Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

Babes-Bolyai University

About Us

1. Organization chart


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2. Where did we start from?
The Babeş-Bolyai University (UBB) and the School of Psychology in Cluj have not had a tradition of excellence in the field of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, despite this being the most representative domain in psychology, in which the number of professionals is concerned, as well as the social prototype of psychology and the main motivation of those who choose to study it. The explanation of this phenomenon is complex, and it has to do first and foremost with the requirements of the field regarding infrastructure (e.g., research and practice equipment/instruments and adequate space are very expensive) and the clinical training of professionals (a university degree in psychology is insufficient for practicing in this field; a minimum of 4 years of postgraduate training is required), both difficult to accomplish during the communist regime.

3. What path did we choose?
Immediately after the revolution, understanding the need for the development of such a school, to connect us to international standards, I have decided (“Aaron T. Beck” Professor, Ph.D., Daniel DAVID) to complete a postdoctoral program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA, and the Albert Ellis Institute, where I had direct contact and training in the most recent developments in the clinical domain and the field of psychotherapy, as these institutions are major actors in clinical psychology and evidence based psychotherapy. After returning to Romania, building on the experimental tradition of the School of Psychology in Cluj, (e.g., Goangă, Mărgineanu, Roşca etc.), I, along with my colleagues, have initiated a Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy School, based on rigorous experimental foundations, and aligned to international standards, following the evidence-based and scientist-practitioner paradigms.

