Collected presentations of ABCT 2016 network talks

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) has traditionally been a conference of clinical research with a limited amount of methodological talks. This year, there were a number of symposia on network research, focusing on both idiographic and nomothetic aspects, although the majority of talks used regularized partial correlation networks estimated in cross-sectional data. I’m looking forward to more longitudinal work, and work focusing on individuals instead of groups to tackle the big problem of heterogeneity of diagnostic categories.

Many of the authors were excited to share their slides so I can make them available here. This means that instead of telling you the talks were awesome, and that I feel sorry for you that you couldn’t attend …


… you can download all slides below.

The slides are from the four following symposia:

  • A systems approach to modeling intra- and interpersonal processes in psychotherapy and psychopathology
  • Envisioning the clinical integration of network analysis and CBT: new developments.
  • New directions in the quantitative empirical classification of psychopathology
  • Network analysis as an innovative approach to understanding eating behavior: identifying key treatment targets in eating and weight disorders


  • Nader Amir: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Causal System (download)
  • Justin Anker: A Network Approach to Modeling Comorbid Internalizing and Alcohol Use Disorders (download)
  • Aaron Fisher: Modeling the Idiographic Dynamics of Mood and Anxiety with Network Analysis (download)
  • Eiko Fried: The network approach to psychopathology — opportunities for an empirically based revision of contemporary classification systems (download)
  • Alexandre Heeren: An Integrative Network Approach to Social Anxiety Disorder — The Complex Dynamic Interplay among Attentional Bias for Threat, Attentional Control, and Symptoms (download)
  • Cheri Levinson: Using Network Analysis to Explain Eating Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Symptom Overlap (download)
  • Richard McNally: Comorbid Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Depression — A Network Analytic Approach (download)

Thanks to all the authors for sending me the slides. Once I’m over my jetlag, I will sit down and write a few lines about the biggest challenges I see with contemporary empirical network studies. A few slides are still missing, and I will upload them in the following days.

PS: Cheri Levinson sent me a PDF that contains the collected talks of the symposium “Network analysis as an innovative approach to understanding eating behavior: identifying key treatment targets in eating and weight disorders” (PDF; 18mb).


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    1. Do you mean you want to browse the presentations online without downloading them? Technically browsing them online also means you download them, since you need to receive the data to see anything on the web.

      When it comes to looking at them online I believe this is not possible for Microsoft Powerpoint files because they use a terrible and proprietary format; it’s only possible for PDF files, but most presentations in psychology are in Powerpoint.

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