2021: Carmen Luciano

Carmen Luciano received her Ph.D. from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1984. She was professor of psychology at the University of Granada from 1979 to 1993 and has been professor of psychology at the University of Almería since 1994.


Her research career began in the area of the experimental analysis of language. Her post-doc Fulbright research stay at Boston University and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies was centered on problem-solving behavior, which she studied under the supervision of B .F. Skinner. This was a critical point in her career as a basic researcher. She was involved in equivalence research, rule-governed behavior, and, shortly after, in RFT and ACT research. Her research lab conducts basic creative experimental-applied RFT designs for the analysis of analogies, coherence, deictic and hierarchical framing in the context of identifying core components of metaphors, false memories, experiential avoidance, values, defusion, and the self and responding to one’s own behavior. Additionally, the lab designs brief ACT protocols and teaches ACT-focused analysis of the conditions under which emotions, thoughts, and valued motivation are brought to the present to build flexibility responding.


Dr. Luciano has been director of the Experimental and Applied Analysis of Behavior Research Group since 1986, where she has supervised more than 30 doctoral theses; some of her students are now running their own labs. She is also director of the Functional Analysis in Clinical Contexts Doctoral Program at the University of Almería and director of the Master’s Program in Contextual Therapies at the Madrid Institute of Contextual Psychology. Her research has been funded by international, national, and regional public funds. She has collaborated with research groups from different countries and has helped disseminate the functional analysis perspective via meetings, courses, research presentations, and publications. She is known for her vibrant and creative style while teaching, working with clients, and doing research.


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