Special Issue "Transdiagnostic Approach in Clinical and Health Psychology: Psychopathology, Assessment and Intervention Outcomes"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jorge Osma
Guest Editor
Universidad de Zaragoza and Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Aragón
Interests: Psychopathology; Personality; Psychological Treatments; Emotional Disorders; Information and Communication Technologies; Perinatal mental health; Transdiagnostic; Prevention; Assessment; Evidence Based Interventions
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Dr. María Vicenta Navarro-Haro
Guest Editor
Universidad de Zaragoza and Health Research Institute of Aragon
Interests: Personality disorders; Emotional Disorders; Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions; Dialectical Behavior Therapy; Transdiagnostic interventions; Information and Communication Technologies; Virtual Reality
Dr. Amanda Díaz-García
Guest Editor
Universidad de Zaragoza and Health Research Institute of Aragon
Interests: Psychopathology; Psychotherapy; Psychotherapeutic Processes; Psychological resilience; Clinical Psychology; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Emotional Disorders; Psychological Assessment; Information and Communication Technologies; Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decade, we have witnessed an increased interest in transdiagnostic approach studies by researchers and clinicians all over the world. Psychopathology studies based on the transdiagnostic perspective aim to find common etiological and maintenance features of distinct mental disorders, for example, eating disorders (Fairburn et al., 2003), anxiety disorders (Norton & Paulus, 2017), or emotional disorders (Brown & Barlow, 2009; Suárez et al., 2009). With this knowledge, different transdiagnostic psychological interventions have been designed and tested with treatment and preventive purposes, and promising results on their efficacy and feasibility have been found (e.g., Garcia-Escalera et al., 2016; Newby et al., 2015; Sakiris y Berle, 2019). In addition, new transdiagnostic measures have also been developed (i.e., MEDI; Rosellini & Brown, 2019).

Transdiagnostic psychological interventions have been applied in child, adolescent and adult samples, in a variety of mental disorders, contexts (e.g., research settings, public mental health settings, community settings or social services), and formats (e.g. individual vs. group, face-to-face vs. Internet-delivered treatments or blended). Some relevant advantages associated with transdiagnostic interventions are focused on their cost-effectiveness, implementation and dissemination. For example, clinicians are able to treat different disorders with a single protocol (including comorbid disorders). Furthermore, by using online or group formats clinicians can reduce costs and increase the potential for dissemination and availability of evidence-based psychological interventions. Despite of the positive advances that transdiagnostic interventions are providing to Clinical and Health Psychology fields, more studies are needed in order to increase their empirical support.

Most recently, due the high comorbidity between mental disorders (e.g., anxiety and depressive disorders) and health conditions, most of these transdiagnostic interventions have been adapted and implemented for people with health conditions (cancer, HIV or chronic pain). Preliminary outcomes of these studies are encouraging (e.g., Cassiello-Robbins et al., 2020).

The aim of this Special Issue, “Transdiagnostic Approach in Clinical and Health Psychology: Psychopathology, Assessment and Intervention outcomes”, is to publish studies concerning the most recent advances in psychopathology (e.g., transdiagnostic shared dimensions), assessment (e.g., transdiagnostic measures), and psychological interventions (promotion, prevention and treatment intervention outcomes) from a transdiagnostic approach throughout the life cycle.

Dr. Jorge Osma
Dr. María Vicenta Navarro-Haro
Dr. Amanda Díaz-García
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Transdiagnostic approach
  • Transdiagnostic assessment
  • Transdiagnostic interventions
  • Transdiagnostic dimensions
  • Psychopathology
  • Mental health
  • Health conditions
  • Emotional disorders
  • Implementation
  • Dissemination
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Prevention
  • Evidence-based psychological interventions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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