University of South Dakota - Christopher R. Berghoff (ACT, MF, FC; PhD; USA)

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Located at the University of South Dakota (USD) Department of Psychology in Vermillion, SD, members of the BERTHA Lab are dedicated to the study and alleviation of human suffering. Our ongoing work employs behavioral principles and behavior therapies to target life difficulties related to anxiety, trauma, and physical health concerns. Our current focus is the study and dissemination of acceptance-based behavioral therapies and mindfulness programs, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), as well as related behavioral processes such as acceptance, defusion, value-guided behavioral actions, and emotion regulation. A principle goal of our efforts is to develop brief, low cost, effective and readily accessible behavioral treatments using online and mobile platforms. The BERTHA Lab is affiliated with the Disaster Mental Health Institute and the Center for Brain and Behavior Research at USD.

Dr. Berghoff received his Ph.D. at the University at Albany, SUNY and completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center / G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center consortium, followed by one year postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toledo. He is an Assistant Professor in the APA Accredited Clinical Psychology program at USD, a licensed Clinical Psychologist in South Dakota, and provides clinical and research training in ACT and other acceptance-based behavioral therapies throughout students' graduate training. Dr. Berghoff teaches Behavior Therapy and leads a Vertical Clinical Team at the graduate level and teaches Abnormal Psychology and Research Methods for undergraduate students.

View the BERTHA Lab website or our research platform,, to learn more about our work.


(This webpage was updated on September 1, 2018)