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Convention 2019

Voting is now open for candidates for the 2020 elections:

President Elect:

Laura D. Seligman, Ph.D.

Greg J. Siegle, Ph.D.


Carolyn Black Becker, Ph.D.

Stephen M. Schueller, Ph.D.

Click on each candidate to read more.

In addition, there are two bylaws changes proposed. Click here to read about them

The actual election will be held November 1–30, 2019, in an effort to encourage more participation by the membership in electing the leadership of ABCT. Those elected will begin their term of service at the November 2020 Annual Meeting of Members but will begin their orientation to ABCT governance prior to taking office. While casting your vote please pay close attention as the choices are listed in a randomized order!

As we have done in the past, the election will be held electronically with access for all full, fellow, and new member professionals to vote. If we do not have an email address, you will be sent a paper ballot that must be postmarked by November 30, 2019. To vote, you must be an ABCT member in good standing and renew your membership for 2020. If you have recently renewed your membership, please note that the electronic voting system may take a day or two to recognize you as an eligible voter. Staff will make every effort to expediate your renewal. You will receive an email with instructions on how to vote as soon as your information is processed.

You can renew on-line or you can renew at the ABCT registration area during the November 21-24 Annual Convention in Atlanta. This year, to cast light on the election process, we will have “I Voted” stickers available for your convention badge in the registration area in the ribbon board. Please be sure to pick one up!

Results of the election will be posted on the ABCT website, the list serve, and our Facebook page in early December.

We appreciate your active interest and participation in the ABCT election process. I think you will agree that we have 4 outstanding and capable members to serve you and your professional home.

To Vote for candidates and the proposed bylaws changes, please click:

Patricia DiBartolo, Ph.D., Leadership and Elections Committee Chair

L. Kevin Chapman, Ph.D., & Kristen P. Lindgren, Ph.D.

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President Elect: Laura D. Seligman, Ph.D., ABPP

Position Statement

Recently, I joined the faculty of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, part of a predominantly Hispanic community with little access to high-quality mental health care. My experiences here and starting off as the CBT representative in my department have informed my vision for ABCT-to build on our history of excellence by committing to increasing diversity in our membership to affect the greatest impact, particularly for those in our communities who have traditionally benefited the least from our collective work. I hope to do this by:

Staying focused on our core values: ABCT was founded with a focus on science; this is perhaps even more important today. It is time for us to re-imagine what this means-from providing tools for educators to encourage scientific thinking about mental health to leading current efforts for rigor and reproducibility. We need to continue facilitating communication and collaboration between researchers and clinicians, and work with funders, policymakers, journalists, and third-party payers to ensure that public discourse and policy are informed by science and that empirically supported methods reach the wide and diverse populations that need these services.

Expanding our relevance: Fulfilling our mission depends on recruiting a diverse group into the practice and study of CBT and ensuring their meaningful participation at all levels of our community. This means exploring a greater array of member benefits to enhance the value of ABCT and actively recruiting from diverse fields and in diverse settings.

Public education: Despite recently celebrating our 50th birthday, many who could benefit most from CBT know little about it. Clearly, cognitive and behavioral principles have applications far outside the therapy room. Through public education campaigns and outreach we can better realize the promises of CBT.

Increasing support to SIGs: The ability to connect with colleagues is one of the benefits I hear ABCT members cite as most important to them. Our SIGs are often where these relationships begin and they are key to our outreach efforts.

I look forward to working with you to accomplish these goals.

Biographical Statement

As a student at Virginia Tech under ABCT Past President Tom Ollendick, I joined ABCT 26 years ago and became a part of this storied CBT family. Yet, when I started my career, as the sole "CBT person" in my department, I found an even greater appreciation of ABCT. Annual meetings became personally meaningful as a place to reaffirm my professional values, to keep up with the field, to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and to pay it forward-bringing my own students into our CBT family.

Volunteering for ABCT is a value to which I hold firm, first through service to the Child and Adolescent Anxiety SIG, the "Adult" Anxiety SIG, and more recently as a member of the Program Committee. In 2014 I became co-chair of the Women's SIG and I am currently co-chair of the board-appointed Task Force to Promote Equity, Access, and Inclusion. These positions have afforded me a greater understanding of the principles and processes that bring to fruition the mission and strategic goals of our organization.

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President Elect: Greg Siegle, Ph.D.

Biographical Sketch

I'm an ABCT Fellow, Beck Institute Scholar, Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) member, helped to found the ABCT Neurocognitive and Translational SIG, and have served as its senior advisor since its inception. I've attended the ABCT Annual Convention for most of the past 20 years, have frequently published in the Behavior Therapist, and have been on the ABCT Program Committee a number of times. I have been honored to lead ABCT's 2018-19 translational Think Tank on bringing neuroscience methods to the clinic. I'm an associate professor in the departments of psychiatry, psychology, and translational sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, where I direct the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, have been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and foundation grants for the past two decades, and have over 170 publications, the first of which, as a grad student, was in the Behavior Therapist. My research is in using neuroscience to facilitate recovery from psychopathology, particularly involving augmentation of CBT with methods for personalization and response-enhancing adjunctive technologies. I see patients and supervise clinicians as part of this research.

