Wichita State University - Rob Zettle (ACT/RFT; PhD; USA)

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Dr. Zettle is a tenured professor in the clinical psychology program at Wichita State University. Dr. Zettle was Steven Hayes' first doctoral student and thus has had extensive training in ACT (>20 years). Students who enter the clinical psychology doctoral program at Wichita State University and work with Dr. Zettle can receive training in ACT.

The common thread running through Dr. Zettle's research is an attempt to better understand the roles that languaging and verbal behavior play in the initiation, maintenance, and alleviation of human suffering from a functional contextualistic perspective. Some of the research projects are more basic in nature, while others are more explicitly applied and clinical in their focus. More basic research projects focus on the development of both self-report and behavioral ways of assessing processes that contribute to psychological flexibility/rigidity as well as experimentally manipulating these same processes in impacting analogues of clinical forms of human suffering, such as anxiety and mood disorders. More applied research projects compare the clinical outcomes and related processes associated with traditional cognitive-behavioral interventions in treatment of depression versus ACT and related acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches.

Recent and upcoming publications from Dr. Zettle's lab include:

Gird, S., & Zettle, R. D. (in press). Differential response to a dysphoric mood induction procedure as a function of level of experiential avoidance. The Psychological Record.

Petersen, C. L., & Zettle, R. D. (in press). Treating inpatients with comorbid depression and alcohol use disorders: A comparison of acceptance and commitment therapy versus treatment as usual. The Psychological Record.

Zettle, R. D. (in press). Acceptance and commitment theory of depression. In P. L. Fisher & A. Wells (Eds.), Treating depression: Principles and practice of CBT, MCT, and third wave therapies. Chichester, United Kingdom: Wiley.

Zettle, R. D. (2005). The evolution of a contextual approach to therapy: From comprehensive distancing to ACT. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1, 77-89.

Zettle, R. D., Barner, S. L., & Gird, S. (2009). ACT with depression: The role of forgiving. In J. T. Blackledge, J. Ciarrochi, & F. Deane (Eds.), Acceptance and commitment therapy: Current directions (pp. 151- 173). Bowen Hills QLD: Australian Academic Press.

Zettle, R. D., Petersen, C. L., Hocker, T. R., & Provines, J. L. (2007). Responding to a challenging perceptual-motor task as a function of level of experiential avoidance. The Psychological Record, 57, 49-62.

If you are interested in joining/working with Dr. Zettle's lab, more information about his lab and his contact information can be found at www.wichita.edu.