Nic Hooper, PhD

About Me

Nic Hooper is a Lecturer at the University of the West of England (United Kingdom). Over the past 10 years Dr. Hooper has spent his time researching a psychotherapeutic approach named Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the theory of language that underpins it (Relational Frame Theory, RFT).

In the fall of 2006 Dr. Hooper began his Ph.D. in Psychology at Swansea University under the stewardship of Dr.377048_10151177466965347_432558913_n Louise McHugh. During the three year period he conducted a number of experiments investigating the use of thought suppression as a technique to manage unwanted thoughts. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in May 2010, Dr. Hooper accepted a Research Associate post at the University of Kent where he investigated mindfulness. Following this year-long period he moved to Northern Cyprus to take an Assistant Professor position at Middle East Technical University. In 2013 Dr. Hooper returned to the UK to take brief lecturing positions at the University of South Wales and the University of Warwick before accepting a permanent role at UWE. In each of these institutions Dr. Hooper has specialized in teaching Clinical Psychology, Applied Behaviour Analysis and The Art of Persuasion.

Dr. Hooper has authored 16 empirical articles and 3 book chapters, and he has presented his research at conferences and universities over 40 times in 8 countries. Between 2015 and 2017 he sat on the board of directors for the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), which is the 8000-member organization that oversees a lot of ACT / RFT related work, and is the Program Chair for the 2019 ACBS Conference in Dublin. Dr. Hooper has taken part in various media engagements, his book (“The Research Journey of ACT”) was released in August of 2015 and he recently co-created ‘The 2018 Diary for Valued Action‘.

In addition to his research activities Dr. Hooper is also a founding member of The ACT Centre for Wellbeing (ACW) in Bristol. In this applied setting Dr. Hooper specializes in providing resilience training to various workplaces and giving introductory ACT workshops to university counseling services. If you are interested in receiving any of these services then please click the link above for the ACW website.