Greta Kaluzeviciute

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Greta Kaluzeviciute


Ask me about
  • Case study method
  • Systematic case studies
  • Clinical case studies
  • Psychotherapy process research
  • Epistemology in psychotherapy
  • The process of diagnosis
  • Research ethics
  • Social media impact on psychotherapy


Greta Kaluzeviciute is a PhD researcher in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. Her PhD project, Knowledge generation processes and the role of the case study method in the field of psychotherapy, received full funding from CHASE. In this project, Greta seeks to explore knowledge generation methods in the field of psychotherapy, with a focus on qualitative clinical and systematic case study narratives. Currently, evidence-based practice (EBP) in psychotherapy prioritises quantitative methods (e.g., systematic reviews and meta-analytic reports, which summarise the findings of randomised controlled trials (RCTs)). However, recent studies exploring psychotherapists decision-making processes in clinical practice suggest that there are significant difficulties in applying randomised and decontextualized statistical findings onto individual patients and their specific mental health experiences. Some of the concerns about large-scale quantitative findings include overlooking complex individual differences in treatment processes and outcomes. This contributed to an ongoing issue of research-practice gap: a lack of integration between the findings disseminated by researchers and practical decisions made in the consulting room by therapists. To aid with these issues, Greta's doctoral research considers the role of the case study method in psychotherapy research. From its inception, psychoanalysis used case studies to produce complex, longitudinally sensitive and detailed narratives to discuss clinical decision-making processes and theoretical advancements. However, criticisms about researchers subjective bias, unclear research focus, and lack of generalisability continue for both classic psychoanalytic and contemporary psychotherapy case studies. Whilst there have been several historical misconceptions about case studies, there are also persisting methodological issues, such as lack of epistemic guidance for hypothesis generation and generalisability of case study findings. Crucially, there are currently no research appraisal tools for psychotherapy case studies. Her project therefore seeks to i) address the long-standing criticisms directed at the case study method as a whole, ii) develop epistemic knowledge generation strategies for case study researchers, iii) address the philosophical underpinnings of thinking in cases as a scientific style, and iv) introduce a novel Case Study Evaluationtool (CaSE), which will improve the evidential status of systematic psychotherapy case studies. Besides her PhD research, Greta has an active interest in several other research areas, including: the role and function of empathy in psychotherapy; the impact of digitalization on psychotherapy processes; mental wellbeing, self-compassion and psychological interventions; determinants of poor/impaired mental health processes and outcome improvement; and epistemic practices in qualitative psychotherapy research. Greta delivers lectures and seminars across a number of modules in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Current teaching responsibilities: PA123: Understanding Individuals, Groups and Organisations: An Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts PA403: Psychoanalysis and the Child PA108: Popular Film, Literature and Television: A Psychoanalytic Approach (Freud and Jung) Published research articles Kaluzeviciute, G. (2021). Appraising Psychotherapy Case Studies in PracticeBased Evidence: Introducing Case Study Evaluationtool (CaSE) for Systematic Case Studies. Psychology: Research and Review/Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica, 34, 9. Kaluzeviciute, G. (2021). Letter to the Editor: Response about Scientific Thinking Styles. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 102(1), 191-193. Kotera, Y., Dosedlova, J., Andrzejewski, D., Kaluzeviciute, G., Sakai, M. (2021). From Stress to Psychopathology: Relationship with Self-Reassurance and Self-Criticism in Czech University Students. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. Kotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Chircop, J., Kaluzeviciute, G., Dyson, S. (2021). Predicting Self-Compassion in UK Nursing Students: Relationships with Resilience, Engagement, Motivation, and Wellbeing. Nurse Education in Practice, 51, 102989,ISSN 1471-5953. Kaluzeviciute, G., & Willemsen, J. (2020). Scientific thinking styles: The different ways of thinking in psychoanalytic case studies. The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 101(5), 900-922. Kaluzeviciute, G. (2020). Social Media and its Impact on Therapeutic Relationships. British Journal of Psychotherapy, 36(2), 303-320. Kaluzeviciute, G. (2020). The role of empathy in psychoanalytic psychotherapy: A historical exploration. Cogent Psychology, 7(1), 1748792. Kaluzeviciute, G. (2016). Evaluating Kierkegaards eros and agape: an alternative Leap to Faith. Dialogue, 59(1), 162-175. Published book chapters Kotera, Y., Kaluzeviciute, G., Garip, G., McEwan, K., & Chamberlain, K.J. (2021). Health benefits of ikigai: A review of literature. In Y. Kotera & D. Fido (Eds.), Ikigai: Towards a psychological understanding of a life worth living. Concurrent Disorders Society Publishing.


  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature University of Essex (2016)

  • MA in Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex (2017)

Research and professional activities


Knowledge generation processes and the role of the case study method in the field of psychotherapy

The project investigates knowledge generation methods in the field of psychotherapy, and considers the current challenges that stem from applying large-scale findings onto individual patients. It re-considers the significance of the case study method by developing epistemological guidelines for case study research, addressing the unique style of thinking in cases, and providing a novel content evaluation tool that can aid researchers in assessing the quality and significance of case study data.

Supervisor: Prof Jochem Willemsen , Prof Wayne Martin

Research interests

Psychotherapy research

Case study methodology

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Evidence-based research

The process of diagnosis

Social media impact on psychotherapy

Research ethics



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