Research in Clinical Practice Collaborative SIG Information

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Affiliated August, 2010


The Research in Clinical Practice Collaborative is designed to bridge the gap between clinical practice and applied science. Our mission is to help members gather data that informs clinical decision making and that contributes to research. Members of this SIG will contribute their unique expertise, clinical experience, research questions, and skills in order to

  • facilitate practical implementation of research practices,
  • monitor treatment progress,
  • implement evidence-based-practices,
  • and generate practice-based-evidence.

We plan to:

  1. Empower and support clinicians in utilizing research methods in their practice (through single case design, case formulation, and treatment progress monitoring), the goals of which are to improve client outcomes and contribute to treatment development efforts.
  2. Develop procedures and routines to give session-by-session feedback to track both client progress and our own progress as therapists.

    These routines should be transtheoretical in that it appeals to the broad clinical perspectives within the ACBS community. The data collection system should be easily accessible to clinicians and researchers and should be flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the data project.

  3. Identify a list of questions that clinicians would like answers to so that treatment development and training prioritize these solutions.

    Suggest specific treatment protocols linked to clinicians' research questions, including a well-written therapeutic procedure, an assessment protocol, and manipulation checks.

  4. Develop strategies to collect and utilize effectiveness data to inform treatment development, treatment protocol modification (e.g., examining mediators, moderators) to increase efficiency, and promote dissemination and training.

    Identify methods to modify empirically validated treatments to fit individual client and organizational needs;

    Collect data that will facilitate organizational implementation of empirically-based practices

  5. Develop a set of practical tools including a library of suggested trans-diagnostic and problem-specific assessment measures, a core set of ACT-specific questions to consider asking when developing a treatment protocol or treatment study, sample consent forms, and conventions for coding, entering, cleaning and analyzing data.

Description of Membership

Those who identify themselves as clinical practitioners, organization managers, students, and/or basic or applied scientists who value the principles and practices of contextual behavioral science. 

Members shall be in good standing with the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science, and will be included without discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, or physical or mental disability.


This group is co-lead by Joe Ciarrochi, Marco Kleen, Kelly Koerner, Jennifer Plumb, Nanni Presti, Benji Schoendorff, and Jennifer Villatte.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Plumb or join our listserv.