Severe depressive disorder and related health disorders
My research program focuses on severe depressive disorder and related common mental health disorders. These disorders are characterized by disruptions in emotions. I study potentially modifiable etiological affective-, and information processing mechanisms of recurrence/chronicity on a intra-, as well as, interindividual level.
1) Understanding the role of emotions and information processing in depression and related common mental health disorders. Questions like ‘Are individual differences in emotions and cognitions clinically meaningful and are they related to symptomatology, chronicity?’ are studied.
2) Evaluating the effect of psychological interventions and combined interventions within RCT’s and micro-RCT’s (ecological momentary assessment and affective networks)
3) Innovative multimodal psychological interventions (i.e. combined with technological devices and pharmacological treatments) targeted at specific mechanisms underlying individual/subgroup differences in symptomatology
4) Increasing accessibility of effective psychological interventions using technology (for instance mobile interventions in low-, and middle income countries).