Aurora Szentagotai

auraDr. Szentagotai-Tatar, Aurora (d.o.b. 21/09/1976)

Current academic position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Babes-Bolyai University.

Project-related professional experience

Dr. Szentagotai is a Romanian Board of Psychologists-certified senior psychologist and supervisor in clinical psychology, cognitive-behavioral counseling and psychotherapy (CBT). She is a CBT supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute, New York City, and vice-president of the Romanian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies. Dr. Szentagotai has a significant research expertise in the clinical field, most of her research focusing on CBT for mood and anxiety disorders. She has published in highly visible journals in the field, such as Journal of Affective Disorders, Behaviour Research and Therapy, Clinical Psychology Review, Journal of Clinical Psychology, or Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Dr. Szentagotai has supervised several randomized clinical trials of CBT in mood and anxiety disorders, and has been involved in several research grants on mood disorders (including EC-funded projects).

Important contributions:

– Burton, C. McKinstry, B., Szentagotai, A., Serrano-Blanco, A., Pagliari, C., & Wolters, M. (2012). Activity monitoring in patients with depression: A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders. (5-year impact factor: 3.856).

Szentagotai, A., David, D. (2010). The Efficacy of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Bipolar Disorder: A Quantitative Meta-Analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 1, 66-72. (Impact factor: 5.79).

Szentagotai, A., David, D., Lupu, V., & Cosman, D. (2008). Rational Emotive Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and medication in the treatment of major depressive disorder: Theory of change analysis. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice and Training, 4, 523-538.

Prizes, distinctions, memberships in prestigious international professional associations

– 2010-2013. FP7 Grant: Help4Mood: A computational distributed system to support the treatment of patients with major depression. (PI for Babeş-Bolyai University).

– CBT supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute, New York City.

– 2010: In Hoc Signo Vinces, Romanian National Council for Research in Higher Education (CNCSIS) Award for Research.