Members and Collaborators

Members and Collaborators

Teaching and research staff of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy:

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Prof. “Aaron T. Beck” Univ. Dr. Daniel DAVID

– FOUNDING DIRECTOR

Clinical cognitive sciences applied in psychopathology (child, adolescent, adult, the elderly), evidendence-based psychological assessment and psychotherapy, multilevel outcomes and mechanisms of chance in clinical research, technology-based clinical psychology and psychotherapy (e.g., virtual reality therapy, robotherapy). Also Adjunct Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, SUA.


Prof. Univ. Dr. Anca DOBREAN

– DIRECTOR DE DEPARTAMENT

Psihodiagnostic, psihodiagnostic validat ştiinţific, patologia copilului şi adolescentului 


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Prof. Univ. Dr. Aurora SZENTAGOTAI

– DIRECTOR ȘCOALA DOCTORALĂ

Psihologie clinică / Psihoterapie cognitiv-comportamentală, Psihologie pozitivă


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Prof. Univ. Dr. Oana DAVID

Psihologie clinică/Psihoterapie aplicată în mediul economic (ex. coaching cognitiv-comportamental) şi parenting


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Associate professor Simona ŞTEFAN, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology/ Evidence-based Psychotherapy


Lect. Univ. Dr. Silviu MATU

Advanced research methods; Using technological tools, such as robots and virtual reality, to promote mental health


Assistant Professor Diana NECHITA, PhD.

Clinical Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology



Assistant Professor Radu ȘOFLĂU, PhD.

Clinical Practice/ Ethics in Applied Psychology/ Clinical Forensic Psychology


Assistant Professor Răzvan PREDATU, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology/Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy/Clinical Practice/Cognitive-Behavioral Coaching


The Department is organized according to international standards, so that some people are employed on a temporary basis and/or complementary to the specialties of the Department. This encourages a planned staff fluctuation that leads to an increase in the Department’s performance, through the flexibility and expertise with which it approaches new developments in the field. Former and current employees of the Department include:

  • Dr. Ioana Cristea
    • Clinical/ Applied Cognitive Sciences in Pathology, Clinical Cognitive Neurosciences, Evolutionary Psychology.
  • Dr. Amfiana Botez
  • Dr. Cristina Mogoașe
    • Clinical Cognitive Sciences, Applied Psychotherapy in Genetics/ Genetic Counseling, Clinical Practice
  • Dr. Bianca Macavei
    • 2008-2014
    • Clinical Practice
  • Dr. Ramona Moldovan
    • 2008-2014
    • Genetic Counseling
  • Dr. Sebastian Pintea
    • 2008-2014
    • Advanced Research Methods
  • Dr. Mădălina Sucală
    • Clinical Cognitive Sciences/Applied in Adult Psychopatology, Genetic Counseling
  • Dr. Bogdan Voinescu
    • Clinical and Experimental Psychiatry/Sleep Disorders and ADHD, Genetic Counseling
  • Dr. Alina Rusu
    • 2007-2013
    • Human-animal interaction/Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Dr. Mircea Birț
    • 2008-2011
    • Clinical Psychiatry
  • Dr. Octavian Popescu
    • 2009-2011; from 2011, he remained a member of Doctoral School Council of the Department
    • Genetics, Molecular Biology
    • full member of Romanian Academy
  • Dr. Catalina Kopetz
    • 2008-2013; from 2013, she remained consultant researcher of the Institute
    • Cognitive Sciences, affiliated with Maryland University

Ruben Emanuel NECHIFOR, Ph.D.

Resting & Task fMRI, Neuroimaging, Diffusion, Perfusion & Structural MRI


  • CS III Dr. Cristina Pojoga
  • Dr. Horea Oltean

Membri colaboratori cercetători (foști și actuali):

  • Dr. Cezar Giosan
  • Dr. Raluca Ignat
  • Dr. Bram Vanderborght
  • Dr. Cristina Costescu
  • Dr. Ioana Podină

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Doctoranzi ai Școlii Doctorale “Psihodiagnostic şi Intervenţii Psihologice Validate Ştiinţific”

Flavius Agape is a PhD student of the „Evidence-Based Assessment and Psychological Interventions” Doctoral School, starting from October of 2020.

Scientific Advisor: Prof. Dr. Anca Dobrean


Stefania Crisan is a PhD student at the „Evidence-Based Assessment and Psychological Interventions Doctoral School”, starting from October of 2020. She completed her master’s degree in Psychological Techniques for Controlling Human Behavior and Human Potential Development (2019), and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2017) at the Babes-Bolyai University. Her research interests center around the impact of adverse childhood experiences on emotion regulation in the case of avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. In addition, Stefania is an autonomous clinical psychologist cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, certified by the The Romanian College of Psychologists.

E-mail: maria.crisan@ubbcluj.ro

Scientific Advisor: Prof. Dr. Aurora Szentagotai


Elisa Dumitru is a PhD student at the „Evidence-Based Assessment and Psychological Interventions Doctoral School” starting from October of 2020. She completed her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy (2020) and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology (2018), as well as her bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (2020) at the Babeș-Bolyai University. Her research interests center around the transdiagnostic nature of death anxiety and the cognitive mechanisms that underlie it, applying REBT theory to formulate death anxiety theoretical models.

Scientific Advisor : Prof. Dr. Daniel David









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Dr. Psih. Roxana CARDOȘ

Psihologie Evoluționistă, Consiliere genetică


Drd. Psih. Cristina LORINȚ

Cursuri predate / interese de cercetare

Notes: (1) The selection criteria for our members and collaborators is represented by the professional performance, doubled by the commitment for excellence, professionalism and seriousness, teamwork and rejection of imposture, characteristics that constitute the value system of the Department. More specifically, the professional profile we are looking for in those who want to join our team is characterized by: (1) advanced scientific knowledge; (2) advanced research methods; (3) ethical and professional behavior in general, and in research/teaching/psychological and/or administrative services in particular; (4) leadership and entrepreneurial style; (5) efficient activity management; (6) communication and interpersonal relationships skills in general, and in the work team in particular (eg. generosity, calm, assertiveness, frustration tolerance, etc.); (7) special motivation, pleasure and attraction to contribute to the progress of knowledge, doubled by availability to effort and work; (8) a rational mental style characterized by: (a) intelligent, creative, flexible, non-absolutist thinking, (b) frustration tolerance, (c) non-catastrophizing and (d) nuanced, non-global assessments.

(2) The promotion criteria for the “Major” level are represented by the minimum performance criteria established at UBB/national level, to which are added the criteria of international excellence (established in the Department Regulation). They are corroborated with the promotion criteria for the “Minor” level, which are represented by the minimum performance criteria established at UBB/national level.

(3) The organization of the Department members described above is made taking into account the specifics of the Department, which carries out didactic activities, research and innovative clinical services (development-innovation). Thus, the members of the Department are organized in several categories, each category having its own trajectory, responsabilities and performance indicators; the categories are not static, a member of the Department being able to choose and/or change his/her personal trajectory according to his/her career interests.