The ACT on Health Lab, under the leadership of Lilian Dindo, Ph.D., is focused on developing pragmatic and innovative psychotherapeutic interventions to improve the mental health and functioning of patients suffering from psychiatric and chronic medical conditions.
Our work is focused on:
- Providing evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment in novel ways, that increase access and treatment adherence;
- Reaching and treating patients with underreported and undertreated mental health and/or chronic medical difficulties; and elucidating the mechanisms by which effective treatments work.
Our team has developed a one-day (five-to-six hour) intensive behavioral intervention (based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy- ACT) that is presented as a “workshop” for patients with various conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, cardiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, mild traumatic brain injury and patients undergoing surgery. Across all studies, the intervention is tailored to meet the needs of the specific patient populations in civilians and veterans.