Cognitive behavioral therapy: Current status and future research directions

Shelley McMain, Michelle G. Newman, Zindel V. Segal, Robert J. DeRubeis

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Abstract: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an umbrella term that includes a diverse group of treatments, is defined by a strong commitment to empiricism. While CBT has a robust empirical base, areas for improvement remain. This article reviews the status of the current empirical base and its limitations, and presents future directions for advancement of the field. Ultimately, studies are needed that will identify the predictors, mediators, and moderators of treatment response in order to increase knowledge on how to personalize interventions for each client and to strengthen the impact of CBT. Efforts to advance the dissemination and implementation of CBT, innovative approaches such as practice-oriented research, and the advantages of incorporating new and existing technologies, are discussed as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalPsychotherapy Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 4 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


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