SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP - SIGs
Current ABCT Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
A list of current SIGs is offered below. To Join a SIG, please contact the respective SIG leader listed below. Each SIG is run independently by its own leadership.
More information is available on how to create a new SIG.
As a service to its members and to others interested in behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, ABCT has included helpful website links to SIGs and organizations with similar interests and goals. ABCT neither reviews nor endorses these linked websites and is not responsible for their content.
Addictive Behaviors SIG
Contact Information: Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D.
Saint Louis University
Department of Psychology
Shannon Hall, Room 208
3511 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63103-2010
African Americans in Behavior Therapy SIG
To provide support for and to facilitate research and practice guidelines for the use of Cognitive and Behavior Therapy with African American populations.
Contact Information: Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychological Sciences Department
University of Connecticut, Bousfield 167
406 Babbidge Road, Unit 1020, Storrs, CT 06269-1020
Cell: (502) 608-7483
Aging Behavior & Cognitive Therapy SIG
The purpose of the Aging Behavior and Cognitive Therapy SIG is to promote communication and collaboration among health professionals interested in aging issues, particularly within behavioral and cognitive-behavioral frameworks, across both clinical and research domains. In order to fulfill this purpose, the SIG will act to: promote awareness of aging issues within ABCT, increase involvement in the SIG and in ABCT for those who have interests in aging, and be responsive to the needs of the members of the organization and changes in the professional environment.
Contact Information: Kristen H. Sorocco, Ph.D.
1122 NE 13th St, ORB 1200, Oklahoma City, OK 73177
Anxiety Disorders SIG
The purpose of the Anxiety Disorders SIG is to disseminate information to members on current research developments and practice innovations with respect to anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Currently, SIG membership includes annual publication of a book containing more than 500 research abstracts on anxiety disorders, an opportunity to present anxiety-related research at the annual SIG poster exposition at ABCT, opportunities to win awards for anxiety-related research, access to the Anxiety Disorders SIG e-mail list, a website, and a newsletter.
Contact Information: Angela Cathey, M.A., LPC
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate
Wichita State University
Asian American Issues in Behavior Therapy & Research SIG
The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum and network for mental health professionals and students who are interested in issues involving Asian Americans in Behavior Therapy and research. Anyone (including Non-Asian descendents) interested in sharing ideas and experience in culturally sensitive assessment, clinical training, treatment, research and other clinically relevant issues are encouraged to join. This SIG provides the field of behavior therapy with a more accurate representation of Asian/Asian American perspectives in mental health.
Contact Information: Janie J. Hong, Ph.D., San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
5435 College Avenue, Suite 108, Oakland, California, 94618
Phone: (510) 652-4455 ext. 17
Fax: (510) 380-2988
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) SIG
The Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) SIG is a collegial group of practitioners and researchers interested in new and empirically-supported assessment techniques and psychosocial interventions that identify and ameliorate ADHD-related deficits. We also seek to highlight related areas of research, including cognitive and neurological mechanisms of ADHD pathology, associated behavioral characteristics and outcomes, and the effects of comorbidity. Keeping with converging research findings, the ADHD SIG supports a developmental approach to understanding this disorder, and as such welcomes members focusing on child, adolescent, and/or adult populations.
Contact Information: Brian T. Wymbs, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Athens OH 45701-2979
Phone: (740) 593-1064
Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders SIG
The Autism Spectrum and Developmental Disorders SIG is committed to sharing ideas and recent findings about children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Cognitive-behavioral treatments are relatively new for this population in terms of systematic evaluation. ASD and other developmental disorders affect millions of individuals in the US and elsewhere, many of whom are functioning in the average to superior range of cognitive abilities. The cognitive and language-based aspects of CBT are likely to be accessible and useful to many people with ASD and related disorders, and it is the mission of this SIG to advance efforts to make cognitive-behavioral treatments relevant and accessible to affected individuals. The SIG provides a forum for dissemination of relevant basic and clinical research findings, including descriptive outcome studies, the effects of comorbidity, and studies of CBT for individuals with autism spectrum and other developmental disorders.
