In this episode, Dr. Jonathan Tarbox discusses an approach for addressing mental health issues in education called Acceptance Commitment Training, or ACT. ACT is a very practical but well-researched behavioral approach that can help students and educators better recognize and overcome internal and external challenges and move them towards their values.
Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment, is the Series Editor of the Elsevier book series Critical Specialties in Treating Autism and Other Behavioral Challenges, and an author of well over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, applications of Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) inside of applied behavior analysis, and applications of applied behavior analysis to issues of diversity and social justice. Download his vitae here. Email Dr. Tarbox here. Visit Dr. Tarbox's Google Scholar profile here.