Thomas Waltz

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Associate Professor, Coordinator of Clinical Behavioral Master’s Program

Psychology; Neuroscience

301D Science Complex


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Dr. Waltz received his early training in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University where he received a BS. His training at Temple University (Ph.D., 2004) focused on basic behavioral processes and his training at the University of Nevada, Reno (Ph.D., 2011) focused on the application of behavioral principles to diverse clinical populations. Dr. Waltz worked for the State of Nevada providing clinical behavior analysis services for individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities prior to leaving for his APA accredited internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Prior to his appointment at EMU, he was a research fellow at the Center for Mental Healthcare Outcomes Research in the Veterans Health Administration where his research focused on the implementation of evidence-based mental health care.

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Waltz is interested in studying behavioral processes common to multiple diagnostic presentations. These interests span several rungs of the translational research ladder:

  • basic behavioral process research
  • behavioral process measure development for clinical use
  • intervention research focused on influencing measures of behavioral processes
  • treatment implementation research focused on measurement-based care
Behavioral Process Interests
  • behavioral economics
  • distress tolerance
  • molar functional relations
  • Relational Frame Theory
Intervention Related Interests
  • ACT
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Behavioral Marital Therapy
  • early intensive behavioral interventions for Autism and other developmental disabilities
  • Functional Analytic Psychotherapy
  • measurement-based care
  • modular approaches to treatment matching
  • staff training

Publications and Presentations

  • Bickel, W. K., Jarmolowicz, J. P., MacKillop, J., Epstein, L. H., Carr, K., Mueller, E. T., Waltz, T. J. (2012). The behavioral economics of reinforcement pathologies: novel approaches to addictive disorders. In H. J. Shaffer, D. A. LaPlante, and S. E. Nelson (Eds.). The APA addiction syndrome handbook (Vol. 2. Recovery, prevention, and other issues) (pp. 333–363). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
  • Bond, F. W., Hayes, S. C., Baer, R. A., Carpenter, K. M., Guenole, N., Orcutt, H. K., Waltz, T., and Zettle, R. D. (2011). Preliminary psychometric properties of the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – II: A revised measure of psychological inflexibility and experiential avoidance. Behavior Therapy, 42, 676688.
  • Gurman, A. S., Waltz, T. J., and Follette, W. C. (2010). FAP-enhanced couple therapy: perspectives and possibilities. In J. W. Kanter, M. Tsai, and R. J. Kohlenberg (Eds.), The practice of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (pp. 125147). New York: Springer.
  • Levin, M. E., Hayes, S. C., and Waltz, T. J. (2010). Creating an implicit measure of cognition more suited to applied research: A test of the Mixed Trial – Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (MT-IRAP). International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 6, 245261.
  • Waltz, T. J., and Hayes, S. C. (2010). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In N. Kazantzis, M. A. Reinecke, and A. Freeman (Eds.), Cognitive and behavioral theories in clinical practice (pp. 148192). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Waltz, T. J., and Follette, W. C. (2009). Molar functional relations and clinical behavior analysis: Implications for assessment and treatment. The Behavior Analyst, 32, 51–68.
  • Drossel, C., Waltz, T. J., and Hayes, S. C (2007). An introduction to principles of behavior. In D. Woods and J. Kantor (Eds.) Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavior analytic perspective (pp. 2146). Reno, NV: Context Press.