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In August 2018 we hosted our inaugural Chester Contextual Behavioural Science Research Colloquium at the University of Chester. The event was open to anybody working within the field of contextual behavioural science (CBS) who had new data to present.

The Chester CBS Research Colloquium was conceived as a meeting for researchers working in the UK and abroad. We wholly support the reticulated model of scientific progress described by leading CBS scholars (e.g. Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Wilson, 2012), wherein research and practice are mutually informative and supportive. That said, in a setting dominated by practice-related concerns, researchers are not always comfortable sharing very preliminary work, or work which is otherwise not yet ready for translation into practice. There are already many excellent conferences and training events in the field of CBS in the UK and across Europe. Our intention was not to compete with, but to supplement these by providing a space which is dedicated primarily to research. In order to achieve this, we followed the lead of other successful research-focused events (e.g. see here). The key criterion for attendance was that delegates must be active researchers, and this is defined as having one’s name as an author on an abstract which was accepted for the colloquium.

With our contributors permission, we have uploaded slides and posters from the Colloquium here.



Ian Stewart: Using Relational Frame Theory to teach key cognitive skills to young children.

Frank Bond, Jonathan Dowling, Dermot Barnes-Holmes & Yvonne Barnes-Holmes: ALIVE and Thriving — a functional contextual, RFT-consistent model for achieving meaning, vitality, and connection amongst people.


Oral Presentations


Measurement and correlates of ACT-based processes:

Lee Hulbert-Williams: An Item Response Theory analysis of the AAQ-II and validation of a brief form.

David Gillanders: The Brief Acceptance Measure: development and initial validation of an ultra-brief measure of psychological flexibility, suitable for daily use.

Miles Thompson: The preliminary properties of the Everyday Psychological Inflexibility Checklist.

Martin O’Connor: The development and preliminary psychometric properties of the values wheel.

Anthony Whalley: A survey investigating relationships between Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) processes and levels of physical activity.

Danielle Lamb: Individual psychological characteristics associated with wellbeing at work in mental health staff.


Testing basic RFT processes in the lab:

Sam Ashcroft: Research in coherence: pitfalls, developments, and suggestions.

Martin Finn: Predicting and influencing the Single-Trial-Type-Dominance-Effect in individual Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure performances.

Aileen Leech: Training and testing for a transformation of fear and avoidance functions using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure: the first study.

Joao Henrique de Almeida: Transformation of emotional functions in comparison networks evaluated by Likert scales, an IRAP and event-related potentials.

Colin Harte: The impact of levels of derivation on persistent rule-following.

Fabrizia Ferraro: The use of Rasch modelling in assessing whether simple, reversed and double reversed diectic relational responding conforms to the expected hierarchy of complexity of relational responding.

Freddy Jackson Brown: Chasing symmetry in artificial neural networks.


Acceptance and mindfulness in applied settings

Kevin Hochard: Ultra-brief Acceptance and Commitment Training for social resilience.

Louise McHugh: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy reduces stress in inflammatory bowel disease patients: a randomised controlled trial.

Josh Hope-Bell: Improving mindfulness without formal mindfulness exercises.

Nick Hulbert-Williams: ACT-based processes as predictors of psychological wellbeing in people with cancer: preliminary findings from an international cohort study.

Rachel Skews: ACT-informed coaching: examining outcomes and mechanisms of change.


Development, ability and perspective taking

Deirdre Kavanagh: A Relational Frame Theory analysis of perspective-taking using the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP).

Diana Bast: Developing an Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) to measure perspective taking on human suffering.

Carolina Coury: Employing the Multi-Dimensional Multi-Level Framework to build a derived relational responding curriculum for perspective taking.

Elle Kirsten: The Analogical Relations Assessment: assessing relational frames and analogical responding in young children.

Teresa Mulhern: Establishing class inclusion responding among adults and children with autism.

Shane McLoughlin: Testing the effects of relational frame training on fluid IQ and perceptual speed:  a randomized, active-controlled crossover trial.


Posters and Flash Talks

Nick Hulbert-Williams: Brief Engagement and Acceptance Coaching in community and Hospice Settings (the BEACHeS study): preliminary data from a single-case intervention development study. 

Rosina Pendrous: Can a brief perspective-taking intervention increase state self-compassion in undergraduates?

Joanna Wood: Testing the equivalency of values clarification exercises in the laboratory setting.

Rosina Pendrous: Appetitive augmental functions and common physical properties in metaphor effect: a replication.

Lindsay-Jo Servier-Guy: The measurement of psychological flexibility and its component parts in chronic health conditions: a systematic review.

Francisco Montesinos: Training from psychological flexibility model is associated with changes in attitudes and skills towards chronic pain in physical therapy students.

Lindsay-Jo Servier-Guy: Psychological flexibility in prostate cancer.

Nick Hulbert-Williams: Development and evaluation of an ACT-enhanced communication skills training workshop for oncology healthcare professionals.

Lee Hulbert-Williams: Further development and psychometric validation of a novel measure of trait mindful eating.

Sabrina Norwood: Development and validation of a behavioural self-report scale to measure stigmatised attitudes toward various populations: the Multi-Attitudinal Stigma Scale (MASS).

Nick Hulbert-Williams: The Three Selves Scale (3SS): development and initial validation of a tripartite measure of the self.

Kevin Hochard: Suicide in anorexia recovery: the moderating effect of psychological flexibility.

Karen Twiselton: Age-related differences in tripartite relationship systems: the role of psychological flexibility.

Tim Cartwright: Does psychological flexibility correlate with parental acceptance in parents who have gender variant/transgender children.

William Kent: Statistical associations between psychological flexibility, stress, burnout and compassion fatigue in a sample of UK nurses.

Stefan Holmstrom: Psychological flexibility as a buffer in early-career psychologists and social workers in a Swedish sample.

Danielle Lamb: Psychological flexibility: an investigation at the individual, leadership, and team levels.