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Steven C. Hayes

Main Interests

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Relational Frame Theory and the Behavioral analysis of language and cognition
  • Acceptance and Mindfulness
  • Values and Commitment


Sample of Publications

Hayes, S.C., Strosahl, K.D., Wilson, D.G., Bissett, R. T., Pistorello, J., Toarmino, D., Polusny, M., A., Dykstra, T.A., Batten, S. V., Bergan, J., Stewart, S.H., Zvolensky, M.J., Eifert, G.H., Bond, F.W., Forsyth, J.P., Karekla, M., & McCurry, S.M. (in press). Measuring experiential avoidance: A preliminary test of a working model. The Psychological Record.

Hayes, S.C., Masuda, A., Bissett, R., Luoma, J. & Guerrero, L.F. (in press). DBT, FAP, and ACT: How empirically oriented are the new behavior therapy technologies? Behavior Therapy.

Hayes, S.C. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Relational Frame Theory, and the third wave of behavior therapy. Behavior Therapy.

Bach, P. & Hayes, S.C. (2002). The use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to prevent the rehospitalization of psychotic patients: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70 (5), 1129-1139.

Hayes, S.C., (2002). Buddhism and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 9, 58-66.

Hayes, S. C., Bissett, R., Korn, Z., Zettle, R.D., Rosenfarb, I., Cooper, L., & Grundt, A. (1999). The impact of acceptance versus control rationales on pain tolerance. The Psychological Record, 49, 33-47.

Sample of Books

Hayes, S.C., Follette, V.M., & Linehan, M. (in press). Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Relationship: Expanding the Cognitive Behavioral Tradition. New York: Guilford Press.

Hayes, S.C., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Roche, B. (2001). Relational Frame Theory: A Post-Skinnerian Account of Human Language and Cognition. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Hayes, S.C., Strosahl, K., & Wilson, K.G. (1999). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Experimental Approach to Behavior Change. New York: Guilford Press.

O´Donohue, W.T., Fisher, J.E., & Hayes, S.C. (2003). Cognitive Behavior Therapy: A Guide for Clinicians. New York: Wiley.

O´Donohue, W.T., Henderson, D.A., Hayes, S.C., Fisher, J.E., & Hayes, L.J. (2001). A History of the Behavioral Therapies: Founders´ Person Histories. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Hayes, S. C., Barlow, D. H., & Nelson-Grey, R. O. (1999). The Scientist-Practitioner: Research and Accountability in the Age of Managed Care (2nd edition). New York: Allyn and Bacon.


  • American Psychological Society
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology
  • Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy
  • Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Western Psychological Association
  • Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • Society for Psychotherapy Research


  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University, 2000
  • Don F. Hake Award for Exemplary Contributions to Basic Behavioral Research and Its Applicaitons. Division 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior) of the American Psychological Association, 2000
  • Award for Excellence, Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition, 2001
  • University and Community College System of Nevada Regents´ Researcher Award (statewide researcher of the year in Nevada), 2000
  • University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Researcher of the Year, 1997
  • Fellow, American College of Mental Health Administration, 2002
  • Fellow, Western Psychological Association, 1993
  • Fellow, American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology, 1991
  • Fellow, American Psycyological Society, 1989
  • Fellow, Division 12 - Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 1986
  • Fellow, Division 25 - The Experimental Analysis of Behavior of the American Psychological Association, 1985
  • Named University of Nevada Foundation Professor, 1992
  • Listed by the Institute for Scientific Information and the American Psychological Society as 30th on the list of the top 50 psychologists inthe world as measured by citation impact during 1986-1990, 1992

Major Offices

  • President, Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 1996-1997
  • President, American Association of Applied Preventative Psychology, 1994-1996
  • Vice-President, American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology, 1993-1994
  • Secretary-Treasurer, American Psychological Society, 1988-1989
  • President, Division 25 (Experimental Analysis of Behavior), American Psychological Associaiton, 1986-1987

Grants (selection)

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Reducing Felt Stigma in SUD," $435,000., 2003-2006, S.C. Hayes, Co-investigator.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Distress Tolerance Treatment for Early Smoking Lapsers," $1,068,000., 2003-2006, S.C. Hayes, Co-investigator (Richard Brown, principle investigator).

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, "Nevada Practice to Research Collaboration," $1,200,000., 2001-2004, S.C. Hayes, Co-investigator.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Mathematical Modeling of Clinical Interactions in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, $50,000. supplement, 2002-2003, S.C. Hayes, Principal investigator.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Acceptance, Support, and Bupropion in the Treatment of Nicotine Dependent Smokers," $1,276,000., 2000-2003, S.C. Hayes, Principle Investigator.

National Cancer Institute, "Acceptance Treatment and Smoking Cessation," $114,000., 2000-2001, S.C. Hayes, Co-investigator.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Acceptance and the Treatment of Polydrug Abusing Methadone Maintenance Clients," $1,224,000., 1997-2000, S.C. Hayes, Principle investigator.

National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Acceptance Theory and the Treatment of Polydrug Abuse," $356,000., 1993-1995, S.C. Hayes, Principal investigator.

National Science Foundation, "U.S. - Japan Seminar: Implications of Contemporary Behavioral Research on Language Pragmatics and Derived Stimulus Relations," $22,000., S.C. Hayes and L.J. Hayes, Principal organizers.

Major Appointed Positions

2003 - Member, Clinical Trials Network Evaluation Taskforce, National Institute on Drug Abuse

1999-2003 - Member, National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

1999-2003 - Member, Sub-Committee on Community Members of Scientific Review Committees National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health

1999-Present - Member, Clinical Trials Network Advisory Committee, National Institute on Drug Abuse

1997-2002 - Co-Chair, Practice Guidelines Coalition

1987 - Founded and chaired the organizing committee for the Assembly for Scientific and Applied Psychology (the progenitor of the American Psychological Society)

ACT Training

A note on training in ACT for potential students in clinical psychology at UNR.

Some students come to the clinical program (whether they end up in my lab or not) wanting training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am usually happy to provide it but students need to know that ACT is based on the view that most psychological suffering is caused by experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion and that working effectively on these issues with clients requires that you yourself face your own difficult thoughts and feelings. In part for that reason, I believe that you cannot responsibly learn ACT as a mere technology to apply to others. Thus, students learning ACT from me are asked to do intensive, experiential workshops as part of their training. Typically, I ask students to do that before taking on any ACT clients. All ACT trainers work hard to protect privacy, but the work can be emotional and initially painful: you need to decide if you are ready for that kind of training. As a matter of informed consent, you should not come to UNR expecting to learn ACT from me without the decision to be willing to explore difficult personal territory as part of that training. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or need further clarification.

Download Dr. Hayes´ curriculum vita

Department of Psychology/296
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
Phone: (775) 784-6828
FAX: (775) 784-1126

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