University of Calgary

Keith Dobson

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Research Interests

My research interests lie primarily in the area of cognition and various psychopathological states; notably depression. Within this broad area I have conducted research on topics such as cognitive assessment in depression, the interactive role of cognition and life events in the causation of depression, the capability of assessment tools to differentiate anxiety from depression, and description of stable and unstable aspects of cognition associated with depression. Another aspect of my interest in cognitive models is the question of their therapeutic relevance. I have pursued this interest through studies that examine cognitive therapy for depression, as well as training and process studies in cognitive therapy.  A recent focus of work has been on stigma related to mental disorders, especially in the workplace.  I also have been engaged in work related to the relationship between childhood adversity and adult health problems in primary care.   Finally, I have an ongoing interest in the profession of Psychology, and write in this area as well.

Recent Work

Selected Recent Publications

Spilka, M. J., & Dobson, K. S. (2015). Promoting the internalization of evidence-based practice: Benchmarking as a strategy to evaluate culturally transported psychological treatments. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 22(1), 58-75. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12092

Szeto, A., O’Neill, T., & Dobson, K. S. (2015). The association between personality and individual differences and stigma towards people with mental disorders. American Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation, 18(4), 303-332. doi:10.1080/15487768.2015.1089799

Blake, E., Dobson, K. S., Sheptycki, A. R., & Drapeau, M. (2016). Changes in cognitive errors over the course of cognitive therapy for depression. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30(1), 16-34. 

Knokolÿ Thege, B., & Dobson, K. S. (2016). Toward a culturally informed evaluation of foreign qualifications: An overview of the European Union’s clinical psychology training system in the North American context. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47(2), 163-169. 

Dobson, K. S. (2016) Clinical psychology in Canada: Challenges and opportunities. Canadian Psychology, 57(3), 211-219. 

Korotana, L., Dobson, K.S, Pusch, D. & Josephson, T. (2016). A review of primary care interventions to improve the health outcomes in adult survivors of adverse childhood experiences. Clinical Psychology Review 46, 59-90. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2016.04.007

Beshai, S., Dobson, K. S., Adel, A., & Hanna, N. (2016).  A cross-cultural study of the cognitive model of depression: Cognitive experiences converge between Egypt and Canada.  PloS one, 11(3), e0150699. 

Poole, J. C., Dobson, K. S., & Pusch, D. (2017). Childhood adversity and adult depression: The protective role of psychological resilience. Child Abuse & Neglect, 64, 89-100. 

Quigley, L., Wright, C.A., Dobson, K. S., & Sears, C. R. (2017).  Measuring attentional control ability or beliefs? Evaluation of the factor structure and convergent validity of the Attentional Control Scale. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, DOI 10.1007/s10862-017-9617-7.

Quigley, L., Wen, Al., & Dobson, K. S. (in press). Avoidance and depression vulnerability:  An examination of avoidance in remitted and currently depressed Individuals.  Behaviour Research and Therapy.

Carleton, R. N.,  Afifi, T. O., Turner, S., Tailieu, T., LeBouthillier, D. M., Duranceau, S., Sareen, J., Ricciardelli,  R., MacPhee, R. S., Groll, D., Hozempa, K., Brunet, A., Weekes, J. R., Griffith, C. T., Abrams, K. J., Jones, N. A., Beshai, S., Cramm, H. A., Dobson, K. S., Hatcher, S., Keane, T. M., Stewart, S. H., & Asmundson, G. J. G. (in press). Mental disorder symptoms among Public Safety Personnel in Canada. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 

Recent Books

 Wenzel, A., Dobson, K. S. & Hays, P. (2016). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques and Strategies. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.

Dobson, D. J. G., & Dobson, K. S. (2017). Evidence-based Practice of cognitive behavior therapy, 2nd edition. New York, NY: Guilford Press. 

Kazantzis, N. Dattilio, F. M., & Dobson, K. S. (2017). The therapeutic relationship in cognitive behavior therapy: The Heart and Soul of Effective Practice. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Dobson, K. S. & Dozois, D. J. A. (Eds.). (in press). Handbook of Cognitive-behavioral Therapies (4th Edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Curriculum Vitae



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