The Centre for Mental Health Research: Intervention and Translation looks to conduct research to improve the understanding, practice, and outcomes for psychological problems.

This research spans across mental health. At an initial level, we are interested in the basic understanding of psychological problems, including cognitive, behavioural, experiential, and emotional models. At an applied level we are interested in aspects including the practice of therapy and how therapists understand their identity and how this influences what they do. We wish to understand the nature, scope, and assumptions that underpin what we do in practice. An essential goal of this work is to improve outcomes and quality of life for those who experience mental health problems, and to evaluate whether this is successfully achieved.

Research Team

Chair: Associate Professor Richard Moulding

Co-Chair: Professor Peter Norton

Members: Dr James Collard, Associate Professor Brett Deacon, Michael Di Mattia, and Kelly Watt-McMahon


  • Therapist attitudes to exposure
  • Transdiagnostic treatments for anxiety & depression
  • Risk management in borderline PD
  • Role of identity in psychotherapy
  • The role of self and emotional regulation in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders.

Publications (Since 2020)

  • Fisher, S., Norton, P. J., Spaulding, W., & Courtney, J. A. (2020). Assessing adults (pp. 91-114). In D. W. Nangle, C. A. Erdley, R. Schwartz-Mette (Eds.), Social Skills Across the Life Span: Theory, Assessment, and Intervention. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.
  • Gardner, A., Cotton, S. M., O’Donoghue, B., Killackey, E., Norton, P. J., & Filia, K. M. (2020). Preliminary psychometric properties of a measure of social inclusion for young adults aged 18 to 25 with serious mental illness. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 43, 156-169. doi: 10.1037/prj0000382
  • Luong, H. K., Drummond, S. P. A. D., & Norton, P. J. (2020). Elements of the therapeutic relationship in CBT for anxiety disorders: A systematic review. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 76, 102322. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102322
  • Mangelsdorf, S. N., Conroy, R., Mehl, M. R., Norton, P. J., & Alisic, E. (2020). Listening to family life after serious pediatric injury: A study of four cases. Family Process, 59, 1191-1208. doi: 10.1111/famp.12490
  • Marker, I., Corbett, B. E., Drummond, S. P. A., & Norton, P. J. (2020) Intermittent motivational interviewing and transdiagnostic CBT: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 75, 102276. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2020.102276
  • Nagulendran, A., Norton, P. J., & Jobson, L. (2020). Investigating cultural differences in the effects of expressive suppression when processing traumatic distressing material. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 48, 658-671. doi: 10.1017/S1352465820000508
  • Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Boardman, J. M., Norton, P. J., & Drummond, S. P. A. (2020). Vulnerability and resistance to sleep disruption by a partner: A study of bed-sharing couples. Sleep Health, 6, 506-512. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2019.12.005.
  • Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Hamill, K., Norton, P. J., & Drummond, S. P. A. (2020). Anxiety predicts dyadic sleep characteristics in couples experiencing insomnia but not in couples without sleep disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, 273, 122-130. doi: 10.1016.j.jad.2020.04.031
  • Walters, E. M., Phillips, A. J. K., Mellor, A., Hammill, K., Jenkins, M. M., Norton, P. J., Baucom, D. H., & Drummond, S. P. A. (2020). Sleep and wake are shared and transmitted between individuals with insomnia and their bed-sharing partners. Sleep, 43, 1-12. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsz206
  • Roberge, P., Provencher, M. D., Gaboury, I., Gosselin, P., Vasiliadis, H-M., Benoît, A., Carrier, N., Antony, M. M., Chaillet, N., Houle, J., Hudon, C., & Norton, P. J. (2020). Group transdiagnostic cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders: A pragmatic randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine. doi: 10.1017/S0033291720004316
  • Moulding, R., Nedeljkovic, M., & King, R. (2020). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Psychological Treatments in Australia. Australian Psychologist, 55, 590-597.
  • Kings, C., Knight, T., & Moulding, R. (2020). Using photo-elicitation and interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore possessions as links to self-concept and the identities of others in hoarding disorder. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 93, 326-346.
