Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science

Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science



Editor-in-Chief:Emily K. Sandoz





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Aims & Scope

The Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science is the official journal of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS).

Contextual Behavioral Science is a systematic and pragmatic approach to the understanding of behavior, the solution of human problems, and the promotion of human growth and development. Contextual Behavioral Science uses functional principles and theories to analyze and modify action embedded in its historical and situational context. The goal is to predict and influence behavior, with precision, scope, and depth, across all behavioral domains and all levels of analysis, so as to help create a behavioral science that is more adequate to the challenge of the human condition.

Contextual behavioral science is a strategic approach to the analysis of human behavior that proposes the need for a multi-level (e.g. social factors, neurological factors, behavioral factors) and multi-method (e.g., time series analyses, cross-sectional, experimental…) exploration of contextual and manipulable variables relevant to the prediction and influence of human behavior.

The journal considers papers relevant to a contextual behavioral approach including:

  • Empirical studies (without topical restriction - e.g., clinical psychology, psychopathology, education, organizational psychology, etc.)
  • Brief reports on preliminary, but provocative findings
  • Reviews (systematic reviews and meta-analyses are preferred) and
  • Conceptual and philosophical papers on contextual behavioral science

We are particularly interested in:

  • Papers emphasizing the study of core behavioral processes that are relevant to a broad range of human problems
  • Papers bridging different approaches (e.g., connecting behavioral approaches with cognitive views; or neurocognitive psychology; or evolutionary science)
  • Papers that challenge a contextual behavioral science approach from an informed perspective

The journal welcomes papers written by researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians from different intellectual traditions. What is distinctive is not a narrowly defined theory or set of applied methods but whether the methodology, conceptualization, or strategy employed is relevant to a contextual behavioral approach.

Special Issues

The Journal welcomes suggestions for Special Issues. Proposals for a themed Special Issue should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Emily Sandoz at click here">click here, and should include suggested Executive, Advisory or Guest Editors, a proposed call-for-papers, 6-10 provisional authors and topics (specific titles or general areas), a proposed timeline for submission, peer-reviewing, revision and publication. All manuscripts in a special issue will be subject to the normal process of peer-review.


Editor-in-Chief Joseph Ciarrochi School of Social Sciences and Psychology, University of Western Sydney, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith, NSW 2751, Australia, Associate Editors Charlotte Dack University College London (UCL), London, England, UK, Simon Dymond Swansea University, Swansea, UK, John Forsyth State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, Albany, NY, USA, James Herbert Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, Emily Sandoz University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA, Roger Vilardaga University of Nevada at Reno, Reno, NV, USA, Matthieu Villatte University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, USA, Advisory Board David Barlow Boston University, Boston, MA, USA, Dermot Barnes-Holmes National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland, Jan de Houwer Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium, Steven Hayes University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA, Philip Hineline Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, David Wilson Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, USA, G. Terence Wilson Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA
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