Dr. Kopta is a leading expert in psychotherapy and mental health, with numerous published articles, a book, a video, chapters in books, and scholarly paper presentations. He specializes in the assessment of behavioral health and improving psychotherapy treatments.

Dr. Kopta is Founder and Executive Director, CelestHealth Research Group. CHRG is a group of highly accomplished researchers and clinicians in the mental health field. The CHRG has three research centers - Johns Hopkins University, Marquette University, and University of Denver.

With regard to child and adolescent psychiatry, Dr. Kopta coauthored the book—Right Versus Wrong: Raising a Child with a Conscience (2000). The book describes how children develop healthy values. He has coauthored articles on child/adolescent development and mental health published in psychiatry's most influential journals.

Selected Publications

Howard, K.I., Kopta, S.M., Krause, M.S., & Orlinsky, D.E. (1986). The dose-effect relationship in psychotherapy. American Psychologist, 41, 159‑164.

Kopta, S.M., Owen, J., & Budge, S. (2015). Measuring psychotherapy outcomes with the Behavioral Health Measure-20: Efficient and Comprehensive. (Invited article) Psychotherapy, 52, 442–448.

Rubel, J., Lutz, W., Kopta, S.M., Kock, K., Zimmerman, D., Minami, T., & Saunders, S.M. (2015). Defining early positive response to psychotherapy: An empirical comparison between clinical significant change criteria and growth mixture modeling. Psychological Assessment, 27, 478–488.

Kopta, S.M., Petrik, M., Saunders, S., Mond, M., Hirsch, G., Kadison, R., & Raymond, D. (2014). The utility of an efficient outcomes assessment system at university counseling centers. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. 97-116.

Owen, J.J., Adelson, J., Budge, S., Kopta, S.M., & Reese, R.J. (2014). Good-enough level and dose-effect models: Variation among outcomes and therapists. Psychotherapy Research.

Stulz, N., Lutz, W. Kopta, S.M., Minami, T., & Saunders, S. (2013). The shape of the dose-effect relationship in outpatient psychotherapy: Does treatment duration matter? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1-8.

Bryan, C.J., Kopta, S.M., & Lowes, B.D. (2012). The CelestHealth System: A new horizon for mental health treatment. Science and Practice, 2, 7-11.

Kopta, S.M., & Lowry, J.L. (2002). Psychometric evaluation of the Behavioral Health Questionnaire-20: A brief instrument for assessing global mental health and the three phases of psychotherapy outcome. Psychotherapy Research, 12, 413-426.

Kopta, S.M. (2001). See past the evil monsters of today. Los Angeles Times, December 24, B11.

Stilwell, B.M., Galvin, M., & Kopta, S.M. (2000). Right versus wrong: Raising a child with a conscience. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.

Leon, S.C., Kopta, S.M., Howard, K.I., & Lutz, W. (1999). Predicting patients' responses to psychotherapy: Are some more predictable than others? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 698-704.

*Kopta, S.M., Saunders, S.M., Lueger, R.L., & Howard, K.I. (1999). Individual psychotherapy outcome and process research: Challenges leading to greater turmoil or a positive transition? 1999 Annual Review of Psychology, 50, 441-469.

(*) has been mentioned in introductory psychology textbooks.