What are we talking about at the annual meetings of ABCT? An analysis of presentations from 1997-2006

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Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

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Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


The purpose of this article is to bring a descriptive quantitative evaluation of the content of the conferences for the most recent 10-year period, from 1997 through 2006. In this article we focus on areas covered at the conference dealing with psychopathology research and treatment. The annual convention is a forum where the early conceptualizations of psychopathology, and interventions, have been presented and refined. The diversity of problems is impressive: psychotic disorders; health and somatic concerns; depression and related affective disorders; addictions; eating disorders; disorders associated with advanced age; and anxiety disorders, to name just a few. This analysis was intended to be descriptive, and therefore to stimulate additional discussion among members of ABCT. It is our hope that the presentation of this material highlights the current and changing areas of focus at the conference, and therefore in the field of cognitive and behavior therapy (CBT). It is also our hope that it will stimulate discussion about whether we should continue these trends, direct our attention to areas that are not as well represented at the annual conference, or develop a broad range of "tracks" that effectively covers all the various areas of CBT. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)


McKay, D. & Pivovarova, E. (2008) What are we talking about at the annual meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies? An analysis of presentations from 1996 to 2006. The Behavior Therapist, 31, 125-128.

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The Behavior Therapist


At the time of publication, Ekaterina Pivovarova was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.