Greta Kaluzeviciute

Greta Kaluzeviciute
Vilnius University · Department of Clinical Psychology

PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies
Using qualitative methods to research therapeutic integration, public health interventions, and psychopathology

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Introduction
My research is based at the intersection of clinical psychological sciences (psychotherapy, psychoanalysis) and epistemology (the underpinning framework behind research outcomes), with a particular focus on the case study method and qualitative research. I am also contributing to other research projects focusing on the impact of digitalization on therapeutic relationships, anxiety & burnout, therapeutic integration, virtual representations of mental health, and psychopathology.
Additional affiliations
March 2021 - April 2022
University of Cambridge
Position
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
January 2021 - present
Journal of Concurrent Disorders
Position
  • Editor
August 2020 - present
University of Derby
Position
  • Associate Academic
Education
October 2017 - May 2021
University of Essex
Field of study
  • Psychoanalytic Studies
October 2016 - October 2017
University of Essex
Field of study
  • Psychoanalytic Studies
October 2013 - July 2016
University of Essex
Field of study
  • Philosophy and Literature

Publications

Publications (29)
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In the current age of social media, the boundaries between the online and the offline, the personal and the professional, have become blurred and ambiguous. This poses significant challenges to the practice of psychoanalysis , which for a long time has been thought of as a technology-free and private space. This paper compares how social media impa...
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Historian and philosopher John Forrester argues that psychoanalysis is characterized by a style of scientific thinking and reasoning that he coins "thinking in cases". Since Freud, case studies have been used as a medium for sharing, demonstrating, discovering, expanding, consolidating and "thinking" psychoanalytic knowledge. In this paper, we seek...
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Systematic case studies are often placed at the low end of evidence-based practice (EBP) due to lack of critical appraisal. This paper seeks to attend to this research gap by introducing a novel Case Study Evaluation-tool (CaSE). First, issues around knowledge generation and validity are assessed in both EBP and practice-based evidence (PBE) paradi...
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Online therapy has been increasingly utilised during the COVID-19 pandemic by many including working populations. However, few qualitative studies have explored how online therapy is ex-perienced in practice, and discussed its implications for those working clients. Semi-structured interviews attended by nine integrative psychotherapists practising...
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With the eagerly anticipated release of season four of Stranger Things, it is timely to reflect on the series up to its present point, considering possible reasons for its widespread popularity. We begin from the position that its ability to grip audiences lies in its representation of psychological themes that resonate with the show’s audience. So...
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Background There is consistency of evidence on the link between school culture and student health. A positive school culture has been associated with positive child and youth development, effective risk prevention and health promotion efforts, with extensive evidence for the impact on student mental health. Interventions which focus on socio-cultur...
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Case study methods are increasingly recognized as crucial methods to enhance understanding of the complexity of psychotherapy processes and as way to bridge the science-practice gap. The Single Case Archive (SCA) was constructed to facilitate access to the existing field of case study research for academic, clinical, and educational purposes. Cases...
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Despite a rising prevalence of mental health difficulties in the young, existing prior to, but also exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic, mental health needs in this population remain unmet even in economically wealthy countries. Increasingly, supportive school environments have been suggested as having a significant impact on young people'...
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The workshop consisted of two parts: 1) an exploration of the significance of case studies in clinical practice, and 2) a new form of appraisal through Case Study Evaluation-tool (CaSE), which seeks to strengthen the position of case studies in the evidence-based practice. Through Freudian, Jungian and other classic psychoanalytic heritage, psycho...
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Although parents of triplets experience substantial mental distress, research about this increasing population has primarily focused on physical health risks of triplets and mothers, failing to capture the subjective wellbeing of parents. Accordingly, this study aimed to understand first-hand experience of parents of triplets, using thematic analys...
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Online learning has given access to education for diverse populations including students with disabilities. In our university, the ratio of students with disabilities is substantially higher in the online programmes than face-to-face. Online learning provides high accessibility though it can result in a lonely experience. Accordingly, this study ai...
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Background: Young people spend a large proportion of their time in school, which presents both risk and protective factors for their mental health. A supportive school culture can promote and protect good mental health by creating experiences of safety and belonging amongst staff and students. In this qualitative study, we seek to explore whether a...
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Aims and Hypothesis: The study will seek to identify and develop a logic model and a school culture toolkit that can be utilised to inform public health interventions to promote mental health in a range of educational settings. Background: While most mental health issues begin during youth, they are often first detected later in life. One way to ad...
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Aim: The aim of this presentation is to discuss the potential and the limitations of qualitative meta-analysis as a method to synthesize knowledge from published case studies. Case studies contain rich, contextualized knowledge about therapy processes. Synthesizing this knowledge through qualitative meta-analysis holds the promise of developing gen...
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Background: CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and psychodynamic psychotherapy are two most frequently used therapeutic modalities in private and public clinical practice. CBT is currently considered to be a ‘gold standard’ therapy, culminating in a wide scale training and dissemination of research. More recently, psychodynamic psychotherapy has a...
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Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing social networking platforms used by the younger population. However, research exploring the socio-psychological impact of this platform on younger populations is scarce. It is particularly important to assess how Instagram affects perceptions of body image in female populations who make up the majo...
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This chapter seeks to identify common predictors of mental health problems in university students studying healthcare subjects by synthesising our research findings, and to suggest helpful approaches for these issues. Poor mental health of students is a cause of concern in many universities, being associated with higher dropout rates and poor acade...
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This presentation will focus on situating single case studies as a valid form of evidence in psychotherapy. First, the presentation will outline methodological pluralism within the case study genre, and with it, the different types of case studies, such as clinical, systematic and experimental (Iwakabe & Gazzola, 2009). Particular attention will be...
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This chapter seeks to identify common predictors of mental health problems in university students studying healthcare subjects by synthesising our research findings, and to suggest helpful approaches for these issues. Poor mental health of students is a cause of concern in many universities, being associated with higher dropout rates and poor acade...
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Letter response to Nathan Szajnberg for his review of our paper, “Scientific thinking styles: The different ways of thinking in psychoanalytic case studies” (IJP volume 101, issue 5, 2020).
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Psychological stress has become a major concern, potentially leading to diverse health problems including psychopathology such as depression and anxiety. Transactional Model of Stress and Coping is an established model, conceptualizing stressful experiences via person- environment relationship. This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the pathwa...
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Recently, the concept of ikigai has attracted international scholarly attention. Originally, researchers have focused on its impact on longevity; however, contemporary approaches to ikigai include career guidance, wellbeing training and clinical practice. That said, much of the existing literature on ikigai has relied on anecdotal episodes, without...
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(This presentation is based on a forthcoming paper, Appraising Psychotherapy Case Studies in Practice–Based Evidence: Introducing Case Study Evaluation–tool (CaSE).) Systematic case studies are often placed at the low end of evidence–based practice (EBP) due to lack of critical appraisal. This presentation seeks to attend to this research gap by i...
Thesis
The present thesis seeks to explore knowledge generation methods in the field of psychotherapy, with a focus on qualitative clinical and systematic case study narratives. Currently, evidence–based practice (EBP) in psychotherapy prioritises quantitative methods (e.g., systematic reviews and meta–analytic reports, which summarise the findings of ran...
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Self-compassion, being kind towards oneself, has been identified as a key protective factor of mental health. This is consistent with students’ experiences in the study of nursing, which attracts a large number of students in the United Kingdom. Despite the importance of self-compassion, knowledge in how to enhance self-compassion is under-research...
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This presentation explores the ongoing tensions between psychoanalytic (and more broadly, clinical) case studies and the evidence-based practice. It is no understatement that, ever since the inception of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic case studies have held an ambiguous or highly unfavourable position in the scientific community. Criticisms by phil...
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This presentation discusses the ongoing debates and controversies surrounding effectiveness and efficacy of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. A brief historical overview is provided to demonstrate how our understanding of “good” and “rigorous” psychotherapy evolved and changed over time. The presentation engages...
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Empathy is one of the most consistent outcome predictors in contemporary psychotherapy research. The function of empathy is particularly important for the development of a positive therapeutic relationship: patients report positive therapeutic experiences when they feel understood, safe, and able to disclose personal information to their therapists...

