Meet the Team

Director

Oana David, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, at Babes-Bolyai University, Director of the Babes-Bolyai-PsyTech Psychology Clinic and the DATA Lab. She has received the Ph.D. from BBU in 2011 with a thesis focused on evidence-based parenting programs for reducing child disruptive disorders. Her research is focused on the efficacy of technology based tools for the prevention of emotional disorders in youths and stress management in adults. She was awarded four major research grants, based on which she developed the following therapeutic technology based tools: the REThink therapeutic game, the PsyPills app for stress management, the online Rational and Positive Parenting Program and the roboRETman therapeutic mechatronic device for coaching emotion skills in children. She is clinical psychologist and an accredited practitioner and supervisor in CBT, member of the European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, founding president of the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching, and international board member of the International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research, UK. She is also chief editor of the Journal Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, and member in the editorial board of the Journal of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. 


Key team members

Cristina Tomoiagă is key assistant researcher in the REThink Emotions project. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions Doctoral School, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Her research is focused on the efficacy of online interventions using cognitive-behavioral coaching on different types of outcomes, as well as the mechanisms of change in this process. She is a CBT practitioner and professional experience includes soft skills and technical trainings, coaching and e-learning platforms and tools. She is also a member of the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching.

Ionuț Milea is a research assistant in the REThinkWELL project and a PhD student in the Evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions doctoral school at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. While interested in evolutionary psychology, sports psychology and novel therapeutic approaches, his research topics include state and trait boredom, as well as their underlying cognitions and emotional & behavioral associations. As a practitioner, Ionuț is a certified psychotherapist by the Romanian Board of Psychologists under supervision.


Key research assistants

Iuga Ioana Alexandra has a degree in clinical psychology and psychotherapy and is currently a Ph.D. student at the Evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions Doctoral School, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. She is an intern at PsyTech University Clinic and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology – STAR-UBB.  Her research interests focus on school burnout and the influence of parental expectations on children’s academic stress. 

Anda Faur has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently studying Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy as a master’s student at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Her main research interests are related to interventions which can help oncology patients, both children and adults, face the difficulties associated with the disease and the treatment.


Team members

Silviu Matu, Ph.D. is a senior assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, at Babeș-Bolyai University, and a researcher on the PSYTECH-MATRIX Platform for Robotherapy and Virtual Reality Therapy, also at Babeș-Bolyai University. His main research interests are related to emotion regulation and the integration of psychology and technology in order to promote mental health. Silviu has worked as a researcher in several projects on these topics, including the the “REThink” project and the “DREAM” project, financed by the European Commission in the 7th Framework Programme, grant agreement no. 611391, focusing on developing an intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder by using therapeutic social robots (https://dream2020.github.io/DREAM/).

Roxana Cardos, Ph.D. is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca and Clinical Psychologist at the PsyTech University Clinic, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. Dr. Cardos was involved as a key researcher in the REThink project. Dr. Cardos’s publications are related to technology-based therapy: Sucala, M., Cuijpers, P., Muench, F., Cardos, R., Soflau, R., Dobrean, A., Achimas-Cadariu, P., & David, D. (2017). Anxiety: There is an app for that. A systematic review of anxiety apps. Depression and Anxiety: The official journal of ADAA, 34(6), 518-525. David, O. A. & Predatu, R. & Cardos, R. (2018). A pilot study of the REThink online video game applied for coaching emotional understanding in children and adolescents in the therapeutic video game environment: The Feeling Better resources game. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies. 18. 57-68. 10.24193/jebp.2018.1.5. Cardos, R. A. I., David, O. A., David, O. D. (2017). Virtual reality exposure therapy in flight anxiety: A quantitative meta-analysis, Computers in Human Behavior, 72, 371-380. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2017.03.007.

