquency, anger, psychopathy, aggression, intimate partner and family violence, forensic assessment, oppositional and disruptive behaviors, sexual offending, addictions, recidivism, forensic treatment, policing, legal consultation, victimology, and various influences on antisocial behavior (sociocultural, dispositional, and environmental). A primary goal of the Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors SIG is to provide a network for members to discuss up-to-date information related to research, application, and training on CBT principles relevant to at-risk and justice-involved individuals and their families. Interested professionals and students can be added to the Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors Special Interest Group Google Group by sending an e-mail to joel.g.sprunger@gmail.com.

Contact Information: Kelly E. Moore, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

East Tennessee State University

Email: mooreke2@etsu.edu

Contact Information: Mandy Owens, Ph.D.

Advanced Fellow

Health Services Research & Development

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Email: mandyo@uw.edu

SIG website: https://groups.google.com/group/FIEBSIG


Functional Analytic Psychotherapy SIG

The group intends to provide a place of community for researchers and therapists interested in the advancement of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy. Having a special interest group would not only advance research within the field of FAP, but would encourage those interested in FAP to attend ABCT, network with others of similar interest, and encourage continued education and professional development. As a newer behavioral therapy that is becoming increasingly popular in application with clients, a FAP oriented SIG will demonstrate ABCT's encouragement of broadening therapeutic technique and empirical research.

Contact Information: Lindsey Knott, M.A.

Per: Jonathan W. Kanter, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology

Box 351525

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: (832) 465-5853

Email: LindseyEKnott@gmail.com


Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG

The HIBT SIG has two primary goals: (1) to support interest in clinical work and research focusing on Hispanic issues in behavior therapy, and (2) to raise awareness of behavior therapy activities in Latin America and Spain.

Contact Information: Tatiana M. Davidson, Ph.D.

Medical University of South Carolina

99 Jonathan Lucas Street

Charleston, SC 29425

Phone: (843) 792-1866

Email: davidst@musc.edu

SIG website: https://sites.google.com/site/abcthibt/home


Men's Mental & Physical Health SIG

Contact Information: Douglas Gazarian, B.A.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Clark University

Department of Psychology

950 Main Street

Worcester MA, 01610

Email: dgazarian@clarku.edu

Contact Information: Ethan Hoffman, M.A.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Clark University

Department of Psychology

950 Main Street

Worcester MA, 01610

Email: ethoffman@clarku.edu

Contact Information: Jonathan Jampel, B.A.

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student

Email: jjampel@clarku.edu

Phone: (508) 793-7274

Fax: (508) 793-7265

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mens-Mental-Physical-Health-SIG-151451402148392/


Military Psychology SIG

The mission of the Military Psychology SIG is to promote communication and collaboration among professionals interested in issues concerning military service and mental health. Populations of interest include current and former military service members, as well as military families. Topics of interest include best practices, innovative treatments, training opportunities, and developing research in the areas of military culture, common issues effecting military personnel and families (e.g., PTSD, depression and suicide, substance abuse, re-adjustment difficulties, family issues, etc), and more. We welcome your involvement in our discussion groups and your submissions to the ABCT conference.

Contact Information: Ari Lowell, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Columbia Veterans Research Center

Instructor in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychiatry

Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

1051 Riverside Drive, Suite 3305

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

1051 Riverside Drive, Room 3305

New York, NY 10032

Email: ari.lowell@gmail.com

SIG website: http://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/militarypsychsig


Mindfulness & Acceptance SIG

The goals of the Mindfulness and Acceptance SIG is 1) to provide a forum to members for the development and dissemination of a behavioral science infused with mindfulness and acceptance techniques-including the discussion of current controversies and limitations of current research and directions for future research in these areas; 2) to provide information for training in mindfulness and acceptance schemes; 3) to foster collaboration and free exchange among researchers and clinicians, and ; 4) to create opportunities for members to network with colleagues who share these common interests.

Contact Information: Moria Smoski, Ph.D.

Duke University

109 Civitan Bldg

2213 Elba St

Durham, NC 27705

Phone: (919) 684-6717

Email: moria.smoski@duke.edu

Google Groups website: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/abct_mindfulness


Native American Issues in Behavior Therapy & Research SIG

Our purpose is to provide a link between traditional Native American values and contemporary psychology. We welcome and encourage people of all ethnicities to join in our endeavors to increase the representation of Native American mental health issues at ABCT, disseminate research and other important information, and network with other interested groups and individuals.

