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ACBS Junior Investigator Poster Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize and help develop junior investigators conducting research in Contextual Behavioral Science and who are presenting the results of this research at the Association's annual world conference.


Eligible candidates for this award include undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows presenting first-authored posters at the annual world conference. Candidates must be a member of ACBS. Awards are determined based on submitted abstracts/information.

To be considered for the award, please self-nominate by indicating your interest when you submit your poster for the ACBS World Conference. All posters submitted prior to March 20, that qualify, will be considered for the junior investigator poster award.

Award Recipients:

2024 ACBS World Conference - Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Role of Psychological Flexibility in Psychedelic Effect on Depressive Symptoms: A Systematic Review  
Aria Jaye, Towson University


Sociodemographic Representation for Anxiety-Related Disorders  
Hannah Johnson, Southern Illinois University


Eficácia da Terapia de Aceitação e Compromisso na redução da ideação suicida: revisão sistemática  
Luziane Kirchner, Universidade Católica Dom Bosco


Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Brief Digital ACT Intervention for Chronic Pain: a Randomized Controlled Trial
Xinya Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Generalizado en México: Relación con Conducta Alimentaria y Evitación Experiencial
Rodrigo Miguel Rosales Sarabia, Universidad Iberoamericana


2023 ACBS World Conference - Nicosia, Cyprus

Role of psychological (in)flexibility in the networks of dysphoria and anxiety symptoms
Radomir Belopavlović, University of Novi Sad

Randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia
Renatha El Rafihi-Ferreira, Universidade de São Paulo

Virtual Reality ACT intervention for social and public speaking anxiety of university students
Simone Gorinelli, University of Jyväskylä

Investigation of the impact of relational framing on self-determination toward a distress tolerance task
Nicolas Kaczmarek, University of Lille

The Relationship Between Psychological Inflexibility Processes and Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms: A Cluster Analysis
Jonathan Larson, Wichita State University

The Future of Pliance, Tracking, and Depression in Rule-Governed Behavior
Conor McCloskey, University College Dublin

2022 ACBS World Conference - San Francisco, USA

Experiential Avoidance and Gender nonconforming individuals
Danielle Haakinson, Texas Tech University

Examining the Factors of the Yips in Baseball: From the Perspective of Psychological Flexibility and Social Factor
Kazuya Inoue, Ph.D., Waseda University

The Interactive Role of PTSD Symptoms and Mindfulness on Mental Wellbeing
Mahsa Mojallal, M.A., University of South Dakota

One-day Acceptance and Commitment Training Workshop for Veterans and their romantic partners
Namrata Nanavaty, M.S., Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston

Educating during COVID-19: Psychological flexibility as a key process related to depression and social anxiety
Alyssa Schneider, MPH, University of Iowa

Examination of the functoin of Self-meaning stimulus used for IRAP in Japanese
Pin ZHANG, Ritsumeikan University

2021 ACBS Virtual World Conference

Associated factors of playing video games as experiential avoidance in adolescence
Luiza Brandão, M.S., Universidade de São Paulo

Relationships Between Discrimination, Self-Compassion, and Anxiety
Rebecca Browne, M.S., Suffolk University

Self-Rated Fidelity measure for ACT
Dustin Cox, PT, DPT, LSVT, CLT, Cox College

Self-help for self-stigma?: Evidence from a randomized trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression
Carter Davis, B.F.A., Utah State University

Contextual-behavioral model of self predicts borderline personality disorder symptoms
Jan Topczewski, M.A., SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities 

Electronically Mediated Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Chronic Illnesses: A Systematic Research Synthesis
Amelia Welch, M.S., Florida State University

2020 ACBS World Conference - ONLINE

Mindfulness, Culture, and Clinical Practice: Clinician Experiences Utilizing Mindfulness and Acceptance with Hispanics/Latinos
Rebeca Castellanos, M.A., Medical University of South Carolina

