Albert Ellis based his theory of REBT on the scientific method. He advocated that people function best when they use every possible argument to challenge their ideas and critique their beliefs. When conducting therapy and disputing clients' irrational belief, Al would often wag his index finger and say, "Where's the evidence?"
Given Al Ellis commitment to the scientific method, it would be heretical for the advocates of his therapy not to test its efficacy. When it comes to the effectiveness of Ellis therapy, we must also ask, "Where's the evidence?"
The Albert Ellis Institute serves as a resource to help those engaging in research in testing the theory or REBT and its therapeutic effectiveness. Although we cannot do all the research needed to challenge, and test REBT, the Institute can serve as a conduit to disseminate all of the evidence supporting and challenging Al's theory and therapy.
Researchers have produced hundreds of studies testing the tenets of REBT and its therapeutic outcome. To date the Institute has developed two data bases to disseminate this information. This first data base includes the references for all of the writings of Albert Ellis. This appears in the Albert Ellis Bibliography section of this site. If after reviewing this bibliography you discover an omission, please inform use, so we can update the list.