» Dr. Georg H. Eifert
Professor Emeritus

Schmid College of Science and Technology
Psychology, Crean School of Health and Life Sciences
Dr. Georg H. Eifert
Office Location:
Crean Hall (501 W. Palm Ave)
Phone:
(714) 628-2729
Email:
Education
Ruhr University Bochum, Bachelor of Arts
Ruhr University Bochum, Master of Arts
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt Am Main, Ph.D. in Psychology
Biography

Professional Background

Dr. Eifert obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Frankfurt in Germany, where he was also born. He joined Chapman University as Chair in 2002 after serving for 9 years as the Eberly Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Previously he was Chief of Psychology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Head of Psychology at James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia.

Research and Scholarship

Mostly together with his students, Dr. Eifert has published five authored books and over 100 research journal articles and book chapters on understanding and dealing with anxiety and emotional distress.

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Eifert's research has focused on integrating new acceptance-based behavioral psychotherapy approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with existing empirically supported behavioral interventions for anxiety, anger, and eating disorders.  Since joining Chapman University he has co-authored five books:  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Anxiety Disorders–a therapist guide and treatment manual that outlines a unified acceptance-based treatment for persons suffering from any of the major anxiety disorders.  Three other books are ACT books for the general public designed to help people with anxiety disorders (The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety), anger (ACT on Life not on Anger), and eating disorders (The Anorexia Workbook).  His most recent book How to Find What Matters and Create the Life You Want through the process of uncovering and acting on their core life values that can lead them to a sense of purpose.  In collaboration with Dr. Michelle Craske at UCLA, Dr. Eifert has been conducting a large clinical effectiveness study in the UCLA Psychology Clinic comparing the effectiveness of ACT with a traditional behavioral treatment protocol.

Honors/Membership of Editorial Boards

  • Book Series Editor.  Progress in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  New Harbinger Publications, Oakland CA, since 2006.
  • Behaviour Research and Therapy, Editorial Board Member, since 2006.
  • Behaviour Change, Editorial Board Member, since 1991.
  • Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Editorial Board Member since 1993.
  • Cognitive Behavior Practice, Editorial Board Member since 2004.
  • Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Editorial Board Member since 1994.
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Research/Scholarship, Chapman University, May 2005.
  • Ranked No. 23 of "Top 50 Researchers in Behavior Analysis and Therapy in the 1990s" [E.D. Richards, B.J. Cox & R. Norton (1998). Leading researchers and institutions in behavior analysis and therapy in the 1990s. The Behavior Therapist, 1998, Vol. 21, 113-115.]

Teaching, Workshops, and Licensure

  • Advanced Individual Interventions / Behavior Therapy
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Research Supervision

Dr. Eifert is a Licensed Psychologist (Hawaii Board of Psychology, License No. 752) and he regularly gives workshops for professionals in the U.S. and Europe on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for anxiety and related disorders.

Publications (since joining Chapman)

Books in English

Forsyth, J.P., McKay, M., Forsyth, J.P., & Eifert, G.H. (2010).  Your life on purpose: How

to find what matters and create the life you want (200 pages). Oakland: New Harbinger

Publications.

Forsyth, J. P., & Eifert, G. H. (2008). The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for

Anxiety: Break Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worrywith Acceptance and

Commitment Therapy (267 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Eifert, G. H., McKay, M., & Forsyth, J. P. (2006). ACT on Life not on Anger: The new
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for problem anger (182 pages). Oakland,
CA: New Harbinger. [also translated and commercially available in German and

Dutch]

Eifert, G. H., & Forsyth, J. P. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety
disorders: A practitioner's treatment guide using mindful acceptance and values

based behavior change strategies (288 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.

Heffner, M., & Eifert, G. H. (2004). The Anorexia Workbook: How to accept yourself,

heal suffering, and reclaim your life (200 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger

Publications.

Books in German

Eifert, G. H. (2011).  Akzeptanz- und Commitment- Therapie: Ein Leitfaden fur Therapeuten

(Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: A Therapist Guide). Gottingen/Seattle: Hogrefe.

Forsyth, J. P., & Eifert, G. H. (2010).  Mit Ängsten und Sorgen erfolgreich umgehen: Ein Ratgeber

fur  den achtsamen Weg in ein erfulltes Leben mit Hilfe von ACT.  (Dealing with anxieties

and worries successfully: A guide for a mindful path into a successful life using ACT).

Gottingen/Seattle: Hogrefe.

Eifert, G. H., McKay, M., & Forsyth, J. P. (2009).  Mit Ärger und Wut umgehen: Der achtsame Weg

in ein friedliches Leben.  Bern: Hans Huber.

Eifert, G. H., & Forsyth, J. P. (2008).  Akzeptanz- und Commitment- Therapie fur Angststorungen:

Ein praktischer Leitfaden zur Anwendung von Achtsamkeit, Akzeptanz und wertgeleiteten Verhaltensanderungsstrategien.  Tubingen: DGVT.

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Eifert, G. H., & Forsyth, J. P. (2010).  The application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to

problem anger anger.  Invited article for Cognitive Behavioral Practice.

Eifert, G. H., Zvolensky, M. J., & McCormack, E. (in press Publication date: Feb 2011).  Somatoform

disorders: Nature, psychological processes, and treatment strategies.  In J.E. Maddux & B.A.

Winstead (Eds.), Foundations for a contemporary understanding (3rd ed.) (pp.). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

Peterson, B. D. & Eifert, G. H. (2010). Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat

a couple experiencing infertility stress.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice.

Forsyth, J. P., & Eifert, G. H. (2009).  Mit Angsten und Sorgen erfolgreich umgehen: Ein Ratgeber

fur den achtsamen Weg in ein erfulltes Leben mit Hilfe von ACT. (Dealing with anxieties and

worries successfully: A guide for a mindful path into a successful life using ACT).

Gottingen/Seattle: Hogrefe.

Eifert, G. H., Forsyth, J. P., Arch, J., Keller, M., Langer, D & Espejo, N. (2009).  Acceptance and

Commitment Therapy for anxiety disorders: Three case studies using a unified treatment

protocol.  Invited article for Cognitive Behavioral Practice, 16, 368-385.

Peterson, B. D., Eifert, G. H., Feingold, T., & Davidson, S. (2009).  Using Acceptance and

Commitment Therapy (ACT) to treat distressed couples: A case study with two couples.

Cognitive Behavioral Practice, 16, 430-442.

Bouman, T. K., & Eifert, G. H. (2008).  Somatoform disorder.  In T. Millon & P. H. Blaney (Eds.),

Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology (2nd ed.) (pp. 482-505).   Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Eifert, G. H., Zvolensky, M. J., & Louis, A. (2008).  Somatoform disorders: Nature,

psychological processes, and treatment strtegies.  In. J.e. Maddux & B. A. Winstead

(Eds.), Psycho- pathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding (2nd ed.).

Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

Hoyer, J., Eifert, G. H., Einsle, F., Zimmermann, K., Krauss, S., Knaut, M., Matschke, K.

& Köllner, V. (2008). Heart-focused anxiety before and after cardiac surgery.

Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64, 291-297.

Zvolensky, M. J., Feldner, M. T., Eifert, G. H., Vujanovic, A. A., & Solomon, S. E. (2008).

Cardiophobia: A critical analysis.  Transcultural Psychiatry, 45, 231-252.

Eifert, G. H., & Forsyth, J. P. (2007). From normal anxiety to anxiety disorders: An
experiential avoidance perspective. In D. W. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.)

Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective.

Reno, NV: Context Press.

Eifert, G. H., Heffner, M., Greco, L. A., & Louis, A. (2007). Eating disorders: An

experiential avoidance perspective. In J. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.) Understanding

behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective. Reno, NV: Context

Press.

Eifert, G. H., Zvolensky, M. J., 7 Golub, A. (2007).  Somatoform disorders and psychological

Factors in physical health and illness.  In J. E. Maddux & B. A. Winstead (Eds.),

Psychopathology: Contemporary issues, theory, and research (2nd ed.).  Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

Heidenreich, T., Michalak, J., & Eifert, G. H. (2007). Balance von Veränderung und acht-

samer Akzeptanz: Die dritte Well der Verhaltenstherapie [Balancing change with

mindful acceptance; The third wave of behavior therapy]. Psychotherapie,

Psychosomatic, Medizinishe Psychology [Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics, Medical

Psychology], 57, 475-486.

Eifert, G. H., & Cornia, K. (2006). Anorexia. In S. Feinstein (Ed.). Handbook of learning
and the brain (Vol. 1, pp. 61-67).  Westport, CT: Praeger.

Bernstein, A., Michael J. Zvolensky, M. J., Kotov, R., Arrindell, W., Taylor, S., Sandin, B.J.,
Cox, B. J., Stewart, S. H., Bouvard, M., Cardenas, S., Eifert, G. H., Schmidt, N. B.

(2006). Taxonicity of anxiety sensitivity: A multi-national analysis. Journal of Anxiety
Disorders, 20, 1-22.

Eifert, G. H., Zvolensky, M. J., & Golub, A. (2007). Somatoform disorders and psychological
factors in physical health and illness. In J. E. Maddux & B. A. Winstead (Eds.),
Psychopathology: Contemporary issues, theory, and research (2nd ed.). Hillsdale:

Erlbaum.

Forsyth, J. P., Eifert, G. H., & Barrios, V. (2006).  Fear conditioning in an emotion regulation
context: A fresh perspective on the origins of anxiety disorders. In M. G. Craske,
D. Hermans, & D. Vansteenwegen (Eds.). Fear and learning: From basic processes
to clinical applications (pp. 133-153).  Washington, DC: American Psychological
Association.

