Steven C. Hayes

Psychologist, and Co-Developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory

Steven C. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 41 books and more than 575 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought leads to human suffering. His theory of human language -- Relational Frame Theory -- has been studied in hundreds of studies and is being widely used in clinical, educational, development disabilities, and other areas. He co-developed "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy," a powerful therapy method based on acceptance, mindfulness, and values that has been shown in nearly a thousand studies to be useful in mental health, behavioral health, alleviation of social problems, and in human performance areas. The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), a more than 8,000 member international society he helped form, is large focused on work he had a roll in creating. His popular book "Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life" was featured in Time Magazine among several other major media outlets and for a time was the number one best selling self-help book in the United States. Dr. Hayes is among the most cited living psychotherapists and behavior analysts. He has been President of several scientific societies including ACBS and has received several national awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.