I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. I work as a lecturer in psychotherapy at the Open University. My research is aimed at the developments of psychotherapy and counselling.
Prior to working at the OU, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Associate Lecturer at the University of Roehampton and the Existential Academy. I conducted psychotherapy research for the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation, and I taught and supervised students on Counselling Psychology doctoral programmes.
I have worked in various clinical settings including NHS Increasing Access for Psychological Therapies (IAPT), NHS primary and secondary care, Mind, University counselling services, and in private practice.
2016. Doctor of Counselling Psychology (PsychD, awarded May 2017), Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, UK
2013. MA in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (Valedictorian), Department of Psychology, La Salle University, USA
2010. MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
2009. BA in Psychology (Distinction), Department of Psychology, Empire State College, USA
Health Care Profession Council - HCPC registred (July 2017, PYL34509)
British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist (248376)
Higher Education Academy - Associate Fellow (Oct 2017, PR135330)
Pluralistic Research Steering Committee - Member (April 2019-present)
My research interest lies in the study of psychotherapy processes and how these can be enhanced to facilitate impact on client outcomes. Research topics I study include client agency, goal-oriented practices, client preferences for therapy, shared-decision making, relational depth and mutuality, and pluralism in research and practice. More recently, I have expanded my interest to explore the impact of connectedness on wellbeing in communities.
Di Malta, G., Cooper, M., Vos, J., & van der Veer, K. (2020). An Application of the Three-Step Test-Interview (TSTI) in the Validation of the Relational Depth Frequency Scale. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 0022167820962626.
Di Malta, G., Evans, C., Cooper, M. (2019). Development and validation of the relational depth frequency scale. Psychotherapy Research. DOI: 10.1080/10503307.2019.1585590
Di Malta, G., Oddli, H. W., Cooper, M. (2019). From intention to action: A mixed methods study of clients’ experiences of goal-oriented practices. Journal of Clinical Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22821
Farr, J. Di Malta, G., Cooper, M. (2019). Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial of Counselling in a Community Mental Health Setting: Pitfalls and Learnings. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. DOI: 10.1002/capr.12262
Di Malta, G., Oza, M., Pauli, R., Cooper, M. (2019). Development and validation of the Measure Assessment Form. Pluralistic Conference.
Wright, N. D., Bahrami, B., Johnson, E., Di Malta, G., Rees, G., Frith, C. D., & Dolan, R. J. (2012). Testosterone disrupts human collaboration by increasing egocentric choices. Proc. R. Soc. B, 279(1736), 2275-2280.
Knox, S, Cooper. M, Di Malta, G, Oddli, H., Swift, J. (In preparation). Clients’ experiences of therapeutic preferences: A Consensual Qualitative Research. Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Cooper, M. Di Malta, G., Norcross, J. (In preparation). Client Preferences Inventory II. Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Di Malta, G., Raymond-Barker, B., Pauli, R., Cooper, M. (In preparation). Development and Validation of the Measure Evaluation Scale.
Di Malta, G., Cooper, M., Raymond-Barker, B., Moller, N. (In preparation). Relational depth, intimacy and mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Moller, N., Di Malta, G., Smith, K. (In preparation). Relational depth, University connectedness, wellbeing and academic achievement.
Chapter 11: Humanistic approaches in Moller, N., Vossler, A., Jones, D. W., & Kaposi, D. (Eds.). (2020). Understanding Mental Health and Counselling. SAGE.
Chapter 5: Worry and Sadness in Moller, N., Vossler, A., Jones, D. W., & Kaposi, D. (Eds.). (2020). Understanding Mental Health and Counselling. SAGE.
Teaching at the OU
2020/21. DD310 Module Chair
2020/21. D241 Module team member
2019/20. D241 Module production team member
2019/20. DD310 Module team member
Taught Modules and Guest Lectures
2019. Pluralistic therapy in context. DPsych, City University, UK.
2019. Qualitative Research methods. Whole module (online), DPsych, New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling (NSPC), Middlesex University, UK
2019. Clinical supervision. Whole module (online), DPsych, NSPC, UK
2019. Focussing/ Emotion Focussed Therapy. PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2018/19. Person-centred skills practice. Whole module, PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2018/19. Professional Practice Group. Whole module, PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2018. Quantitative research methods (online). Whole module, DPsych, NSPC, UK
2018. Person-centred theory: The necessary and sufficient conditions. PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2018. Psychological contact and relational depth. PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2018. Person-centred theory: Active client-active therapist. PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2017/18. Collaborative Assessment. PsychD, University of Roehampton, UK
2017. The Identity of a Counselling Psychologist. DPsych, NSPC, UK
2017. Counselling in a Higher Education Setting. DPsych, NSPC, UK
An Application of the Three-Step Test-Interview (TSTI) in the Validation of the Relational Depth Frequency Scale (2020)
Di Malta, Gina; Cooper, Mick; Vos, Joel and Van Der Veer, Kees
Journal of Humanistic Psychology ((Early Access))
From intention to action: A mixed methods study of clients' experiences of goal-oriented practices (2019-10)
Di Malta, Gina; Oddli, Hanne W. and Cooper, Mick
Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75(10) (pp. 1770-1789)
Development and validation of the relational depth frequency scale (2019)
Di Malta, Gina; Evans, Chris and Cooper, Mick
Psychotherapy Research, 30(2) (pp. 213-227)
Pilot Randomised controlled trial of counselling in a community mental health setting: Pitfalls and learnings (2019)
Farr, Joanna; Di Malta, Gina and Cooper, Mick
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research ((Early Access))
Testosterone disrupts human collaboration by increasing egocentric choices (2012-06-30)
Wright, Nicholas D.; Bahrami, Bahador; Johnson, Emily; Di Malta, Gina; Rees, Geraint; Frith, Christopher D. and Dolan, Raymond J.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279(1736) (pp. 2275-2280)