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Daniel J. Moran

Associate Professor of PsychologyInterim Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Ph.D.: Hofstra UniversityM.A.: Hofstra UniversityB.A.: Marquette University


Daniel J. Moran, Ph.D., BCBA -D is an associate professor at Long Island University and interim program director of the LIU-Post Psychological Services Center.  He is the past-president of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), the international Acceptance and Commitment Therapy organization with over 8000 members worldwide. He co-wrote the first case conceptualization manual for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy entitled ACT in Practice (New Harbinger), several other books on the application of ACT in unique settings, and served on the first ACT training committee. Dr. D.J. is a Recognized ACT trainer and a Fellow in the ACBS community, and his engaging training style has led him to be an invited keynote speaker for many events in the last decade. He has also been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network, TLC, and The Discovery Channel discussing the treatment of many clinical disorders, and has published several articles and book chapters including publications with CBT pioneer Albert Ellis, and ACT pioneer Steven Hayes.

 During his first year at LIU-Post, he founded the Mindful Action Lab, initiated dissertation research on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for academic procrastination, and is co-authoring articles with his graduate students on the Psychology Today website.  While a professor at LIU-Post, he authored a chapter for the textbook, Applied Behavior Science in Organizations, and the handbook, The International ACT Book, while being selected to publish an invited article in Behavior Analysis in Practice about self-compassion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Dr. D.J. founded the MidAmerican Psychological Institute, and has a passion for applying ACT principles in important areas outside of the clinic, such as the boardroom or construction sites. He established Pickslyde Consulting and the Institute for Higher Performance in order to bring mindfulness and value-directed commitment skills to the workplace in order to improve safety, innovation, and leadership. Dr. D.J. has utilized ACT in work implementations and clinical training sites in all 50 of the United States and on six continents. (He’s still hoping to work in Antarctica, but the penguins don’t need his help… yet!)


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Empirically-Supported Treatments; Cognitive-Behavior Therapy; Organizational Behavior Management; Safety Management; Exposure and Ritual Prevention for Individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive Repertoires




 Moran, D.J., Bach, P., Batten, S. (2018). Committed action in practice: A guide to assessing, planning, and supporting change in your clients. CA: New Harbinger Press. 

 Pounds, J., Werner, T. Foxworthy, B, & Moran, D. J. (2015). Quality, Behavior, and the Bottom-Line: The human side of quality improvement. TX: Quality Safety Edge Books

 Moran, D. J. (2013). Building safety commitment. IL: Valued Living Books

 Bach, P. & Moran, D. J. (2008). ACT in practice: Case conceptualization in acceptance and commitment therapy.  CA: New Harbinger Press.  (Translated to 3 languages)

 Moran, D. J. & Malott, R. W. (Eds.). (2004). Evidence-based educational methods.  CA: Elsevier Science / Academic Press. 


 Moran, D.J., Batten, S. V., Gamble, M. A. & Atkins, P. W. B. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Training: Improving Performance in organizations with applied contextual behavioral science. Association for Behavior Analysis International Publication

 Moran, D.J., Atkins, P. W. B., Batten, S. V., & Gamble, M. A. (in press). Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACTraining): Using Contextual Behavioral Science in Organizational Psychology. In P. Lucena-Santos, S.A. Carvalho, J. Pinto-Gouveia, M.S. Oliveira, & J. Pistorello (Eds.). Manual Internacional de Fundamentos Teóricos e Práticos da Terapia de Aceitação e Compromisso [International Handbook of Theoretical and Practical Foundations of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy]. Camaquã, RS: Editora Fênix Sefarad.

 Carpenter, K.M., Moran, D.J., & Nunes, E.V. (2014). Cognitive, behavioral, and motivational treatments for substance abuse disorders. In Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, 5th Edition. Washington DC, American Psychiatric Association.

 Moran, D. J. (2013). ACT for safety. In P.E. Flaxman, F.W. Bond, & F. Livheim (Authors) The mindful and effective employee: An acceptance and commitment therapy training manual for improving well-being and performance. CA: New Harbinger Press.  [This is a section of the chapter.]

 Dykstra, T., Shontz, K., Indovina, C., & Moran, D.J. (2010). The application of functional

analytic psychotherapy (FAP) to persons with serious mental illness. In R. Kohlenberg & M. Tsai (Eds.) The practice of functional analytic psychotherapy. NY: Springer

 Blackledge, J.T., Moran, D.J., & Dykstra, T. (2009).  Supporting parents of children diagnosed with autism: An acceptance and commitment therapy approach. In V. Spencer & C. Simpson (Eds.) Teaching children with autism in the general education classroom.  Austin, TX: Prufrock Press, Inc.

