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University of Nevada, Reno - Steve Hayes (ACT/RFT; PhD; USA)


The University of Nevada lab is focused on creating a scientific paradigm that supports human transformation.

It seeks the development of a coherent, pragmatically useful, innovative, empirical, behavioral approach to psychological science that will enable significant steps forward in our understanding of human beings, the creation of human progress, and in the alleviation of human suffering.

It consciously tries to give away its research program by supporting the development of successful research laboratories with these goals world wide.

The lab has been at the forefront in the development of functional contextualism, Relational Frame Theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Process-Based Therapy.

Doctoral graduates from Steve Hayes's lab who also agree to a "science oath" receive the "Behavioralis Junkus degree" and learn the secret behavioral handshake.

Below are links to the current labbies, a list of lab graduates, the science oath, and a comprehensive list of all dissertations to come out of the lab. Because of Steve's age (he will be 74 this coming summer, in August of 2022) the lab is no longer admitting students.

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