I am a junior professor, holding a Phd in psychology, and psychotherapy license for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treating children, adolescents and adults. 

I'm aiming to empower children, adolescents and parents to better cope with stress and mental illness using the advantages of digital technology.

Digital Mental Health

In recent years I have been intensively involved in the development of a mobile application for the prevention of mental disorders and improvement of emotional competence and technical possibility in psychology. Therefore, I know the methods in the development of digital solutions (user experience research, agile methods, interdisciplinary collaboration with computer scientists and psychologists), both the opportunities and challenges in doing so. I am convinced that there is still enormous potential for expansion in the development of digital support in psychotherapy. 

My Research Focus

Mental illness as major depression are constantly rising and will be the most common mental illness by 2030 (WHO, 2003) with massive economical and personal costs (Copeland, Wolke, Angold, & Costello, 2013). There is a peak in the onset of depression in the critical time of adolescence (Pine, Cohen, Gurley, Brook, & Ma, 2007), being associated with significant consequences as social withdrawal, reduced educational achievement and an elevated risk of suicide (Gibb, Fergusson, & Horwood, 2011). Especially the offspring of depressed parents face an elevated risk of developing a mental disorder (e.g. Weisman et al., 2006). 

Due to those facts, I'm especially interested in prevention of mental illness in (high risk groups as) children (of parents with psychiatric disorders).

Mental illness are still a great taboo, and many groups have limited access to treatment. Digital technology can provide platforms and increase the range of professional support to reach at risk groups with a low threshold and improve support.

I believe that especially through monitoring tools the efficiency of psychotherapy and the self-efficacy of individuals could be significantly increased. The use of online delivered psychotherapy and other digital tools for treatment has been increasing since the Covid-19 pandemic. Although numerous e-mental health interventions and apps were developed in the past years evidence about what works best for whom remains unclear. I'm passionate about the research on efficacy and monitoring tools for prevention and treatment of mental illness.

Memberships

ISRII

International Society for Research on Internet Interventions

DGPs

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie (German Society of Psychology)

E-mental Health Special Interest Group

Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents, Special Interest Group

AVM

 

Kassenärztliche Vereinigung

& Psychotherapeutenkammer

Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Verhaltensmodifikation (Working group of Behavior Modification)

 

German Health Organisations of licensed Psychotherapist (Association of Statury Health, Chamber of Psychotherapists)

 

 

Open Science Statement 

In my research I adhere to the following open science standards if ever practically possible: 

studies are either pre-registered or studies / analyses are explicitly marked as exploratory, data and materials (and if possible also reproducible analysis scripts) are made publicly available at the time of publication, all manipulations and assessed variables are reported; I aim to report failed studies in a project, studies are planned to have sample sizes that allow achieving sufficient statistical power; power is a-priori determined where ever possible on the basis of power analyses, I support replication (see PRODO trial, e.g.) and also aim to make non-successful replications (of own and others’ findings) available.

Exceptions are possible, for example, if there are restrictions due to legal or contractual obligations (e.g., concerning data sharing or material sharing) or if quick set-ups are required to analyze current societal developments. 

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