Contact Information: Matthew D. Lerner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, & Pediatrics
Director, Social Competence & Treatment Lab
Department of Psychology
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-2500
Phone: (631) 632-7660
Fax: (866) 829-4976
Contact Information: Connor M. Kerns, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
3020 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3734
Behavior Analysis SIG
The Behavior Analysis SIG gives emphasis to the contextual, selectionist, and scientific theoretical foundations of behavior therapy. Behavior analytic principles provide process level accounts for therapeutic change in CBT interventions ranging from exposure and cognitive restructuring to acceptance and mindfulness. This SIG is committed to maintaining contemporary behavior analytic accounts of human behavior and therapeutic process of change. It is the mission of the members of this SIG to ensure that our conceptual understanding of the processes of change in therapy keeps pace with the evolving technology used to foster such change.
Contact Information: Thomas J. Waltz, Ph.D.
2010 Rebsamen Park Road #410, Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: (501) 747-1050
Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care SIG
The purpose of the Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care SIG is to disseminate information to members on current behavioral research and practice regarding health promotion (e.g., HIV prevention, exercise), the treatment of medical problems (e.g., chronic pain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes), and providing consultation and intervention on mental health problems in primary care and other healthcare settings. The Behavioral Medicine and Integrated Primary Care SIG hopes to strengthen the membership and scope of ABCT by providing a forum for researchers and scientists of a variety of professional backgrounds to discuss the use of CBT research and practice to promote health and treat medical problems as well as to support work from a public health perspective. Moreover, the SIG seeks to provide a forum for networking for behavioral medicine and primary care-based CBT professionals and researchers.
Contact Information:Cara Fuchs, Ph.D.
47 Oakview Terrace, Unit 2
Jamaica Plain, M.A. 02130
Contact Information: Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.
Contact Information: Aaron J. Blashill, Ph.D.
6363 Alvarado Court, Suite #103
San Diego, CA 92120
Behavioral Sleep Medicine SIG
To promote the social, professional, and scholarly interaction of individuals who share an interest in insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Contact Information: Colleen E. Carney, Ph.D.
Ryerson University, Sleep and Depression Laboratory
Department of Psychology
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3,
The Bipolar Disorders SIG welcomes members who are focused on the etiology and treatment of bipolar spectrum disorders. The members cover the developmental course of bipolar disorder, from juvenile to adult bipolar disorder, and span interests in assessment, clinical description, culture, outcomes, risk factors, and treatment models. This SIG has a particular investment in providing a nurturing atmosphere for idea exchange, and a forum to help promote the development of junior scientists.
Contact Information: Lauren B. Alloy, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Joseph Wolpe Distinguished Faculty Fellow Director of Clinical Training Department of Psychology Temple University
Contact Information: Anna Van Meter, Ph.D.
Child & Adolescent Anxiety SIG
The Child and Adolescent Anxiety Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed to facilitate advancements in the field of child and adolescent anxiety disorders. To this end, the SIG aims to:
- provide an arena for members to discuss current controversies, limitations of research and directions for future research;
- foster collaboration amongst researchers and clinicians; and
- provide an avenue for members to network with colleagues sharing a common interest.
Contact Information: Cara Settipani, Ph.D.
640 Adelaide St W
Toronto, ON M6J1A9
Contact Information: Anthony C. Puliafico, Ph.D.
3 Columbus Ave Ste 601,
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 246-5737
Fax: (212) 246-5792
Child & Adolescent Depression SIG
Child & Adolescent Depression SIG
Contact Information: Jarrod M. Leffler, Ph.D., L.P.