 Twohig, M., Moran, D. J., & Hayes, S.C. (2007). Obsessive-compulsive disorder and modern functional contextualism.  In D. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.) Understanding behavior  disorders. Reno, NV: Context Press

 Articles (Last 10 years)

 Moran, D.J. & Ming, S. (2020). The Mindful Action Plan: Using the MAP to Apply Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Productivity and Self-Compassion for Behavior Analysts. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 14, 1-25.

 McSween, T. & Moran, D. J. (2018).  Preventing serious incidents with behavior-based safety.  Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 37. 212-218.

 Moran, D. J. (2015).  Acceptance and commitment training in the workplace.  Current Opinions in Psychology, 2, 26-31.

 Stockwell, F. M., & Moran, D. J. (2014). A relational frame theory account of the emergence of sexual fantasy.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 40(2), 92-104.

 Moran, D. J. (2013). How a leader speaks: Using Commitment-Based Leadership to deliver feedback to employees. Journal of Applied Radical Behavior Analysis, AARBA Conference Proceedings, 9-16.

 Moran, D. J. (2013).  Promoting psychological flexibility in clinical settings.  Behavior Analysis in Dentistry – Psicologia Odontoiatrica, 21-27.

 Moran, D. J. (2012).  Oops! and another seemingly four-letter word. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, 32 (1), 83-89.

 Moran, D. J. (2010).  ACT for leadership: Using acceptance and commitment training to develop crisis-resilient change managers. International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 6 (4), 341-355. 



Lectures and Presentations

Lectures and Presentations (Selected from the last 10 years):

 Moran, D. J. (2018) Optimizing Leadership Commitment.  Keynote address at the Arkema Chemical conference in Philadelphia, PA

 Moran, D. J. (2017) Mindful Diversity.  Presidential address at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences conference in Seville, Spain

 Moran, D. J. (2016). Blending ACT and the Mindful Action Plan. Conference presentation sponsored by the Ascco Accademia di Scienze Comportamentali e Cognitive, Bressanone, Italy.

 Moran, D. J. (2016)  The Mindful Action Plan: Using the MAP to Stay Committed to Your Goals.  Keynote address at the AZA United conference, Phoenix, AZ.

 Moran, D. J. (2014). Balancing What’s Hot with What’s Not: Putting Mindfulness in Harmony with Commitment.  Invited lecture at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences convention in Minneapolis, MN.

 Boullion, G. Q., Moran, D. J., Plumb-Vilardaga, J., Dalrymple, K. L., Flynn, M. K. (2014).

Anxiety and Valuing: Using Contextual Behavioral Science to Understand, Assess, and Increase Valued Living in Individual with Anxiety. Panel presentation at the Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences convention in Minneapolis, MN.

 Moran, D.J. (2014) ACT for Teens.  2014 Spring Training for the Missouri Institute for Mental Health at Osage Beach, MO.

 Moran, D.J. (2013) Leading from the Middle. Building Safety Commitment in Quick Service Restaurants.  The McDonald’s Global Safety Summit at Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL

 Moran, D. J. (2013). How a Leader Speaks.  Keynote address at the Association for the Advancement of Radical Behavior Analysis, Verona, Italy.

 Moran, D. J. (2013). Behavior-Based Safety in the 21st Century. Keynote address at McDonalds’ Training Headquarters – Hamburger University.

 Friman, P., Moran, D.J., Kellum, K. (2013). Speak behavior analysis and be heard (Like a boss!) Panel discussion at the Association for Behavior Analysis in Minneapolis, MN.

 Moran, D. J. & O’Brien, R. (2011).  Accelerating Leadership.  Workshop at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy conference in Toronto, Canada.

 Dahl, J. & Moran, D.J. (2011). ACT for War Survivors.  Week long workshop in Sierra Leone, Africa.


Outstanding Mentor Award, Association for Behavior Analysis International, 2013

Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences Fellow

ACBS Recognized ACT Trainer: June 2008-Present

Alumnus of the Month, Hofstra University, January 2013

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award 2008 (Trinity Services, Lead Applicant)


ACBS Past-President: July 2017-July 2018 ACBS President: July 2016-July 2017 ACBS President-Elect: July 2015-July 2016 ACBS Secretary-Treasurer: 2012-2015 ACBS Member-at-Large: 2008-2010 ACBS Co-director of ACT Summer Institute IV: 2007-2008 ACBS Training Board: 2007-2010 ABCT Continuing Education Board: 2004-2009 ABCT Awards and Recognition Committee: 2005-2006 ABCT Continuing Education Committee: 2001-2003 BASIL Behavior Analysis Society of Illinois, Past President: 2000-2003 ABA Clinical Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group, Secretary: 2000-2001

Association for Contextual Behavioral Sciences

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Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies

American Psychological Association

International OCD Foundation

American Society of Safety Engineers

Organizational Behavior Management Network