CBT@Home webinar series
Professor Peter McEvoy, School of Population Health and enAble Institute, Curtin University; Centre for Clinical Interventions
Mental imagery can provide a potent bridge between cognition and emotion. This presentation describes a program of applied research that comprehensively integrates and evaluates imagery-based techniques throughout CBT for social anxiety disorder to optimise cognitive and affective changes.
Peter McEvoy is currently a professor of clinical psychology in the School of Population Health, and mental health domain co-lead in the enAble Institute, at Curtin University. He is also a senior clinical psychologist and research director at the Centre for Clinical Interventions. He has published over 130 peer reviewed articles on the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, with a special interest in anxiety disorders and social anxiety disorder in particular. He is lead author of Imagery-Enhanced CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder, published by Guildford Press. In 2020 Professor McEvoy received the Researcher of the Year Award from the North Metropolitan Health Services in recognition of his contribution to impactful applied clinical research, and was the AACBT’s 2021 recipient of the Distinguished Career Award. Professor McEvoy would like it acknowledged that he accepts this award on behalf of the clinical and research teams within which he has worked over the last 20 years.
Key Learning Objectives:
- Increase understanding of mental imagery and how it can be comprehensively integrated into CBT for social anxiety disorder
- Increase understanding of cognitive, behavioural, affective, and psychophysiological outcomes associated with imagery-enhanced CBT
- Increase understanding of how imagery rescripting can be delivered within group contexts, and the impacts on cognition and emotion
- McEvoy, P. M., Hyett, M. P., Bank, S. R., Erceg-Hurn, D. M., Johnson, A. R., Kyron, M. J., Saulsman, L. M., Moulds, M. L., Grisham, J. R., Holmes, E. A., Moscovitch, D. A., Lipp, O. V. Campbell, B. N. C., & Rapee, R. M. (in press). Imagery-enhanced versus verbally-based group cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder: a randomized clinical trial. Psychological Medicine.
- McEvoy, P. M., Saulsman, L. M., & Rapee, R. M. (2018). Imagery-enhanced CBT for social anxiety disorder. Guilford Press.
- Holmes, E. A., & Mathews, A. (2010). Mental imagery in emotion and emotional disorders. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 349-280.
- Saulsman, L. M., Ji, J. L., & McEvoy, P. M. (2019). The essential role of mental imagery in cognitive behaviour therapy: what is old is new again. Australian Psychologist, 54, 237-244.