Contact Information: John W. Klocek, Ph.D.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (10NC5)

Phone: 972-825-3436

Email: john.klocek@va.gov

Contact Information: Maureen A. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Oklahoma State University

116 N Murray, Dept of Psychology

Stillwater, OK 74078-3064

Phone: (405) 744-6823

Email: maureen.sullivan@okstate.edu


Neurocognitive Therapies/ Translational Research SIG

The Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research SIG seeks to bridge the gap between basic and applied science in understanding the nature and treatment of psychiatric disorders. We are interested in multidisciplinary research and the application of cognitive and affective neuroscience to improve the conceptualization and effectiveness of interventions. Researchers and practitioners in this SIG are interested in brain imaging, neuropsychological and cognitive training, and related techniques as tools for increasing our understanding of anxiety, depression, addictions, schizophrenia, ADHD, and other disorders.

Contact Information: Kristen K. Ellard, Ph.D.

Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Assistant in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital

Bipolar Clinic and Research Program

50 Staniford Street, Suite 580

Boston, MA 02114

Email: kellard@mgh.harvard.edu

SIG website: http://neurocognitive-therapies.com


Obesity & Eating Disorders SIG:

The Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG is a multi-disciplinary group of behavioral professionals with clinical and research interests in obesity and eating disorders. The purpose of the OED SIG is to foster communication and interaction among researchers and clinicians with shared interests in the characterization and treatment of obesity and eating disorders. Members bring to the OED SIG a wide range of expertise in biobehavioral, clinical, epidemiological and physiological aspects of both eating disorders and obesity, making for lively and informative interaction.

Contact Information: Taryn A. Myers, Ph.D.

Batten Associate Professor

Chair, Department of Psychology

Virginia Wesleyan University

5817 Wesleyan Drive

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455

Phone: 757-233-8754

Email: tmyers@vwu.edu (email is preferred)

To join the SIG: https://squareup.com/store/obesity-and-eating-disorders-special-interest-group-of-abct

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABCTOEDSIG/


Oppression and Resilience: Minority Mental Health SIG

Contact Information: Broderick Sawyer, M.A.

Predoctoral Intern, Stony Brook University

Doctoral Candidate, University of Louisville

Email: Broderick.Sawyer@Louisville.edu


Parenting & Families SIG:

The purpose of the Parenting and Families SIG is to promote the sharing of information related to parent and family-focused research and clinical work. Experienced researchers, clinicians, and students will find that the group listserv provides an excellent forum for discussion and dissemination of news related to the SIG's mission, as well opportunities for career development and networking. The SIG also sponsors panel discussions and symposia, participates in the annual SIG exposition, and organizes a poster competition at ABCT's annual convention. Finally, the SIG recognizes excellence in parenting and family-related research and clinical pursuits through student poster and lifetime achievement awards.

Contact Information: Jessica Malmberg, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Clinical Director of Outpatient Services, Pediatric Mental Health Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado

13123 E. 16th Ave, Box 130

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (720) 777-8221

Email: jessica.malmberg@childrenscolorado.org

Google Groups website: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/abctparentingandfamiliessig

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentingandfamiliessig/


Sexual and Gender Minority SIG:

The Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) SIG (formerly known as the Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues SIG) was re-named in 2017 to be more inclusive of the diverse range of sexual minority (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer) and gender minority (e.g., transgender, genderqueer, non-binary) individuals in the SGM community. The purpose of the SGM SIG is to provide opportunities for networking, collaboration, and mentorship for researchers and clinicians interested in the application of cognitive and behavioral principles to understanding and improving SGM health. In line with the broader mission of ABCT, the SGM SIG actively promotes the extension of empirically validated CBT interventions to SGM populations as well as the development and dissemination of research and evidence-based training in how best to serve the SGM community.

Contact Information: Brian A. Feinstein, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Northwestern University; Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing

625 N Michigan Ave #14-047

Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: 312-503-6516

Email: brian.feinstein@northwestern.edu

Contact Information: Jae Puckett, Ph.D.

Michigan State University

Department of Psychology

316 Physics Rd., Rm 262

East Lansing, MI 48824

Email: Pucket26@msu.edu

Google Groups page: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/abct-sgm-sig-listserv


Schizophrenia & Other Serious Mental Disorders SIG

This SIG provides a forum for mental health professionals and students with an interest in schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders. It provides a forum for discussion of innovative behavioral and cognitive treatment approaches, basic and applied research, and public policy issues.

