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Evelyn Gould, PhD BCBA-D


Throughout my clinical career I have continued to be actively involved in applied research and dissemination. I have published book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on assessment and treatment design, complex skill acquisition, and caregiver support and training. I specialize in single-case designs and my current interests include: training early career behavior analysts in relationship-building and compassionate care skills, functional assessment in pediatric mental health settings, interventions that promote behavioral variability and psychological flexibility, and clinical behavior analysis. As part of my commitment to the scientific community, I am involved in a variety of SIGs and task forces, and currently serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.

Recent Publications

Luisa F. Cañón, Evelyn R. Gould, Emily K. Sandoz, Orla Moran, Mikala A. Grimaldi, (2023) Cultural adaptation of ACT to support caregivers of autistic Latino children: A pilot study Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, Volume 28 Pages 1-9 DOI: 10.1016/j.jcbs.2023.03.003

Hess A., Garcia Y., Gould E.R., Catagnus R. (2022). Enhancing supervisory relationships with values and committed action training. Online: Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, Volume 26, pp 241-252 DOI:

Ming, S., Gould, E., Fiebig, J. (In press). Understanding and Applying Relational Frame Theory: Mastering the Foundations of Complex Language in Our Work and Lives as Behavior Analysts. Oakland, CA: Context Press/New Harbinger

Moran, O., Doyle, J., Giggins, O., McHugh, L., Gould, E., Smith, S., Gavin, S., Sojan, N., & Boyle, G. (2022). Investigating the efficacy of a digital ACT intervention for the improvement of self-management behaviors and psychological flexibility in adults with cardiac disease: Protocol for a single case experimental design. Online: Journal of Medical Internet Research: Preprint

Browning, M.E., Morena, A., Gould, E. R., Lloyd-Richardson, E. R. (2022). Brief ACT for Undergraduates: A Mixed-Methods Pilot Investigation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Delivered over Zoom. Online: Journal of College Student Psychotherapy: DOI:

Andrews ML, Garcia YA, Catagnus RM, Gould ER. (2021). Effects of Acceptance and Commitment Training Plus Behavior Parent Training on Parental Implementation of Autism Treatment. Online: Psychological Record: DOI:

Sandoz, Emily & Gould, Evelyn & DuFrene, Troy. (2021). Ongoing, Explicit, and Direct Functional Assessment is a Necessary Component of ACT as Behavior Analysis: A Response to Tarbox et al. (2020). Behavior Analysis in Practice. DOI: 10.1007/s40617-021-00607-2

Steven C. Hayes, Rhonda M. Merwin, Louise McHugh, Emily K. Sandoz, Jacqueline G.L. A-Tjak, Francisco J. Ruiz, Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Jonathan B. Bricker, Joseph Ciarrochi, Mark R. Dixon, Kenneth Po-Lun Fung, Andrew T. Gloster, Robyn L. Gobin, Evelyn R. Gould, Stefan G. Hofmann, Rosco Kasujja, Maria Karekla, Carmen Luciano, Lance M. McCracken, (2021) Report of the ACBS Task Force on the strategies and tactics of contextual behavioral science research Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, Volume 20 Pages 172-183 DOI: 10.1007/s40617-020-00435-w

Canon, L.F. & Gould, E.R. (2021). A Preliminary Analysis of the Effects of Clicker Training and Verbal Instructions on the Acquisition of Relationship-Building Skills in Two Applied Behavior Analysis Practitioners. Behavior Analysis in Practice DOI: 10.1007/s40617-021-00555-x

Fiebig, J. H., Gould, E. R., Ming, S., & Watson, R. A. (2020). An Invitation to Act on the Value of Self-Care: Being a whole person in all that you do. Online: Behavior Analysis in Practice: DOI: 10.1007/s40617-020-00442-x

* Authorship determined alphabetically to represent equal contribution of authors

Coyne, L. W., Gould, E. R., Grimaldi, M., Wilson, K. G., Baffuto, G., & Biglan, A. (2020). First things first: Parent psychological flexibility and self-compassion during COVID-19. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 6, p. 1-7 DOI: 10.1007/s40617-020-00435-w

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