Ateneo Bulatao Center

Research

The Ateneo Bulatao Center’s Research and Program Development unit seeks to advance knowledge and innovations in the treatment, prevention, and promotion of mental health and well-being of Filipinos across the life span and in various contexts.

We aim to realize this goal through:

SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER APPROACH.

We combine psychological theories with a deep field-based understanding through practice and applied interventions. Our work generates psychological courses, academic programs, intervention programs, community outreach, working papers, and published research.

COLLABORATION

We aim to foster collaboration among faculty, psychologists, students, clients, and external partners so that, together, we can bring our collective experience and expertise to positively impact psychological health.

RESEARCH IMPACT

We engage in research that yields actionable knowledge to improve the lives of individuals and communities. We aim to help solve consequential psychological problems by designing and testing programs that improve our emotional, psychological, and social lives.

ACCESSIBLE KNOWLEDGE

We aim to bridge psychological science and practice by making scientific insights accessible and available to anyone and everyone who wants to lead a thriving, healthy life for themselves and others.

OUR RESEARCH INITIATIVES:

Advance knowledge in psychological health and well-being
  • Case Studies Research
  • Mindfulness Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Brief Therapy – Brief Psychological Services
Improve psychological counseling education, training, and learning
  • Brief Psychological Services Program
  • Psychologist Training Experience
  • Reflective Mentorship
Develop mental health care and systems attuned to the needs and context
  • Improve access, care coordination, and quality of mental health service delivery

Research Projects & Partners

SCIENTIST-PRACTITIONER APPROACH.

  • Save the Children Foundation
  • Konterra Foundation
  • Consuelo Foundation
  • Pathways Philippines
  • Center for Mindfulness Studies Canada
  • University Research Council
  • Gilead Sciences, Inc.

PUBLICATIONS

Galvez Tan, L.J.T. & Alampay, L.P. (2021). Exploring moderators of intervention effects of a mindfulness program for Filipino children, International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, published online January 22, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/21683603.2020.1856741

Ledesma, D. A. S., & Fernandez, K. T. G. (2021). ‘If I am not well, I can’t do sessions well’: An analysis of the narratives of Filipino Therapists during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1002/capr.12442

Alampay, L. P., Galvez Tan, L. J. T., Tuliao, A. P., Baranek, P., Ofreneo, M. A., Lopez, G. D., Fernandez, K. G., Rockman, P., Villasanta, A., Angangco, T., Freedman, M. L., Cerswell, L., & Guintu, V. (2020). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness Program for Filipino Children. Mindfulness, 11(2), 303-316. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01124-8

Alampay, L. P., Galvez Tan, L. J. T., Tuliao, A. P., Baranek, P., Ofreneo, M. A., Lopez, G. D., 

Fernandez, K. G., Rockman, P., Villasanta, A., Angangco, T., Freedman, M. L., Cerswell, L., & Guintu, V. (2020). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness Program for Filipino Children. Mindfulness, 11(2), 303-316. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01124-8

Centeno, R. P. R., & Fernandez, K. T. G. (2020). Effect of Mindfulness on Empathy and Self-Compassion: An Adapted MBCT Program on Filipino College Students. Behavioral Sciences, 10(3), 61. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10030061

Villasanta, A.P.V.P. & Ofreneo, M.A.P. (2020). Finding the introspective voice: Listening to public school teachers’ narratives of their mindfulness journey. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, published online March 18, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1080/10720537.2020.1739580.

Fernandez, K.T.G. & Lina, S.G.A. (2019).  Draw me your thoughts: The use of comic strips as a cognitive behavioral therapy intervention.  Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, published online July 16, 2019.

Watkins, M.S., Teh, L. A., & Fernandez, K.T.G.(2019). Exploring the use of therapeutic horticulture to enhance the psychological well-being of female survivors of childhood sexual abuse.  AHTA Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 26(1), 24 – 38.

Fernandez, K.T.G., Seyle, D.C., & Simon, E.K.D. (2018).  The conceptualization of depression among Filipino seafarers. Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, 12, 1-7.

Seyle, C., Fernandez, K.G., Dimitrevich, A. & Bahri, C. (2018). The long-term impact of maritime piracy on seafarers’ behavioral health and work decisions. Marine Policy, 87, 23-28. 

Fernandez, K.T. G. & Sugay, C.O. (2016). Psychodynamic play therapy: A case of selective mutism. International Journal of Play Therapy, 25(4), 203-209. https://doi.org/10.1037/pla0000034.

Samaco-Zamora, M.C.F. & Fernandez, K.T.G. (2016). A grounded theory of Filipino wellness (Kaginhawaan). Psychological Studies, 61(4), 279-287.

Seyle, C., Bahri, C., Brandt, K., Dimitrievich, A., Fernandez, K., Holmer, T., & Malhotra, N. (2016). After the release: The long-term behavioral impact of piracy on seafarers and families. OEF Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.18289/OEF.2016.005

Simon, E.K.D. & Fernandez, K.T.G. (2015). The phenomenology of maritime piracy experiences of Filipino seafarers. Psychological Studies, 61(1), 40-47.

