John P. Forsyth

Studies acceptance and mindfulness-based approaches to alleviate human suffering and to promote psychological health and wellness

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John P. Forsyth

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Psychology

Anxiety, fear, worry, and stress; mindfulness; acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); self-compassion and kindness; human thriving; living well

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John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized author, researcher, and trainer in the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and practices that cultivate mindfulness, loving kindness (Metta), and compassion. For more than 20 years, his work has focused on developing ACT and mindfulness practices to alleviate human suffering, awaken the human spirit, and to nurture psychological health and vitality.

He has written several popular ACT books, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders (for mental health professionals), The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety, and ACT on Life, Not on Anger, and Your Life on Purpose. The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook (2nd ed.) will appear in Spring 2016.

Forsyth holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and is a Professor of Psychology and Director the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, SUNY in Upstate New York. He is also widely sought after ACT trainer and consultant and serves as a senior editor of the ACT book series with New Harbinger Publications. He has won numerous awards for his research, teaching, and writing contributions.

He regularly gives talks and workshops to the public and professionals in the United States and abroad, and offers ACT trainings at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where he serves as a member of the teaching faculty. Collectively, his work has helped foster growing interest in acceptance and mindfulness in psychology, mental health, medicine, and society.