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.

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.


Ella Tremaine (perfectionism, self-compassion and depression in athletes)
Karhang (Joe) Hui (can material possessions bring you happiness?)
Gavin Riley (anxiety, self-compassion and children with diabetes)
Caroline Power (AD/HD and visual processing difficulties)
Carol Dabb (self-compassion and social media use in adolescence)
Melisa Redsepagic (OCD and cross-cultural factors)
David Cooper (attentional biases in OCD)
Tina Moynihan (OCD and self-compassion)
Angel Le-Aube (eliminating seclusion and reducing restraint on an acute adolescent psychiatric ward)
Dylan Underhill (the lived experiences of problematic gamers)
Ahmed Tohamy (UNWIRED mental health project)
Gemma Stephens (social anxiety and fear of positive evaluation)
Eliza Morgan (self-compassion and adolescence)
Lynita Clark (self-compassion and self-criticism in children with type-1 diabetes)
Daniel Mackertich (self-compassion and CBT group intervention for children with diabetes)
Sapphire Love (self-compassion and CBT group intervention for children with diabetes)
Mel Amon (self-compassion and teachers)
Michelle Laving (OCD and shame)

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 – 2019)

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
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
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
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., 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
2010 – 2015 

Alemis, M. C., & Yap, K. (2013). The role of negative urgency impulsivity and financial management practices in compulsive buying. Australian Journal of Psychology, 65(4), 224-231. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12025
Chen, E. Z., Dowling, N. A., & Yap, K. (2012). An examination of gambling behaviour in relation to financial management behaviour, financial attitudes, and money attitudes. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 10(2), 231-242. doi:10.1007/s11469-011-9311-z
Mogan, C., Kyrios, M., Schweitzer, I., Yap, K., & Moulding, R. (2012). Phenomenology of hoarding—What is hoarded by individuals with hoarding disorder? Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 1(4), 306-311. doi:10.1016/j.jocrd.2012.08.002
Pham, T. H., Yap, K., & Dowling, N. A. (2012). The impact of financial management practices and financial attitudes on the relationship between materialism and compulsive buying. Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(3), 461-470. doi:
Scott, J. H., Yap, K., Francis, A. J. P., & Schuster, S. (2014). Perfectionism and its relationship with anticipatory processing in social anxiety. Australian Journal of Psychology, 66(3), 187-196. doi:10.1111/ajpy.12045
Yap, K., Bearman, M., Thomas, N., & Hay, M. (2012). Clinical psychology students' experiences of a pilot objective structured clinical examination. Australian Psychologist, 47(3), 165-173. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2012.00078.x
Yap, K., Mogan, C., & Kyrios, M. (2012). Obsessive-compulsive disorder and comorbid depression: The role of OCD-related and non-specific factors. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26(5), 565-573. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2012.03.002


Dr Madeleine Ferrari (2016 – 2019)

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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