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To explore and understand adolescent mental health experiences via online platforms (social media, e.g., Facebook, Reddit), with a particular focus on anxiety (and related co-morbid mental health experiences, such as depression, mood and personality disorders). The project seeks to delve deeper into mental health narratives online, including stigma, health-seeking behaviours and relationship formation with online (anonymous) peers.
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All children and young people experience emotional difficulties when growing up. However, for some these difficulties can lead to more serious mental health issues, and research suggests that the number of young people developing problems such as anxiety and self-harm is increasing. As most young people spend a lot of time in schools, it is important to understand what schools can do to support their mental health. Our review of existing research has found that a supportive school culture and students having a say in what happens in their school can promote and protect good mental health. In this study we will explore, in partnership with a mental health charity called ‘Off the Record’ (OTR), whether school culture can be improved, using a method known as Participatory Action Research (PAR). PAR is an approach in which people collaboratively research their own experience or environment. In this study, a group of students and staff in three secondary schools will work together, supported by a facilitator from OTR, to introduce activities or changes to their school culture. They will then collect information to help them evaluate the impact of these changes on student mental health in their schools, and will make plans for further changes if required. They will follow this cycle a number of times. At the same time, the research team will also assess how well the PAR approach works to improve school culture. To do this, they will observe some PAR group meetings, collect reports from the OTR facilitators, and conduct interviews with staff and focus group discussions with students in the three schools. If the PAR approach is successful, the research team will use the learning from the three schools to develop a toolkit that other schools will be able to use. This will include a definition of school culture and resources to support staff and student-led initiatives to improve school culture. The first draft of the toolkit will be shared and discussed with school leaders, young people’s advisory groups and other stakeholders, before the final version being made widely available as an online tool.
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The long–term development of CaSE would contribute to psychotherapy research and practice in three ways: 1. Using CaSE as a systematic method for the assessment of specific systematic case studies and their relevance to the broader field of psychotherapy research and practice; 2. Using CaSE to evaluate the varying evidential quality of systematic case studies, which is particularly problematic for qualitative meta–analysis and meta–synthesis of published case studies in psychotherapy (Duncan & Sparks, 2019; Iwakabe & Gazzola, 2009; Thorne et al., 2004); 3. Using CaSE to improve the evidential quality, formulation and implications of systematic case studies in psychotherapy.