ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Cezar Giosan is a Professor of Psychology at Berkeley College in New York, and Researcher at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at City University of New York, where he teaches Research Methods in Psychology and Statistical Analyses.
Dr. Giosan started his international academic career in 1998, when he began a doctorate in psychology at the New School for Social Research – “The University in Exile.” Upon receiving his Ph.D. in 2003, Dr. Giosan continued with a postdoctoral fellowship at the prestigious Weill Medical College of Cornell University, where he remained until December 2010 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Giosan has been involved in numerous research and clinical projects, working with clinical populations of thousands of people and authoring papers on posttraumatic stress disorder, psychopathology, consequences of trauma, memory, and evolutionary psychology, among others.
Dr. Giosan is known for his work on Darwinian fitness, which began formally with the publication of a Darwinian fitness scale (High-K Strategy Scale; HKSS), which has been translated by other researchers in several languages. In subsequent studies, done on large clinical populations, Dr. Giosan showed that the HKSS construct is an important predictor of psychopathology, accounting for significant variance in PTSD, sleep disturbances, anger and functional disability. A particularly important finding is the strong association that Dr. Giosan found between HKSS and depression, which may open the door to novel psychotherapeutic approaches of this condition as explored in this randomized clinical trial.
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– Giosan, C. (2013). “Slow” reproductive strategy: A negative predictor of depressive symptomatology. Australian Journal of Psychology. In press. doi: 10.1111/ajpy.12016. Full text.
– Giosan, C. & Wyka, K.E. (2009). Is a Successful High-K Fitness Strategy Associated with Better Mental Health? Evolutionary Psychology, 7(1): 28-39. Full text.
– Giosan, C., Malta, L., Jayasinghe, N., Spielman, L., & Difede, J. (2009). Relationships between Recollection of Traumatic Events and PTSD in Disaster Relief Workers. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Vol 23: 557-561. Full text.
– Giosan, C. (2006). High-K Strategy Scale: A Measure of the High-K Independent Criterion of Fitness. Evolutionary Psychology, 4, 394-405. Full text.
– Jayasinghe, N., Giosan, C., Robin, L., Difede, J., Spielman, L., & Robin, L. (2006). Predictors of Responses to Psychotherapy Referral in WTC Disaster Workers. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 147-152. Full text.
– Evans, S., Giosan C., Patt , I., Spielman L., & Difede J. (2006). Anger and its Associations to Distress and Social/Occupational Functioning in Symptomatic Disaster Relief Workers Responding to the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Disaster. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 147-152. Full text.
– Giosan, C., Glovsky, V. & Haslam, N. (2001). The Lay Concept of Mental Disorder: A Cross-Cultural Study. Transcultural Psychiatry. Vol. 38, No. 3, Pp. 317-332. Full text.