Documents on Empirically Supported Treatments by Chambless and Colleagues


NOTE: For information about the current work of the Division 12 of APA task force, now called the Committee on Science and Practice, please contact its present chair, David Klonsky, at  The committee has an on-line version of the list of empirically supported treatments for adults available at For ESTs for children and adolescents, see the joint effort of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and of Division 53 of APA (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology):


I.       Publications of the Division 12 Task Force on Promotion & Dissemination of Psychological Procedures and the Division 12 Task Force on Psychological Interventions.

These documents may be downloaded from the web site:


Task Force on Promotion and Dissemination of Psychological Procedures (1995). Training in and dissemination of empirically validated treatments: Report and recommendations. The Clinical Psychologist, 48(1), 3 - 23.


Chambless, D. L., Sanderson, W. C., Shoham, V., Bennett Johnson, S., Pope, K. S., Crits-Christoph, P., Baker, M., Johnson, B., Woody, S. R., Sue, S., Beutler, L., Williams, D. A., & McCurry, S. (1996). An update on empirically validated therapies. The Clinical Psychologist, 49, 5 -18.


Chambless, D. L., Baker, M. J., Baucom, D. H., Beutler, L. E., Calhoun, K. S., Crits-Christoph, P., Daiuto, A., DeRubeis, R., Detweiler, J., Haaga, D. A. F., Bennett Johnson, S., McCurry, S., Mueser, K. T., Pope, K. S., Sanderson, W. C., Shoham, V., Stickle, T., Williams, D. A., & Woody, S. R. (1998). Update on empirically validated therapies, II. The Clinical Psychologist, 51(1), 3 - 16.


 II. Documents available by e-mailing I will mail these to you as e-mail attachments unless you specify otherwise.

Chambless, D. L. (2002). Beware the dodo bird: The dangers of overgeneralization. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 13-16.

Chambless, D. L. (2002). Identification of empirically supported counseling psychology interventions: Commentary. The Counseling Psychologist, 30, 302-308.

Chambless, D. L. (1996). In defense of dissemination of empirically supported psychological interventions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 3, 230-235. 

Chambless, D. L., & Hollon, S. (1998). Defining empirically supported therapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 7-18.

Crits-Christoph, P., Frank, E., Chambless, D. L., Brody, C., & Karp, J. F.  (1995). Training in empirically validated treatments: What are clinical psychology students learning?  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26, 514-522.


Jameson, J. P., Chambless, D. L., & Blank, M. B. (2009).  Empirically supported treatments in rural community mental health centers: A preliminary report on current utilization and attitudes toward adoption. Community Mental Health Journal, 45, 463-467.

Chambless, D. L., & Ollendick, T. H. (2001). Empirically supported psychological interventions: Controversies and evidence. Annual Review of Psychology, 52, 685-716.

Stewart, R. E., & Chambless, D. L. (2007). Does psychotherapy research inform treatment decisions in private practice? Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63, 267-281.

Stewart, R. E., & Chambless, D. L.  (2010). Interesting practitioners in training in empirically supported treatments: Research reviews versus case studies. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 66, 73-95.


III. Other

Kendall, P. C., & Chambless, D. L. (1998). Empirically supported psychological therapies. Special section of Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 3-167.

Please see the journal issue for this special section. A copy of this issue (February, 1998) of the journal may be ordered from the American Psychological Association, Order Dept., 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. I think the charge is $25.00.


IV. Web site for consumer information on empirically supported treatments:


V. Other useful websites relating to ESTs

National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence in the UK, mostly medicine but some psychotherapy:

US Government site: National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs & Practices:

Cochrane Report reviews. Mostly these are for medicine, but there are some for mental disorders, largely severe mental illness:


Web site on evidence-based psychological practice under development by Prof. Bonnie Spring of Northwestern University Medical School with support from NIH: