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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Psychology, School of Applied Sciences and specialise in the field of mental health. My lectures are based around various clinical and mental health aspects of the BSc and MSc courses. I am currently the Course Director for the BSc in Psychology.

My research has focused primarily on the metacognitive processes involved in self-critical rumination, which explores the beliefs that we hold about our own internal self-critic. This has involved developing an understanding of the justifications that we use for beating ourselves up upon making a mistake and identifying the role that the belief that such thoughts are uncontrollable play on levels of self-esteem.

Courses taught

Addiction Psychology and Counselling - MSc/PgDip

Mental Health and Clinical Psychology - MSc

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Mark Paul ThomasDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Ph.D.

London South Bank University

2014
2019
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

Assumption University

2003
2005
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.)

Western University

1995
1999
Principle CBT Therapist
Efficacy

Assessed and treated individuals experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety, utilising the cognitive-behavioural model and metacognitive model in treatment

Conducted relationship therapy for couples in distress

Provided clinical supervision for individual and couple-based Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

2011
Commercial/industry
Director
Reconnect UK

Developed and organised intensive couples-therapy retreats

Provided couples-therapy training for registered and accredited therapists

Oversaw and supervised performance of associates

2015
Commercial/industry
CBT Therapist & Team Lead
Surrey Primary Care Trust

Provided Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy to clients, treating symptoms of depression and anxiety

Developed a group therapy program for individuals experiencing symptoms of depression

Provided clinical supervision for Cognitive-Behavioural therapist trainees

Lead and managed mental health promotions aspect of service, including the organisation of community-based educational events and supervision of staff

2008
2011
Other public sector
Psychotherapist
Jason Roth & Associates

Secured role as a psychotherapist within a private practice supporting individuals and couples with issues related to anxiety, stress, depression and relationship distress

Provided mediation support that facilitated equitable outcomes following relationship dissolution

Created and delivered workshops for corporate clients, including leadership skills, anger management and stress relief

2005
2007
Commercial/industry
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
2009
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
2011
Metacognitive Therapy Institute
2019
Leeds Beckett University
External examiner

Psychological Therapies and Mental Health

May 2021
Royal Holloway University of London
External examiner

Behavioural Couples Therapy

November 2021

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The relative contribution of health cognitions and metacognitions about health anxiety to cyberchondria: A prospective study
Airoldi, S., Kolubinski, D., Nikčević, A. V. and Spada, M. (2021). The relative contribution of health cognitions and metacognitions about health anxiety to cyberchondria: A prospective study. Journal of Clinical Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.23252

A discriminant analysis model of psychosocial predictors of problematic Internet use and cannabis use disorder in university students.
Akbari, M., Bahadori, M.H., Mohammadkhani, S., Kolubinski, D.C., Nikčević, A.V. and Spada, M.M. (2021). A discriminant analysis model of psychosocial predictors of problematic Internet use and cannabis use disorder in university students. Addictive Behaviors Reports. 14, p. 100354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2021.100354

Psychometric validation of the desire thinking questionnaire in a Turkish adolescent sample: Associations with internet gaming disorder.
Aydın, O, Ünal-Aydın, P, Caselli, G, Kolubinski, D C, Marino, C and Spada, M M (2021). Psychometric validation of the desire thinking questionnaire in a Turkish adolescent sample: Associations with internet gaming disorder. Addictive Behaviors. 125, p. 107129. https://doi.org/S0306-4603(21)00314-2

Modelling the Contribution of Metacognitions, Impulsiveness, and Thought Suppression to Behavioural Addictions in Adolescents
Efrati, Y., Kolubinski, D., Marino, Claudia and Spada, M. (2021). Modelling the Contribution of Metacognitions, Impulsiveness, and Thought Suppression to Behavioural Addictions in Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18 (7), p. e3820. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18073820

Self-critical Rumination and Associated Metacognitions as Mediators of the Relationship Between Perfectionism and Self-esteem.
Fearn, M., Marino, C., Spada, M. M. and Kolubinski, D. (2021). Self-critical Rumination and Associated Metacognitions as Mediators of the Relationship Between Perfectionism and Self-esteem. Journal of rational-emotive and cognitive-behavior therapy : RET. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-021-00404-4

Metacognitions, rumination, and worry in personality disorder.
Spada, M., Nikčević, A. V., Kolubinski, D., Offredi, A., Giuri, S., Gemelli, A., Brugnoni, A., Ferrari, A. and Caselli, G. (2021). Metacognitions, rumination, and worry in personality disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. 293, pp. 117-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.06.024