Assistant Professor of Psychology College of Medicine
Director Child and Adolescent Integrated Mood
Program; Co-Director Pediatric Mood Clinic
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905
Child Maltreatment & Interpersonal Violence SIG
The Child Maltreatment and Interpersonal Violence SIG provides an opportunity for ABCT members with interests related to child physical and sexual abuse, neglect, psychological abuse, intimate partner violence, elder abuse, and sexual violence to network and exchange ideas about current research and clinical issues in these areas. In addition to fostering professional relationships, this group seeks to: 1) promote research and empirically-based interventions addressing the many facets of child maltreatment and interpersonal violence; 2) facilitate the dissemination of research findings to help professionals address the needs of those impacted by child maltreatment and interpersonal violence, and; 3) increase professional and societal awareness of issues related to maltreatment and violence. SIG members receive our SIG newsletter and informational emails with news, activities, and opportunities related to violence and abuse.
Contact Information: Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin
Western Illinois University
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, 4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
Child & School-Related Issues SIG
Contact Information:Fabian Boe, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology at Liberal Arts Colleges SIG
Contact Information: Josephine Shih, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology (Post Hall 225)
Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Clinical Research Methods and Statistics SIG
Contact Information: Lance M Rappaport
1205 Dr. Penfield Ave.
Department of Psychology, Clinical, McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1B1 CANADA
Contact Information: Nick C Jacobson
378 Moore Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-3103
Cognitive Therapy SIG
The Cognitive Therapy SIG recognizes a wide diversity of approaches within Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, some placing emphasis on behavioral models, others on experiential models and others on cognitive models. The Cognitive Therapy Special Interest Group will focus on all forms of cognitive therapy that stress the central role of cognitive processing in the development, maintenance and treatment of psychopathology.
Contact Information: Bradford C. Richards, Ph.D.,
The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque, LLC
1 San Rafael Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM 87122-1116
Phone: (505) 823-1600
Couples Research & Treatment SIG
The SIG provides a forum for academic and professional networking among individuals conducting research and/ or interventions with couples. Areas of common interest include: interaction processes, individual differences, assessment, prevention, intervention and treatment, grant funding, translation of basic research about couples into effective intervention and treatment, methodology in couples research, special problems facing couples such as infidelity, sexual dysfunction and psychological and physical aggression.
Contact Information: Katherine J. W. Baucom, Ph.D.
University of Utah
380 S. 1530 E., BEHS Room 502
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Contact Information: Brian R. Baucom, Ph.D.
University of Utah
380 S 1530 E Rm 502
Salt Lake Cty, UT 84112-0259
Dissemination & Implementation Science SIG
The Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group (SIG) promotes research on how to better disseminate and implement evidence based practices by behavioral health care stakeholders (e.g., practitioners, policy-makers, consumers, etc.). Our goals include (1) helping members network with like-minded colleagues, (2) collaborating with stakeholders to identify what works for them, what they need, and how best to provide evidence-based practices, and (3) communicating the benefits of evidence-based practices in order to increase consumer demand for effective treatments.
Contact Information: Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D.
University of Miami
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 248185
Coral Gables, FL 33124-0751
Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors SIG
The Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors SIG is dedicated to the application of cognitive-behavioral principles to the understanding, prevention, assessment and treatment of externalizing behaviors that put individuals at risk for harming others and themselves, and for criminal justice involvement. Members strive to understand and find better solutions for addressing a broad range of antisocial behaviors that lead to immeasurable human suffering worldwide, and to improve the lives of some of society's most marginalized members and the lives of those impacted by antisocial behavior. Clinical and research activities span both community and forensic contexts and encompass such issues as: Antisociality, delinquency, anger, psychopathy, aggression, intimate partner and family violence, forensic assessment, oppositional and disruptive behaviors, sexual offending, addictions, recidivism, forensic treatment, policing, legal consultation, victimology, and various influences on antisocial behavior (sociocultural, dispositional, and environmental). A primary goal of the Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors SIG is to provide a network for members to discuss up-to-date information related to research, application, and training on CBT principles relevant to at-risk and justice-involved individuals and their families. Interested professionals and students can be added to the Forensic Issues and Externalizing Behaviors Special Interest Group LISTSERV by sending an e-mail to TafrateR@mail.ccsu.edu
Contact Information: Raymond "Chip" Tafrate, Central Connecticut State University
PO BOX 4010, DEPT OF CRIMINOLOGY, New Britain, CT 06050-4010
Phone: (860) 832-3147
Contact Information: Bradley A. White, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
109 Williams Hall (0436)
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0001
Phone: (540) 231-1382
Functional Analytic Psychotherapy SIG
Contact Information: Lindsey Knott, MA
Per: Jonathan W. Kanter, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (832) 465-5853
Hispanic Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG
The HIBT SIG has two primary goals: (1) to support interest in clinical work and research focusing on Hispanic issues in behavior therapy, and (2) to raise awareness of behavior therapy activities in Latin America and Spain.
