SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP - SIGs
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.
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.
Saint Louis University
Department of Psychology
Morrissey Hall, Room 208
3700 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108-3412
SIG website: http://www.cbtaddictions.org
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
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
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, M.A.
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Clinical-Community Psychology Doctoral Candidate
Wichita State University
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. 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.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Science Center
5625 College Avenue, Suite 215
Oakland, CA 94618
Phone: (510) 992-4040 ext 3
Google Groups e-mail: aaibtr@Google Groups.com
SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aaibtr
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: Dustin E. Sarver, Ph.D. (President)
Department of Pediatrics, Center for Advancement of Youth
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216
Phone: (601) 815-5994
Contact Information: Cynthia M. Hartung, Ph.D. (President Elect)
1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 314-2123
SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ADHDSIG
Autism Spectrum & Developmental Disabilities SIG
The Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disabilities 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 are relatively new for this population in terms of systematic evaluation. ASD and other developmental disorders affect millions of individuals in the US 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 cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.
Contact Information: Lauren Moskowitz, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
Phone: (718) 990-6418
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
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
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: Cara Fuchs, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Brigham and Women's Hospital
850 Boylston Street, Suite 303
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: (617) 732- 9748
Contact Information: Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.
6363 Alvarado Court, Suite #103
San Diego, CA 92120
Phone: (619) 594- 2245
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.
Sleep and Depression Laboratory
Department of Psychology
350 Victoria Street JOR926
M5B 2K3 Canada
Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext 2177
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 (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
345 Blackstone Boulevard
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: (401) 455-6304
Fax: (401) 455-6235
Contact Information: Anna Van Meter, Ph.D.
1165 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
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: Clark R. Goldstein, Ph.D. (President)
Licensed Psychologist and Founder of Growth Psychology, P.C.
585 Stewart Ave., Suite #505
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 253-4100
Contact Information: Adam Weissman, Ph.D. (Incoming President)
Director, The Child & Family Institute
Westchester: Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Mt. Kisco
NYC: Manhattan, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights
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
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: Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Ph.D. (Leader)
Professor of Psychology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Penn State Behrend
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
Contact Information: Ruby Charak, Ph.D. (Leader-Elect)
Department of Psychological Science
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
College of Liberal Arts ELABN 361
Edinburg, Texas 78539
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.
Board of Education, Greenwich CT
31 Grandview Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone: (803) 295-3752
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 is comprised of 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: Sarah Markowitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
170 Main St.
Aurora, NY 13026
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.
Texas State University
Department of Psychology
San Marcos, TX 78666
Contact Information: Hanjoo Kim, M.S.
The Pennsylvania State University
378 Moore Building
University Park, PA 16802-3103
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
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, NC 27244
Contact Information: Julianne Flanagan, Ph.D.
Addiction Sciences Division
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
67 President Street
Charleston, SC 29425
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.
Director, Penn Implementation Science Working Group
Director, Implementation Research Center for Mental Health
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street
3rd floor, 3015
Philadelphia, PA 19104
SIG website: http://www.societyforimplementationresearchcollaboration.org/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 LISTSERV by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
Contact Information: Raymond "Chip" Tafrate, Ph.D.
Central Connecticut State University
PO BOX 4010
Dept of Criminology
New Britain, CT 06050-4010
Phone: (860) 832-3147
Contact Information: Bradley A. White, Ph.D.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
109 Williams Hall (0436)
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0001
Phone: (540) 231-1382
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
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (832) 465-5853
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
SIG website: https://sites.google.com/site/abcthibt/home
Men's Mental & Physical Health SIG
Contact Information: Jonathan Green, Ph.D., Co-President
150 S. Huntington Avenue (116B-2)
Boston, MA 02130
Contact Information: Claire Lisco, M.A., Co-President
Behavioral Science Lab
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 5010
Atlanta, GA 30302-5010
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
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.
109 Civitan Bldg
2213 Elba St
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 684-6717
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 Operations (10NC5)
Contact Information: Maureen A. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
116 N Murray, Dept of Psychology
Stillwater, OK 74078-3064
Phone: (405) 744-6823
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
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
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (email is preferred)
SIG website: http://obesityandeatingdisorderssig.org/Home.html
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
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: Kimberly Zlomke, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Associate Professor of Psychology; Director, Psychological Clinic
University of South Alabama
Phone: (251) 460-6569
Google Groups website: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/abctparentingandfamiliessig
SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/parentingandfamiliessig
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
3815 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005
Phone: (503) 643-9805
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.
1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: (863 )667-5526
SIG website: http://www.abctspirituality.com
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: Tabitha C. Fleming, M.A.
MS 2051 Psychological Sciences Building
Lubbock, TX 79409
Phone: (806) 834-8313
SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/180688149863/?ref=bookmarks
Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Issues SIG
The purpose of this SIG is to provide networking, support, and collaboration for researchers and clinicians interested in the application of behavioral and cognitive principles to issues relevant to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and other sexual and gender minorities. This is in keeping with ABCT's mission because this SIG actively promotes the extension of empirically validated CBT interventions to LGBTQ individuals and promotes the development of empirically-based research and training in how best to serve this community.
Contact Information: Michael E. Newcomb, Ph.D.
Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing
Research Scientist, IMPACT Program
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
625 N. Michigan Ave., #14-059
Contact Information: Brian A. Feinstein, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing
625 N Michigan Ave #14-047
Chicago, IL 60611
Google Groups page: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/abct-lgbt-sig-listserv
Contact Information: Alyssa Ward, Ph.D., LCP
Children's Hospital of Richmond @ VCU
Department of Pediatrics
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond VA 23298
P.O. Box 980259
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: Amy Cameron, Ph.D.
830 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 273-7100 x6162
SIG Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ABCTSSISIG
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: Kathryn Noth Tomasino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Clinical Health Psychologist
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
676 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 6061
Phone: (312) 926-0492
Email: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
SIG Facebook page: 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: Jennifer Alexander, M.S.
604 N. 16th Street (Cramer Hall Room 317)
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 288-1695
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
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
Contact Information: RaeAnn Anderson, Ph.D.
Kent State University
SIG website: http://www.abctwomenssig.com