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Interpretational Processing Biases in Emotional Psychopathology

From Experimental Investigation to Clinical Practice

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  • Evaluates and summarises the latest research
  • Bridges the gap between lab-based and clinical research
  • Applicable to various areas of psychopathology and discussions in clinical research and practice

Part of the book series: CBT: Science Into Practice (CBT)

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Scientific Innovations on Mechanisms of Psychopathology


About this book

The primary aim of this book is to bridge the gap between lab-based and clinical research by disseminating the latest interdisciplinary scientific findings on interpretational processing biases in the context of emotional psychopathology. It is designed to help the practitioner by drawing explicit links between the basic science and implications for clinical practice. This enables an enhanced interaction between science and practice, strengthening bi-directional translational links, and the potential to produce more meaningful and significant advances in the treatment of emotional psychopathology. This in turn will facilitate an innovative step-change in the area of both research and clinical practice. The book focuses on cognitive processing biases that are common across a wide range of psychological disorders, meaning that the conclusions drawn have relevance across the whole spectrum of psychopathology and will stimulate and inspire a broad range of discussions and future work. 

From the foreword by Nikolaos Kazantzis:

"The practice of CBT is complex and requires a tailored approach. Every technique has a specific target but may be used for multiple purposes simultaneously in support of the client’s therapeutic goals. The purpose of Dr. Woud’s book is to elucidate the ways in which interpretational biases can be a focus of intervention for CBT therapists at all stages of professional development, from those undertaking training to master clinicians. Dr. Woud has succeeded admirably in this regard."

Editors and Affiliations

  • Mental Health Research and Treatment Center, Faculty of Psychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany

    Marcella L. Woud

About the editor

Dr. Marcella L. Woud studied psychology (‘Master of Sciences’, 2008) and completed her PhD at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (‘cum laude’, i.e., the highest possible distinction for a Ph.D in the Netherlands, which is awarded in 5% across all disciplines). During her studies and PhD, she worked and visited a number of international labs at e.g., University of Oxford and Harvard University. In November 2013, she joined the team of Dr. Margraf at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) in Germany as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Parallel to her Postdoc, she started the clinical training to become a licensed psychotherapist (with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), completing this training in April 2020. During her research career so far, Dr. Woud has received a number of awards and prizes. For example, during her PhD, she won the Elisabeth Frye Stipendium, which is awarded to the most talented and promising female PhD students. In 2018, the Association for Psychological Science (APS) selected her as a Rising Star. This is an award to outstanding scientists in the earliest stages of their career whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions. The research of Dr. Woud is supported by a number of prestigious grants. In 2020, the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) awarded her an Emmy Noether grant, which provides exceptionally qualified early career researchers the opportunity to lead an independent junior research group for a period of six years. Dr. Woud is also a Principal Investigator in a DFG-funded Collaborative Research Centre at RUB.

Dr. Woud’s work focusses on bridging experimental investigation and clinical translation in the context of anxiety disorders, such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder, as well as in Depression.  She has a specific interest in the role of cognitive biases, e.g., dysfunctional appraisals, associations, and interpretations, and their role as a correlate, predictor, and causal risk factors in the context of emotional psychopathology. Further, her research addresses the mechanisms underlying these biases including their psychophysiological and neuronal correlates.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Interpretational Processing Biases in Emotional Psychopathology

  • Book Subtitle: From Experimental Investigation to Clinical Practice

  • Editors: Marcella L. Woud

  • Series Title: CBT: Science Into Practice

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Behavioral Science and Psychology, Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-23649-5Published: 29 March 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-23652-5Published: 30 March 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-23650-1Published: 28 March 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2946-5419

  • Series E-ISSN: 2946-5427

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 346

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Clinical Psychology, Psychopathology, Psychology, general

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