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Agata Vitale

  • Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/Clinical Psychology
  • Email: a.vitale@bathspa.ac.uk
  • Telephone: 441225875480
  • School or Department: CoLA - Culture and Environment
  • Campus: Newton Park
  • Office: NP.SN.G09
Senior Lecturer in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology2

Personal statement

Agata Vitale is a Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/ Clinical Psychology. Her current research interests lie on service users and health professionals’ involvement and evaluation of mental health services; and assessing multiple levels of stress on asylum seekers.

In the past Agata worked on developing computer generated procedures for analysing and improving abstract comparative reasoning in both adult and child populations.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
  • MA University of Palermo, Italy
  • University of Palermo, Italy.

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Member the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research and academic outputs

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Conducting individual semi-structured interviews with male refugees on their mental health and integration
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Vitale, A and Ryde, J (2017) 'Conducting individual semi-structured interviews with male refugees on their mental health and integration.' In: SAGE Research Methods Cases. Sage. (Forthcoming)


Promoting male refugees’ mental health after they have been granted Leave to Remain (refugee status)
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Vitale, A and Ryde, J (2016) 'Promoting male refugees’ mental health after they have been granted Leave to Remain (refugee status).' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 18 (2). pp. 106-125. ISSN 2049-8543


Irish General Practitioner referrals to psychological therapies
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Cullinan, V, Veale, A and Vitale, A (2015) 'Irish General Practitioner referrals to psychological therapies.' Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 33 (2). pp. 73-80. ISSN 0790-9667


Promoting mental health through multidisciplinary care: experience of health professionals working in community mental health teams in Ireland
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Vitale, A, Mannix-McNamara, P and Cullinan, V (2015) 'Promoting mental health through multidisciplinary care: experience of health professionals working in community mental health teams in Ireland.' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 17 (4). pp. 188-200. ISSN 1462-3730


Promoting mental health through multidisciplinary care: service users' experience in Ireland
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Vitale, A and Mannix-McNamara, P (2013) 'Promoting mental health through multidisciplinary care: service users' experience in Ireland.' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 15 (3). pp. 134-147. ISSN 2049-8543


Facilitating responding in accordance with the relational frame of comparison II: methodological analyses.
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Vitale, A, Campbell, C, Barnes-Holmes, Y and Barnes-Holmes, D (2012) 'Facilitating responding in accordance with the relational frame of comparison II: methodological analyses.' The Psychological Record, 62 (4). pp. 663-675. ISSN 0033-2933


Experiences of clients who have made the transition from the psychiatric hospital to community service provision: a phenomenological approach
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Mannix-McNamara, P, Carew Eichholz, E, Vitale, A and Jourdan, D (2012) 'Experiences of clients who have made the transition from the psychiatric hospital to community service provision: a phenomenological approach.' International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 14 (1). pp. 44-56. ISSN 1462-3730


Using computerized procedures for testing and training abstract comparative relations
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Vitale, A and Cullinan, V (2009) 'Using computerized procedures for testing and training abstract comparative relations.' Proceedings of the 21st Annual Meeting of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group.


Facilitating responding in accordance with the relational frame of comparison: systematic empirical analyses
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Vitale, A, Barnes-Holmes, Y, Barnes-Holmes, D and Campbell, C (2008) 'Facilitating responding in accordance with the relational frame of comparison: systematic empirical analyses.' The Psychological Record, 58 (3). pp. 365-390. ISSN 0033-2933


The contribution of relational frame theory to the development of interventions for impairments of language and cognition
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Vitale, A and Cullinan, V (2008) 'The contribution of relational frame theory to the development of interventions for impairments of language and cognition.' Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behaviour Analysis (SLP-ABA), 2-3 (4-1). pp. 122-135. ISSN 1932-4731


Exploring the effectiveness of a creative writing intervention to promote refugees’ integration and wellbeing
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Vitale, A, Filer, N, Ryde, J and Smart, A (2017) Exploring the effectiveness of a creative writing intervention to promote refugees’ integration and wellbeing. In: VI International Congress on Migration and Mental Health, 12 October 2017, Rathaus Pankow, Berlin, Germany. (Forthcoming)


The effectiveness of creative arts in the recovery of individuals affected by trauma
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Vitale, A (2017) The effectiveness of creative arts in the recovery of individuals affected by trauma. In: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference, 19 - 21 June 2017, Bristol, UK.


