Virginia McIntosh

ProfessorVirginia McIntosh

Internal Phone: 95214
My goal is to improve the outcome of therapies for psychological disorders to increase mental health and well-being.


Research Interests

I joined the Department of Psychology in 2017 after working in a clinical research team, conducting clinical trials for serious mental disorders. I teach in the clinical psychology training programme and lead a programme that trains health professionals in cognitive behaviour therapy. My research focuses on improving the outcome of psychotherapies for psychological disorders - eating disorders, depression, and anxiety, studying specific therapies and broader process mechanisms of change. I have also conducted research investigating the effects of the Canterbury earthquakes - how best to treat large numbers of people affected by a community-wide natural disaster and understanding how some people remain resilient and even experience post-traumatic growth despite high exposure to earthquakes. My research uses both statistical and qualitative methodologies.

Recent Publications

  • Barr BL., McIntosh VVW., Britt EF., Jordan J. and Carter JD. (2023) Clinical factors and early life experiences associated with therapeutic alliance development in treatment for depression or binge eating. Psychotherapy Research
  • Bell C., Moot W., Porter R., Frampton C., McIntosh V., Purnell M., Smith R. and Douglas K. (2022) Examining the long-term cognitive effects of exposure to the Canterbury earthquakes in a resilient cohort. BJPsych Open 8(4)
  • Carter JD., Jordan J., McIntosh VVW., Frampton CMA., Lacey C., Porter RJ. and Mulder RT. (2022) Long-term efficacy of metacognitive therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy for depression. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 56(2): 137-143.
  • Jones H., McIntosh VVW., Britt E., Carter JD., Jordan J. and Bulik CM. (2022) The effect of temperament and character on body dissatisfaction in women with bulimia nervosa: The role of low self-esteem and depression. European Eating Disorders Review 30(4): 388-400.
  • Jordan J., McIntosh V. and Bulik C. (2022) Specialist supportive clinical management (SSCM) for anorexia nervosa: What it is (and what it is not). Australasian Psychiatry 28(2): 156-159.