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Assistant Professor Diana NECHITA, PhD

Diana Nechita is an assistant professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, from Babes-Bolyai Cluj-Napoca University. She is a clinical psychologist and a cognitive-behavioral therapist certified by the Romanian Board of Psychologists and the Albert Ellis Institute of New York. Diana is also a supervisor in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies.

Her research interests are evidence-based psychological interventions and self-conscious emotions and their relationship with psychopathology (mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders), focusing on their regulation.

Subjects taught:

  • Clinical psychology, psychological counseling, individual and group psychotherapies
  • Positive psychology
  • Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy
  • Forensic counseling and psychotherapy

Schedule for hearings:

Fridays: 10:00 – 12:00 – with prior email appointment

Contact address: No. 37 Republicii Street, 400015, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Email: diananechita@psychology.ro

Research Interests:

  • Self-conscious emotions and their relationship with psychopathology
  • Naturalistic interventions in the context of eating disorders
  • Self-compassion as a protective factor in psychopathology
  • Evidence-based psychological interventions

Projects & Grants:


  • 2022
    • Crisan, S. M., & Nechita, D. M. (2022). Maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and trait anger as predictors of depression severity. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 29(3), 1135-1143. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2702
    • Crisan, S., Canache, M., Buksa, D., & Nechita, D. (2022). A Comparison Between Self-compassion and Unconditional Self-acceptance: Interventions on Self-blame, Empathy, Shame-, Guilt-Proneness, and Performance. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, 1-17.
    • David, D., Szentagotai, A., Nechita, D., & Ştefan, S. (2022). Psychotherapy Models: A Historical Perspective. Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, 1-25. https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-818697-8.00098-4
    • Miu, A. C., Szentágotai-Tătar, A., Balázsi, R., Nechita, D., Bunea, I., & Pollak, S. D. (2022). Emotion regulation as mediator between childhood adversity and psychopathology: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 102141. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2022.102141
  • 2021
    • Crisan, S. M., & Nechita, D. M. (2021). Maladaptive emotion regulation strategies and trait anger as predictors of depression severity. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2702
    • Cristea, I. A., & Nechita, D. M. (2021). Effective psychological interventions for relapse prevention in schizophrenia. The Lancet. Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.1016/s2215-0366(21)00351-5
    • Nechita, D. M., Bud, S., & David, D. (2021). Shame and eating disorders symptoms: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Eating Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23583
    • Szentágotai-Tătar, A., Miu, A. C., Nechita, D. M., & David, D. (2021). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and happiness. In W. Dryden (Ed.), New Directions in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (pp. 142-160). Routledge.
    • Ceclan, A. A., & Nechita, D. M. (2021). The effects of self‐compassion components on shame-proneness in individuals with depression: An exploratory study. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2560
  • 2020
    • Szentagotai-Tătar, A., Nechita, D. M., Miu, A.C (2020). Shame in Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Curr Psychiatry Rep., 22(4). doi: 10.1007/s11920-020-1142-9
    • Cândea, D. M., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2020). Cognitive Reappraisal as an Emotion Regulation Strategy for Shame: Comparing Self-Distancing to Changing Self-Evaluations. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 13(1), 42-53. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41811-019-00064-4
  • 2019
    • Cândea, D.M & Bud, S. (2019). Programe de intervenție pentru depresie. În V. Enea (Ed.), Intervenții psihologice în școală. Manualul consilierului școlar. (pp.265-275). Iași: Polirom
    • Prefit, A.B., Cândea, D.M. & Szentagotai-Tătar, A. (2019). Emotion regulation across eating pathology: A meta-analysis. Appetite. 143:104438. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.104438
    • Cândea, D.M., Ceclan, A., Cionca, S., & Szentagotai-Tătar, A. (2019). Self-Compassion and Mental Illness: A Review of Theoretical and Empirical Evidence. Part II. In Galiana L. & Sanso N. (Eds), The Power of Compassion. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