The effect of prolonged violence in male and female refugees’ mental health and on their integration in the host country
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Vitale, A and El-Warari, A (2017) The effect of prolonged violence in male and female refugees’ mental health and on their integration in the host country. In: International Conference on Interpersonal Violence Interventions: Social and Cultural Perspectives, 14 -16 June 2017, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.


Nathan Filer and Agata Vitale
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Filer, N, Vitale, A and Hamblyn, R (2017) Nathan Filer and Agata Vitale. In: Writing Well and Writing to Get Well, 19 May 2017, Birkbeck School of Arts, London, UK.


The effect of cross-cultural trauma in young refugees
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Vitale, A (2016) The effect of cross-cultural trauma in young refugees. In: Theatre, Youth, Trauma and Europe in Crisis, 25 June 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


Personality disorders in offenders
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Vitale, A (2016) Personality disorders in offenders. In: Criminal Research: Writing Wrongs in Creative Arts in Prisons, 23 June 2016, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK.


Evaluating the effectiveness of cross-cultural theories on trauma treatment
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Vitale, A (2016) Evaluating the effectiveness of cross-cultural theories on trauma treatment. In: ESTD Conference: Trauma, Dissociation and Affect Dysregulation Across the Life-Span, 14 - 16 April 2016, de Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Refugees' multiple levels of stress in resettling in the UK
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Vitale, A (2015) Refugees' multiple levels of stress in resettling in the UK. In: IV International Mental Migrant Health Congress, 17 October 2015, SOAS, University of London, UK.


Male refugees and psychotherapists’ perspective on vulnerability factors after being granted Leave to Remain (refugee status) in the UK
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Vitale, A and Ryde, J (2015) Male refugees and psychotherapists’ perspective on vulnerability factors after being granted Leave to Remain (refugee status) in the UK. In: The European Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, 6-8 July 2015, Brighton, UK.


Analyzing the experience of male refugees who have been recently granted Leave to Remain: a qualitative study
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Vitale, A and Ryde, J (2015) Analyzing the experience of male refugees who have been recently granted Leave to Remain: a qualitative study. In: Realizing the Potential of Cultural Diversity in the Society and at the Workplace: The 9th Biennial Congress of the International Academy for Intercultural Research (IAIR), 28 June - 2 July 2015, University of Bergen, Norway.


Differences between placement and non-placement students: a mixed methods approach
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McGuire-Snieckus, R, Markopoulos, G, Coombs, M, Stevens, D, Vitale, A and Wainwright, E (2014) Differences between placement and non-placement students: a mixed methods approach. In: BPS (British Psychological Society) Mathematical, Statistical and Computing Psychology Section: Scientific Meeting, 13 December 2014, Keele University, Keele, UK.


Service users’ experiences of enhancing their mental well-being through Community Mental Health Teams in Ireland
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Vitale, A and Mannix-McNamara, P (2014) Service users’ experiences of enhancing their mental well-being through Community Mental Health Teams in Ireland. In: The 8th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, 24-26 September 2014, Imperial College, London.


Mental health professionals’ experience of providing multidisciplinary care in Community Mental Health Teams in Ireland
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Vitale, A and Mannix-McNamara, P (2014) Mental health professionals’ experience of providing multidisciplinary care in Community Mental Health Teams in Ireland. In: International Congress of Applied Psychology, 8-13 July 2014, Paris, France.


From the institutional to community-residential care: a journey towards clients’ empowerment in mental health care
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Vitale, A, Mannix McNamara, P and Carew-Eichholz, E (2010) From the institutional to community-residential care: a journey towards clients’ empowerment in mental health care. In: 20th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Education, 11-15 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.


Exploring the role of multidisciplinarity in the development of clients’ voice
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Vitale, A and Mannix-McNamara, P (2010) Exploring the role of multidisciplinarity in the development of clients’ voice. In: 20th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Education, 11-15 July 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.


Other publications/activities

Vitale, A. (2016). How using paint, pen on paper or song to revisit trauma helps us put it in the past. [online] The Conversation.

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