Contact Information: Jerome Yoman, Ph.D., ABPP

Fellow, Association for Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies

Clinical Psychologist, Life Skills Resource, LLC

3815 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005

Phone: (503) 643-9805

Email: LSresource@comcast.net

SIG website: http://psychology.unl.edu/schizsig/welcome

SIG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=schizophrenia%40abct


Spiritual & Religious Issues in Behavior Change SIG

This SIG promotes research on the roles that spirituality and religion play in psychosocial functioning, as well as empirically-based approaches to addressing these factors in treatment. The SIG also facilitates communication and collaboration between researchers, clinicians, and students who share these interests. Given the importance of spirituality and religion to the general public, we hope our efforts will extend the reach of ABCT.

Contact Information: Jeremy Cummings, Ph.D.

Southeastern University

1000 Longfellow Blvd

Lakeland, FL 33801

Phone: (863 )667-5526

Email: jpcummings@seu.edu

SIG website: http://www.abctspirituality.com


Student SIG

The Student SIG of ABCT is specifically designed to be a forum for student communication about professional development and issues related to transitioning from student to professional. In addition, this group is designed to help students become more actively involved in ABCT.

Contact Information: Alli Morton, M.A.

MS 2051 Psychological Sciences Building

Lubbock, TX 79409

Email: ABCT.Student.SIG@gmail.com

Email 2: allison.morton@ttu.edu

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/180688149863/?ref=bookmarks


Suicide and Self Injury SIG

The purpose of the Suicide and Self-Injury SIG is to provide a forum for researchers, clinicians and students to review and discuss ongoing issues in the field of nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide.

Contact Information: Kelly L. Green, Ph.D.

3535 Market Street, Room 3037

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 746-7337

Email: kelgreen@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/311893122882679/


Technology and Behavior Change SIG

The Technology and Behavior Change SIG serves ABCT members who are interested using technology in research and practice to facilitate behavior change and improve health and human functioning. We are an interdisciplinary group of people that includes psychologists from varying backgrounds, clinicians, researchers, and students, as well as computer scientists, technology developers, and individuals involved in the industry of health behavior change. Our SIG offers members opportunities to learn, share information with others, to collaborate and to network with other like-minded professionals. Please contact us if you'd like to join.

Contact Information: Emily G. Lattie, Ph.D.

Department of Medical Social Sciences

Northwestern University

Email: Emily.Lattie@northwestern.edu OR abcttechsig@gmail.com

Contact Information: Jennifer Dahne, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Medical University of South Carolina

Email: dahne@musc.edu

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ABCTtechsig

SIG Twitter: @ABCTtechsig


TIC & Impulse Control Disorders SIG

The purpose of the Tic and Impulse Control Disorders SIG is to promote research and treatment advances for tic disorders, impulse control disorders, and related disorders (e.g., body-focused repetitive behavior disorders) by providing research experts, clinical experts, and students the opportunity to discuss these disorders with other interested persons.

Contact Information: Jordan Stiede, B.S.

604 N. 16th Street (Cramer Hall Room 317)

Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (920)676-8047

Email: jordan.stiede@marquette.edu


Trauma and PTSD SIG

This SIG is part of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and is specifically focused on issues related to psychological trauma, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other trauma-related sequelae. Any ABCT member can join the SIG.

Contact Information: Karen E. Courchaine, Ph.D.

NFL/SGA Dept. of Veterans' Affairs

8585 W. Highway 318

Reddick, FL 32686

Phone: (352) 874-9914

Fax: (352) 591-0889

Email: drkarencourchaine@gmail.com

SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AbctTraumaAndPtsdSpecialInterestGroup


Women's Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG

The Women's Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG is open to all Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT, formerly AABT) members who are interested in women's issues. We are committed to increasing women's participation in all levels of conference activity and in ABCT governance, to increasing knowledge and awareness of women's health and mental health issues, and to providing opportunities for women of ABCT to network with each other.

Contact Information: Laura D. Seligman, Ph.D. ABPP

Department of Psychological Science

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg TX 78539

Phone: (956) 665-2866

Email: laura.seligman@utrgv.edu

Contact Information: RaeAnn Anderson, Ph.D.

Kent State University

Email: rander52@kent.edu

SIG website: http://www.abctwomenssig.com




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