Support for Research

ACAT does not carry out its own research (ie it does not employ a research team) and mainly offers advice and support to mental health professionals who may, in course of their clinical or academic work wish to carry out research into CAT. ACAT can offer grants to support research that is consistent with its charitable objectives. The decision to support a particular project in this way would be on the advice of the Research Support Group which is a panel of experts who can comment and advise on any research idea and also review applications for funding and make a recommendation to ACAT’s Council of Management and Trustees. 

ACAT activities to promote research include:

Regular one-day research conferences with Catalyse to showcase recent research into CAT, encourage/inspire CAT therapists to get involed in research, and offer an opportunity for established researchers to network.

Developing a strategy to indicate areas of research into CAT that the Research and Communications Committee feel should be a priority.

Starting to raise money to fund future research projects into CAT

Providing research funds to encourage research in priority areas.  Three recent examples which ACAT has provided funding for are a Delphi Study of CAT in Psychosis, the Development of CAT Guided Self-Help for Anxiety in IAPT Services, Using a Brief CAT Intervention for Self-Harm.

An example of a project that ACAT has contributed a research grant to is a research group based at the University of Liverpool consisting of researchers, clinicians and experts-by-experience across the north of England with a focus on looking at CAT with individuals who have experiences of psychosis. This grant is supporting a case series. The case series focuses on the acceptability and safety of CAT as an intervention for those with experiences of psychosis. CAT is increasingly being used as a means of working with experiences of psychosis. Whilst anecdotally this approach often seems helpful there is currently a lack of research evaluating the suitability of CAT in this context. The case series aims to recruit 12 individuals with experiences of psychosis who are receiving one-to-one CAT, and to follow these individuals up over the course of their therapy. Primary outcomes monitor the presence of adverse events and whether CAT appears acceptable to clients, based on both qualitative and quantitative data. Recruitment for the project has recently started in the north west (for further information please contact Dr Peter Taylor

The final decision to award a grant rests with ACAT’s Council of Management and Board of Trustees. Any research study being supported will have already received full ethical approval and will have satisfied, and be subject to the on-going monitoring of, the research governance of the organisation under which it is being carried out (e.g. a University or NHS Trust). Researchers are also asked to give periodic updates on progress to ACAT’s Research Support Group and Council of Management.

To get involved:

If you plan to set up a project and would like support or advice then please contact Maria Cross, ACAT Administration Manager, in the first instance:  

If you have details of research in the pipeline that you would like displayed on the website please contact the Chair of the Research Support Group, Alison Jenaway.

You can also use the Research Chatterbox on the site to post your ideas, feedback and comments. The Chatterbox is for the use of all ACAT Members who wish to contribute to the research debate. 

If you would like to donate to the ACAT Research Fund please send a cheque, made payable to ACAT, but with 'for research fund' on the back, to ACAT, P.O.Box 6793, Dorchester DT1 9DL.


Updated 15.01.2019

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More information:

Current Research Using a CAT approach to make sense of psychosis Team based Interventions with 5 session CAT consultancy RCT of CAT with adolescent and borderline patients Integrating Embodied Awareness into CAT Comparison of Treatment of Anorexia in Adults with CAT Case Series Research - in intellectual disability (community and forensic) services Support for CAT research Research Awaiting Publication Deconstruction of CAT The case formulation task in psychotherapy Therapists’ Construction and Application of the Reformulation Diagram in Clinical Practice Understanding SDRs in CAT CAT Sequential Diagrammatic Reformulation (SDR) to explore service users' experience of CAT formulation: a qualitative thesis project Recently Published Research and Research Presentations A Feasibility Trial of Group Cognitive Analytic Music Therapy in Secure Hospital Settings (2014) Assessment of identity disturbance: Factor Structure and validation of the Personality Structure Questionnaire (PSQ) in an Italian sample CAT and Psychosis Cognitive Analytic Therapy for high-risk sexual behaviour Is Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) effective in treating Hoarding Disorder? Testing the Effectiveness of Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Hypersexuality Disorder: An Intensive Time-Series Evaluation Cognitive analytic therapy: A review of the outcome evidence base for treatment Group Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse An eight-eyed version of Hawkins and Shohet’s clinical supervision model: the addition of the cognitive analytic therapy concept of the ‘observing eye/I’ as the ‘observing us’ Outcomes of cognitive analytic therapy delivered by trainees Treatment of Paranoid Personality Disorder with Cognitive Analytic Therapy - A Mixed Methods Single Case Experimental Design Team Consultancy Using Cognitive Analytic Therapy: A Controlled Study In Assertive Outreach Using a cognitive analytic approach to formulate a complex sexual and violent offender to inform multi-agency working: developing a shared understanding Cognitive analytic therapy at 30 Bipolar Trial: CATBiD: A phase one randomised controlled study of Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Bipolar Affective Disorder Development and evaluation of cognitive analytic guided self-help (CAT-SH) for use in IAPT services How change is enabled during cognitive analytic therapy: An exploratory study of the treatment of depression CAT Research Archives Do people with learning disabilities have a concept of reciprocal roles Exploring endings from therapist's experience RCT for CAT and diabetes A process study evaluating rupture repair in CAT CAT in groups The SPeDi Trial (Sheffield Personality Disorders) Goodbye Letters in CAT The effectiveness of CAT for BPD RCT for CAT informed care planning CAT and CBT for affective disorders Key References to Research in CAT Research and Communication Committee Donate to ACAT Research Fund ACAT Research Strategy Researchers Currently Recruiting Through ACAT

Contact Details

ACAT Administration Manager:Maria Cross

ACAT Administrator:Alison Marfell

ACAT Financial Administrator:Louise Barter

Postal Address:ACAT
PO Box 6793
United Kingdom

Phone:+44(0) 1305 263 511

Office Hours:Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

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