Meeting of the Minds Conference Series
“New Frontiers in Evidence Based Psychology”

7th – 9th November 2008
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

The Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and its International Institute for the Advanced Studies of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health are a Pole of Excellence in the Romanian academic and research field.

Based on the support of the Romanian Government (by competition) and on national and international grants, the Department has developed two major world-class research platforms that will be fully operational by fall 2009:
• The Platform for Robotherapy and Virtual Reality Therapy (see at;
• The Platform for Advanced Imaging – EEG/fMRI – in Clinical Cognitive Sciences (

This meeting, funded by the Romanian Government (Ministry of Education and Research) brings together top scientists in order to foresee (predict and shape) the cutting-edge developments in the field of evidence-based psychology. Three major topics will be discussed: (1) evidence-based assessment and therapy; (2) evidence-based training; (3) genetic counseling and its place in the clinical/counseling/psychotherapy field. We hope that the conclusions of this meeting will shape a research strategy to be run on the two major research platforms of the Department.

The entire event (e.g., presentations, discussions) will be videoconferenced and can be followed in Zorgo lecture hall (No. 7, Sindicatelor Street) and online.

Satellite events

Thursday, November 6, 2008 (No. 37. Republicii Street)

10.00 – 12.00 Meeting with the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and visit of the Virtual Reality Laboratory
12.00 – 14.00 Babeş-Bolyai University tour and meeting with the Rector
14.00 – 15.30 Lunch break
15.30 – 18.30 R-GAD Workgroup (Raymond DiGiusppe, PhD; Arthur Freeman, PhD; Douglas Mennin, PhD; Kelly Wilson, PhD)
19.00 – Dinner

Program outline
Friday, November 7, 2008 (No. 7. Sindicatelor Street)

9.00 – 10.00 Welcome (Organizers: Daniel David, PhD.; Ramona Moldovan, MA; Alina Rusu, PhD.)

10.00 – 12.00 Evidence based assessment and psychological intervention

Douglas Mennin, PhD,

Alexandru Popescu, PhD;

Simon Wallace, PhD;

Kelly Wilson, PhD

12.00 – 13.00 Visit at the University Museum / Brief sightseeing

13.00 – 15.00 Lunch (Piramida, University Restaurant)

15.00 – 17.00 Brief sightseeing

17.00 – 19.00 Evidence based assessment and psychological intervention

Raymond DiGiusppe, PhD;

Arthur Freeman, PhD;

Mark Reineke, PhD

19.00 – Dinner

Saturday, November 8, 2008 (No. 7. Sindicatelor Street)

9.00 – 10.15 Evidence based training in psychotherapy and counseling
Jacques Barber, PhD
Bernhard Strauss, PhD
10.15 – 10.30 Coffee break
10.30 – 12.00 New frontiers in genetic counseling; interface between genetics and psychotherapy/counseling
Shoshana Shiloh, PhD
Domenico Coviello, PhD
10.30 – 12.00 Satellite workshop: Evidence based assessment and psychological intervention in autism (Dr. Simon Wallace, Oxford University, PhD)
12.00 – 13.00 Round table
13.00 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 19.00 Cluj-Napoca visit (
15.00 – 19.00 Work-meeting: Cognitive Therapy vs. Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy vs. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Generalized Anxiety Disorder; Randomized Clinical Trial
19.00 – Dinner

Sunday, November 9, 2008

8.00 – 20.00 Trip to Sighisoara