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.

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.

Simona Miron 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.

Renata Gheorghiu is currently a Ph.D student at the Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment and Interventions Doctoral School, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Her main research interests are using digital interventions in clinical populations, with a focus on bipolar disorder, and various predictors associated with the disorder.


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 Professor at Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Computer Science. His research interests areas are Context Awareness, Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence. 

Fuia Mihai Dragos is currently studying computer science at “Babes-Bolyai University”. For as long as he remembers, he’s always been in awe at how the modern world works, always trying to find out more, eventually deciding to focus on the digital aspect of the world. His main goal is to work on software that will make the world better, regardless of whether it will through science, education, logistics, or entertainment.


Ph.D Students

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.

Doris Pop 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. Her research interests focus on investigating personal values, major life events, the stability and change of personal values over the life course. In private practice, she is a clinical psychologist, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist in supervision and cognitive-behavioral coach. She is also an ANC accredited trainer.

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.

Vasile Sîrbu is currently a Ph.D. student at the Evidence-Based Psychological Assessment and Interventions Doctoral School, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. He is licensed in psychology and graduated from the Master of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the West University of Timisoara. His main research interests now focus on the scientific validation of mobile psychological interventions and the investigation of the mechanisms of change behind them in reducing the symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress.

Mădălina L. Pop is an independent clinical psychologist, independent psychologist in applied psychology in the field of national security, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist and counselor 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 interest aims at investigating resilience to organizational stress developed through technology-based interventions. Her work experience focuses on adult psychodiagnosis and psychopathology.

Eliza Atudosie 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. Her research interests focus on technology based psychological interventions and the investigation of the mechanisms behind them in reducing anxiety and stress among students and young adults. In private practice, she is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist in supervision.

Research Collaborators/Consultants

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

Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)

Ion Petre Barboș, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport

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

Mariusz Wirga, MD Medical Director Psychosocial Oncology, MemorialCare Cancer Institute at Long Beach Medical Center

Sebastian Vaida, Ph.D. Research Assistant at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Department of Psychology

Thomas Meißner, Ph.D. General Pediatrics Clinic, Neonatology and Pediatric Cardiology, Düsseldorf University

Veronica Rebreanu, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer at Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Law


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.”
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.
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.
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
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.

Larisa Armășoiu is currently studying Psychology at “Babes-Bolyiai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Psychology and art are her main passions and she is always willing to learn from any experience so that in the end she can also share further.
Diana Carata 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. Her research interests focus on personality disorders, attachment styles and maladaptive schemas.
Giulia Maria Cristelecan is currently studying Psychology at “Babes-Bolyiai” University in Cluj-Napoca. Psychology has been her passion since highschool. Her research interests are prevention of mental illness as well as emotional regulation among adolescents.
Monica Pop is currently studying Psychology-Cognitive Science at “Babes-Bolyiai” University in Cluj-Napoca. In the future, she would like to work as a researcher in the the prevention of mental health disorders in children and adolescents.
Mirel Lupu is currently studying Psychology at “Babeș-Bolyai” University, in his senior year. After he graduates, he is going to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. His goal is to become a positive psychotherapist, with interventions such as cultivating strengths or expressing gratitude for adolescents with various disorders being in his ​​potential area of research.
Sofia Polychronaki 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. Her research interests focus on domestic violence and gender equality.

Alex Profir is currently studying Psychology-Cognitive Science at “Babes-Bolyiai” University in Cluj-Napoca. His main interest is cognitive neuroscience and in the future, he would like to work in this field.
Miruna Turcu is currently studying Psychology at Babes-Bolyai university, in her final year. Her interests include: the effects of technology on mental health and overall wellbeing, especially Internet Gaming Disorder (and video games overall).

Former members

Drd. Paula Stroian

Mrd. Anda Roberta Faur

Mrd. Tania Cadiș

Mrd. Mădălina Poenaru

Ionuț Milea, Ph.D Student

Marina Dascăl, Public Health Specialist

Georgian Stancovici, Software Engineer