Position Statement

As science and practice draw ever closer in the behavioral and cognitive therapies, ABCT remains at the forefront of potential for this integration. As President, my agenda is to facilitate Translation, Integration, and Enhancing our members (TIE):

  • Translation - Bringing the research and clinical worlds together and helping each to avail themselves of the newest and deepest insights from each other's worlds, e.g., by providing outlets, roadmaps, and vehicles for translation, implementation, and dissemination of insights from research labs.
  • Integration - Integrating ABCT's diverse stakeholders, including clinicians, researchers, industry members, and care recipients from diverse backgrounds and orientations, e.g., via strategically facilitated conversations, multi-SIG events, solicited reviews, promoting integration-focused grant mechanisms and communications with related organizations and funders (e.g., NIH), and an emphasis on ongoing positive integrative dialogues at the Annual Convention.
  • Enhancing our members - Working towards our members having the understanding, access, and ability to use and develop new empirically validated treatments and technologies, e.g., via paper repositories, webinars, and encouraging attention to standards (see my October tBT article for more on this point). Increasing the society's outreach and value to those we are losing or failing to recruit, particularly including underrepresented communities and the next generation of students with translational aspirations, particularly through increased value-added functions between annual meetings. A hallmark of professional societies that thrive is members that are passionate about them-the community, the shared agenda, and what they provide. I would be honored to help move ABCT towards having passionately engaged members who, in large numbers, are as proud as I am to call this society their professional home.
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Representative-at-Large: Carolyn Black Becker, Ph.D., ABPP

Position Statement

One core component of ABCT's ambitious mission is to globally enhance health and well-being via behavioral and cognitive evidence-based practices. I think we can all agree that if our collective goal is to truly have global impact, reduce mental health suffering, and promote human wellness, we have our work cut out for us. ABCT is a formidable organization, but to accomplish our mission, we simply will need more help.

Historically, ABCT has maintained a membership largely comprised of doctoral-level psychologists and students pursuing this degree. Achieving our goal, however, will not only require more like-minded psychologists. It will necessitate a substantially larger coalition of professional members with diverse backgrounds who are committed to expanding the reach of cognitive and behavioral principles and practices; it will also require strategic partnerships with stakeholder communities. Throughout my career, I have held the roles of educator, clinician, and researcher. Just as important, I have extensive experience with a wide range of diverse professional, student, and stakeholder communities. Finally, I have significant leadership experience with a multiprofessional organization that engaged a diverse group of providers from approximately 50 countries around the globe. Collectively, these experiences enhance my ability to understand the perspectives, experiences, and needs of both existing and prospective members, as well as the communities these individuals serve. I also understand the challenges of bringing together diverse perspectives in one organization. Taken together, I believe my experiences and my passion for ABCT will help me advance ABCT's mission and membership in the position of Representative-at-Large, Liaison to Membership Issues.

Biographical Statement

I am a professor of psychology at Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas. I am also a licensed psychologist and board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology. I completed my training at Swarthmore College (B.A), Rutgers University (M.S., Ph.D.), Brown University (internship), and Dartmouth Medical School (postdoc). The overarching goal of my work has been to bridge the research-practice gap and facilitate implementation of cognitive and behavioral interventions in clinical settings. After attending my first ABCT conference in 1991, ABCT became my professional home, and it has played a vital role in the trajectory of my career ever since. Indeed, ABCT served as a much-needed cognitive behavioral sanctuary when I first moved to the rather psychodynamic city of San Antonio. Over the years, I have served ABCT in a variety of ways. I am currently a member of the Membership Committee and the Editorial Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. I also am a past member of the Publications Committee, the Continuing Education Committee, and the Program Committee. In addition, I formerly chaired the Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG. I also have extensive leadership experience with other organizations. For instance, I currently serve as President of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and I am a Past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, which is the global eating disorders organization. I also currently serve as a liaison to the Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science.

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Representative-at-Large: Stephen Schueller, Ph.D.

Position Statement

I am passionate at helping increase the impact of ABCT through the effective dissemination and implementation of evidence-based behavioral, cognitive, and biological practices, especially through innovative means such as technology. As the Representative-at-Large liaison for Membership Issues, some of my goals would be:

  • to help think through how ABCT can support its members during professional transitions, especially those with diverse career trajectories and training who are committed to ABCT's mission.
  • to increase our outreach and collaboration with partners and organizations. I have pursued this in my own work in coordinating with industry and managing partnerships with community and professional organizations.
  • to ensure ABCT is an organization that is deeply committed to supporting diversity and inclusion in our members. We need to help create and support a community capable of meeting the diverse needs of those who could be helped by behavioral, cognitive, and biological evidence-based principles.

I am thrilled at the opportunity to further extend my service and involvement with ABCT by running for Representative-at-Large. Since becoming an ABCT member in my third year of graduate school, ABCT has always been the organization I consider my professional home and November is always circled on my calendar to attend the Annual Convention. I've enjoyed numerous opportunities to serve and learn more about the workings of ABCT, including serving on the Membership Committee from 2012-2016, the Awards Committee from 2018-2019, and participating in the inaugural ABCT Think Tank on Digital Technologies to Provide Evidence-Based Care in 2017 and 2018. I have participated in the ABCT Social Media "Rotating Curation" program to help support ABCT's social media presence and am an active member in the Dissemination & Implementation Science (DIS) SIG and the Technology and Behavior Change SIG. In the spirit of my "can't get enough of ABCT" attitude, I look forward to the chance to contribute to ABCT in a new way.

Biographical Statement

Stephen Schueller, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his BA from the University of California, Riverside, his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, as part of the Public Service and Minority Cluster at San Francisco General Hospital. His research focuses on expanding the accessibility and availability of mental health services through technology. In this work he leads, a project that identifies, evaluates, and disseminates information about digital mental health products in the hopes of empowering consumers and providers to make informed decisions and find quality products. PsyberGuide's mission is strengthened through partnerships with various organizations, including ABCT. He has served on the Board of Directors and as the Treasurer of the International Society for Research on Internet Interventions since 2016. In the free time Stephen has he enjoys running, which helps keep him in shape to chase after his 4-year-old triplets-Griffin, Ella, and Rylee.

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