I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist accredited with the British Psychological Society, lecturer in psychotherapy and counselling, DD310 module chair, and Editor-in-Chief of Counselling Psychology Review. My research is aimed at the developments of psychotherapy and counselling.
Prior to joining the OU, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Associate Lecturer at the University of Roehampton and the Existential Academy. I conducted psychotherapy research with the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST), and taught and supervised students on Counselling Psychology doctorate programmes.
I have practiced as a Counselling Psychologist in a range of clinical settings including NHS Increasing Access for Psychological Therapies (IAPT), NHS primary and secondary care, University counselling services, and charity sectors.
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 (since July 2017, PYL34509)
British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist (248376)
Higher Education Academy - Associate Fellow (since 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 work on include client agency, goal-oriented practices, client preferences for psychotherapy, shared-decision making, relational depth, connectedness 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. Impact Facor: 1.9
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 Impact Factor: 2.984
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 Impact Factor: 2.138
Cooper. M, Di Malta, G, Knox, S, Oddli, H., Swift, J. (In press). Clients’ perspectives on preference work: A Consensual Qualitative Research. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Impact Factor: 3.8
Person-Centred Theory in Psychotherapy in Callahan, J. (in preparation). APA Handbook of Psychotherapy.
Humanistic approaches in Moller, N., Vossler, A., Jones, D. W., & Kaposi, D. (Eds.). (2020). Understanding Mental Health and Counselling. SAGE.
Worry and Sadness in Moller, N., Vossler, A., Jones, D. W., & Kaposi, D. (Eds.). (2020). Understanding Mental Health and Counselling. SAGE.
The handbook of person-centred psychotherapy and counselling. 3rd edition, Macmillan International Higher Education.
Editor of Counselling Psychology Review
the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology peer-reviewed publication
Open University Teaching
2021/22. DD310 Module Chair; D241 team member
2020/21. DD310 Module Chair; D241 team member
2020/21. D241 Module team member
2019/20. D241 Module production
2019/20. DD310 Module team member
Invited Talks and Lectures
2022. SPR series Workshop: Working with client preferences
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
Distance education students’ mental health, connectedness and academic performance during COVID-19: A mixed-methods study (2022)
Di Malta, Gina; Bond, Julian; Conroy, Dominic; Smith, Katy and Moller, Naomi
Distance Education ((Early Access))
Relational depth from the perspective of the psychotherapy dyad: Psychometric properties of the Relational Depth Frequency Scale (2022)
Zarzycka, Beata; Jankowski, Tomasz; Szostek, Dorota; Di Malta, Gina and Cooper, Mick
Psychotherapy Research ((Early Access))
Is designing therapeutic? A case study exploring the experience of co-design and psychosis (2022)
Renedo Illarregi, Erika; Alexiou, Katerina; Di Malta, Gina and Zamenopoulos, Theodore
Psychosis ((Early Access))
Pilot Randomised controlled trial of counselling in a community mental health setting: Pitfalls and learnings (2020-03)
Farr, Joanna; Di Malta, Gina and Cooper, Mick
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 20(1) (pp. 3-8)
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)
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)