4. Sample of the Relevant Scientific Contributions of the Department’s Members

  • David, D., Lynn, S., & Ellis, A. (2009). Rational and irrational beliefs in human functioning and disturbances. London: Oxford University Press.
  • David, D. (2003). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT); The view of a cognitive psychologist. In W. Dryden (Ed.). Theoretical developments in REBT. London:Brunner/Routledge.
  • David, D., Brown, R., Pojoga, C., & David, A. (2000). The impact of posthypnotic amnesia and intentional forgetting on implicit and explicit memory. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 48 267-289.
  • David, D., & Brown, R. (2002). Suggestibility and negative priming: Two replications studies. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 50, 215-280.
  • Montgomery, G.H., David, D., Winkel, G., Silverstein, J. H., & Bovbjerg, D. H. (2002). The effectiveness of adjunctive hypnosis with surgical patients: A meta-analysis. Anesthesia & Analgesia, 94, 1639-1645.
  • David, D., Moore, M., & Domuta, A. (2002). Romanian psychology on the international psychological scene: A preliminary critical and empirical approach. European Psychologist, 7, 153-160.
  • David, D., & Brown, R. (2003). The impact of different directed forgetting instructions on implicit and explicit memory: New evidence from a modified process dissociation procedure. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 211-233.
  • Montgomery, G. H., David, D., Goldfarb, A. B., Silverstein, J. H., Weltz, C. R., Birk, J. S., & Bovbjerg, D. H. (2003). Sources of anticipatory distress among breast surgery patients. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26, 153-163.
  • Montgomery, G., David, D., et al.. (2003). Is hoping the same as expecting? Discrimination between hopes and response expectancies for nonvolitioanl outcomes. Personality and Individual Differences, 35, 399-409.
  • David, D. (2004). Special issue on the cognitive revolution in clinical psychology: Beyond the behavioral approach-Introductory remarks. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 4, 351-353.
  • David, D. (2004). Special issue on the cognitive revolution in clinical psychology: Beyond the behavioral approach-Conclusions: Toward and evidence-based psychology and psychotherapy. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 4, 447-451.
  • David, D., Montgomery, G. et al.. (2004). Discrimination between hopes and expectancies for nonvolitional outcomes. Psychological phenomenon or artefact? Personality and Individual Differences, 36, 1945-1952.
  • David, D., Schnur, J., şi Birk, J. (2004). Functional and dysfunctional emotions in Ellis’ cognitive theory; An empirical analysis. Cognition and Emotion, 18, 869-880.
  • David, D., McMahon, J., & Macavei, B. (2005). Cognitive Restructuring and Mental Contamination: An empirical Re-conceptualization. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 23, 21-56.
  • David, D., Montgomery, GH., Macavei, B., & Bovbjerg, D. (2005). An empirical investigation of Albert Ellis’ binary model of distress. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 61, 499-516.
  • David, D.Szentagotai, A.Kallay, E., & Macavei, B. (2005). A synopsis of rational-emotive behaviour therapy; Fundamental and applied research. Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 23, 175-221.
  • David, D., & Szentagotai, A. (2006). Cognition in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies; toward an intergrative model. Clinical Psychology Review., 26, 284-298.
  • David, D., Montgomery, GH., & Bovbjerg, DH. (2006). Relations between coping responses and optimism-pessimism in predicting anticipatory psychological distress in surgical breast cancer patients Personality and Individual Differences, 40, 203-213.
  • Montgomery, GH., Bovbjerg, DH., Schnur, JB., David, D. et al. (2007). A randomized clinical trial of a brief hypnosis intervention to control side effects in breast surgery patients. Journal of National Cancer Institute (impact factor aprox. 16), 99, 1304-1312.
  • David, D. (2008). Duplication spreads the word to a wider audience. NATURE, 452 (7183): 29-29 Mar 6.
  • David, D., Szentagotai, A., Lupu, V., Cosman, D. (2008). Rational emotive behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and medication in the treatment of major depressive disorder: A randomized clinical trial, posttreatment outcomes, and six-month follow-up. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64, 728-746.
  • Schnur, J.B., Bovbjerg, D., David, D. et al. (2008). Hypnosis decrease presurgical distress in excisional breast biopsy patients. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 106, 440-444.
  • Sava, F., Yates, B., Lupu, V., Szentagotai, A., & David, D. (2009). Cost-effctiveness and cost-utility of cognitive therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, and fluoxetine (Prozac) in treating depression: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 36-52.
  • Rescorla, L., Achenbach, T. M., Ivanova, M., Dumenci, L., A., Almqvist, F., Bilenberg, N., Bird, H., Broberg, A., Domuta, A., Döpfner, M., Erol, N., Forns, M., Hannesdomir, H., Kanbayashi, Y., Lambert, M., Leung, P., Minaci, A., Mulatu, M., Novik, T., Oh, K., Roussos, A., Sawyer, M., Simsek, Z., Steinhausen, H. C., Weintraub, S., Winkler-Metzke, Ch., Wolanczyk, T., Zilber, N., Zukauskiene, R., & Verhulst, F., (2007). Epidemiological Comparisons of Problems and Positive Qualities Reported by Adolescents in 24 Cultures. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 2, 351-358.
  • Rescorla, L., Achenbach, T. M., Ginzburg, S., Ivanova, M., Dumenci, L., A., Almqvist, F., Bathiche, M., Bilenberg, N., Bird, H., Domuta, A., Erol, N., Fombonne, E., Fonseca, A., Frigerio, A., Kanbayashi, Y., Lambert, M., Liu, X., Leung, P., Minaei, A., Roussos, A., Simsek, Z., Weintraub,, S., Wolanczyk, T., Zubrick, S., Zukauskiene, R., Verhulst, F. (2007). Consistency of Teachers-Reported Problem for Students in 21 Cultures. School Psychology Review, 36, 1, 91-110.
  • Opriş, D., & Macavei, B. (2005). The distinction between functional and dysfunctional negative emotions; An empirical analysis. Journal of Cognitive and Bahavioral Psychotherapies, 5, 181-195.
  • Popescu, O., & Misevic, G.N. (1997). Self-recognition by proteoglycans, Nature386, 231-232.
  • Dammer, U., Popescu, O., Wagner, P., Anselmetti, D., Güntherodt, H.-J., & Misevic, G.N. (1995). Binding strength between cell adhesion proteoglycans measured by atomic force microscopy, Science267, 1173-1175.

“Aaron T. Beck” Professor, Ph.D., Daniel DAVID, Head of Departament of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University.

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