Latest from the Lab:
Merwin, R.M., et al. (2021). An Open Trial of app-assisted ACT (iACT) for Eating Disorders in Type 1 Diabetes, Journal of Eating Disorders, 9 (6).
International COVID-19 Study.
New Grant Funding!
Dr. Merwin is Co-PI for a Roybal pilot project funded through NIA. This new project uses ACT to optimize outcomes for stem cell transplant patients.
Monthly Community Discussion Group is Live. Students and Practitioners in NC are invited to participate.
Never miss out! Register with ACT at Duke to receive updates about our upcoming trainings and new research studies.
We are in the process of rescheduling the ACT Training and Networking Event
cancelled last year due to COVID-19. We hope to hold the event in early Fall 2021, conditions permitting.
The ACBS World Conference is ONLINE again this year. Drs Merwin and Karekla are co-chairs of the scientific program.
Connect to a vibrant scientific community. Learn about the latest developments in contextual behavioral science. Present your research. Hone your clinical skills.
ACT at Duke
ACT at Duke is a program of research, clinical services and professional training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and contextual behavioral science.
This site is a resource for:
• Individuals interested in receiving ACT therapy.
• Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, psychology interns, and other professionals interested in receiving ACT training.
• Students and fellows interested in ACT-relevant research experience.
• Professionals interested in ACT-informed research collaborations.
ACT at Duke was founded by Dr. Rhonda Merwin in 2011. Dr. Merwin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, a Peer-Reviewed ACT Trainer and a Licensed Psychologist.
Therapists specializing in ACT
ACT at Duke offers individual therapy for adults and adolescents with a variety of presenting problems (e.g., anxiety, depression). Practitioners specialize in ACT, but are broadly trained in evidence-based practices and have additional expertise in eating disorders, psychological issues in type 1 diabetes and other endocrine disorders, and functional assessment of child behavior problems and parent training.
ACT at Duke provides professional training in ACT and contextual behavioral science, relational frame theory (RFT) and clinical behavior analysis at the beginner, immediate and advanced levels. Continuing education credits are offered for most events.
Research to help alleviate human suffering
ACT at Duke has an active research program with both basic and applied studies. Research focuses on difficulties in self-regulation (or the inability to use signals arising from the body to meet needs) and emphasizes contextually sensitive assessment and intervention, often using mobile technology.
In the media
ACT at Duke gives back by offering a monthly community discussion group for NC students and providers. Individuals interested in participating are encouraged to complete the interest form.
ACT at Duke is also partnered with ACT Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science and AHEC to bring cost effective workshops and other training events to the community.
The ACT at Duke, MAC ACBS and ACT Carolinas training at Duke University has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
ACT for Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide for Clinicians is available in hard and soft back, and as an e-book. This book was written by Rhonda Merwin in collaboration with Dr. Nancy Zucker, Director of the Duke Center for Eating Disorders and Dr. Kelly Wilson, Co-Founder of ACT.
Dr. Merwin discusses the book and ACT for restrictive eating and weight loss in a recent episode of Psychologists Off the Clock with host Diana Hill, PhD.
Dr. Rhonda Merwin and Dr. Steve Hayes discuss using ACT to cope with the pandemic in a recent Forbes article. Check it out here.
Dr. Rhonda Merwin is quoted in several recent articles that raise awareness about eating disorders. Check them out here: