An introduction to Inference-Based Therapy (IBT) - References

Article Index


Descriptions of the model

O'CONNOR K, KOSZEGI N, AARDEMA F, VAN NIEKERK J, TAILLON A. An Inference-Based Approach to Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 2009; 16(4): 420-429.

AARDEMA F, O'CONNOR K. Dissolving the tenacity of obsessional doubt: Implications for treatment outcome. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. 2012; 43(2): 855-861.

JULIEN D, O’CONNOR K, AARDEMA F. The inference-based approach to obsessive-compulsive disorder: A comprehensive review of its etiological model, treatment efficacy, and model of change. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016; 202: 187-196.

AARDEMA F, O`CONNOR KP, DELORME M-E, AUDET J-S. The Inference-Based Approach (IBA) to the Treatment of Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder: An Open Trial Across Symptom Subtypes and Treatment-Resistant Cases. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. 2017; 24(2): 289-301.

Clinical trials

O'CONNOR KP, AARDEMA F, BOUTHILLIER D, FOURNIER S, GUAY S, ROBILLARD S, PÉLISSIER MC, LANDRY P, TODOROV C, TREMBLAY M, PITRE D. Evaluation of an Inference‐Based Approach to Treating Obsessive‐Compulsive Disorder. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 2005; 34(3): 148-163.

MORITZ S, DIETL C, KERSTEN JF, AARDEMA F, O'CONNOR K. Evaluation of Inference-Based Therapy (Doubt Therapy) as a Self-Help Tool for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy. 2015; 29(4): 315-330.

VISSER HA, VAN MEGEN H, VAN OPPEN P, EIKELENBOOM M, HOOGENDORN AW, KAARSEMAKER M, VAN BALKOM AJ. Inference-Based Approach versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Poor Insight: A 24-Session Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2015; 84(5): 284-293.


MATHER A, CHRISTMAS D, MATTHEWS K, O’CONNOR K. Repugnant Obsessions: Using an Inference Based Approach to Treat OCD [Poster]. Presented at Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress 2018. Birmingham; 24-27 June 2018.

MATHER A, CHRISTMAS D, O’CONNOR K. The Inference-Based Approach: An alternative to Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD? Presented at 9th World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 2019. Berlin; 17-20 July 2019.