With the ongoing pressures for psychologists to practice evidence-based care, and the requirement insurance carriers have both for treatment goals, measurement of outcomes, and a focus on brief therapy, functional analysis provides a framework for achieving all of the above. Having proven itself in treating behavioral problems in education, functional analysis is now being applied more broadly to behavioral and psychologial disorders.
In his 1996 book (Functional Analysis in Clinical Psychology, Wiley UK), Sturmey applied the functional behavioral approach to case formulation across a wide range of psychological disorders and behaviors. Since the publication of his book, no other volume has taken an explicit behavioral approach to case formulation. The changes that have occurred over the last 10 years in behavioral case formulation have been significant and substantial. They include (a) a large expansion of the range of problems addressed, such as ADHD, (b) a range of new verbal behavior therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapies, (c) increased area of activity in the area of autism spectrum disorders; (d) many publications in how to train professionals, staff and parents in behavioral technology, and (e) new assessment instruments and procedures.
Peter Sturmey, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University New York. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, numerous book chapters. He is on the editorial board of several journals, including Research in Developmental Disabilities and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.His main research interests are developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis.
1. Structural and Functional Approaches to Psychopathology and Case Formulation 2. Fundamental Concepts and Methods of Intervention in Behavioral Approaches to Psychopathology 3. Advanced Concepts and Methods of Intervention in Behavioral Approaches to Psychopathology 4. Functional Analysis Methodology in Developmental Disabilities 5. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 6. Chaos, Coincidence, and Contingency in the Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence 7. Function-Based Assessment and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders 8. Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania 9. Encopresis and Enuresis 10. Stereotypic Movement Disorder 11. A Contextual Model of Restraint Free Care for Persons with Dementia 12. Brain Injury 13. A Behavioral Approach to the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders 14. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders 15. Mood Disorders 16. The Fear Factor: A Functional Perspective on Anxiety 17. Sexual Disorders 18. Eating Disorders 19. Personality Disorders 20. Impulse Control Disorders 21. Functional Assessment with Clinical Populations: Current Status and Future Directions