The Clinical Psychology Research (CPR) Lab investigates the causes and treatment of psychological disorders. A major thrust of our research is to advance our understanding of transdiagnostic and process-based factors to improve clinical interventions. Our current research includes studies examining the role of mindfulness, self-compassion and emotion regulation in a range of psychological disorders including obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety and depression. 

Purpose of the lab

Facilitate cross-pollination of ideas in developing research projects.

Foster collaborative research and educational efforts.

To create a recognised identity as a clinical psychology research hub on the Strathfield Campus. 

To facilitate the development of strong clinical psychology research projects within the Discipline of Psychology.

Discussion of related academic pursuits: academic writing, grant applications, and research question design. 

To provide a regular forum for clinical psychology research students to meet and discuss the following topics:

  • recent research in the field of clinical psychology
  • critique and discuss recent publications
  • opportunity to practice and seek feedback on conference presentations
  • brainstorm challenges in student research projects
  • seek feedback on developing research projects
  • present new data and interpretation of analyses. 

Planned activities of the lab

Monthly meetings on the Strathfield Campus with all team members and prior circulation of reading lists to be discussed at meetings.

Current Study Recruitment 

We are looking for people (18 to 65 years) who have a diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) with intrusive thoughts and are interested in participating in a research study. Please see this flyer for more information.


Clinical Psychology Research Lab members

Staff researchers 

Associate Professor Keong Yap 

Dr Madeleine Ferrari 

Student researchers

Browse the list of students currently completing research within the clinical psychology lab at Strathfield campus.


Arjun Giri 

Sabrina Mann 

Alexandra Hpkins 

Toan Ngo 

Sidra Hameed

Imiliance (Faith) San Diego

Alexandra Hurden 

Jade Meyer

Melisa Redsepagic (OCD and cross-cultural factors)

Tina Moynihan (OCD and self-compassion)

Angel Le-Aube (eliminating seclusion and reducing restraint on an acute adolescent psychiatric ward)

Ahmed Tohamy (UNWIRED mental health project)

Sapphire Love (self-compassion and emotion regulation in adolescence)

Mel Amon (self-compassion and teachers)

Deanne Tyrell (non attachment and hoarding disorder) 

Jonathan Mystakidis (child protection) 

Michelle Laving (OCD and shame)

Evan Guerin (child protection) 

Samantha Elder (trauma and hoarding disorder) 

Publication list of ACU researchers

Please view the list of publications by ACU staff researchers Associate Professor Keong Yap and Dr Madeleine Ferrari

Associate Professor Keong Yap (2016 – 2020)

Please see a full list of publications by Associate Professor Yap here

Bablas, V., Yap, K., Cunnington, D., Swieca, J., & Greenwood, K. M. (2016). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for restless legs syndrome: A proof of concept trial. Mindfulness, 7(2), 396-408. doi:10.1007/s12671-015-0457-9

Cooper, D., Yap, K., & Batalha, L. (2018). Mindfulness-based interventions and their effects on emotional clarity: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Affective Disorders, 235, 265-276. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2018.04.018

Dowling, N., Thomas, N., Blair-West, S., Bousman, C., Yap, K., Smith, D. J., & Ng, C. H. (2016). Intensive residential treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder: Outcomes and predictors of patient adherence to cognitive-behavioural therapy. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 9, 82-89. doi:10.1016/j.jocrd.2016.04.006

Eppingstall, J., Xenos, S., & Yap, K. (2020) Acceptance and commitment therapy for hoarding disorder: A proposed treatment protocol for individuals. Australian Psychologist. doi: 10.1111/ap.12438

Ferrari, M., Yap, K., Scott, N., Einstein, D. A., & Ciarrochi, J. (2018). Self-compassion moderates the perfectionism and depression link in both adolescence and adulthood. PLoS ONE, 13(2). 

Frost, R. O., Gabrielson, I., Deady, S., Dernbach, K. B., Guevara, G., Peebles-Dorin, M., Grisham, J. R. (2018). Scrupulosity and hoarding. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 86, 19-24. doi:10.1016/j.comppsych.2018.06.011


Kyrios, M., Mogan, C., Moulding, R., Frost, R. O., Yap, K., & Fassnacht, D. B. (2018). The cognitive–behavioural model of hoarding disorder: Evidence from clinical and non?clinical cohorts. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 25(2), 311-321. doi:10.1002/cpp.2164

Linardon, J., Gleeson, J., Yap, K., Murphy, K., & Brennan, L. (2019). Meta-analysis of the effects of third-wave behavioural interventions on disordered eating and body image concerns: Implications for eating disorder prevention. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 48(1), 15-38. doi:10.1080/16506073.2018.1517389

Pinto, R. A., Kienhuis, M., Slevison, M., Chester, A., Sloss, A., & Yap, K. (2017). The effectiveness of an outpatient Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Group programme for a transdiagnostic population. Clinical Psychologist, 21(1), 33-43. doi:10.1111/cp.12057

Yap, K., Eppingstall, J., Brennan, C., Le, B., & Grisham, J. (2020). Emotional attachment to objects mediates relationship between loneliness and hoarding symptoms. Journal of obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, 24. doi:10.1016/j.jocrd.2019.100487

Yap, K., Gibbs, A. L., Francis, A. J. P., & Schuster, S. E. (2016). Testing the Bivalent Fear of Evaluation model of social anxiety: The relationship between fear of positive evaluation, social anxiety, and perfectionism. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 45(2), 136-149. doi:10.1080/16506073.2015.1125941

Yap, K., & Grisham, J. R. (2019). Unpacking the construct of emotional attachment to objects and its association with hoarding symptoms. Journal of Behavioral Addiction, 8(2), 249-258. doi:10.1556/2006.8.2019.15

Yap, K., Mogan, C., Moriarty, A., Dowling, N., Blair-West, S., Gelgec, C., & Moulding, R. (2018). Emotion regulation difficulties in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(4), 695-709. doi:10.1002/jclp.22553

Dr Madeleine Ferrari (2016 – 2019)

Please see a full list of publications by Dr Ferrari here.

Dobie, A., Tucker, A., Ferrari, M., & Rogers, J. M. (2016). Preliminary evaluation of a brief mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for mental health professionals. Australasian Psychiatry, 24(1), 42-45. doi:10.1177/1039856215618524

Ferrari, M., Hunt, C., Harrysunker, A., Abbott, M. J., Beath, A. P., & Einstein, D. A. (2019). Self-compassion interventions and psychosocial outcomes: A meta-analysis of RCTs. Mindfulness. doi:10.1007/s12671-019-01134-6


Ferrari, M., McIlwain, D. J., & Ambler, G. (2018). A qualitative comparison of needles and insulin pump use in children with type 1 diabetes. Journal Of Health Psychology, 23(10), 1332-1342. doi:10.1177/1359105316653999

Ferrari, M., Yap, K., Scott, N., Einstein, D. A., & Ciarrochi, J. (2018). Self-compassion moderates the perfectionism and depression link in both adolescence and adulthood. Plos One, 13(2), e0192022-e0192022. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192022


Inwood, E., & Ferrari, M. (2018). Mechanisms of change in the relationship between self-compassion, emotion regulation, and mental health: A systematic review. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. doi:10.1111/aphw.12127

Rogers, J. M., Ferrari, M., Mosely, K., Lang, C. P., & Brennan, L. (2017). Mindfulness-based interventions for adults who are overweight or obese: a meta-analysis of physical and psychological health outcomes. Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal Of The International Association For The Study Of Obesity, 18(1), 51-67. doi:10.1111/obr.12461



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