Contextual Behavioural Science Laboratory (CBS)

Contextual Behavioural Science Laboratory (CBS)

Co-coordinated by Louise McHugh, research conducted in the UCD CBS lab has begun to provide new insights into the development of understanding the self and others. The UCD CBS lab is internationally recognized for its translational research that bridges the gap between basic behavioural science and appliedclinical work.

On going research projects in her CBS lab involve developing wireless technology to train perspective taking skills in children with ASD, measuring the derived generalization of self efficacy judgments and the testing the effects mindfulness on hallucinations in psychosis. The long term research goal of the UCD CBS lab is to continue to develop the theoretical basis of CBS. CBS provides a transdiagnostic approach to clinical and educational psychology that ultimately could change international practice in human well-being and remedial learning. The lab is Marie Curie funded


Co-ordinator –Louise McHugh
Post doctoral researcher – Anita Munnelly
Research Assistant – Georgina Martin, Rachael Joyce
PhD students – Andreas Larsson, Orla Moran, Jonathan Dowling
MSc. Students – Corinne Ginty

Recently published

The Self and Perspective Taking: Contributions and Applications from Modern Behavioral Science

Helping clients cope with problems of self is an important goal of modern psychotherapy. However, without ways of understanding or measuring the self and self-relevant behavior, it’s difficult for psychologists and researchers to determine if intervention has been effective.

From a modern contextual behavioral point of view, the self develops in tandem with the ability to take perspective on one’s own and other people’s behavior. This collection of articles by Steven Hayes, Kelly Wilson, Louise McHugh, Ian Stewart, and other leading researchers begins with a complete history of psychological approaches to understanding the self before presenting contemporary accounts that examine the self and perspective taking from behavioral, developmental, and cognitive perspectives. The articles in The Self and Perspective Taking also explore the role of the self as it relates to acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and mindfulness processes. Featuring work from world-renowned psychologists, this resource will help clinicians augment self-understanding in clients, especially those with autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia, and impaired perspective-taking abilities.

Interview about Contextual Behavioural Science Conference

Check out this interview with Dr. Louise McHugh from the School of Psychology at UCD about the upcoming UK and Ireland Association for Contextual Behavioural Science Conference - sponsored by the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapies BABCP

The CBS Youtube channel

This channel will be benficial for anybody wanting to learn more about acceptance and commitment therapy(ACT), Relational Frame Theory(RFT) or Contextual Behavioural Science(CBS). It also is a centralised place to upload vidoes that members of the CBS lab and anybody conducting research in the area can use for their research (e.g. mindfulness exercises, perspective taking vidoe clips etc).