ACT Surpasses 400 Randomized Controlled Trials

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Dr. Todd A. Ward
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The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science announced in an email this week that over 400 Randomized Controlled Trials pertaining to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy have now been published in peer reviewed outlets. They noted it is a “culmination of more than 30 years of ACT research.” You can view all of the studies at the ACBS site here, most of which are hyperlinked.

A cursory glance at the list reveals the diversity of areas in which ACT has improved the human condition, including:

schizophrenia (#405)
smoking cessation (#400)
traumatic brain injury (#399)
anxiety (#395)
post traumatic stress (#393)
obesity (#385)
cancer (#378)
employee burnout (#362)
athletic performance (#303)
parents of autistic children (#293)
suicide prevention (#276)
dental hygeine (#250)

and many more.

As described by ACBS, ACT “uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behavior change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility means contacting the present moment fully as a conscious human being, and based on what the situation affords, changing or persisting in behavior in the service of chosen values.”

To learn more about ACT, please visit the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and also see our Resource Guide to ACT for BCBAs.  Also be sure to subscribe to bSci21 via email to receive the latest articles directly to your inbox!


Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA is a science writer, social philosopher, behavioral systems analyst, and the President and Founder of bSci21Media, LLC, which aims to connect behavioral science to the world in an engaging, non-academic way.  Dr. Ward received his PhD in behavior analysis from the University of Nevada, Reno under Dr. Ramona Houmanfar.  He has served as a Guest Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and as an Editorial Board member of Behavior and Social Issues.  His publications follow a theme of behavioral systems analysis, organizational performance, theory & philosophy, and language & cognition.  He has also provided ABA services to children and adults with various developmental disabilities in day centers, in-home, residential, and school settings, and previously served as Faculty Director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas.  Dr. Ward can be reached at todd.ward@bsci21.org

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