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Ethan G Lester, Ph.D.


University of North Texas, DentonBS2014Psychology
University of North Texas, DentonMS2016Psychology
University of North Texas, DentonPhD2019Clinical Psychology

I am a clinical psychologist with applied experience and specialized training in treating and researching neurological illnesses through cognitive behavioral and behavioral medicine interventions. Clinically, I possess evidence-based skills in state-of-the-art third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies (dialectical behavioral therapy and acceptance-based interventions), trauma-informed care, mindfulness, and other contemplative techniques (mindfulness-based stress reduction, mindfulness meditation, vipassana).

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  1. (Lester & Vranceanu) Sep 1, 2019 - Aug 31, 2021
    NF Northeast Inc, NF Midwest Foundation, and Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation
    In Need and Hard to Reach: Adaptation of an evidence-based neurofibromatosis resiliency training program for web-based delivery
    Role Description: Adaptation of a mind-body program to a web-based platform for patients with neurofibromatoses
    Role: Co-Investigator
  2. R21NR017979 (VRANCEANU, ANA-MARIA) Sep 26, 2018 - Aug 31, 2020
    Recovering Together: Building resiliency in dyads of patients admitted to the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and their caregivers
    Role: Study Clinician
  3. W81XWH-17-1-0121 (Vranceanu, Ana Maria) May 1, 2017 - Apr 30, 2021
    Department of Defense
    Resiliency training for geographically diverse patients with neurofibromatosis via live videoconferencing
    Role: Study Clinician

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  1. Lester EG, Macklin EA, Plotkin S, Vranceanu AM. Improvement in resiliency factors among adolescents with neurofibromatosis who participate in a virtual mind-body group program. J Neurooncol. 2020 Feb 20. PMID: 32078086.
  2. Lester E, DiStefano S, Mace R, Macklin E, Plotkin S, Vranceanu AM. Virtual mind-body treatment for geographically diverse youth with neurofibromatosis: A pilot randomized controlled trial. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2020 Jan - Feb; 62:72-78. PMID: 31841875.
  3. Al-Jabari, R., Murrell, A.R., Callahan, J.L., Cox, R.J., & Lester, E.G., . Do Distress Level and Waitlists Impact Termination in a Training Clinic?. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 2019; 13(2):127-137. View Publication.
  4. Lester, E.G. & Murrell, A.R. Becoming Mindful of Measurement: An experimental-experiential study of state mindfulness measures. Mindfuloness. 2019; 10(10):2133-2142. View Publication.
  5. Murrell, A.R., Hulsey, T.C., Erguder, L., Lester, E.G. Making a Difference, Starting With Me: Mindfulness, Values Based Self-Care, and Self-Compassion for Psychologists Who Work With Children and Families. The Behavior Therapist. 2019; 42(5):163-169.
  6. Lester, E.G., Murrell, A.R., & Dickson, D. A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Misconceptions of Mindfulness Meditation. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine. 2018.
  7. Lester, E. G., & Murrell, A. R. . Mindfulness Interventions for College Students with ADHD: A Multiple Single Case Research Design. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 2018; 33(3):199-220. View Publication.
  8. Moyer, D. N., McMakin, D. Q., Page, A. R., Murrell, A. R., Lester, E. G., & Walker, H. The Impact of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy on Positive Parenting Strategies Among Parents who have Experienced Relationship Violence. Journal of Family Violence. 2018; 4(33):269-279. View Publication.
  9. Murrell, A. R., Lester, E. G., Moyer, D. N., & Lincoln. Three Tweets to the Wind: Providing context via simulated social media to decrease stigma toward problematic drinking. The Behavior Therapist. 2018; 4(41).
  10. Murrell AR, Jackson R, Lester EG, Hulsey T. Psychological Flexibility and Resilience in Parentally Bereaved College Students. Omega (Westport). 2018 Feb; 76(3):207-226. PMID: 28198653.
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  11. Murrell, A. R., Lester, E.G., & Sandoz, E.K. Grounding Turbulent Minds: The Challenges of Mindfulness-Based Interventions for College Students with ADHD and How to Overcome Them. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 2015; 29:314-328. View Publication.
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Funded by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program, grant number UL1TR002541.