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Professor Oana DAVID, PhD

Dr. Oana David is a full professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and director of the Babes-Bolyai-PsyTech Psychology Clinic for students. She is a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist, accredited by the national board of Psychologists, Albert Ellis Institute, and the British Psychological Society. Dr. Oana David is head of the DATA Lab, and her research interests focus on the development of innovative technology-based psychological interventions (e.g., online, gamified, based on VR). Her professional expertise includes applications of psychological interventions in the educational field (mental health support for students and parents) and in organizations (e.g., performance, distress).

Subjects taught:

  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions applied to the educational field
  • Cognitive-behavioral interventions applied to the organizational field
  • Cognitive Behavioral Coaching
  • Rational and Irrational Beliefs
  • Parenting programs

Schedule for hearings:

Thursday: 09:00 – 11:00 – by appointment by email

Contact address: Republicii 37, 400015, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Email: oanadavid@psychology.ro

Research Interests:

  • Personalized technology-based interventions for stress management and emotion regulation

Projects & Grants:

Current grants directed

1.     June 2022-June2024 – Director, Grant Grant PED Experimental Demonstrative Projects, Title REThink ACADEMY: Helping universities to effectively care for the mental health of college students in the digital age, UEFISCDI (548.000 RON;

2.     January 2021 – december 2023 – Director, Grant PCE, REThink Emotions:Game Based Online Assessment of Emotion-Regulation Abilities And Personalised Prevention Of Emotional Disorders In Children and Adolescents, UEFISCDI (1.197.556 RON, PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-2170)

3.     August 2020 – August 2022 – Director, Grant PED, REThinkWELL: An integrative evidence-based platform for the prevention of emotional disorders in children and adolescents, UEFISCDI (550.000 RON; PN-III-P2-2.1-PED-2019-3837)

4.     2020-2023, Coordinator of the National Consortium in Romania (BBU and other three universities) affiliated to the WHO World Mental Health International College Student (WMH-ICS) Initiative and coordinated by Harvard Medical School. Full title: WellbeingAcademy-CaringUniversities – National Consortium Student Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey.

5. 2021-present, National coordinator, WellbeingAcademy-CaringUniversities –  Student Mental Health Support Interventions at PsyTech-Babes-Bolyai Psychology Clinic BBU.

Other grants

February 2021 – present Consultant, Digital media use and socio-emotional development of toddlers: vulnerability and protection, director Dr. Marie Danet, Associate professor at University of L’Ille.

June 2014-July 2017 –  Project Director, Joint Applied Research Projects PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4, project title: REThink: Evidence-based therapeutic online game for child and adolescent mental health, National Council for Scientific Research (300.000EUR).

 June 2014-2017, Researcher, Grant Dcombat: A Computerized Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention for Depression, Programme “Research within Priority Sectors”- implemented under the European Economic Area (EEA) Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, Grant coordinated by Babes-Bolyai University, Partners: CheckWare AS; Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

March 2013 – September 2014, Expert mental health and coaching, Grant EduCare FP7, European Commision.

March-September 2012, Researcher, iSofie-Internet based Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder in Romania, Coordinator: Babes-Bolyai University, Partner Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweeden.


1.     David, O. A., & Fodor, L. A. (2022). Are gains in emotional symptoms and emotion-regulation competencies after the REThink therapeutic game maintained in the long run? A 6-month follow-up. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 1-10.https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-022-02002-w

2.     David, O. A., Stroian, P. I., Predatu, R., & Maffei, A. (2022). State anxiety and frontal alpha asymmetry effects of the REThink online video game for children and adolescents: A six-month follow-up. Personality and Individual Differences, 196, 111725.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2022.111725

3.     David O. A., Magurean S., Tomoiagă, C. (2022). Do Improvements in Therapeutic Game-Based Skills Transfer to Real Life Improvements in Children’s Emotion-Regulation Abilities and Mental Health? A Pilot Study That Offers Preliminary Validity of the REThink In-game Performance Scoring. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13, 828, Doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.82848

4.     David, O. A., & David, D. O. (2022). How can we Best Use Technology to Teach Children to Regulate Emotions? Efficacy of the Cognitive Reappraisal Strategy Based on Robot Versus Cartoons Versus Written Statements in Regulating Test Anxiety. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-021-00440-0

5.     David, O. A., Cardos, R. A. I., & Predatu, R. (2021). Effectiveness of the REThink therapeutic online video game in promoting mental health in children and adolescents. Internet Interventions.

6.     Burkova, V.,…David, O.A. et al. (2021). Predictors of Anxiety in the COVID-19 Pandemic from a Global Perspective: Data from 23 Countries. Sustainability, 13(7), 4017; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13074017

7.     Predatu, R., David, O. A., David, D. O., & Maffei, A. (2021). Emotion regulation abilities as a predictor of emotional response experienced by children and adolescents in the face of stress. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 15(1), 1061-5806.

