ACBS Fellows

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Fellowship in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science is meant to recognize professionals with a terminal degree who have made strong and positive contributions to Contextual Behavioral Science. Our focus is deliberately broad. Fellowship can be awarded early, mid, or late career; contributions may be in research, scholarship, training, public information, policy, prevention, organizational work, practice, or any other area of CBS and of the Association; substantive areas include philosophy of science, basic, and applied domains. Fellowship is a membership status in ACBS, but may be offered contingently to those who are not yet members.

Current Fellows of ACBS can nominate new candidates.

Inducted in 2018

Paul Atkins, Ph.D.
Andrew Gloster, Ph.D.
Eric Morris, Ph.D.
Graciela Rovner, Ph.D.
Ross White, Ph.D.
M. Joann Wright, Ph.D

Inducted in 2017

Niloofar Afari, Ph.D.
Beate Ebert, Dipl.-Psych.
David Gillanders, Ph.D.
D.J. Moran, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Pistorello, Ph.D.
Emily Sandoz, Ph.D.
Rainer Sonntag, M.D.
Matthieu Villatte, Ph.D.
David Sloan Wilson, Ph.D.
Zhu Zhouhong, Ph.D.

Inducted in 2016

Jacqueline A-Tjak, MSc.
Hannah Bockarie
Darin Cairns, M.S.
Victoria Follette, Ph.D.
Robert Kohlenberg, Ph.D.
Raimo Lappalainen, Ph.D.
Paolo Moderato, Ph.D.
Takashi Muto, Ph.D.
Nanni Presti, M.D., Ph.D.
Harold Robb, Ph.D.
Patricia Robinson, Ph.D.
Dennis Tirch, Ph.D.
Mavis Tsai, Ph.D.
Niklas Törneke, M.D.

Inducted in 2015

Gerhard Andersson, Ph.D.
Patricia Bach, Ph.D.
Sonja Batten, Ph.D.
Ernst Bohlmeijer, Ph.D.
Joseph Ciarrochi, Ph.D.
Lisa Coyne, Ph.D.
Jonathan Kanter, Ph.D.
Todd Kashdan, Ph.D.
Kelly Koerner, Ph.D.
Amy Murrell, Ph.D.
Denis O'Hora, Ph.D.
Mike Twohig, Ph.D.
Kevin Vowles, Ph.D.
Rikard Wicksell, Ph.D.

Inducted in 2014

Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D.
Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D.
JoAnne Dahl, Ph.D.
Mike Dougher, Ph.D.
Simon Dymond, Ph.D.
John Forsyth, Ph.D.
Russ Harris, M.D.
Louise Hayes, Ph.D.
James Herbert, Ph.D.
Carmen Luciano, Ph.D.
Jason Luoma, Ph.D.
Lance McCracken, Ph.D.
Louise McHugh, Ph.D.
Ian Stewart, Ph.D.
Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D.


Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D. (inducted in 2012)
Dr. Dermot Barnes-Holmes is foundation Professor of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Dr. Barnes-Holmes has published over 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and books, and he was ranked as the most prolific author in the world in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior during the period 1980 to 1999. He has served on, or is currently serving on, the editorial boards of various journals, including: Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin; Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior; Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; and The Psychological Record, amongst others. He served on the Health Research Board from 2002-2005 and was elected to the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland from 2004-2007. Dermot is a lead developer of Relational Frame Theory, and is a former President of ACBS.

Frank Bond, Ph.D. (inducted in 2012)
Professor Frank Bond is the Director of the Institute of Management Studies and was previously Head of the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research and consultancy focus on identifying and enhancing the organizational and psychological factors that determine work effectiveness (e.g., productivity, innovation), leadership skills, and employee health (e.g., mental/physical health). Currently, he is developing methods to assess psychological processes, such as psychological flexibility (or psychological acceptance), in the workplace. He is also developing and testing theory-driven interventions for improving work-related productivity and health (e.g., through leadership training). Frank is a former President of ACBS. 

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. (inducted in 2012)
Steven C. Hayes is Foundation Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. An author of 35 books and over 500 scientific articles, his career has focused on an analysis of the nature of human language and cognition and the application of this to the understanding and alleviation of human suffering. Dr. Hayes has been President of Division 25 of the APA, the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Psychological Science, which he helped form, and served a 5 year term on the National Advisory Council for Drug Abuse in the National Institutes of Health. Steven is one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and is a former President of ACBS.

Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. (inducted in 2012)
Robyn D. Walser, PhD, is a psychologist and Associate Director for the National Center for PTSD, Dissemination and Training Division, at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System. Dr. Walser is currently developing innovative ways to translate science-into-practice, and is responsible for the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment interventions in her position at the VA. She is an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and has been doing ACT trainings both nationally and internationally since 1998. Dr. Walser is also involved in several research projects investigating use of mindfulness and ACT in Veteran populations. Robyn is also a former President of ACBS.

Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D. (inducted in 2012)
Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of psychology at the University at Mississippi. Dr. Wilson has devoted himself to the development and dissemination of ACT and its underlying theory and philosophy for the past 20 years, publishing 38 articles, 28 chapters, and 6 books including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change and Mindfulness for Two. He has central interests in the application of behavioral principles to understanding topics such as meaning and values, therapeutic relationship, and present moment focused work. Dr. Wilson has presented workshops in 20 countries, and has participated as co-investigator in a wide range of research in the U.S., Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Kelly is one of the co-developers of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and is a former President of ACBS.