Lia Oltean – Publications


  • Chiș, A., Oltean, L.-E., Bîlc, M., Vulturar, R., Șoflău, R., David, D., Szentágotai-Tătar, A., & Miu, A. C. (2024) Gene–Environment Interactions in Irrational Beliefs: The Roles of Childhood Adversity and Multiple Candidate Genes. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 25(8), Article 8.
  • Șoflău, R., Szentágotai-Tătar, A., & Oltean, L.-E. (2023) Childhood Adversity, Resilience, and Paranoia During the COVID-19 Outbreak. The Mediating Role of Irrational Beliefs and Affective Disturbance. Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. 
  • Oltean, L.-E., Șoflău, R., Miu, A. C., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2023) Childhood adversity and impaired reward processing: A meta-analysis. Child Abuse & Neglect, 105596. 
  • Oltean, L.-E., & Șoflău, R. (2022) Childhood adversity, reward processing, and health during the COVID-19 outbreak: The mediating role of reward learning. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy, 14(2), 301–309. 
  • Oltean, L.-E., Miu, A. C., Șoflău, R., & Szentágotai-Tătar, A. (2022) Tailoring Gratitude Interventions. How and for Whom Do They Work? The Potential Mediating Role of Reward Processing and the Moderating Role of Childhood Adversity and Trait Gratitude. Journal of Happiness Studies.

Lia Oltean – Short Description

Assistant Professor Lia Oltean

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

Lia Oltean – Research

Research Interests:

● Childhood adversity and psychopathology: mechanisms 

○ Identifying resilience and risk factors 

● Evidence-based psychological interventions: mechanisms and effect modifiers

○ Positive psychology interventions

Projects & Grants:

Principal Investigator:

● 2023-present: UBB Starting Research Grant (SRG-UBB 32989/ 23.06.2023)

Team Member: 

2021-2023: Grant PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-2894: Reducerea costurilor singurătății. O abordare cognitiv-comportamentală a mecanismelor și intervenției. 

Lia Oltean – Teaching

Subjects taught: 

● Clinical psychology, psychological counseling, individual and group psychotherapies 

● Positive psychology 

● Cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy 

● Clinical practice (II, III) 

Schedule for hearings: 

Thursdays: 12:00 – 14:00 – with prior email appointment 

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


Lia OLTEAN – Main Page

Assistant Professor Lia Oltean

Lia Oltean is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Babeș-Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2012), a master’s degree in “Clinical psychology, psychological counseling and psychotherapy” (2014), and a PhD from the Doctoral School “Evidence-based Assessment and Psychological Interventions” (2022). 

Her research interests include investigating the association between childhood adversity and psychopathology, as well as potential mechanisms, such as reward processing, underlying it. In addition, she focuses on investigating evidence-based psychological interventions, as well as mechanisms and factors that may influence them. Her clinical experience pertains to her activity as a clinical psychologist and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapist certified by the Romanian Board of Psychologists. Also, Lia is supervisor in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.

Subjects taught:

  • Clinical Practice I;
  • Clinical Practice II;
  • Ethics in Applied Psychology;
  • Clinical forensic psychology.

Schedule for hearings:

Thursday, 15:00-17:00

Research Interests:

  • Assessing the effectiveness of psychological interventions for mental disorders;
  • Identifying risk and resilience factors for mental disorders;
  • Investigating confounders and effect modifiers.

Projects & Grants:

  • Investigating the relative effectiveness of psychological interventions for psychosis;
  • Testing the relative effectiveness of ACT and CBT interventions for depressive symptoms.