School of Psychology
BPsych (Hons), PhD
My area of research is within the field of cognitive neuropsychiatry, which applies the knowledge base of cognitive psychology to the study of psychiatric symptoms, such as delusional beliefs. My research has focussed on the role that cognitive biases (i.e., problematic thinking styles) play in the development and maintenance of delusions, both in individuals with schizophrenia and in those identified as "delusion-prone" (i.e., people with mild delusional beliefs or tendencies).
Currently, I am investigating the efficacy of a novel psychotherapy designed specifically for people with schizophrenia entitled "metacognitive training" (MCT). The MCT approach targets the cognitive biases that contribute to delusion formation and maintenance, and, in turn, aims to alleviate the severity of delusions in people with schizophrenia, whilst also improving level of insight and satisfaction with life. I am also investigating the efficacy of cognitive remediation treatments, designed to improve the cognitive functioning of people with schizophrenia. This postdoctoral research is being funded by Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, the School of Psychology and Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (Flinders University), and the Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship.
|Phone:||+61 8 82013082|
|Location:||Social Sciences North (379)|
|Postal address:||GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia|
Balzan, R. P. (in press). Re: Combining Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis with Cognitive Remediation is the only cost effective way to improve recovery in schizophrenia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.
Weinberg, D., Lenroot, R., Allen, K., Bruggemann, J., Wells, R., Balzan, R. P., Liu, D., Galletly, C., Catts, S., Weickert, C. S., & Weickert, T. W. (in press). Cognitive subtypes in schizophrenia marked by differential brain volumetric reductions as potential indicators of cognitive decline. JAMA Psychiatry.
Balzan, R. B., Woodward, T. S., Delfabbro, P. H., & Moritz, S. (in press). Over-confidence across the psychosis continuum: A calibration approach. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry.
Moritz, S., Balzan, R. P., Bohn, F., Veckenstedt, R., Kolbeck, K., Bierbrodt, B., & Dietrichkeit, M. (in press). Subjective versus objective cognition: Evidence for poor metacognitive monitoring in psychosis. Schizophrenia Research.
Balzan, R. P., Ephraums, R., Delfabbro, P., & Andreou, C. (in press). Beads vs. Box Task and the specificity of the Jumping-to-Conclusions bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
Gawęda, L., Staszkiewicz, M., & Balzan, R. P. (in press). The relationship between cognitive biases and psychological dimensions of delusions: The importance of jumping to conclusions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
Moritz, S., Pfuhl, G., Lüdtke, T., Menon, M., Balzan, R. P., & Andreou, C. (in press). A two stage account of the positive symptoms of psychosis: Highlighting the role of lowered decision thresholds. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.
Chen, J., Crome, E., Cox, S., Byrow, Y., Kanai, Y., Johnstone, K., Balzan, R., Peters, L., Wong, Q., Baillie, A., & Hofmann, S. (in press).Broadening the research areas on social anxiety disorder. In WCBCT (Eds.), Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (pp TBC). Samford Valley, Australia: Australian Academic Press.