I am an associate 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 relevant 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 several 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 the diverse population we serve at the SIU Clinical Center. 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.
I usually 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
- Contextual Behavioral Science