I am an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University. 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 effective and efficient processes of psychotherapy, and to explore and refine relevant measures in our efforts to cultivate that understanding.
My practicum team has been developing a psychotherapy protocol for the provision 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 illuminate mechanisms of this therapy, including variables such as values clarification, mindfulness skills, therapy perceptions and expectations, diet, exercise, and sleep, and sociocultural identity. We are also exploring the Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory, among other measures, as well as alternative methods and strategies for data collection suitable for clinical contexts.
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/Inflexibility
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Valued living
- Behavior Analysis and Behavior Therapy
- Contextual Behavioral Science