    • Cândea, D.M., Ceclan, A., Cionca, S., & Szentagotai-Tătar, A. (2019). Self-Compassion and Mental Illness: A Review of Theoretical and Empirical Evidence. Part I. In Galiana L. & Sanso N. (Eds), The Power of Compassion. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
    • David, D., Cardoș, R., Cândea, D., Oltean, H., Ştefan, S. (2019). REBT and Depressive Disorders. In Dryden W. & Bernard M. (Eds.), REBT with Diverse Client Problems and Populations (pp.23-44). Cham: Springer
    • Szentagotai-Tătar, A., Cândea, D.M., David, D.O. (2019). REBT and Positive Psychology. In Bernard M. & Dryden W. (Eds.), Advances in REBT (pp.246-266). Cham: Springer.
    • Prefit, A.B., Cândea, D.M. & Szentagotai-Tătar, A. (2019). Effects of acceptance and reappraisal on body dissatisfaction: an experimental comparison of two adaptive emotion regulation strategies. Eat Weight Disord. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40519-019-00691-y
  • 2018
    • Cândea, D., Stefan, S., Matu, S., Mogoase, C., Iftene, F., David, D., & Szentagotai, A. (2018). REBT in the Treatment of Subclinical and Clinical Depression. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
    • Căzănescu, D. G., Tecuta, L., Cândea, D.M., Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2018). Savoring as Mediator Between Irrational Beliefs, Depression, and Joy. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. doi: 10.1007/s10942-018-0304-8
    • Cȃndea, D. M., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2018). Shame-proneness, guilt-proneness and anxiety symptoms: A meta-analysis. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 58, 78-106. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.07.005
    • Cȃndea, D. M., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2018). The Impact of Self-Compassion on Shame-Proneness in Social Anxiety. Mindfulness, (9), 1816-1824. doi: 10.1007/s12671-018-0924-1
    • Cândea, D. M., David, D. & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2018). Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions for Eating Disorders. In D. David, S. J. Lynn & G. H. Montgomery (Eds.), Evidence-Based Psychotherapy: The State of the Science and Practice (pp.189-218). New York: Wiley.
  • 2017
    • Cândea, D. M., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2017). Evaluarea tulburărilor de anxietate. În V. Enea & I. Dafinoiu (Eds.), Evaluarea psihologica. Manualul psihologului clinician (pp.400-414). Iași: Polirom.
    • Cândea, D. M., & Vălenas, S.P., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2017). Altruismul. In A. Szentagotai-Tătar & D. David (Eds.), Tratat de Psihologie Pozitivă (pp. 111-127). Iași: Polirom.
    • Cândea, D. M., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2017). Shame as a predictor of post-event rumination in social anxiety. Cognition and Emotion, 31(8), 1684-1691. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1243518
  • 2016
    • Cândea, D.M., Cotet, C. D., & Matu, S. A (2016). Do Psychologists Offer Coaching Services? Preliminary Results from a Survey on CBT Practitioners. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 16(1), 57-66.
  • 2015
    • Szentagotai-Tatar, A., David, D., Brustur, G. I, Burca, C., Cicodei, I., Popescu, M., Radu, E, Cândea, D. & Valenas, S. (2015). Protocol clinic de grup pentru depresie destinat femeilor private de libertate. Craiova: Sitech.
    • Cândea, D. M., Cotet, C. D., Stefan, S., Valenas, S. P., & Szentagotai-Tatar, A. (2015). Computerized cognitive training for working memory in older adults: A review. Transylvanian Journal of Psychology, 16(2), 141-161.
    • Szentágotai-Tătar, A., Chiș, A., Vulturar, R., Dobrean, A., Cândea, D. M., & Miu, A. C. (2015). Shame and Guilt-Proneness in Adolescents: Gene-Environment Interactions. PloS one, 10(7), e0134716. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134716
  • 2014
    • Cândea, D. M., & Szentágotai-Tatar, A. (2014). Does Shame-Proneness Enhance our Understanding of Social Anxiety beyond Classical Cognitive Constructs?. Transylvanian Journal of Psychology, 15(1), 33-47.
    • Cândea, D. M. & Szentagotai-Tatar, A. (2014). Shame, Body Image and Eating Disorders: A conceptual and Empirical Map. In K. G Lockhart (ed.), Psychology of Shame: New Research (pp. 121-140). New York: Nova Science Publishers.
    • Cândea, D. M., Matu, S. A., & Szentágotai, A. (2014). Individual Differences in Shame-proneness and Trait Rumination as Predictors of Depressive Symptoms. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 127, 277-281.
  • 2013
    • Cândea, D. M., & Szentagotai, A. (2013). Shame and psychopathology: from research to clinical practice. Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies, 13(1), 101-113.