The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 271–282 | Cite as

The Dimensions of Clinical Behavior Analysis

  • Robert J. Kohlenberg
  • Mavis Tsai
  • Michael J. Dougher


In most talk therapies for outpatient adults, the therapist has no control over the client’s daily life or contingencies outside the treatment session. The fundamental theoretical issue facing the behavior analyst is, “How can the talking that goes on during the session help the client with problems that occur outside the session in the client’s daily life?” An historical analysis and the application of verbal behavior principles are used to answer the question and form the basis of clinical behavior analysis (CBA). The implications of CBA range from providing a theoretical base for psychotherapy to suggesting new forms of treatment.


clinical behavior analysis psychotherapy verbal behavior behavior therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert J. Kohlenberg
    • 1
  • Mavis Tsai
    • 2
  • Michael J. Dougher
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Psychology NI-15University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.SeattleUSA
  3. 3.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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