Parenting styles and metacognitions as predictors of cannabis use
Brosnan, T., Kolubinski, D. C. and Spada, M. M. (2020). Parenting styles and metacognitions as predictors of cannabis use. Addictive Behaviors Reports. p. 100259. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100259

Desire thinking as a predictor of compulsive sexual behaviour in adolescents: Evidence from a cross-cultural validation of the Hebrew version of the Desire Thinking Questionnaire
Efrati, Yaniv, Kolubinski, D., Caselli, Gabriele and Spada, M. (2020). Desire thinking as a predictor of compulsive sexual behaviour in adolescents: Evidence from a cross-cultural validation of the Hebrew version of the Desire Thinking Questionnaire. Journal of Behavioral Addictions. 9 (3), pp. 797-807. https://doi.org/10.1556/2006.2020.00062

Distress tolerance and special alcohol metacognitions behave differently in the association of negative affect with alcohol‐related patterns in men with problematic alcohol use in the abstinence phase
Khosravani, V., Sharifi Bastan, F., Kolubinski, D., Amirinezhad, Ali and Ghorbani, Fatemeh (2020). Distress tolerance and special alcohol metacognitions behave differently in the association of negative affect with alcohol‐related patterns in men with problematic alcohol use in the abstinence phase. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 28 (2), pp. 345-354. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpp.2514

The Effect of State and Trait Self-Critical Rumination on Acute Distress: An Exploratory Experimental Investigation
Kolubinski, D.C., Nikčević, A.V. and Spada, M.M. (2020). The Effect of State and Trait Self-Critical Rumination on Acute Distress: An Exploratory Experimental Investigation. Journal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-020-00370-3

Corrigendum to ``A Metacognitive Model of Self-Esteem''. Journal of Affective Disorders (2019) 42-53. (Journal of Affective Disorders (2019) 256 (42–53), (S0165032718315416), (10.1016/j.jad.2019.05.050))
Kolubinski, DC, Marino, C, Nikčević, AV and Spada, MM (2020). Corrigendum to ``A Metacognitive Model of Self-Esteem''. Journal of Affective Disorders (2019) 42-53. (Journal of Affective Disorders (2019) 256 (42–53), (S0165032718315416), (10.1016/j.jad.2019.05.050)). Journal of Affective Disorders. 275, pp. 339-339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.07.022

The effects of self-critical rumination on shame and stress
Milia, C, Kolubinski, D and Spada, M (2020). The effects of self-critical rumination on shame and stress. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Attachment style moderates the relationship between social media use and user mental health and wellbeing
Young, L, Kolubinski, D and Frings, D (2020). Attachment style moderates the relationship between social media use and user mental health and wellbeing. Heliyon. 6 (6), p. e04056. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e04056

Attachment style moderates the relationship between social media use and user mental health and wellbeing
Young, Lindsay, Frings, D. and Kolubinski, D. (2020). Attachment style moderates the relationship between social media use and user mental health and wellbeing.

Psychometric properties of the persian versions of the Positive Alcohol Metacognitions Scale (Persian-PAMS) and the Negative Alcohol Metacognitions Scale (persian-NAMS) in alcoholdependent individuals
Khosravani, V., Zandifar, S., Bastan, F.S., Kolubinski, D. and Amirinezhad, A. (2019). Psychometric properties of the persian versions of the Positive Alcohol Metacognitions Scale (Persian-PAMS) and the Negative Alcohol Metacognitions Scale (persian-NAMS) in alcoholdependent individuals. Addictive Behaviors. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.106113

A metacognitive model of self-esteem
Kolubinski, D, Nikčević, A V, Marino, C and Spada, MM (2019). A metacognitive model of self-esteem. Journal of Affective Disorders. 256, pp. 42-53. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2019.05.050

Metacognitions About Health in Relation to Coronavirus Anxiety: The Mediating Role of Cognitive Attentional Syndrome and Distress Tolerance.
Mohammadkhani, S., Akbari, M., Shahbahrami, M., Seydavi, M. and Kolubinski, D. (2022). Metacognitions About Health in Relation to Coronavirus Anxiety: The Mediating Role of Cognitive Attentional Syndrome and Distress Tolerance. Journal of rational-emotive and cognitive-behavior therapy : RET. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10942-022-00467-x