  • Fassnacht, D., Kyrios, M., Ali, K., Rodgers, B., & Moulding, R. (2020). Predicting the severity of excessive buying using the Excessive Buying Rating Scale and Compulsive Buying Scale. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive & Related Disorders, 25, 1005009.
  • Melli, G., Moulding, R., Puccetti, C., Pinto, A., Caccico, L., Drabik, M. J., & Sica, C. (2020). Assessing beliefs about the consequences of Not Just Right Experiences: Psychometric properties of the Not Just Right Experience‐Sensitivity Scale (NJRE-SS). Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 27, 847-857.
  • D’Arcy, S. & Norton, P. J. (2021). The effect of comorbid depression on sudden gains during transdiagnostic CBT for anxiety disorders. Behaviour Change, 38, 84-94. doi: 10.1017/bec.2020.20
  • Galea, S., Salvaris, C. A., Yap, M. B. H., Norton, P. J., & Lawrence, K. A. (2021). Feasibility and acceptability of an enhanced cognitive behavioural therapy program for parent-child dyads with anxiety disorders: A mixed-methods pilot study protocol. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 7, 109.
  • Norton, P. J., Provencher, M. D., Kilby, C. J., & Roberge, P. (2021). Impact of group transdiagnostic cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders on comorbid diagnoses: Results from a pragmatic randomized clinical trial in primary care. Depression and Anxiety, 38, 749-756. doi: 10.1002/da.23184
  • Pearl, S. & Norton, P. J. (2021). Transdiagnostic CBT for individuals with anxiety disorders: An open trial. Behaviour Change, 38, 73-83. doi: 10.1017/bec.2020.17
  • Savoy, E. J., Businelle, M. S., Nguyen, N., Chen, T-A., Neighbors, C., Norton, P. J., Tiang, M., & Reitzel, L. R. (2021). Examining moment to moment affective determinants of smoking rate following a quit attempt among homeless daily smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 115, 106788. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2020.106788
  • Sloan, E., Moulding, R., Weiner, C., Dowling, R.-M., & Hall, K. (2021). A qualitative examination of the relationship between rumination, distress and dysregulated behaviours in vulnerable young people. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice, 94, 322-340.
  • Hall, K., Youssef, G., Simpson, A., Sloan, E., Graeme, L., Perry, N., Moulding, R., Baker, A. L., Beck, A. K., & Staiger, P. K. (2021). An emotion regulation and impulse control (ERIC) intervention for vulnerable young people: A multi-sectoral pilot study. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1011.
  • Moulding, R., Kings, C., & Knight, T. (2021). The things that make us: Self and object attachment in Hoarding and Compulsive Buying-Shopping Disorder. Current Opinion in Psychology, 39, 100-104.
  • Yang, Y. H., Moulding, R., Wynton, S. K. A., Jaeger, T., & Anglim, J. (2021). The role of feared self and inferential confusion in obsessive compulsive symptoms. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 28, 100607.
  • Kings, C., Moulding, R., Yap, K., Gazzola, R., &. Knight, T. (2021). Measuring Possessions as Extensions of Self and Links to Significant Others in Hoarding: The Possessions as Others and Self Inventory Journal of Behavioural Assessment, 43, 441-453.
  • Fernandez, S., Sevil, C., & Moulding, R. (2021). Feared self and Dimensions of Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms: Sexual Orientation-Obsessions, Relationship Obsessions, and general OCD symptoms. Journal of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 28, 100608.
  • Aardema, F., Radomsky, A., Moulding, R., Wong, S., Bourguignon, L, & Giraldo-O’Meara, M. (2021). Development and validation of the multidimensional version of the Fear of Self Questionnaire: Corrupted, culpable and malformed feared possible selves in obsessive-compulsive and body-dysmorphic symptoms. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 28, 1160-1180.
  • Jeager, T., Moulding, R., Yang, Y.-H., David, J., Knight, T., & Norberg, M. N. (2021). A Systematic Review of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Self: Self-Esteem, Feared Self, Self-Ambivalence, Egodystonicity, Early Maladaptive Schemas, and Self Concealment. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 31, 100665.
  • Huynh, A-T., Gaboury, I., Provencher, M. D., Norton, P. J., & Roberge, P. (2022). Patient acceptability of group transdiagnostic cognitive-behavior therapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders in community care: A qualitative study. Clinical Psychologist, 26, 119-128. doi: 10.1080/13284207.2022.2041363
  • Kreminski, M. A., Courtney, J. A., Drummond, S. P. A., & Norton, P. J. (2022). The relationship between a hierarchical transdiagnostic model of vulnerability factors and posttraumatic stress disorder symptom clusters. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 44, 432-443. doi: 10.1007/s10862-021-09939-3