Fernandez, K.T.G., Serrano, K.C.M., & Tongson, M.C.C. (2014). An intervention in treating selective mutism using the expressive therapies continuum framework. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 9(1), 19-32.

Fernandez, K.T.G., Ortega, R.A. L., Lirios, J.J.B. (2013). Dimensions of social support from the perspective of Filipino adolescents. Philippine Journal of Psychology, 46(1), 71-88.

Fernandez, K.G. (2012). Support means direct help: Filipino adolescents’ multidimensional conceptualization of social support. Psychological Studies, 57, 251–259. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-011-0129-3.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Alampay, L. P. (2019, November). Parents still matter: Caregiver support interventions for adolescent development and violence prevention. In L. P. Alampay (Chair) with M. Resulta & P. M. delos Reyes (Co-chairs), Mission possible: Positive parenting for teens. Symposium conducted at the Ako Para Sa Bata conference, Manila, Philippines.

Alampay, L. P. (2019, November). MaPa   and implications for scaling up. In L. P. Alampay (Chair), A symposium on strengthening families to prevent violence against children: Findings from the development and testing of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino parenting program for low-SES families. Symposium conducted in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. 

Alampay, L. P. (2019, November). The national context and development of the Masayang Pamilya (MaPa) programs. In L. P. Alampay (Chair), A symposium on strengthening families to prevent violence against children: Findings from the development and testing of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino parenting program for low-SES families. Symposium conducted in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. 

Alampay, L. P., Jocson, R. M., Lachman, J. M., Melgar, M., Madrid, B., Ward, C., Hutchings, J., & Gardner, F. (2020, March). Reducing violence against teens: A feasibility study of a parenting program for low-income families in the Philippines. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) biennial meeting, San Diego, California. (Conference canceled)

Jocson, R. M., & Alampay, L.P. (2019, November). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary evidence for the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino Teens Program. In L. P. Alampay (Chair) with M. Resulta & P. M. delos Reyes (Co-chairs), Mission possible: Positive parenting for teens. Symposium conducted at the Ako Para Sa Bata conference, Manila, Philippines.

Jocson, R. M., et al. (2019, November). Effects of MaPa on child maltreatment, parenting behaviors, and other outcomes. In L. P. Alampay (Chair), A symposium on strengthening families to prevent violence against children: Findings from the development and testing of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino parenting program for low-SES families. Symposium conducted in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. 

King, E. K., & Mendez, S. (2019, November). Simulation of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino Teens Program and Processing. In L. P. Alampay (Chair) with M. Resulta & P. M. delos Reyes (Co-chairs), Mission possible: Positive parenting for teens. Symposium conducted at the Ako Para Sa Bata conference, Manila, Philippines.

King, E. K., et al. (2019, November). Implementing the MaPa program in the community: Challenges and best practices. In L. P. Alampay (Chair), A symposium on strengthening families to prevent violence against children: Findings from the development and testing of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino parenting program for low-SES families. Symposium conducted in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. 

Lachman, J. M. (2019, November). Parenting for Lifelong Health – Philippines: Strengthening Fliipino families to prevent violence against children. In L. P. Alampay (Chair), A symposium on strengthening families to prevent violence against children: Findings from the development and testing of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino parenting program for low-SES families. Symposium conducted in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. 

Melgar, M., & King, E. K. (2019, November). Development and pilot implementation of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino Teens Program. In L. P. Alampay (Chair) with M. Resulta & P. M. delos Reyes (Co-chairs), Mission possible: Positive parenting for teens. Symposium conducted at the Ako Para Sa Bata conference, Manila, Philippines.

Reyes, J. D., et al. (2019, November). It’s what you do at home that makes a difference!: Introducing the Masayang Pamilya programs. In L. P. Alampay (Chair), A symposium on strengthening families to prevent violence against children: Findings from the development and testing of the Masayang Pamilya Para sa Batang Pilipino parenting program for low-SES families. Symposium conducted in Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines. 

Yusingco, M.P.,and Alampay, L. (2018, PAP Conference)  Maternal Psychological Distress Mediates The Association Of Economic Pressure And Child Maltreatment Among Low Income Filipino Mothers 

Roxas, G. K. T., Qi, J., & Mesa, M. R. L. (2021, September 30-October 2). The psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on brief psychological services clients [Conference presentation]. PAP 2021 Convention, Manila, Philippines.

Mesa, M. R. L., Lina, S. G., Roxas, G. K. T., & Qi, J. (2021, September 30-October 2). Brief Psychological Service Program: A person-centered, person-empowered approach to training and short-term therapy [Conference presentation]. PAP 2021 Convention, Manila, Philippines.