Eifert, G. H. (2005). Individuelle versus standardisierte Therapie: Erkenntnisse und neue

Fragestellungen [Individual versus standardized therapy: Conclusions and new
questions]. In J. Kosfelder, J. Michalak, S. Vocks, & U. Willutzky (Eds.), Fortschritte
der Psychotherapieforschung [Progress in psychotherapy research] (pp. 197-216).

Göttingen/Seattle: Hogrefe Verlag.

Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., Wilson, K. G., Bissett, R. T., Pistorello, J., Toarmino, D.,
Polusny, M. A., Dykstra, T. A., Batten, S. V., Bergan, J., Stewart, S. H., Zvolensky,
M. J., Eifert, G. H., Bond, F. W., Forsyth J. P., Karekla, M., & McCurry, S. M. (2004).
Measuring experiential avoidance: A preliminary test of a working model. The
Psychological Record,54, 553-578.

Greco, L. A. & Eifert, G. H. (2004). Treating parent-adolescent conflict: Is acceptance the
missing link for an integrative family therapy? Cognitive and Behavioral Practice,
11, 305-314.

Spira, A. P., Zvolensky, M. J., Eifert, G. H., & Feldner, M. T. (2004). Avoidance-oriented
coping as a predictor of anxiety-based physical stress: A test using biological

challenge. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 18, 309-323.

Eifert, G. H., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2004). Somatoform disorders and psychological factors in
physical health and illness. In J. E. Maddux & B. A. Winstead (Eds.), Psychopathology:

Contemporary issues, theory, and research (pp. 281-300). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.

Eifert, G. H., & Feldner, M. T. (2003). Conceptual foundations of behavioral assessment
strategies. In M. Hersen, S. N. Haynes, & E. M. Heiby (Eds.), The comprehensive
handbook of psychological assessment, Vol. 3: Behavioral assessment (pp. 258-297).
New York: Wiley.

Eifert, G. H. & Heffner, M. (2003). The effects of acceptance versus control contexts on
avoidance of panic-related symptoms. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental

Psychiatry, 34, 293-312.

Feldner, M. T., Zvolensky, M. J., Eifert, G. H., & Spira, A. P. (2003). Emotional avoidance: An

experimental test of individual differences and response suppression during biological

challenge. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 403-411.

Heffner, M., Eifert, G. H., Parker, B. T., Hernandez, D. H., & Sperry, J. A. (2003). Valued
directions: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the treatment of alcohol

dependence. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 10. 379-384.

Heffner, M., Greco, L. A. & Eifert, G. H. (2003). Pretend you are a turtle: Children's
responses to metaphorical and literal relaxation instructions. Child Family and
Behavior Therapy,25, 19-33.

Hopko, D. R., Lejuez, C. W., Ruggiero, K. J., & Eifert, G. H. (2003). Behavioral activation
as a treatment for depression: Procedures, principles, and progress. Clinical

Psychology Review, 23, 699-717.

Hopko, D. R., McNeil, D. W., Lejuez, C. W., Ashcraft, M. H., Eifert, G. H., & Riel, J. (2003).
The effects of anxious responding on arithmetic and lexical decision task performance.
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 17, 647-665.

Zvolensky, M. J., Arrindell, W. A., Taylor, S., Sandin, B., Cox, B. J., Stewart, S. H., Bouvard,

M., Cardenas, S. J., & Eifert, G. H. (2003). Anxiety sensitivity in six countries.

Behaviour Research and Therapy, 41, 841-859.

Zvolensky, M. J., Eifert, G. H., Feldner, M. T., & Feldner-Leen, E. (2003). Heart- focused
anxiety, smoking, and chest pain in post-angiography medical patients. Journal of
Behavioral Medicine, 26, 197-209.

Heffner, M. P., Sperry, J., Eifert, G. H., & Detweiler, M. (2002). Acceptance and Commitment
Therapy in the treatment of an adolescent female with anorexia nervosa: A case study.

Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 9, 232-236.

Schulte, D., & Eifert, G. H. (2002). What to do when manuals fail: The dual model of
psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 312-328.

Stewart, S. H., Zvolensky, M. J., & Eifert, G. H. (2002). The relations of anxiety sensitivity,

experiential avoidance, and alexithymic coping to young adults' motivations for

drinking. Behavior Modification, 26, 274-296.

