ACBS Committees

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Below are brief descriptions of the areas & functions of ACBS Volunteer Committees.  Some are more established than others, but your interest in serving is always welcome!

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Conference Strategy Committee

Chair: Robyn Walser

This committee in consultation with the Executive Director shall make decisions regarding broad policies related to ACBS’s Annual Conference. They shall recommend future conference locations, evaluate venue proposals, and choose future conference sites, with final approval reserved by the ACBS Board. They are tasked with thematic determinations, plenary speaker approval, conference structure determination (timing, length, etc.), and other related decisions. They shall invite pre-conference workshops, or create an ad hoc to complete the task. They will act as a resource for conference program chairs, as needed.


Program Committee

This committee is responsible for formulating and preparing the program for the annual convention (excluding plenaries and pre-conference workshops), working in close coordination with the Conference Strategic Planning Committee, Committees on Continuing Education, Executive Director or any other committees as necessary. It shall liaise with the Chapters & SIGs Committee for program building. President-Elect nominates the chair of the committee for the year of his/her presidency.


CE Committee

Chair: Hank Robb

This committee shall be responsible for staying abreast of industry guidelines on Continuing Education and evaluating ACBS and co-sponsor training events for suitability and approval. This committee does not follow the typical ACBS committee system and has no chair and no rotation guidelines at present.

Membership Committee

Chair: Graciela Rovner

This committee shall be responsible for recruiting new professional, student, and affiliate members, retaining current members, and facilitating transition from student to professional membership. The committee is charged with establishing and sustaining long-term membership options, evaluating the needs of members and their satisfaction, and liaising with Diversity and Chapter & SIGs committees.


Training Committee

Chair: Darrah Westrup

This committee shall support the development, evaluation, and availability of high-quality CBS training (e.g. ACT, applied RFT), and do so in a manner consistent with statements of the ACBS community’s values as described in the Trainers’ Agreement. Here, “high quality” means training that creates conditions that establish higher levels of psychological flexibility through empirically supported processes, and that increases the trainees’ ability to apply CBS. Toward that mission, one standing duty of this committee is to oversee and coordinate the peer-review process for being listed as a recognized ACT trainer on the ACBS website.

Committee on Diversity

Chair: Jonathan Weinstein

This committee shall develop strategies to promote diversity within the association, as well as to disseminate Contextual Behavioral Science to diverse populations. This committee is charged with considering diversity at all levels of ACBS. For example, this committee shall serve to support diversity with regard to both basic and applied science, as well as to promote conventional demographic diversity.

Communications Committee

Chair: Miles Thompson 

This committee is responsible for coordinating and facilitating the communications media of ACBS. These media include, but are not limited to, websites, newsletters, listservs, and social media. This committee will also oversee marketing efforts through communications channels designed to increase awareness of and membership in ACBS. This committee will develop a maintain a strategic plan to maximize synergy and impact of these communications methods.

Social Media Subcommittee - This subcommittee is responsible for internal and external communications via social media vehicles. This includes developing content for current and future listservs, social networking functions (e.g., facebook, twitter), and blogs.

Website Subcommittee - This subcommittee is responsible for developing content for and managing the ACBS website.

Publications Committee

Chair: Steven C. Hayes

The purpose of this committee is to assist in the success of the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, and future association journals or magazines (as distinct from the on-line newsletter or website, which is a form of membership communication). Among other issues, the committee deals with issues of promotion, impact, quality, coverage, efficiency, organization, readership, cost, publisher relations, membership relations, and the selection of editors.

Additional members include Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Lance McCracken, Rhonda Merwin, and Todd Kashdan.

Chapters and SIG Committee

Committee Chair: Mark Sisti, Ph.D.

Deputy Chair: Brian Pilecki, Ph.D.

This committee shall be responsible for advising and supporting chapters and special interest groups (SIGs). The committee facilitates the creation and continuation of chapters and SIGs, coordinates and provides liaisons between chapters/SIGs/committees and the board, promotes collaborations among chapters & SIGs, facilitates the yearly chapter/SIG meeting, keeps relevant resources current and available, helps maintain harmonious function between & within chapters/SIGS and provides mentors for new chapters & SIGS.

The committee will promote and encourage the values of the main association to ensure the activities of the chapters and SIG to be compatible with the overarching goals and philosophy of ACBS. The committee shall be responsible for reviewing annual reports submitted by the chapters and SIGs, and promoting connections with ACBS international.
For more info about the Chapter/SIG Committee, please click here.

Research Committee

Chair: Kevin Vowles

This committee shall facilitate research activities within the ACBS and promote the scientific values held by the organization. The Research Committee shall serve as a liaison between ACBS and agencies that set the agenda and/or provide funding for activities relevant to our mission and ACBS values. The committee also aims to develop resources for those who conduct research in contextual behavioral principles and practices. Furthermore, the committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors suggestions or actions regarding research issues that may promote ACBS science. These may include but are not limited to:
• Identifying needs of researchers
• Providing opportunities for research training
• Identify priority research areas
• Helping members to develop research network collaborations
• Administering research grants, which include 1) writing call for grants, 2) evaluating applications, 3) arranging the assessment of grant applications.

Past Presidents Committee

This committee shall serve as an advisory committee to the ACBS Board based on need or request. The former presidents of ACBS may contribute their experience and knowledge for the institutional memory and betterment of the Association. The Past Presidents Committee shall nominate candidates for appropriate awards and recognition (fellows) to the Board of Directors. The Board of directors will approve the nomination for the award(s) or recognition by 2/3 vote.

Awards Committee

This committee consists of past presidents. The committee shall develop and administer a cohesive awards and recognition program and nominate candidates for appropriate awards and recognition to the Board of Directors.

Developing Nations Committee

Chair: Ross White 

The purpose of the committee is to evaluate and support the dissemination of CBS in developing nations (DN). This will include 1) developing strategies to raise money, 2) addressing needs of DN in research and applied training, 3) promoting distance training, 4) distributing funding, and 5) facilitating links between trainers and DN.

Investment Committee

Chair: Andrew Gloster

The purpose of the investment committee is to oversee the investment of assets owned by, or held in trust for, ACBS as part of the association's investment portfolio.