Liviu-Andrei Fodor is a research assistant at the DATA Lab within the International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health and a doctoral student at the “Psychodiagnostics and scientifically validated psychological interventions” Doctoral School. He has a degree in psychology and graduated with a master’s degree in “Clinical psychology, psychological counseling and psychotherapy”, both at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. His main research interests include meta-research procedures and advanced research methods for evaluating the efficiency / effectiveness of technologically augmented psychological interventions (e.g. virtual reality, PC and mobile platforms) in the treatment of mental disorders.

Iulian Bența, PhD. is a Doctor of Engineering and Lecturer at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca. His research interests areas are Context Awareness, Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence. 

Georgian Stancovici is a software engineer with 5 years of experience, specialised in building mobile applications using programming languages such as Java, Kotlin or Dart.


Research Collaborators/Consultants

Alvaro Sanchez Lopez, Ph.D, Department of Clinical Psychology of Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Iván Blanco, Ph.D, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Laura Brumariu, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Adelphi University New York, USA

Marie Danet, Ph.D. Associate Professor at Laboratoire Psitec, Université de Lille – Nord de France

Marie Yap, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Monash University School of Psychological Sciences, Monash, Australia

The WHO World Mental Health International College Student (WMH-ICS) Initiative https://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/wmh/college_student_survey.php

Collaborating members

Tamara L. Macea is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist in supervision. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the Evidence-based Psychological Assessment and Interventions Doctoral School, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Her research interests focus on the role of early adaptive and maladaptive schemas in parenting for children’s mental health. Her work experience focuses on adult psychopathology.

Georgiana M. Roșca is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist and trainer. Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the Evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions Doctoral School, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Her research interest aims at investigating parent child factors and effective and immediate parenting strategies used in children’s compliance and their adequate development on the long term. Her work experience focused on child psychology. Also, she is part of the International Association of Cognitive Behavioral Coaching team.


Commercial collaborators

Critique gaming

Psychological Solutions and Technologies

Student Collaborators

Theodora Andrei recently graduated the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences and is currently studying Clinical and Legal Psychology, two master programs at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca. 
“For me, REThink  is an opportunity to implement the knowledge that I acquired so far and also  a perfect opportunity to improve my abilities for my future career in psychotherapy.”
Coste Maria-Andreea has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently a master’s student at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, enrolled in the Counseling and Psychological Interventions in Human Development program and in the Professional Training Program in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. Her main research interests are focused on applications of self-regulated learning and implications of embodied cognition in development and education.
Renata Gheorghiu has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently studying Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, and Public Relations as a master’s student at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Renata is interested in the development and validation of evidence-based parenting apps.
Adriana-Maria Popa has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently studying Public and Clinical Health Psychology as a master’s student at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Her main research interests are related to using technology such as mHealth and eHealth in order to improve the quality of life in adults, adolescents and children.
Șoiman Cătălina has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently studying Clinical
Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy as a master’s student at the “Babeș-Bolyai”
University in Cluj-Napoca. Her main research interests are focusing on combining
technology and psychology in order to increase the accessibility to treatment, prevention rate
and to promote mental health
Claudia Șomfelean has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is studying for a master’sdegree in Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Her research interests involve the efficacy of therapeutic interventions, especially the ones relying on technology, and the mechanisms through which they lead to change.
Alexandra Camelia Todor is currently studying Psychology at “Babes-Bolyiai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Psychology has been her passion since highschool and, in the future, she would like to work as a practitioner and researcher in the prevention of mental health disorders in adolescents and to implement evidence-based interventions in schools.
Gabriela-Andreea Țînța has a degree in psychology and is currently a master’s student at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca, enrolled in the Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy program. Her main research interests are focused on implicit learning, implicit memory and the development and treatment of mood disorders.
Miron Simona is currently enrolled in the Psychology Bachelor’s program, majoring in Forensic Psychology at Tilburg University. Her main research interests revolve around the development of disruptive behaviors in children and their connection with juvenile delinquency, as well as effective counseling for individuals with personality disorders.
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