Schema Therapy Institute is committed to the scientist -practitioner model and is currently undergoing collaborative investigations with various institutions; Dr Younan is also a member of the Publication Committee for the International Society for Schema Therapy.
There are a number of additional research proposals underway and awaiting ethics approval.
Research Team @ Schema Therapy Institute Australia
Dr Rita Younan: Director
Dr Tamara May: Research Partner; Monash University
Dr Phillip Tchernegovski: Research Partner; Monash University
Dr Pam Pilkington: Research Partner; Australian Catholic University
Associate Professor Gery Karantzas: Research Partner; Deakin University
Professor Joan Farrell: Research Partner Schema Therapy Institute Midwest-Indianapolis.
Ms Jess Alabakis: Research Associate
To enquire about joint research collaborations with Schema Therapy Institute please contact us.
- Younan, R., Farrell, J., & May, T. (2017). Teaching me to parent myself: the feasibility of an inpatient group schema therapy program for complex trauma. Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy.
- King, R.M., Grenyer, B., Gurtman, C., & Younan, R. (2020) “A clinicians guide to evidence based approaches: Narcissistic Personality Disorder”.
Pilkington, P.D., Noonan, C., May, T., Younan, R, & Holt, RA. (2021). Early Maladaptive Schemas and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, in press.
Pilkington, P.D., Younan, R, & Bishop, A. (2021). Early maladaptive schemas, suicidal ideation, and self-harm: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 3, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadr.2020.100051
Pilkington, P.D., Bishop, A., & Younan, R. (2020). Adverse childhood experiences and early maladaptive schemas in adulthood: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, in press. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2533
Research in Progress
- Exploring the effectiveness of group schema therapy for persistent depression: A feasibility trial conducted in a naturalistic setting
Investigators: Dr Tamara May & Dr Rita Younan
This intervention study is being conducted at The Schema Therapy Institute Australia. It aims to reduce the symptoms associated with persistent depression via a 20-week Group Schema Therapy intervention, based on the Farrell & Shaw (2012) Group Schema Therapy Protocol.
This study is now recruiting participants for a telehealth group schema therapy. More information can be found here: Participant_Flyer & Group Information .
If you would like to find out more or are interested in taking part in this study please contact the principal investigators, Dr Rita Younan firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Tamara May email@example.com
- Pilot Study of a Schema Therapy Based Therapist Self-Practice and Self-Reflection (SP/SR) Intervention
Investigators: Robert Brockman, Joan Farrell, Ida Shaw, James Bennett-Levy, Rita Younan, Tara Hickey
Recently, advances in a ST approach to SP/SR have been made via a recently published therapist manual/workbook (Farrell & Shaw, 2018, ST from the Inside Out). The workbook can be described as an extension of ST principles and techniques aimed at the therapist, with the goal of assisting therapists identify, become aware of, and self-intervene with any EMS they as therapists may bring to therapy, further building up healthy schemas and the HAM of the therapist. The workbook content can also be delivered via experiential workshops, which have been shown in the context of general schema therapy training to increase therapist efficacy (Bamelis, 2014). This study is an empirical evaluation exists of the experiential workshop program and associated experiential strategies.
- Childhood Experiences and Parenting Factors associated with Early Maladaptive Schemas in Adolescence: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Investigators: Dr Tamara May, Dr Rita Younan and Dr Pam Pilkington
This systematic review and meta-analysis is being led by Dr Tamara May in collaboration with Dr Rita Younan and Dr Pam Pilkington. It will synthesise the evidence base on the relationship between childhood experiences and early maladaptive schemas in adolescence.
- Early Maladaptive Schemas and Depression in Adulthood: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Investigators: Dr Pam Pilkington, Ms Amy Bishop, Dr Rita Younan
This systematic review and meta-analysis is being led by Amy Bishop under the supervision of Dr Pam Pilkington and in collaboration with Dr Rita Younan. The purpose of this review is to examine the current research investigating the relationship between the five early maladaptive schemas which fall under the Disconnection/Rejection domain (mistrust abuse, social isolation, abandonment, defectiveness and emotional deprivation) and depression in adults.
- Early Maladaptive Schemas and Attachment Theory: A Systematic Review and Meta – Analysis
Investigators: Associate Professor Gery Karantzas, Dr Rita Younan & Dr Pam Pilkington.
This systematic review and meta – analysis looks at the relationship between Early Maladaptive Schemas and Attachment Styles.