Understanding attitudes and perceived behavioral responsibility towards global climate change through psychological flexibility processes
Carter Davis, B.A., Utah State University

Comparison of Metacognitive and Psychological Inflexibility Models of Emotional Distress
Huan Quan, M.A., Wichita State University

Appraising Anxiety as Problematic Increases Odds of Misusing Meditation Strategies Above and Beyond Transdiagnostic Processes and Symptomatic Distress
Max Roberts, M.A., University at Albany, State University of New York
Eric Tifft, M.A., University at Albany, State University of New York
Shannon Underwood, B.S., University at Albany, State University of New York
John Forsyth, Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York

2019 ACBS World Conference 17 - Dublin, Ireland

How to act with narrative: A single case experimental design pilot study using a process-based psychotherapy informed by RFT
Daniel Wallsten, Karlstad University, Sweden
Thomas Parling, PhD, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Ciara McEnteggart, PhD, University of Ghent, Belgium
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes, PhD, University of Ghent, Belgium
Colin Harte, University of Ghent, Belgium

The Meta-Analytic Evidence of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Review
Noemi Walder, BSc, University of Basel, Division of Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science
Michael Levin, Ph.D., Utah State University, USU ACT Research Group
Michael Twohig, Ph.D., Utah State University, USU ACT Research Group
Maria Karekla, Ph.D., University of Cyprus, Department of Psychology
Andrew Gloster, Ph.D., University of Basel, Division of Clinical Psychology and Intervention Science

Acceptance-based exposure and behavioral measurement: A case study of an elderly woman with obsessive compulsive disorder
Atsushi Seguchi, M.A., Ritsumeikan University

A mobile game for improving psychological flexibility skills in elementary school children
Katariina Keinonen, University of Jyväskylä
Anna-Lotta Lappalainen, M.S., Solent NHS Trust
Päivi Lappalainen, Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä
Raimo Lappalainen, University of Jyväskylä

Self-Compassion Moderates Hopelessness in Predicting Suicide Ideation Among People Living With HIV/AIDS
Lauren B. Johnson, M.Ed., M.S., Drexel University
C. Virginia O' Hayer, Ph.D., Drexel University College of Medicine
Chelsi Nurse, B.S., Drexel University College of Medicine

Assessing the efficacy of an ACT hybrid intervention for anxiety disorders and the added value of a weekly phone call: preliminary results from a randomized controlled trial
Lauriane Lapointe, D.Ps.(c), Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Joel Gagnon, Ph.D.(c), Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Guillaume Foldes-Busque, Ph.D., School of Psychology, Université Laval
Nadia Gagnon, M.Ps., Integrated Center of Health and Social Services of Chaudière-Appalaches
Frédérick Dionne, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

2018 ACBS World Conference 16 - Montréal, Canada

Predicting Child and Adolescent Functioning One Year after Major Orthopedic Surgery
Brittany Rosenbloom, MSc MA, York University
Melanie Noel, PhD, University of Calgary
Gabrielle Page, PhD, Universite de Montreal
Lisa Isaac, The Hospital for Sick Children
Fiona Campbell, The Hospital for Sick Children
Jennifer Stinson, The Hospital for Sick Children
Joel Katz, York University

An Examination Between Family Stress and Psychological Flexibility
Michael Thorn, University of Mississippi
Gina Q. Boullion, University of Mississippi
Emmie R. Hebert, University of Mississippi
Karen Kate Kellum, University of Mississippi
Kelly G. Wilson, University of Mississippi

Developing an ACT-based mobile app intervention for adults with a visible difference affected by appearance anxiety
Fabio Zucchelli, MSc, University of the West of England, Bristol
Heidi Williamson, Prof Doc (Health Psych), University of the West of England, Bristol
Olivia Donnelly, ClinPsyD, North Bristol NHS Trust
The VTCT Foundation Research Team at the Centre for Appearance Research, UWE Bristol, University of the West of England, Bristol 

