Bowling Green State University: Mindful Behavior Therapy and Psychophysiology Lab - William O'Brien (ACT/RFT/MF/FC; PhD; USA)

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The fundamental mission of the Mindful Behavior Therapy and Psychophysiology (MAPLab) is to develop knowledge and methods that can be used to alleviate preventable/unnecessary human suffering and enhance well-being. We strive to advance this overarching goal by: (a) engaging in basic research designed to better understand the nature of biobehavioral disorders; (b) engaging in applied research focused on the development and evaluation of innovative clinical procedures; (c) sharing our learning through teaching, supervision, and scholarly writing; and (d) providing direct clinical services to persons in hospital settings, nursing homes, community medical settings, and outpatient mental health settings using a scientist-practitioner model of service delivery.

The MAPLab is a component of the Behavioral Medicine Concentration area in the APA-Approved Clinical Psychology Training Program at Bowling Green State University.  William H. O'Brien, Ph.D., ABPP is the director of the lab and typically 6-10 doctoral students are engaged in MAPLab research and practice at any one time. Undergraduate students assist with research projects as well. Current MAPLab projects include:

1. A RCT evaluating the effectiveness of ACT for nursing aides who experience injury, assault, and abuse

2. Acceptance, mindulness and heart rate variability during exposure to acute stress

3. Acceptance and medical outcomes among Latinos with HIV/AIDS

4. A RCT evaluating the effectivness of ACT for Latinos with HIV/AIDs

5. Acceptance and immunological functioning among medical patients in a long term acute care hospital;

6. A single subject investigation of ACT for nursing home residents

7. An evaluatoin of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy for nurshing home residents

8. A meta-analysis of the effectivness of mindfulness-based interventions for persons with Type II diabetes

9. A evaluation of therapy process-outcome relationships in a group-based ACT intervention for work stress

Please see our webpage for additional information and updates on research findings:


(This webpage was updated on May 4, 2018)