I am an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. I supervise the SIU Contextual Behavioral Science Lab, which is an integration of my laboratory, consisting of both graduate and undergraduate students, and my practicum team, consisting of graduate student therapists. The long-term mission of the lab is to develop a better understanding of the components and processes of psychotherapy, and to explore and refine behavioral measures along the way.
My practicum team has been developing a psychotherapy protocol called Life Skills Modules, which is based on the Hexaflex version of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Over the past few years, we have been organizing and expanding the elements of this protocol into a unique and comprehensive package designed to maximize the benefits of the psychological flexibility model for as many clinical presentations as possible. Currently, my lab is developing a number of projects designed to systematically examine a variety of ingredients in this protocol. More specifically, we are creating and/or testing specific components or combinations of components that populate the protocol, including metaphors, experiential exercises, and daily practice activities that are organized and presented in each session of the protocol.
The lab has also undertaken a broad program of research with the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP), a promising behavioral measure of cognitive patterns and biases. We have explored a variety of topics relevant to cognitive, social, and clinical psychology. Although our IRAP research program is now a secondary activity to our ACT program, I remain very interested in behavioral measures in all of the lab’s research activities.
Generally speaking, I accept one new student each year into our doctoral program for adult clinical psychology at SIU. Competent and motivated students are encouraged to apply, especially those with knowledge and interests in any of the following:
- Psychological Flexibility
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness, and valued living
- Relational Frame Theory and Functional Contextualism
- Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy
- Psychotherapy research and mechanisms of treatment
- Implicit cognition and measures, especially the IRAP
- Contextual Behavioral Science