  • Luong, H. K., Drummond, S. P. A. D., & Norton, P. J. (2022). Can you see what I see? A comparison of client and observer perspectives of the alliance and group cohesion in CBT. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 51, 100-113. doi: 10.1080/16506073.2021.1898463
  • Norton, P. J. (2022). Transdiagnostic cognitive behavioural therapy. Clinical Psychologist, 26, 105-107. doi: 10.1080/13284207.2022.2064212
  • Norton, P. J., Norberg, M. M., Naragon-Gainey, K., & Deacon, B. J. (2022). An examination of accreditation standards between Australian and U.S./Canadian doctoral programs in clinical psychology. Clinical Psychologist, 26, 181-187. doi: 10.1080/13284207.2021.1949944
  • Roberge, P., Marx, P., Couture, J., Carrier, N., Benoît, A., Provencher, M. D., Antony, M. M., & Norton, P. J. (2022). French-Canadian cross-cultural validation of the Panic Disorder Severity Scale Self-report. BMC Psychiatry, 22, 434. doi: 10.1186/s12888-022-03989-x 
  • Pascual-Vera, B., Akin, B., Belloch, A., Bottesi, G., Clark, D. A., Doron, G., ... Moulding, R., … & Sica, C. (2022). Maladaptive Consequences of Mental Intrusions with Obsessive, Dysmorphic, Hypochondriac, and Eating-disorders Related Contents: Cross-cultural Differences. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 22(1), 41-50.
  • Borg, D., Hall, K., Youssef, G. J., Sloan, E., Graeme, L., & Moulding, R. (2022). Examining the role of brooding, distress, and negative urgency in dysregulated behaviors: A cross-sectional study in treatment‐seeking young people. Journal of Clinical Psychology.
  • Chan, P., Furlonger, B.E., Leif, E.S., D’Souza, L.A., Phillips, K.J., & Di Mattia, M. (2022). An evaluation of the behaviour change content and quality of smartphone apps designed for individuals experiencing anxiety: an illustrative example for school psychologists. Educational and Developmental Psychologist.
  • Yang, Y.H., Moulding, R., Nedeljkovic, M., Foroughi, E., Doron, G., & Kyrios, M. (in press). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and cultural issues. In D. Tolin. (Ed.). Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2nd Oxford.
  • Bouguettaya, A., Jeager. T., & Moulding, R. (accepted). Invited chapter for R. G. Menzies, R. E. Menzies & G. Dingle (Editors). Yet you may see the meaning of within: The role of identity concerns and the self in psychopathology. Existential concerns and cognitive-behavioral procedures: An integrative approach to mental health.
  • Durand, C., Dubois, M-F., Provencher, M. D., Norton, P. J., & Roberge, P. (in press). Benzodiazepine use in group transdiagnostic cognitive-behaviour therapy for anxiety disorders: A mixed-methods study. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.
  • Kreminski, M. A., Courtney, J. A., Drummond, S. P. A., & Norton, P. J. (in press). The influence of transdiagnostic vulnerability factors on PTSD symptom clusters in a Veteran sample. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. doi: 10.1177/00048674221103488
  • Luong, H. K., Roberge, P., Provencher, M. D., Kilby, C. J., Drummond, S. P. A. D., & Norton, P. J. (in press). Which, who, and when? Therapeutic processes in group cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy.
  • McKinlay, M. L. & Norton, P. J. (in press). The role of courage in predicting behavior: Replication in a public-speaking fearful sample. Motivation and Emotion.
  • Norder, S. J., Visvalingam, S., Norton, P. J., & Norberg, M. M. (in press). A scoping review of psychosocial interventions to reduce internalised shame. Psychotherapy Research.


  • Norton, P. J., Luong, H. K., Carrier, N., Provencher, M. D., Roberge, P., & Drummond, S. P. A. (November, 2020). Alliance and cohesion in group tCBT for anxiety disorders. Presented at the Annual Convention for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Virtual Convention.
  • Harris, K. R. & Norton, P. J. (October, 2021). Transdiagnostic CBT: Extension and preliminary evaluation for mixed anxiety and depressive disorder. In J. Newby (Chair), Transdiagnostic treatment for depression & anxiety. Symposium presented at the annual conference of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Virtual.
  • Moulding, R., Kings, C., Yap, K., Tynan, M., McWhinney, S., Gazzolla, R., & Knight, T. (15th May 2021). Is it me? Self as a multidimensional construct in hoarding disorder. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Rome, Italy (Virtual).
  • Caccico, L., Melli, G., Moulding, R., Puccetti, C., Drabik, M. J. (15th May 2021). Assessing catastrophic beliefs about the consequences of Not Just Right Experiences. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference of Cognitive Psychotherapy, Rome, Italy (Virtual).