> MeThe Research Lab – Metacognitive Theory and Therapy


Gabriele Caselli, PhD


Giovanni Mansueto

Martina Croci

Research area and primary aims:

The MeThe Research Lab has at its core interest the development of research projects aiming at deepening knowledge of psychopathology and psychotherapy processes within the theoretical framework of the Self-Regulatory Executive Function (S-REF) Theory. S-REF is a relatively new evidence-based model of human cognitive and affective self-regulation, developed by Adrian Wells and Gerald Matthews (1994). The S-REF theory emphasises the importance of the processes which generate, monitor and maintain cognitions, rather than focusing upon the content of cognitions. Individuals are understood to select and implement coping plans based on metacognitive beliefs which may focus attention towards disorder congruent information or lead to the selection of unhelpful coping styles. The S-REF theory has led to the development of Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) a new kind of approach to treat psychological disorders with both disorder-specific and transdiagnostic treatment plans (Wells, 2009).
Our lab activity includes reasearch on both theoretical foundations of S-REF model and its potential new applications in the clinical field.

Areas of interest:

  • MCT for alcohol use disorders and addictive behaviours
  • Metacognitive model of impulsivity and emotional dysregulation
  • MCT for anxiety and depressive disorders

Running projects:

TitleSfu Staff (Head)TimelineStatus and Fund
MCT for Alcohol Use Disorder: a case seriesCaselli, Martino, Spada, Wells2016-Submitted
Desire Thinking and Compulsive SexCaselli, Marino, Spada2016-In prep.
Testing the metacognitive model of problem drinking in a clinical sample: a longitudinal studyMartino, Caselli, Spada2017-In prep.
Metacognitive therapy for gambling disorder: a single case studyCaselli, Spada2018-In prep.
Ego Depletion in a metacognitive perspective: thought suppression and detached mindfulnessCroci, Caselli2018-Running
Desire Thinking across addictions: a meta-analysisMansueto, Palmieri, Caselli2018-Running
Metacognitive Therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder: an Open TrialCaselli Spada2019Planned
Metacognitive Model of ImpulsivityCaselli Ruggiero Spada2019Planned

Research Cooperation Partners:

  1. Prof. Adrian Wells – University of Manchester, Metacognitive Therapy Institute
  2. Prof. Marcantonio M. Spada – School of Applied Science, London South Bank University, London, UK
  3. Ana V. Nikcevic – Kingston University, London, UK
  4. Francesca Martino – Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences DIMEC, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  5. Claudia Marino, PhD – University of Padua


Gabriele Caselli, PhD
phone: +39 02 83241854