Select Books and Articles

Dr. Martell has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on behavioral activation, cognitive-behavior therapy with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients, and couples therapy. For a listing of these publications please refer to the PDF of Dr. Martell's CV below:


ACT and RFT in Relationships: Helping Clients Deepen Intimacy and Maintain Healthy Commitments Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Relational Frame Theory. Dahl, J., Stewart, I., Martell, C., Kaplan, J. S., and Walser, R. D. (2014). New Harbinger Publications.

Combining elements of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and relational frame theory (RFT), ACT and RFT for Relationships presents a unique approach for therapists to help clients develop and experience deeper, more loving relationships. By exploring personal values and expectations, and by addressing central patterns of behaviors, therapists can help their clients establish and maintain intimacy with their partner and gain a greater understanding of their relationship as a whole.

ACT is a powerful treatment model that teaches clients to accept their thoughts, identify their core values, and discover how these values are extended to their relationships with others. RFT focuses on behavioral approaches to language and cognition, and can help clients identify their own expectations regarding relationships and how they might communicate these expectations with their loved ones more effectively.


Specialty Competencies in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology. Nezu, C. M., R. Martell, C. R., and Nezu, A. M. (2013). Oxford University Press.

Devoted to providing readers with a state of the art guide to the competencies required for the specialty practice of cognitive and behavioral psychology, Specialty Competencies in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology describes and defines the foundational and functional competencies that guide best practices in this specialty.


Behavioral Activation for Depression: A Clinician's Guide. Martell, C. R., Dimidjian, S., & Herman-Dunn, R. (2010). Guilford Publishers.

From leading experts in behavioral activation research and clinical practice, this volume presents an empirically tested approach for helping clients overcome depression by becoming active and engaged in their own lives. Behavioral activation is a stand-alone treatment whose principles can be integrated easily with other approaches that therapists already use. Guidelines are presented for identifying individualized treatment targets, monitoring and scheduling "antidepressant" activities—experiences that are likely to be rewarding and pleasurable—and decreasing avoidance and ruminative thinking. Rich clinical illustrations include an extended case example that runs throughout the book. More than 20 activity planning forms, worksheets, and other reproducible materials are featured.


The Myth of Depression as Disease: Limitations and Alternatives To Drug Treatment. Leventhal, A. & Martell, C. R. (2006). Praeger Publishers.

Depression is commonly thought of as a biological disorder best treated with antidepressant medications. Pharmaceutical companies and many experts promote this view as established in scientific fact. Here, Leventhal and Martell argue that there is scant actual scientific evidence for this view, and the issue is open to considerable question. They maintain that there is very little known--they call the evidence "woefully weak"--regarding the role of biology in depression. Marketing by drug producers has not only led the public to accept dubious claims and over-value antidepressants, but it has led medical doctors to prescribe them excessively. Leventhal and Martell argue that the effectiveness of psychological therapy has strong scientific support in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and it is safer and results in less frequent relapse. This book will help consumers decide which treatment is best for them. It includes a list of questions to ask before accepting a prescription for antidepressant medication.


Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time: The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back. Addis, M. E., & Martell, C. R. (2004). New York: New Harbinger Press.

Behavioral activation therapy offers effective, fast relief from depression. This powerful and progressive therapy steers away from the idea that depression symptoms represent an illness or weakness. Instead, depression is merely a signpost pointing directly at the things that need to change in one's life. Its engaging exercises make it easy for you to focus on activities that will inspire you with feelings of pleasure, mastery, and engagement. Learn to develop a list of enjoyable activities, or activities you need to engage in as a part of a normal and satisfying life. Begin with the easiest (or sometimes, the most indispensable) activities on your the list, and learn how to tackle them one by one. This simple, profound process will connect you with naturally occurring rewards, which are powerful antidotes to feelings of depression. With this foundation, go on to change how you approach your day-to-day life-your daily activities, the choices you make, and the way you cope with life's ups and downs. You'll find this proven-effective approach to coping with depression easy to master.


Cognitive-behavioral therapies with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Martell, C. R., Safren, S. A., & Prince, S. E. (2004). New York: Guilford.

This book provides a framework for affirmative, empirically supported cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. Guidelines for competent assessment and treatment are integrated with practical descriptions of widely used CBT applications. In addition to presenting powerful treatment tools for depression, anxiety, and other problems encountered by gay and straight clients alike, the book offers clear-cut guidance on helping individuals and couples cope with the stresses of sexual minority status. Rich case illustrations bring to life the diversity of lesbian and gay communities, highlighting commonalities as well as differences among the issues that clients bring to therapy. Filling a crucial gap in the literature, this is an important resource for therapists in a range of settings, from CBT newcomers to experienced practitioners. Appendices include resources and sample client and therapist forms.


Depression in Context: Strategies for Guided Action. Martell, C.R., Addis, M. E., & Jacobson, N.S. (2001). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Findings from the latest study on treating depression. Neil Jacobson was a leader in developing and testing treatments for depression. At the time of his death in 1999, he, Martell, and Addis had just begun work on this book documenting one of the largest clinical trials for depression. They found that treating depression by helping to activate people is just as effective as helping them to change their thinking.


Book Chapters

Dimidjian, S., Martell, C. R., Addis, M. E., & Herman-Dunn, R. (2008). Behavioral activation for depression. In D. H. Barlow (Ed.) Clinical handbook of psychological disorders: A step-by-step treatment manual (4th ed.) pp. 328-364. New York: Guilford Press.

Martell, C. R., Addis, M. E., & Dimidjian, S. (2004). Finding the action in behavioral activation: The search for empirically-supported interventions and mechanisms of change. In S. Hayes, M. Linehan, & V. Folette (Eds.), Mindfulness and Acceptance: Expanding the Cognitive-Behavioral Tradition. (pp.152-167). New York: Guilford.

Martell, C. R. (2003). Behavioral activation therapy for depression. In O'Donohue, W., Fisher, J., & Hayes, S. (Eds.) Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Applying Empirically Supported Techniques (pp. 28-32). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Dimidjian, S., Martell, C. R., & Christensen, A. (2002). Integrative behavioral couple therapy. In A Gurman & N. Jacobson (Eds.) Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy, Third Edition, (pp. 251-277). New York: Guilford.

Martell, C.R. & Land, T. (2002). Cognitive-behavioral therapy with gay and lesbian couples. In Patterson, T. (Ed.) Comprehensive Textbook of Psychotherapy, Vol. II Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches. (pp.451-468). John Wiley & Sons.