Division of Research

Research in psychotherapy, psychopathology, and health promotion is organized by the Division of Research of the International Institute, at the “Clinical Research Unit” and by using the two world-class research Platforms of the Institute: (1) the Matrix Platform and (2) the SkyRa Platform.

Moreover, we have two major externalized clinical settings, involved in our clinical, research, and training activities: (1) Evidence-Based Assessment and Psychotherapy Clinical Unit (in collaboration with the “Iuliu Hatieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy/Departament of Child and Adolescence Psychiatry and the Children Clinical Hospital, Cluj-Napoca) and (2) Advanced Rehabilitation Clinical Unit (in collaboration with the “Theodora” Seniors Hospital, Cluj-Napoca).

The coordinator of the Division is Dr. Daniel David.

The main research interests are:

(1) Fundamental/Basic/Exploratory Research

(2) Translational Research

(3) Applied Research

(4) Research&Development/Innovation

The integrations of these lines of research, typically conducted in a programatic research paradigm, based on clinical cognitive (neiro)sciences and technologically-enhanced, help us to have a strong contribution at the international level in what we call personalized evidence-based psychological interventions.

To date, we have organized

  1. two international symposia as part of the Congress of the European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (Maastricht, Netherlands, 2002);
  2. a special issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology (David, 2004), both promoting our point of view, research, and practice in evidence-based psychotherapy.

For more detail about the outcomes of our research see the outcome organized by the two research Platform: (1) the Matrix Platform; (2) the SkyRa Platform and/or the CV and the list of publications of our researchers involved in the Institute (and the two Platforms).

Those interested in partnership or in our research programs should directly contact the International Institute (att. Dr. Daniel David):

Email: daniel.david@mssm.edu or danieldavid@psychology.ro
Fax: 00 40 264 595576
Tel: 00 40 744266300
Mail: International Institute of Babes-Bolyai University, No. 37 Republici street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Policy on Research Data


The following Policy of the Institute on research data aims to ensure both patient safety as well as confidentiality and a correct scientific conduct in our clinical research. The policy is based on the Romanian College of Psychologists’ guidelines, and will be updated based on the evolution of these guidelines. The Institute will not conduct any research based on less rigorous standards than the minimum set described bellow. Thus, the standards will be implemented as describe below, unless: (1) there are more constraints of the research sponsors and/or (2) there are more constraints in the research consent form. In these cases, the Institute will implement the additional standards of the research sponsors and/or those described in the consent form.


  1. All the original raw data [clinical protocols and any other original records (e.g., tapes)] WILL BE KEPT for at least 18 months after the first public presentation of the results. The public presentation should be either (1) a publication in a peer-reviewed journal/book or (2) a paper presented at major national and/or international conference (and/or invited paper at major international universities/institutes).
  2. The imputation of the raw data in an electronic data set will be supervised by the grant director (or by a person named by him/her) and he/she will ensure the full CONFIDENTIALITY of the patients (participants) and the CORRECT imputation.
  3. The correct reflection/imputation of the raw data (e.g., protocols, tapes) in the electronic data set WILL BE INDEPENDENTLY evaluated/checked by the Internal Review Board (IRB) of the Institute (including external experts).
  4. The electronic data set (that back the public results) WILL BE KEPT for at least 5 years after the first public presentation of the results. The electronic data set MUST be preserved as follows: a reference disk at the director of the program, one copy at the (scientific) coordinator of the research, and one at the head of department of the grant director.
  5. The original protocols and other materials (e.g., tapes) will be destroyed after the IRB checks their correct reflection/imputation in the electronic data set, but ONLY in the presence of the IRB. This is done to assure confidentiality of the patients/participants and for space constraints. Raw data WILL NOT BE destroyed earlier than 18 months after the first public presentation of the results.
  6. The grant director may do supplementary analyses based upon the request of various colleagues, if the analyses are of interest for the research team and may have an impact on the scientific community (e.g., may generate new publications). The electronic data set is typically the PROPERTY of the Institute.

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