Eastern Michigan University
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Tom Waltz

Associate Professor

Dr. Waltz 2018 301D Science Complex


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Dr. Waltz received his early training in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University where he received a B.S.  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 healthcare. 

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, and treatment implementation research focused on measurement-based care.

Behavioral process interests include: behavioral economics, distress tolerance, molar functional relations, Relational Frame Theory.

Intervention related interests include: 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, and staff training.

Selected Publications

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, & 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., & 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, 676-688.

Gurman, A. S., Waltz, T. J., & Follette, W. C. (2010).  FAP-enhanced couple therapy: perspectives and possibilities.  In J. W. Kanter, M. Tsai, & R. J. Kohlenberg (Eds.), The practice of Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (pp. 125 -147).  New York: Springer.

Levin, M. E., Hayes, S. C., & 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, 245-261.

Waltz, T. J., & Hayes, S. C. (2010).  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  In N. Kazantzis, M. A. Reinecke, & A. Freeman (Eds.), Cognitive and behavioral theories in clinical practice (pp. 148 -192).  New York: Guilford Press.

Waltz, T. J., & 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., & Hayes, S. C (2007).  An introduction to principles of behavior. In D. Woods & J. Kantor (Eds.) Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavior analytic perspective (pp. 21-46). Reno, NV: Context Press.