Scott T. Gaynor, Ph.D.

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Behavior Research and Therapy Laboratory

INTERVENTION STUDIES

The Behavior Research and Therapy Laboratory is committed to the scientist-practitioner model. As such, our intervention studies have two related purposes. First, for the participants involved, we hope to provide interventions that can legitimately improve their lives. Second, while providing these interventions we attempt to rigorously evaluate them, hoping to determine empirically if and why they are helpful. Currently we are working on intervention studies involving children, adolescent, and young adult samples. Below is a brief descriptions of our current projects and the graduate students who are leading the way in their implementation and/or development.

  • Dikla Eckshtain is currently enrolling participants for a study on cognitive-behavioral therapy for children with symptoms of depression. Eligible children ages 8-12 will receive Primary and Secondary Control Enhancement Therapy (see Weisz et al., 1996) along with several parent-child sessions that we created to augment the PASCET manual.

  • Jay Clore is currently enrolling participants for a study comparing the effects on college students' self-esteem of learning to restructure/challenge negative self-thoughts versus learning to become fluent in positive self-thoughts. 

  • Amanda Harris is currently enrolling participants for a study on values-based behavioral activation for adolescents with symptoms of depression. The idea is to help the adolescent clarify/identify important personal values and use this information as the cornerstone of the activation process. The protocol has been adapted for adolescents, but relies heavily on currently available Behavioral Activation manuals (see Lejuez, et al. 2002; Martell et al., 2001) and the values piece comes from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Hayes et al., 1999).

  • Rebecca Arvans is currently developing a study to test a protocol designed to help decrease coercive parent-child interactions by training parents to use errorless learning procedures to increase child compliance with requests.

  • Jimmy Anderson is currently developing a study to explore the efficacy of a brief smoking cessation intervention involving components of motivational interviewing, distress tolerance training, and contingency management.