Biography:Daniel David

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Daniel David (born 23 November 1972) is a Romanian academic. He is "Aaron T. Beck" professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. He was the head of the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy[1] of the Babeş-Bolyai University between 2007 and 2012. Daniel David is also an adjunct professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai[2] and is the head of the Research Program at Albert Ellis Institute[3] in New York.

In 2020, he was elected rector of Babeș-Bolyai University[4]


David was born in Satu Mare. In 1999 he obtained a Ph.D. degree in psychology from Babeș-Bolyai University with thesis Mecanisme inconștiente de reactualizare a informațiilor, under the direction of Ioan Radu.

National achievements

David created the first school of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in Romania, based on international principles, recognized as such by the founders of this field such as Albert Ellis and Aaron T. Beck; he and his trainee also extended the application of CBT in education (e.g., rational-emotive & cognitive-behavioral education) and organizational fields (e.g., cognitive-behavioral coaching). He is a Fellow in the Academy of Cognitive Therapy,[5] United States and the national representative in the Social Sciences Standing Committee at the European Science Foundation.[6] He is among those who introduced in Romanian academic psychology the evolutionary psychology and genetic counseling as modern interdisciplinary approaches between psychology and biology.[7] David reintroduced and up-dated the Retman concept, and is the coordinator of the team that created the comics, stories and cartoons with this character.[8][9]

He has promoted the reform of Romanian clinical psychology and psychotherapy based on modern principles.[10] Such a reform was necessary, taking into account that during the communist period of Romania both clinical psychology and psychotherapy were practically forbidden by the communist regime, and thus, the field was frozen in time. For example, after the communist era, Szondi and Lusher, among other projective test, were still commonly used for clinical testing.[11] David, who studied in the United States for both his doctoral and postdoctoral studies,[12] was one of the leaders of the first generations of psychologists after the anti-communist revolution of 1989, as since the 2000s, he has constantly been the most cited Romanian psychologist in the international literature.[13][14] Given that he had several governmental and professional positions/leadership, he marked the reform of the clinical field in Romania, helping in moving the field from a '70s style approach to the modern one.[10] For his merits in research and education he was knighted in 2008 by the President of Romania, in the National Order of Knights for Merit.[15] Also, for the advanced research programs that he has initiated, in 2014, together with other important contemporary researchers, he received the innovation award, part of the "Foreign Policy Romania" Gala.[16] In November 2017, he has been elected as the president of the Romanian Association of Psychologists, association which has been inactive for several years. The goals for his mandate are to reestablish the association as a professional and scientific body supporting the development of the professional practice in Romania.[17] In March 2020, he was elected as the Rector of Babeș-Bolyai University for a four years mandate.[18]

International achievements

He has contributed to the assimilation of cognitive science principles in the clinical field.[19][20] A more specific contribution was focused on developing the theory and practice of rational-emotive and cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT/REBT),[21][22] which brought him both the Aaron T. Beck Award and the Albert Ellis Award of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health. In 2004 he was invited as "Guest Editor" by the Journal of Clinical Psychology to organize a special issue titled: "Cognitive revolution in clinical psychology: Beyond the behavioral approach" in order to present the state-of-the-art regarding the impact of the cognitive revolution on the clinical field.[23] As founding editor of the Journal of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychotherapies (abstracted: SSCI/Thomson ISI Web of Science; SCOPUS; PsycInfo; IBSS and full text: EBSCO; ProQuest[24]), a Journal focused on evidence-based practice, he has supported the evidence-based approach in the clinical field. At this moment, is co-editor of the prestigious Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.[25] In 2013, the two research platforms, The SkyRa Platform for Clinical Cognitive Neurosciences and the PsyTech-Matrix Platform in Robotics/Robotherapy and Virtual Reality Psychotherapy, that he is coordinating as part of the International Institute for the Advanced Study of Psychotherapy and Applied Mental Health, have both been included in Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape (MERIL database).[26]

