Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments: An Update and a Way Forward

Posted: 31 Mar 2013

See all articles by Jacqueline R. Bullis

Jacqueline R. Bullis

Boston University - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Jonathan S. Comer

Boston University - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Amantia A. Ametaj

Boston University - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

Enormous progress in the field of clinical science has been made over the past 50 years, with advances in our understanding of psychopathology and more sophisticated research methodology leading to the development of more efficacious psychological treatments for a variety of behavioral disorders. Despite these advances, the public health impact of well-established psychological treatments is less than it should be. After an overview of the current status of the field, we identify barriers that must be overcome to maximize the public health impact and propose that to breach these barriers we must (a) augment the efficacy of treatments, (b) broaden the impact of treatments across diagnoses to include temperamental variables, (c) attend more closely to mechanisms of action of treatments, and (d) learn the best methods for disseminating and implementing psychological interventions. We conclude by proposing new directions in both research and clinical practice to accomplish these goals.

Suggested Citation

Bullis, Jacqueline R. and Comer, Jonathan S. and Ametaj, Amantia A., Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments: An Update and a Way Forward (March 2013). Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 9, pp. 1-27, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2242356 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-050212-185629

Jacqueline R. Bullis (Contact Author)

Boston University - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders ( email )

Boston, MA 02215
United States

Jonathan S. Comer

Boston University - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Boston, MA 02215
United States

Amantia A. Ametaj

Boston University - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Boston, MA 02215
United States

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