Ledesma, D., & MarFn, A. (2021, September 30-October 2). Cycle of care: implementation of psychological support systems for client and helper [Conference presentation]. PAP 2021 Convention, Manila, Philippines.

Cruz, M.I.A. (2021, September 30 – October 2). Evaluation of the Bulatao Center Psychotherapist Training Program for Practicum Graduate Students [Conference]. National Psychological Association of the Philippines Convention, Philippines.

Villasanta, A., & Corpuz-Tabo, C. (2021, September 30-October 2). Trainees’ experiences of providing online brief psychological services during the COVID-19 pandemic [Conference presentation]. PAP 2021 Convention, Manila, Philippines.

De Guzman, J., & Ng, R. (2021, September 30-October 2). Reflective Mentorship to support good therapy [Conference presentation]. PAP 2021 Convention, Manila, Philippines.

Acosta, A. (2021, September 30-October 2). Training Responders with a Wide Therapeutic Tool Kit to Provide Online Brief Psychological Services (1 to 2 sessions) for Clients in Distress [Conference presentation]. PAP 2021 Convention, Manila, Philippines. 

Mesa, M.L.R. (2020, August) Examining psychosocial and professional support to teachers. Department of Education, Philippines, Virtual Research O’Clock Conference, Facebook Live. DepEd Philippines Facebook Page.

Mesa, M.L.R. (2019, November). Basic Mindfulness Exercises for Service Providers to Prevent Secondary Burn-out. Symposium conducted at the Ako Para Sa Bata conference, Manila, Philippines.

Mesa, M.L.R. (2019, July). Mindfulness in Managing Stress: Towards a Mindful PM. 2019 National Symposium on Project Management PMI Philippines Chapter, Mandaluyong, Philippines

Centeno, R.P., Fernandez, K.G. Samaco, M.C. 4th International Conference on Spirituality and Psychology in Bangkok, Thailand (March 13-15 2019) Mindfulness and Well-being in a College Sample

Camacho, A. and Lopez G. (PSSP, November 2018) Evaluating a Stress Management Program for Filipino Public School Students (Pathways) 

Espanto, J. (2018, PAP Conference) Faster Is Not Better: A Case Study of A Child with Slow Processing Speed 

Mesa, M.L.R. (2018, Ako Para sa Bata Conference) Mindfulness in Safe Schools, An Innovative Preventive Intervention for Peer-to-peer Sexual Abuse 

Mesa, M.L.R. (2018, Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc.) Mindfulness: Improving a Child’s Self-Awareness, Self-Control, and Well-being

Lopez, G. D., Villasanta, A., & Vergara, M. V. (2018, November 15-17). Paglikha at Pagsusuri ng Stress Management Program para sa mga High Achiever mula sa Komunidad na Nakakaranas ng Kahirapan [PowerPoint Presentation]. Ang Mental Health sa Konteksto ng Kultura, Lipunan, at Sikolohiyang Pilipino, Ateneo De Manila University.

Espanto, J. , Ayuro, M.B., Lebrilla, , T.D. (2018) Teaching Communication Skills 

Fernandez, K.  (2018) Using “Personification of the Problem”: A Narrative Therapy Strategy in A Case of Adolescent Depression

Vergara, M. V. (2018, November 15-17). Relasyon ng Perpeksiyonismo at mga Inaasahan ng mga Magulang sa Pang-akademikong Stress [PowerPoint Presentation]. Ang Mental Health sa Konteksto ng Kultura, Lipunan, at Sikolohiyang Pilipino, Ateneo De Manila University. 

Villasanta, A. (2018, November 15-17). Pagsusuri ng Stress Management Program [PowerPoint Presentation]. Ang Mental Health sa Konteksto ng Kultura, Lipunan, at Sikolohiyang Pilipino, Ateneo De Manila University

ONGOING RESEARCH

Cruz, M.I.A. (2021). Evaluation of the Bulatao Center Psychotherapist Training Program for Practicum Graduate Students (thesis).

A Qualitative Evaluation of the 8-session Masayang Pamilya Parenting Program (MaPa Kids) By Erica Kimberly King

A Qualitative Evaluation of the Masayang Pamilya Program for Parents and Teens (MaPa Teens) By Denise Hazelyn Maramba

A South-to-South Adaptation of an Evidence-Based Parenting Program for Families in the Philippines Lead Author: Bernice Vania Landoy

A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Parent Support Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment Among Conditional Cash Transfer Families in the Philippines Lead Author: Dr Jamie Lachman

The Masayang Pamilya Program: Effects and Mediating Processes on Overreactive Parenting and Child Maltreatment Lead Author: Bernice Vania Landoy

A Feasibility Study of a Parent Support Intervention to Prevent Child Maltreatment Among Conditional Cash Transfer Families in the Philippines Lead Author: Dr Liane Peña Alampay

A Feasibility Study of a Parent and Teen Support Intervention to Prevent Adolescent Maltreatment Among Conditional Cash Transfer Families in the Philippines Lead Author: Dr Rosanne Jocson