Clin DPsych Thesis - Leah Zelencich_26654865_Final submission 25APR19_L84.pdf (2.46 MB)
Download file

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): Role of Therapy Process Variables

Download (2.46 MB)
posted on 06.06.2019, 03:07 by LEAH MATTEAU ZELENCICH
Anxiety and depression are common after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) but it is unclear whether associated cognitive impairments impede gains from psychological therapy. This study aimed to investigate 1) how therapists adapt Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to meet the needs of people with TBI and 2) which factors impact capacity to benefit from CBT adapted for TBI. Findings identified several therapist behaviours that can help to enhance treatment effectiveness. These included comprehensive facilitation of client engagement with therapy homework and compensating for poorer executive functioning. This is the first study to evaluate CBT in-session processes with a TBI sample.


Principal supervisor

Jennie Louise Ponsford

Additional supervisor 1

Nikolaos Kazantzis

Additional supervisor 2

Dana Wong

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Additional Institution or Organisation

Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre

Campus location



Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences