Dr Ryan Balzan

 Position Visiting Research Fellow
 Org Unit Psychology
 Email ryan.balzan@adelaide.edu.au
 Telephone +61 8 8201 3082
 Location Hughes ,   North Terrace
  • Qualifications

    BPsych (Hons), PhD

  • Awards & Achievements

    • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Early Career Researchers
    • Frank Dalziel Prize for Best PhD, School of Psychology
    • Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Flinders University)
    • Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship
    • University of Adelaide Medal
    • Australian Psychological Society Prize in Honours Psychology
    • Max and Bette Mendelson Foundation Scholarship
  • Research Interests

    My area of research is within the field of cognitive neuropsychiatry, which applies the knowledge base of cognitive psychology to the study of psychiatric symptoms, such as delusional beliefs. My research has focussed on the role that cognitive biases (i.e., problematic thinking styles) play in the development and maintenance of delusions, both in individuals with schizophrenia and in those identified as "delusion-prone" (i.e., people with mild delusional beliefs or tendencies).

    Currently, I am investigating the efficacy of a novel psychotherapy designed specifically for people with schizophrenia entitled “metacognitive training” (MCT). The MCT approach targets the cognitive biases that contribute to delusion formation and maintenance, and, in turn, aims to alleviate the severity of delusions in people with schizophrenia, whilst also improving level of insight and satisfaction with life. I am also investigating the efficacy of cognitive remediation treatments (such as CogPack), designed to improve the cognitive functioning of people with schizophrenia.

  • Research Funding

    • Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Flinders University)
    • Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship
  • Publications

    Balzan, R. P. (in press). Re: Combining Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for psychosis with Cognitive Remediation is the only cost effective way to improve recovery in schizophrenia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry.

    Johnstone, K., Chen, J. & Balzan, R. P. (2017). An investigation into the Jumping-to-Conclusions bias in social anxiety. Consciousness and Cognition, 48,  55-65.

    Weinberg, D., Lenroot, R., Allen, K., Bruggemann, J., Wells, R., Balzan, R. P., Liu, D., Galletly, C., Catts, S., Weickert, C. S., & Weickert, T. W. (in press). Cognitive subtypes in schizophrenia marked by differential brain volumetric reductions as potential indicators of cognitive decline. JAMA Psychiatry.

    Balzan, R. B., Woodward, T. S., Delfabbro, P. H., & Moritz, S. (in press). Over-confidence across the psychosis continuum: A calibration approach. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry.

    Moritz, S., Balzan, R. P., Bohn, F., Veckenstedt, R., Kolbeck, K., Bierbrodt, B., & Dietrichkeit, M. (in press). Subjective versus objective cognition: Evidence for poor metacognitive monitoring in psychosis. Schizophrenia Research.

    Gawęda, L., Staszkiewicz, M., & Balzan, R. P. (in press). The relationship between cognitive biases and psychological dimensions of delusions: The importance of jumping to conclusions. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

    Balzan, R. P., Ephraums, R., Delfabbro, P., & Andreou, C. (in press). Beads vs. Box Task and the specificity of the Jumping-to-Conclusions bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

    Moritz, S., Pfuhl, G., Lüdtke, T., Menon, M., Balzan, R. P., & Andreou, C. (in press). A two stage account of the positive symptoms of psychosis: Highlighting the role of lowered decision thresholds. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry.

    McLean, B. F., Mattiske, J. K., & Balzan, R. P. (in press). Association of the jumping to conclusions and evidence integration biases with delusions in psychosis: A detailed meta-analytic approach. Schizophrenia Bulletin.

    Chen, J., Crome, E., Cox, S., Byrow, Y., Kanai, Y., Johnstone, K., Balzan, R., Peters, L., Wong, Q., Baillie, A., & Hofmann, S. (2016). Broadening the research areas on social anxiety disorder. In R. Menzies, M. Kyrios, & N. Kazantzis (Eds.), Innovations and Future Directions in the Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (pp 234-238). Samford Valley, QLD: Australian Academic Press.

    Moritz, S., Woodward, T. S., & Balzan, R. P. (2016). Is metacognitive training effective? Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 16, 105-107.

    Balzan, R. P. (2016). Over-confidence in Psychosis: The Foundation of Delusional Conviction? Cogent Psychology, 3, 1135855.

    Moritz, S., Werner, D., Menon, M., Balzan, R. P., & Woodward, T. S. (2016). Jumping to negative conclusions – a case of study-gathering bias? A reply by the developers of MCT to the meta-analysis of van Oosterhout et al. (2015). Psychological Medicine, 46, 59-61.

    Moritz, S., Endlich, L., Mayer, H., Andreou, C., Ramdani, N., Petermann, F., & Balzan, R. P. (2015). The benefits of doubt: cognitive bias correction training reduces hasty decision-making in schizophrenia. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 627-635.

    Menon, M., Balzan, R. P., Harper-Romeo, K., Kumar, D.,  Anderson, D., Moritz, S., & Woodward, T. S. (in press). Psychosocial approaches in the treatment of psychosis: Cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis (CBTp) and metacognitive training (MCT). Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychoses.

    Balzan, R. P. & Galletly, C. (2015). Metacognitive Therapy (MCT+) in patients with psychosis not receiving antipsychotic medication: A case study. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.

    Weickert, T. W., Weinberg, D., Lenroot, R., Catts, S. V., Wells, R., Vercammen, A., O’Donnell, M., Galletly, C., Liu, D., Balzan, R. P., Short, B., Pellen, D., Curtis, J., Carr, V.J., Kulkarni, J., Schofield, P.R., & Weickert, C. S. (2015). Adjunctive raloxifene treatment improves attention and memory in men and women with schizophrenia. Molecular Psychiatry, 20, 685–694.

    Andreou, C., Schneider, B., Balzan, R. P., Roesch-Ely, D., & Moritz, S. (2015). Neurocognitive deficits are relevant for the jumping-to-conclusions bias, but not for delusions: a longitudinal study. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, 2, 8-11.

    Lam, K. C. K., Ho, C. P. S., Wa, J. C., Chan, S. M. Y., Yam, K. K. N., Yeung, O. S. F., Wong, W. C. H., & Balzan, R. P. (2015). Metacognitive Training (MCT) for schizophrenia improves cognitive insight: A randomized controlled trial in a Chinese sample with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 64, 38-42.

    Balzan, R. P., Woodward, T. S., Menon, M., & Moritz, S. (2015). Non-pharmacological treatment targeting cognitive biases underlying delusions in schizophrenia: Metacognitive training and therapy. In N. Galbraith (Ed.), Aberrant Beliefs and Reasoning (pp. 154-170). Hove, UK: Psychology Press Ltd.

    Balzan, R. P., Delfabbro, P. H., Galletly, C. A., & Woodward, T. S. (2014). Metacognitive training for patients with schizophrenia: Preliminary evidence for a targeted single-module program. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 48, 1126-1136.

    Woodward, T. S., Balzan, R. P., Menon, M., & Moritz, S. (2014). Metacognitive training and therapy: An individualized and group intervention for psychosis. In P. H. Lysaker, G. Dimaggio & M. Brüne (Eds.), Social Cognition and Metacognition in Schizophrenia: Psychopathology and Treatment Approaches (pp. 179-195). Oxford, UK: Academic Press Inc.

    Sanford, N., Veckenstedt, R., Moritz, S., Balzan, R. P., & Woodward, T. S. (2014). Impaired integration of disambiguating evidence in delusional schizophrenia patients. Psychological Medicine, 44, 2729-38.

    Balzan, R. P., Neaves, A., Denson, L. A., Liu, D., & Galletly, C. A. (2014). Cognitive deficit awareness in schizophrenia: Absent, intact, or somewhere in-between? Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 19, 471-484.

    Moritz, S., Andreou, C., Schneider, B. C., Wittekind, C. E., Menon, M., Balzan, R. P., & Woodward, T. S. (2014). Sowing the seeds of doubt: A narrative review on metacognitive training in schizophrenia. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 358-366.

    Balzan, R. P., Delfabbro, P. H., Galletly, C., & Woodward, T. S. (2013). Illusory correlations and control across the psychosis continuum: The contribution of hypersalient evidence-hypothesis matches. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 201, 319-327.

    Balzan, R. P., Delfabbro, P. H., Galletly, C., & Woodward, T. S. (2013). Confirmation Biases across the psychosis continuum: The contribution of hypersalient evidence-hypothesis matches. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 52, 53-69.

    Balzan, R. P., Delfabbro, P. H., Galletly, C., & Woodward, T. S. (2012). Reasoning heuristics across the psychosis continuum: The contribution of hypersalient evidence-hypothesis matches. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 17, 431-450.

    Balzan, R. P., Delfabbro, P. H., Galletly, C., & Woodward, T. (2012). Over-adjustment or miscomprehension? A re-examination of the jumping to conclusions bias. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 46, 532-540.

    Balzan, R. P., Delfabbro, P. H., & Galletly, C. (2012). Delusion-proneness or miscomprehension? A re-examination of the jumping to conclusions bias. Australian Journal of Psychology, 64, 100-107.

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