Contact Information: Antonio Polo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical Child Area
2219 N Kenmore Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
Men's Mental & Physical Health SIG
Contact Information: Jonathan Green, PhD, Co-President
150 S. Huntington Avenue (116B-2), Boston, MA 02130
Contact Information: Claire Lisco, M.A., Co-President Behavioral Science Lab
Department of Psychology Georgia State University, P.O. Box 5010, Atlanta, GA 30302-5010
Contact Information: Diana C. Dolan, Ph.D.
2527 Turquoise Way, San Antonio, TX 78251-1746
Mindfulness & Acceptance SIG
The goals of the Mindfulness and Acceptance SIG is 1) to provide a forum to members for the development and dissemination of a behavioral science infused with mindfulness and acceptance techniques-including the discussion of current controversies and limitations of current research and directions for future research in these areas; 2) to provide information for training in mindfulness and acceptance schemes; 3) to foster collaboration and free exchange among researchers and clinicians, and ; 4) to create opportunities for members to network with colleagues who share these common interests.
Contact Information: Jeffrey Greeson, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street, Suite 670, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 746-6414
Native American Issues in Behavior Therapy & Research SIG
Our purpose is to provide a link between traditional Native American values and contemporary psychology. We welcome and encourage people of all ethnicities to join in our endeavors to increase the representation of Native American mental health issues at ABCT, disseminate research and other important information, and network with other interested groups and individuals.
Contact Information: John W. Klocek, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, One Bear Place #97242
Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-2482
Fax: (254) 757-0627
Contact Information: Maureen A. Sullivan, Ph.D.
Oklahoma State University
116 N Murray, DEPT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Stillwater, OK 74078-3064
Phone: (405) 744-6823
Neurocognitive Therapies/ Translational Research SIG
The Neurocognitive Therapies/Translational Research SIG seeks to bridge the gap between basic and applied science in understanding the nature and treatment of psychiatric disorders. We are interested in multidisciplinary research and the application of cognitive and affective neuroscience to improve the conceptualization and effectiveness of interventions. Researchers and practitioners in this SIG are interested in brain imaging, neuropsychological and cognitive training, and related techniques as tools for increasing our understanding of anxiety, depression, addictions, schizophrenia, ADHD, and other disorders.
Contact Information: Rebecca Price, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
3811 Ohara St, LOEFFLER 218
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2593
Obesity & Eating Disorders SIG
The Obesity and Eating Disorders SIG is a multi-disciplinary group of behavioral professionals with clinical and research interests in obesity and eating disorders. The purpose of the OED SIG is to foster communication and interaction among researchers and clinicians with shared interests in the characterization and treatment of obesity and eating disorders. Members bring to the OED SIG a wide range of expertise in biobehavioral, clinical, epidemiological and physiological aspects of both eating disorders and obesity, making for lively and informative interaction.
Contact Information: Robyn J. Sysko, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
One Gustave L Levy Place, Box 1230, Eating and Weight Disorders Program
New York, NY 10029
Parenting & Families SIG
The purpose of the Parenting and Families SIG is to promote the sharing of information related to parent and family-focused research and clinical work. Experienced researchers and students will find that the group listserv provides an excellent forum for discussion and dissemination of news related to the SIG's mission, as well opportunities for career development and networking. The SIG also sponsors panel discussions and symposia, participates in the annual SIG exposition, and organizes a poster competition at ABCT's annual convention. Finally, the SIG recognizes excellence in parenting and family-related research and clinical pursuits through student poster and lifetime achievement awards.