Fostering Meaning and Motivation
Ana Gallego, University of Jyväskylä
Raimo Lappalainen, University of Jyväskylä
Matthieu Villatte, Evidence-based institute of Seattle
Louise McHugh, University Colleague Dublin

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for adults with head and neck cancer experiencing psychological distress: A hermeneutic single case efficacy design (HSCED) series
Nicolle Morris, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Nima Golijani-Moghaddam, Lincoln University, United Kingdom
Sanchia Biswas, National Health Service, United Kingdom
Anna Tickle, University of Nottingham 

Targeting Psychology Flexibility, Sleep Hygiene, and Physical Activity in High School Students using the DNA-V Model
Samuel Faulkner, M.A., East Carolina University
Sean O'Dell, Ph.D., Geisinger Medical Center
Jeannie Golden, Ph.D., East Carolina University

2017 ACBS World Conference 15 - Seville, Spain

Rosa Elena Mateo Álvarez, Psicóloga Clínica Hospital de Burgos
Verónica Castrillo Sarmiento, Psicóloga Clínica Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer
Laura Álvarez Cadenas, PIR Hospital Universitario de Burgos
Diana Cobo Alonso, PIR Hospital Universitario de Burgos
Iván Torres Viejo, PIR Hospital Universitario de Burgos
Andrew Carr, Ph.D., VA Greater Los Angeles, UCLA
Mario Mendez, M.D., Ph.D., VA Greater Los Angeles, UCLA 
Laurence De Mondehare, Université du Québec à Montréal
Simon Grégoire, Université du Québec à Montréal
Laurence Morin, Université du Québec à Montréal
Cloé Fortin, Université du Québec à Montréal
Lysa-Marie Hontoy, Université de Montréal
Valeria Squatrito, University of Enna "Kore"
Giovambattista Presti, University of Enna "Kore"
Annalisa Oppo, Sigmund Freud University (SFU)
Paolo Moderato, Istituto Europeo per lo Studio del Comportamento Umano (IESCUM)

2016 ACBS World Conference 14 - Seattle, USA

Tajinder Uppal Dhariwal, M.A., OISE/University of Toronto
Sheri Turrell, Ph.D., Trillium Health Partners
Mary Bell, M.S.W., R.S.W., Trillium Health Partners
Marci Gordeyko, M.A., OISE/University of Toronto
Emily B. Kroska, M.A., University of Iowa
Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, M.A., University of Iowa
Michael O'Hara, PhD, University of Iowa
James Marchman, PhD, University of Iowa
Douglas M. Long, Ph.D., Alpert Medical School of Brown University

2015 ACBS World Conference 13 - Berlin, Germany

Arezu Kabiri, M.A., Islamic Azad University, Najaf Abad branch, Isfahan, Iran
Leili Nourian, M.A., Islamic Azad University, Najaf Abad branch, Isfahan, Iran
Stephen Sheets, MA, California School of Professional Psychology
Jill Stoddard, Ph.D, California School of Professional Psychology
Mike Kemani, Behavioural Medicine Pain Treatment Service, Karolinska University Hospital
Julie Lasselin, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Stephen Sheets, MA, California School of Professional Psychology
Jill Stoddard, Ph.D, California School of Professional Psychology

2014 ACBS World Conference 12 - Minneapolis, USA

Carlos E. Rivera Villegas, B.S., Suffolk University
Lisa W. Coyne, Ph.D., Suffolk University, Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital
Marie-Christine André, M.A., Suffolk University
Sara E. Shea, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
Charles Hayes, Wichita State University
Rober D. Zettle, Ph.D., Wichita State University
Suzanne Gird, M.A., Wichita State University
Angie Hardage-Bundy, M.A., Wichita State University
Sheau-Yan Ho, B.A., University of Vermont
Jessica Clifton, M.A., University of Vermont
Maggie Evans, B.A., University of Vermont
Diane Gottlieb, M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Vermont
Valerie Harder, M.H.S., Ph.D., University of Vermont
Karen Fondacaro, Ph.D., University of Vermont

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