Selected publications

  • David, D.; Matu, S.-A.; David, O. A. (2013). "New Directions in Virtual Reality-Based Therapy for Anxiety Disorders". International Journal of Cognitive Therapy 6 (2): 114–137. doi:10.1521/ijct.2013.6.2.114. 
  • David, D.; Montgomery, G. H. (2011). "The scientific status of psychotherapies: A new evaluative framework for evidence-based psychosocial interventions". Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice 18 (2): 89–99. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2850.2011.01239.x. 
  • David, D., Lynn, A., & Ellis, A. (Ed.) (2010). Rational and irrational beliefs in human functioning and disturbances; Implication for research, theory, and practice. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • David, D.; Szentagotai, A.; Lupu, V.; Cosman, D. (2008). "Rational emotive behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, and medication in the treatment of major depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial, posttreatment outcomes, and six-month follow-up.". J Clin Psychol 64 (6): 728–746. doi:10.1002/jclp.20487. PMID 18473339. 
  • David, D. (2003). Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT); The view of a cognitive psychologist. In W. Dryden (Ed.). Theoretical developments in REBT. London: Brunner/Routledge.
  • David, D.; Brown, R.; Pojoga, C.; David, A. (2000). "The impact of posthypnotic amnesia and intentional forgetting on implicit and explicit memory". International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 48 (3): 267–289. doi:10.1080/00207140008415246. PMID 10902293. 
  • David, D. (2002). "Romanian psychology on the international psychological scene: A preliminary critical and empirical approach". European Psychologist 7: 153–160. doi:10.1027//1016-9040.7.2.153. 
  • David, D.; Schnur, J.; Belloiu, A. (2002). "Another search for the "hot" cognition: Appraisal irrational beliefs, attribution, and their relation to emotion". Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 20 (2): 93–131. doi:10.1023/A:1019876601693. 
  • David, D. (2002). "The case of behavior therapy in Romania". Behavior Therapist 21: 181–186. 
  • David, D., & Brown, R. (2003). The impact of different directed forgetting instructions on implicit and explicit memory: New evidence from a modified process dissociation procedure. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 56A, 211–233.
  • David, D.; Montgomery, G.; Holdevici, I. (2003). "Romanian norms for the Harvard group Scale of Hypnotic Susceptibility, Form A.". International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 51 (1): 66–77. doi:10.1076/iceh. PMID 12825919. 
  • David, D (2004). "Special issue on the cognitive revolution in clinical psychology: Beyond the behavioral approach-Introductory remarks". Journal of Clinical Psychology 60 (4): 351–353. doi:10.1002/jclp.10249. PMID 15022266. 
  • David, D (2004). "Special issue on the cognitive revolution in clinical psychology: Beyond the behavioral approach-Conclusions: Toward and evidence-based psychology and psychotherapy". Journal of Clinical Psychology 60 (4): 447–451. doi:10.1002/jclp.10257. PMID 15022274. 
  • David, D. (2004). "The information-processing approach to the human mind: Basic and beyond". Journal of Clinical Psychology 60 (4): 353–369. doi:10.1002/jclp.10250. PMID 15022267. 
  • David, D.Expression error: Unrecognized word "et". (2004). "Discrimination between hopes and expectancies for nonvolitional outcomes. Psychological phenomenon or artifact?". Personality and Individual Differences 36 (8): 1945–1952. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2003.08.013. PMID 18985169. 
  • David, D.; Schnur, J.; Birk, J. (2004). "Functional and dysfunctional emotions in Ellis' cognitive theory; An empirical analysis". Cognition and Emotion 18 (6): 869–880. doi:10.1080/02699930341000185. 
  • David, D.; Montgomery, M.; Macavei, B.; Bovbjerg, D. (2005). "An empirical investigation of Albert Ellis' binary model of distress". Journal of Clinical Psychology 61 (4): 499–516. doi:10.1002/jclp.20058. PMID 15529301. 
  • David, D.; Szentagotai, A. (2006). "Cognition in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies (CBT); Toward an integrative model". Clinical Psychology Review 26 (3): 284–298. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2005.09.003. PMID 16325974. 


  1. "Faculty/Staff" (in en-US). Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 2007-07-15. 
  2. "Daniel-Ovidiu David | Mount Sinai - New York". 
  3. "Daniel David, Ph.D. |". 
  4. "UBB Rector's Office". Retrieved 26 April 2020. 
  5. "Academy of Cognitive Therapy". 
  6. "Scientific Review Group : European Science Foundation". 
  7. "editura polirom / catalog / carte - 2015". 
  8. "RETMAN: Interventii psihoterapeutice pentru copii si adolescenti". 
  9. "The Retmagic of Retman - International Institute". 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Popescu, Victor (2006-08-17). "Cultura". Fundația Culturală Română. 
  11. Minulescu, Mihaela (2001). Tehnici Proiective. Bucuresti: Editura Titu Maiorescu. ISBN 978-973-98628-2-0. 
  12. David, Daniel (2014-10-25). "Academic CV". 
  13. "Ad Astra - Cartea albă a cercetării din România". 
  14. Dobrean, Anca; Matu, Silviu (2015). "INTERNATIONALLY ACTIVE, VISIBLE, HIGH IMPACT, AND EMINENT ROMANIAN PSYCHOLOGISTS. A QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS". Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies 15 (1). 
  15. Decree of the President of Romania regarding the attribution of decorations, published in The Official Monitor, Part I, no. 52 1/23/2008.
  16. Diana Rusu. Gala Foreign Policy România: top 100 oameni care mișcă țara în direcții bune, Ziarul Adevărul, 25 February 2014. Accessed on 3 March 2014.
  17. Romanian Association of Psychologists. Mesajul noului preşedinte al APR – Prof. univ. dr. Daniel David (noiembrie 2017), Romanian Association of Psychologists website, 27 October 2017. Accessed on 22 April 2020.
  18. Babeș-Bolyai University. Mesajul Rectorului UBB la preluarea mandatului 2020-2024, News UBB, 13 March 2020. Accessed on 22 April 2020.
  19. David, Daniel; Szentagotai, Aurora (2006-05-01). "Cognitions in cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies; toward an integrative model". Clinical Psychology Review 26 (3): 284–298. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2005.09.003. PMID 16325974. 
  20. David, Daniel; Miclea, Mircea; Opre, Adrian (2004-04-01). "The information-processing approach to the human mind: Basics and beyond" (in en). Journal of Clinical Psychology 60 (4): 353–368. doi:10.1002/jclp.10250. ISSN 1097-4679. PMID 15022267. 
  21. David, Daniel; Lynn, Steven; Ellis, Albert (2010). Rational and irrational beliefs in human functioning and disturbances; Implication for research, theory, and practice. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195182231. 
  22. David, Daniel; Freeman, Arthur (2014). "Overview of cognitive behavior therapy of personality disorders". in Beck, Aaron. Cognitive therapy of personality disorders (Third ed.). New York: Guilford Press. ISBN 9781462518050. 
  23. Journal of Clinical Psychology - Volume 60, Issue 4 - Cognitive Revolution in Clinical Psychology: Beyond the Behavioral Approach. doi:10.1002/jclp.v60:4. 
  24. "Journal of Evidence-Based Psychotherapies" (in en-US). 
  25. "Journal of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive-Behavior Therapy - incl. option to publish open access". 
  26. AG, Avedas. "MERIL - RI Information System". 

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