Report of the ACBS Task Force on the Strategies and Tactics of Contextual Behavioral Science Research

Steven C. Hayes, Rhonda M. Merwin, Louise Mchugh, Emily Sandoz, Jacqueline A-tjak, Francisco J. Ruiz, Dermot Barnes-holmes, Jonathan B. Bricker, Joseph Ciarrochi, Mark R. Dixon, Kenneth Fung, Andrew T. Gloster, Robyn L. Gobin, Evelyn R. Gould, Stefan G. Hofmann, Rosco Kasujja, Maria Karekla, Carmen Luciano, Lance M. Mccracken

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Throughout its history the strategy and tactics of contextual behavioral science (CBS) research have had distinctive features as compared to traditional behavioral science approaches. Continued progress in CBS research can be facilitated by greater clarity about how its strategy and tactics can be brought to bear on current challenges. The present white paper is the result of a 2 1/2-year long process designed to foster consensus among representative producers and
consumers of CBS research about the best strategic pathway forward. The Task Force agreed that CBS research should be multilevel, process-based, multidimensional, prosocial, and pragmatic, and provided 33 recommendations to the CBS community arranged across these characteristics. In effect, this report provides a detailed research agenda designed to maximize the impact of CBS as a field. Scientists and practitioners are encouraged to mount this ambitious
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-183
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Contextual Behavioral Science
Early online date2 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 30 Apr 2021

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  • research strategy
  • research quality
  • prosocial research
  • idiographic research
  • social justice
  • processes of change
  • Processes of change
  • Idiographic research
  • Prosocial research
  • Research quality
  • Research strategy
  • Social justice


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