Contact Information: Daniela J. Owen, Ph.D.
San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
5435 College Avenue, Suite 103
Oakland, CA 94618
Phone: 510-652-4455 ext. 4
Contact Information: David Reitman, Ph.D.
College of Psychology
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Schizophrenia & Other Serious Mental Disorders SIG
This SIG provides a forum for mental health professionals and students with an interest in schizophrenia and other serious mental disorders. It provides a forum for discussion of innovative behavioral and cognitive treatment approaches, basic and applied research, and public policy issues.
Contact Information: Jennifer Snyder, Ph.D.
Central Regional Hospital
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 764-5543
Spiritual & Religious Issues in Behavior Change SIG
Spiritual and religious beliefs and practices are commonplace in the general population of North America today. In recognition of this fact, the past three decades have seen a substantial increase in research on the interplay of spirituality, religion and psychological variables; a recent PsycInfo search was able to identify over 28,000 scientific contributions to this area. However, the relevance of spirituality and religion to clinical practice remains poorly understood. As a result, many practitioners of empirically-supported treatments may be reticent to address spirituality and religion in the course of their work. This SIG therefore serves an important role in offering opportunities for ABCT members to take an empirically-based approach to the interesting yet understudied subject of spirituality and religion. We hope that through the general population's interest in religion and spirituality we can be a part of broadening the reach of ABCT whose more specific aims may not always be as generalizable to the main public. Through the combination of the work of ABCT and our SIG's efforts, we hope to be able to extend the good work of ABCT to more people.
Contact Information: Dovid Green, MA, James J Peters VA Medical Center,
130 W Kingsbridge Rd
Bronx, NY 10468
Phone: (617) 291-9112
The Student SIG of ABCT is a SIG specifically designed to be a forum for student communication about professional development and issues related to transitioning from student to professional. In addition, this group is designed to help students become more actively involved in ABCT.
Contact Information: Alexandra Gibson, B.A.
Texas Tech University,
MS 2051 Psychological Sciences Building
Lubbock, TX 79409
Study of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgendered Issues SIG
The purpose of this SIG is to provide networking, support, and collaboration for researchers and clinicians interested in the application of behavioral and cognitive principles to the study of lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues. This is in keeping with ABCT's mission because this SIG actively promotes the extension of empirically validated CBT interventions to LGBT individuals and promotes the development of empirically-based research and training in how best to serve this community.
Contact Information: Michael E. Newcomb, Ph.D. (term: Nov 2013 - Nov 2016)
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Medical Social Sciences
Research Scientist, IMPACT Program
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
625 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2700
Contact Information: Alyssa Ward, Ph.D., LCP
Children's Hospital of Richmond @ VCU
Department of Pediatrics
1000 East Broad Street
Richmond VA 23298
P.O. Box 980259
Suicide and Self Injury SIG
Contact Information: : Amy Cameron, Ph.D.
ABCT Suicide & Self-Injury SIG President
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Providence VA Medical Center
830 Chalkstone Blvd.
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 273-7100 x6162
Technology and Behavior Change SIG
Contact Information: Kathryn Noth Tomasino, PhD.
750 North Lake Shore Drive, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 503-4605
TIC & Impulse Control Disorders SIG
Contact Information: Jennifer Alexander, B.S.
Trauma and PTSD SIG
This SIG promotes awareness of innovative basic and applied research, as well as the development and use of evidence-based assessments and interventions with victims of disaster and trauma. We also attempt to educate and train professionals in the delivery of evidence-based services. See us on Facebook:
Contact Information: Karen E. Courchaine, Ph.D.,
NFL/SGA Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
Phone: (352) 874-9914
Fax: (352) 591-0889
Women's Issues in Behavior Therapy SIG
Contact Information: Laura D. Seligman, PhD ABPP
Department of Psychological Science
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Contact Information: RaeAnn Anderson, M.S.
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
2441 E Hartford Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211-3160
Contact Information: Hilary B. Vidair, Ph.D.
Long Island University, CW Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, NY 11548
Phone: (516) 299-3630