8.     Dobrowolska, M., Groyecka-Bernard, A., Sorokowski, P., Randall, A. K., Hilpert, P., Ahmadi, K., Alghraibeh, A. M., …David, O.A. et al. (2020). Global Perspective on Marital Satisfaction. Sustainability, 12(21), 8817. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su12218817

9.     David, O. A., Costescu, C., Cardos, R. & Mogoase, C. (2020). How Effective are Serious Games for Promoting Mental Health and Health Behavioral Change in Children and Adolescents? A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Child Youth Care Forum. Doi:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10566-020-09566-1

10.   David, O. A., Predatu, R., & Maffei, A. (2020). REThink online video game for Children and Adolescents: Effects on State Anxiety and Frontal Alpha Asymmetry. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41811-020-00077-4

11.   David, O. A., Canta, A., Salagean, I., Valenza, G., Mennin, D. S. (2020). The phobic applying for a job: Differential efficacy of reappraising or faking on subjective states, physiological reactions and performance. Personality and Individual Differences, 167, 110243. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2020.110243

12.   Dobrowolska, M., Groyecka-Bernard, A., Sorokowski, P., Randall, A. K., Hilpert, P., Ahmadi, K., Alghraibeh, A. M., …David, O.A. et al. (2020). Global Perspective on Marital Satisfaction. Sustainability, 12(21), 8817. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/su12218817

13.   Comșa, L., David, O. A., & David, D. (2020). Outcomes and mechanisms of change in cognitive-behavioral interventions for weight loss: A meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials, Behaviour Research and Therapy, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.brat.2020.103654.

14.   David, O. A. (2019). The Rational Parenting Coach App: Rethink Parenting! A Mobile Parenting Program for Offering Evidence-Based Personalized Support in the Prevention of Child Externalizing and Internalizing Disorders. Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, 19(2), 97-108.

15.   Ko, A., Pick, C. M., Kwon, J. Y., Barlev, M., Krems, J. A., Varnum, M. E. W., … David, O. A., …Kenrick, D. T. (2020). Family Matters: Rethinking the Psychology of Human Social Motivation. Perspectives on Psychological Science. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691619872986

16.   David, O. A., & David, D. (2019). Managing distress using mobile prescriptions of psychological pills: A first 6-month effectiveness study of the PsyPills app. Frontiers in psychiatry, 10, 201.

17.   David, O. A., David, D., Mogoase, C., Popescu, L. C., Giosan, C., & Pellegrino, A. (2019). Psychological effects and brain correlates of a rose‐based scented cosmetic cream. Journal of Sensory Studies. Doi: 10.1111/joss.12536

18.   Marcinkowska, U. M., Rantala, M. J., Lee, A. J., Kozlov, M. V., Aavik, T., Cai, H., Contreras-Garduño, J., David, O. A., Kaminski, G., Li, N. P., Onyishi, I. E., Prasai, K., Pazhoohi, F., Prokop, P., Cardozo, S. L. R., Sydney, N., Taniguchi, H., Krams, I., Dixson, B. J. W. (2019). Women’s preferences for men’s facial masculinity are strongest under favorable ecological conditions. Nature Communications, Scientific Reports, 9, 3387. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-39350-8

19.   David, O. A., Cardos, R. A. I., & Matu, S. A. (2019). Is REThink therapeutic game effective in preventing emotional disorders in children and adolescents? Outcomes of a randomized clinical trial.  European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-018-1192-2

20.   David, O. A., Cardos, R. A. I., & Matu, S. A. (2019). Changes in irrational beliefs are responsible for the efficacy of the REThink therapeutic game in preventing emotional disorders in children and adolescents: mechanisms of change analysis of a randomized clinical trial. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 28(3), 307-318. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-018-1195-z

21.   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.

22.   Sorokovska, A., […], David, O. A. et al. (2018). Global Study of Social Odor Awareness. Chemical senses, 43(7), 503-513. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjy038.

23.   Del Vecchio, T., Jablonka, O., DiGiuseppe, R., Notti, J., David, O. (2017). Psychometric Evaluation of the Parent Anger Scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(11), 3013–3025. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0824-3

24.   Sorokowski, P., […], David, O. A., et al. (2017). Effects of Sex, Age, Marriage Duration, Religion, Number of Children, Economic Status, Education, and Collectivistic Values on Marital Satisfaction: Data from 33 Countries. Frontiers in Psychology, section Personality and Social Psychology, 8: 1199.

25.   David O. A., Capris D., & Jarda A. (2017). Online Coaching of Emotion-Regulation Strategies for Parents: Efficacy of the Online Rational Positive Parenting Program and Attention Bias Modification Procedures. Frontiers in Psychology, special issue Emotion science, 8. DOI=10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00500   

26.   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

27.   Sorokowska, A. et al. (2017). Preferred Interpersonal Distances: A Global Comparison. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 48(4), 577–592

28.   David, D., Matu, S. A., David, O. A., & Terracciano, A. (2017).The Role of Cognitive Discrepancy Between Perception of National Character and Personality in the Functioning and Adaptation of 46 Countries: An Exploratory Study. Cross-Cultural Research, 1-24. Doi: 1069397116686732

29.   Mogoase, C., Cobeanu, O., David, O. A., Szentagotai, A., & Giosan, C. (2017). Internet-based psychotherapy for adult depression: What about the mechanisms of change?. Journal of Clinical Psychology, , 73(1), 5–64. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.2232

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