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William Follette



William Follette's major area of training is in clinical psychology with minor areas in quantitative and physiological psychology. He has served as a reviewer for several institutes at the National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Mental Health including on drug abuse, diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases, dental and craniofacial research, as well as been an invited speaker at several NIMH sponsored science conferences.

Follette has served as an editor, member of the editorial boards and ad hoc reviewer for several journals. He was chair of scientific issues subcommittee of APA committee on science and practice, past director of clinical training at the University of Nevada, Reno and board member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology. His students, colleagues and Follette have presented at national and international conferences more than 150 times, written more than 30 chapters or encyclopedia entries, and published more than 70 academic articles.

His primary research interests are in treatment development and identifying mechanisms of change in psychotherapy. Follette is particularly interested in the application of clinical behavior analytic principles to learning complex social behaviors.

Research Interests

  • Psychotherapy outcome research
  • Clinical behavior analysis
  • Behavioral research methodology
  • Identifying mechanisms of change in therapy
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Depression
  • Acquisition of complex social skills
  • Principle-based interpersonal therapy
  • Judgment, heuristics and decision-making
  • Psychology and law


  • Research methods
  • Psychotherapy outcome research design


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Washington, 1984
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Washington, 1977


  • Follette, W. C. (1995). Correcting methodological weaknesses in the knowledge base used to derive practice standards (pp. 229-247). In S. C. Hayes, V. M. Follette, T. Risley, R. M. Dawes, K. E. Grady (Eds.), Scientific standards of psychological practice: Issues and recommendations. Reno, NV: Context Press.
  • Jacobson, N. S., Follette, W. C., & Revenstorf, D. (1984). Psychotherapy outcome research: Methods for reporting variability and evaluating clinical significance. Behavior Therapy, 15, 336-352.
  • Follette, W. C., & Houts, A. C. (1992). Philosophical and theoretical problems for behavior therapy. Behavior Therapy, 23, 251-261.
  • Follette, W. C., & Callaghan, G. M. (1995). Do as I do, not as I say: A behavior analytic approach to supervision. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26, 413-426.
  • Follette, W. C., & Houts, A. C. (1996). Models of scientific progress and the role of theory in taxonomy development: A case study of the DSM. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64, 1120-1132.
  • Follette, W. C., Naugle, A. E., & Callaghan, G. M. (1996). A radical behavioral understanding of the therapeutic relationship in effecting change. Behavior Therapy, 27, 623-641.
  • Follette, W. C., & Beitz, K. (2003). Adding a more rigorous scientific agenda to the empirically supported treatment movement. Behavior Modification. Special Issue: Empirically supported treatments., 27, 369-386.
  • Davis, D; & Follette, W. C. (2003). Toward an empirical approach to evidentiary ruling. Law & Human Behavior, 27, 661-684.
  • Waltz, T. J., & Follette, W. C. (2009). Molar functional relations and clinical behavior analysis: Implications for assessment and treatment. the Behavior Analyst, 32, 51-68.