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 Lorinț 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.

Paula Stroian is a key assistant researcher in the REThinkWELL project and a PhD student in the Evidence-based psychological assessment and interventions doctoral school at Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca. Her research focuses on the use of schema therapy with depressive disorders and the application of schema therapy principles to online self-administered interventions. She is a licenced clinical psychologist and a cognitive behavioral therapy and schema therapy practitioner under supervision.


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 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.

Iuga Ioana Alexandra has a degree in psychology and is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy master’s program at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in 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 the influence of parental maladaptive schema on children’s externalizing behaviors as well as parental and youth programs for the prevention of child emotional disorders. 

Patricia Boloș has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently a master’s student in the field of Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy at the “Babeș-Bolyai” University in Cluj-Napoca. She is also doing an internship at the Babeș-Bolyai PsyTech Psychology Clinic. Her main research interests focus on emotion regulation skills and emotional resiliency and aims to further investigate these topics in her dissertation thesis.


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.


Partners and collaborators

Critique gaming

Research collaborators/Consultants

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

Commercial collaborators

Critique Gaming

Psychological Solutions and Technologies

Student collaborators

Tania Cadiș

Mădălina Poenaru

Anda Faur