Zvolensky, M. J., & Eifert, G. H. (2002). Manualized behavior therapy. In M. Hersen &
W. H. Sledge (Eds.), Encyclopedia of psychotherapy, Volume 2 (pp. 115-121).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Forsyth, J. P., & Eifert, G. H. (2008). The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety: Break Free from Anxiety, Phobias, and Worrywith Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (267 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Eifert, G. H., Zvolensky, M. J., & Louis, A. (2008). Somatoform disorders: Nature, psychological processes, and treatment strategies. In. J.e. Maddux & B. A. Winstead (Eds.), Psycho- pathology: Foundations for a contemporary understanding (2nd ed.). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.
Hoyer, J., Eifert, G. H., Einsle, F., Zimmermann, K., Krauss, S., Knaut, M., Matschke, K. & Köllner, V. (2008). Heart-focused anxiety before and after cardiac surgery. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64, 291-297.
Zvolensky, M. J., Feldner, M. T., Eifert, G. H., Vujanovic, A. A., & Solomon, S. E. (2008). Cardiophobia: A critical analysis. Transcultural Psychiatry, 45, 231-252.
Eifert, G. H., & Forsyth, J. P. (2007). From normal anxiety to anxiety disorders: An experiential avoidance perspective. In D. W. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.) Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective. Reno, NV: Context Press.
Eifert, G. H., Heffner, M., Greco, L. A., & Louis, A. (2007). Eating disorders: An experiential avoidance perspective. In J. Woods & J. Kanter (Eds.) Understanding behavior disorders: A contemporary behavioral perspective. Reno, NV: Context Press.
Heidenreich, T., Michalak, J., & Eifert, G. H. (2007). Balance von Veränderung und acht-samer Akzeptanz: Die dritte Well der Verhaltenstherapie [Balancing change with mindful acceptance; The third wave of behavior therapy]. Psychotherapie, Psychosomatic, Medizinishe Psychology [Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics, Medical Psychology], 57, 475-486.
Eifert, G. H., Zvolensky, M. J., & Golub, A. (2007). Somatoform disorders and psychological factors in physical health and illness. In J. E. Maddux & B. A. Winstead (Eds.), Psychopathology: Contemporary issues, theory, and research (2nd ed.). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.
Forsyth, J. P., Eifert, G. H., & Barrios, V. (2006). Fear conditioning in an emotion regulation context: A fresh perspective on the origins of anxiety disorders. In M. G. Craske, D. Hermans, & D. Vansteenwegen (Eds.). Fear and learning: From basic processes to clinical applications (pp. 133-153). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Eifert, G. H., & Cornia, K. (2006). Anorexia. In S. Feinstein (Ed.). Handbook of learning and the brain (Vol. 1, pp. 61-67). Westport, CT: Praeger.
Bernstein, A., Michael J. Zvolensky, M. J., Kotov, R., Arrindell, W., Taylor, S., Sandin, B.J., Cox, B. J., Stewart, S. H., Bouvard, M., Cardenas, S., Eifert, G. H., Schmidt, N. B. (2006). Taxonicity of anxiety sensitivity: A multi-national analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 20, 1-22.
Eifert, G. H., McKay, M., & Forsyth, J. P. (2006). ACT on Life not on Anger: The new Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for problem anger (182 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. [also translated and commercially available in German and Dutch]
Eifert, G. H., & Forsyth, J. P. (2005). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for anxiety disorders: A practitioner's treatment guide using mindful acceptance and values based behavior change strategies (288 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger.
Eifert, G. H. (2005). Individuelle versus standardisierte Therapie: Erkenntnisse und neue Fragestellungen [Individual versus standardized therapy: Conclusions and new questions]. In J. Kosfelder, J. Michalak, S. Vocks, & U. Willutzky (Eds.), Fortschritte der Psychotherapieforschung [Progress in psychotherapy research] (pp. 197-216). Göttingen/Seattle: Hogrefe Verlag.
Heffner, M., & Eifert, G. H. (2004). The Anorexia Workbook: How to accept yourself, heal suffering, and reclaim your life (200 pages). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., Wilson, K. G., Bissett, R. T., Pistorello, J., Toarmino, D., Polusny, M. A., Dykstra, T. A., Batten, S. V., Bergan, J., Stewart, S. H., Zvolensky, M. J., Eifert, G. H., Bond, F. W., Forsyth J. P., Karekla, M., & McCurry, S. M. (2004). Measuring experiential avoidance: A preliminary test of a working model. The Psychological Record,54, 553-578.
Greco, L. A. & Eifert, G. H. (2004). Treating parent-adolescent conflict: Is acceptance the missing link for an integrative family therapy? Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 11, 305-314.
Spira, A. P., Zvolensky, M. J., Eifert, G. H., & Feldner, M. T. (2004). Avoidance-oriented coping as a predictor of anxiety-based physical stress: A test using biological challenge. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 18, 309-323.
Eifert, G. H., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2004). Somatoform disorders and psychological factors in physical health and illness. In J. E. Maddux & B. A. Winstead (Eds.), Psychopathology: Contemporary issues, theory, and research (pp. 281-300). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.