Research

Complexity research in severe depressive disorder and related health disorders

My research program focuses on common mental health disorders (depression, anxiety). I study potentially modifiable etiological factors of onset and recurrence/chronicity using a interdisciplinary complexity approach in order to explore new targets for prevention and treatment and relapse prevention (Institute of Advanced Studies fellow, UvA).

Focus areas

1) How can complexity modelling tools successfully be applied and explored to understand the onset and maintenance of common mental health disorders like depression and anxiety?

2) Innovative multimodal psychological interventions (i.e. combined with technological devices and pharmacological treatments) and evaluating the effect in RCT’s and micro RCT’s (ecological momentary assessment and affective networks).

3) Increasing accessibility of effective psychological interventions using technology (for instance mobile interventions in low-, and middle income countries; WHO, IUPS/APA fellow)