Student SIG Co-Chairs: Sonia Singh and Mo Satyshur

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Sonia Singh, Bowling Green State University (Ohio, USA)
Student SIG Co-Chair and ACBS Board of Directors Student Representative
I am currently a 5th year doctoral candidate at Bowling Green State University and predoctoral intern at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Prior to arriving at BGSU, I received my masters of arts degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in clinical psychology. My clinical and research interests include understanding and utilizing different CBS-based approaches. I have been a member of ACBS for over six years and have attended three previous World Conferences. Currently, I am serving as the Student Representative on the ACBS Board of Directors and am so excited to work with our students!

I believe my life has changed because of contextual behavioral science. Learning about CBS taught me how to find my values and follow them, how to lean into discomfort, and how to build community through connection. This transformation started on a small scale when I first encountered these ideas in my MA program. However, it has continued to grow and expand as I came into contact with more of the ACBS community. To me, ACBS feels like home. I look forward to seeing smiling faces of friends and colleagues, challenging myself with experiential workshops, and expanding my knowledge of contextual behavioral science through symposia, panels, and plenaries. This experience is what I hope to bring to the Student SIG. I want to do what I can to help students foster community, learn new ideas and prospective, gain mentorship and connection with professionals, and most importantly - find home.

Maureen (Mo) Satyshur, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Illinois, USA)
Student SIG Co-Chair
I am a current clinical psychology PhD student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. I am currently on internship at Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and will be working to implement ACT in a women's health clinic. My research involves examining neural and cognitive biases in individuals suffering with anxiety and depressive symptoms. In my previous research I worked to implement mindfulness-based treatments, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), for disadvantaged individuals with depressive symptoms. My personal and professional experience with MBSR peaked my interest in understanding and disseminating acceptance and mindfulness focused therapies. I have attended a two-day conference on the basics of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a one-day seminar on ACT for eating disorders. Moreover, I am the student representative of the Chicago chapter of ACBS and will be the graduate teaching assistant for an ACT course here at Northwestern University. I also work implementing ACT, DBT, and CBT at an outpatient clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine with adults suffering from a mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders. As I continue to learn more about ACT, I become more committed to using this powerful tool to alleviate human suffering and help create a flexible freedom in pursuit of a meaningful life.