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Central Office

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
305 7th Avenue, 16th Fl., New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 647 – 1890
FAX: (212) 647-1865


Executive Director: Mary Jane Eimer, CAE
Responsible for running the ABCT Central Office, prepares financial reports, responsible for strategic planning and governance, works with Board of Directors and governing structure at all levels. Staff liaison to the Finance Committee, Leadership & Elections, Fellows Committee, Awards & Recognition, and International Associates.
Extension: #211
Email: [email protected]

Director of Publications/Deputy Director: David Teisler, CAE
Responsible for all ABCT publications and ABCT’s website. Coordinates projects with the Publications Committee. In Executive Director’s extended absence, serves as Deputy Director.
Extension: #206
Email: [email protected]

Director of Education & Meeting Services: Stephen R. Crane
Responsible for convention preparations, on-site management, and post convention wrap up, and development of webinars and any other continuing education offering. Works with the Program Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Institutes, AMASS Workshops, Master Clinicians Seminars, Research and Professional Development, and Local Arrangements Committees.
Extension: #210
Email: [email protected]

Membership and Marketing Manager: Rachel Lamb
Responsible for ABCT database, membership retention and recruitment plans, marketing for all aspect of ABCT, and webinars.
Extension: #200
Email: [email protected]

Web Manager: Rachel Greeman
Manages navigation, structure, updates, and interfaces with third parties, directories, and more. Works with Membership & Marketing Manager on Database navigation and structure and web site interface.
Extension: #215
Email: [email protected]

Senior Communications Manager: Ewan Johnson
Manages internal and external communications on behalf of ABCT to support the implementation of the mission and vision of ABCT
Extension: #212
Email:[email protected]

Senior Executive Assistant, Exhibits Manager, and Convention Registrar: Tonya Childers
Responsible for processing dues statements and convention pre-registration. Serves as Exhibitor Manager and Convention Registrar. Responsible for continuing education certificates.
Extension: #202
Email: [email protected]

Managing Editor/Advertising Manager: Stephanie Schwartz
Responsible for production/editorial of ABCT publications, including Behavior Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, the Behavior Therapist, convention materials, directories, etc. Responsible for selling advertising space in appropriate ABCT publications.
Extension: #207
Email: [email protected]

Administrative Secretary: Maryilyn Brown
Serves as receptionist. Assists with membership processing and fulfillment of orders. Assists with production of convention materials. Responsible for Behavior Therapy, Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, and the Behavior Therapist nonmember subscriptions. Handles reprints, copyrights, permissions, and claims for the Publications Department. Maintains ABCT Forums
Extension: #200
Email: [email protected] 

Bookkeeper: Kelli Long
Responsible for maintaining ABCT books, monthly bank reconciliation, and preparing quarterly tax reports. Assists the Executive Director on financial matters as required.
Extension: #204
Email: [email protected]

Additional Email Addresses

[email protected]
Use this address if you have any questions about your membership status, purchasing a mailing list, or change of address. Send us ALL your information (name, street address, telephone, fax, affiliation, and e-mail). Keep those journals coming!
Routed to [email protected]

[email protected]
Use this address if you have any questions on ABCT’s new Clinical Directory and Referral Service.
Routed to [email protected].

[email protected]
Use this address if you have any questions regarding convention-related events.
Routed to Tonya Childers.

[email protected] (For Students Only)
Use this address if you want to volunteer to work at continuing education events at ABCT’s Annual Convention. PLEASE NOTE: Reimbursement for registration payments will be issued after the convention.
Routed to Tonya Childers.

[email protected]
Use this address if you have any questions about becoming a new member, or the ABCT Special Interest Groups program. Also answered are questions about public relations and membership benefits. Those seeking further information about becoming a member can also send their queries here.
Routed to [email protected].

[email protected]
Use this address to inquire about receiving copyright permission to use a cite from any of ABCT’s publications. You cannot request it through e-mail. This is for information purposes only. A written request is REQUIRED for copyright release.
Routed to [email protected].

[email protected]
Use this address for questions about any ABCT publication or its production.
Routed to David Teisler.

Related Information

What Is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of treatment that is based firmly on research findings.  It places emphasis on changing your cognitions (thoughts) or behaviors (actions) in order to effect change in how you feel. These approaches help people in achieving specific changes or goals.

Changes or goals might involve:

A way of acting: like smoking less or being more outgoing;
A way of feeling: like helping a person to be less scared, less depressed, or less anxious;
A way of thinking: like learning to problem-solve or get rid of self-defeating thoughts;
A way of dealing with physical or medical problems: like reducing back pain or helping a person stick to a doctor’s suggestions.

Cognitive behavioral therapists usually focus more on the current situation and its solution, rather than the past. They concentrate on a person’s views and beliefs about their life. CBT is an effective treatment for individuals, parents, children, couples, and families. The goal of CBT is to help people improve and gain more control over their lives by changing behaviors that don’t work well to ones that do.

How to Get Help

If you are looking for help, either for yourself or someone else, you may be tempted to call someone who advertises in a local publication or who comes up from a search of the Internet. You may, or may not, find a competent therapist in this manner. It is wise to check on the credentials of a psychotherapist. It is expected that competent therapists hold advanced academic degrees. They should be listed as members of professional organizations, such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies or the American Psychological Association. Of course, they should be licensed to practice in your state. You can find competent specialists who are affiliated with local universities or mental health facilities or who are listed on the websites of professional organizations. You may, of course, visit our website ( and click on “Find a CBT Therapist”

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) is an interdisciplinary organization committed to the advancement of a scientific approach to the understanding and amelioration of problems of the human condition. These aims are achieved through the investigation and application of behavioral, cognitive, and other evidence-based principles to assessment, prevention, and treatment.

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