Tim Ritzert



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Graduate Research Assistant
Anxiety Disorders Research Program
University at Albany - SUNY
Social Sciences 399
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
E-mail: tritzert@albany.edu

About Tim:

Tim is interested in the nature and treatment of human suffering, within a contextual behavioral science framework. His research aims to clarify processes that transform normal fear and anxiety into disordered experiences. He is interested in both basic experimental psychopathology and treatment-oriented research. His research is informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT), a modern behavior analytic account of language and cognition. Tim's work also uses behavioral measures of cognition such as the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) to identify variables involved in psychological difficulties and assess the impact of treatment components. Tim's clinical work is informed by the scientist-practitioner model, using CBT and ACT principles and techniques. His clinical training includes work at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.

Tim is also passionate about teaching. He has taught several undergraduate psychology courses at the University at Albany, including Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, and Experimental Psychology. His teaching style is designed to help students understand and apply theories and concepts, learn how to problem solve and think critically, and learn how to think like a psychologist.

Tim received his BA from Kent State University in Ohio, and his MA in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany. He is an avid Cleveland sports fan, a hardcore Trekkie, and enjoys watching and playing sports, running, and reading.

Current Project(s):

Facing Fears and Living Life

Representative Publications and Presentations:

Ritzert, T. R., Forsyth, J. P., Berghoff, C. R., Barnes-Holmes, D., & Nicholson, E. (2015). The impact of a cognitive defusion intervention on behavioral and psychological flexibility: An experimental evaluation in a spider fearful non-clinical sample. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2, 112-120 doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2015.04.001

Berghoff, C. R., Forsyth, J. P., Ritzert, T. R., & Sheppard, S. C. (2014). Comparing paths to quality of life: Contributions of ACT and cognitive therapy intervention targets in two highly anxious samples. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 3, 89–97. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2014.04.001

Valdivia-Salas, S., Forsyth, J. P., Berghoff, C. R., & Ritzert, T. R. (2014). Using panicogenic inhalations of carbon dioxide enriched air to induce attentional bias for threat in a fear learning context: An experimental evaluation. Cognition and Emotion, 28, 1474-1482. doi:10.1080/02699931.2014.883964

Ritzert, T. R., Berghoff, C. R., Fitzgerald, P., & Forsyth, J. P. (2014, November). The relative contributions of disgust and ACT processes to fear of spiders. Poster presented at the 48th annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Ritzert, T. R., Berghoff, C. R., & Forsyth, J. P. (2014, November). Defusing from phobic thoughts of spiders: An experimental comparison of defusion and distraction using explicit and implicit assessment. Poster presented at the 48th annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Berghoff, C. R., Ritzert, T. R., & Forsyth, J. P. (2013, November). Meditate your way out of experiential avoidance? Moderators and outcomes in daily life as assessed in a non-clinical samople. Poster presented at the 48th annual Convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Ritzert, T. R., Berghoff, C. R., Reynolds, C., & Forsyth, J. P. (2014, June). The effect of cognitive defusion on behavioral and psychological flexibility. Poster presented at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference XII, Minneapolis, MN.

Berghoff, C. R., Ritzert, T. R., & Forsyth, J. P. (2014, June). Improving daily life through mindfulness: Moderators of the daily relation between mindfulness meditation and value-guided living. Poster presented at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science World Conference XII, Minneapolis, MN.

Ritzert, T. R., Berghoff, C. R., Reynolds, C., & Forsyth, J. P. (November, 2013). Making sense of values in ACT: An experimental evaluation of the values clarification process and its relation to distress domains, act processes, and quality of life. Paper to be presented at the 47th annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Berghoff, C. R., Ritzert, T. R., Petrone, E., & Forsyth, J. P. (November, 2013). Evaluating the impact of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion in daily life using experience sampling and time lagged analyses in a non-clinical sample. Paper to be presented at the 47th annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.