I research, design and educate on compassionate technologies in mental healthcare (i.e. technology that is sensitive to the suffering of human beings). I have particular expertise in (ambulant) physiological measures related to cognitive and emotional states.
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Affiliated Study Programmes
In all below projects I have the role of co-promoter.
- SENSE-IT: Aiming for the improvement of emotional awareness in patients with severe borderline personality disorder.
Cooperation with Prof. Bohlmeijer and Prof. Westerhof (university of Twente) and GGNet.
In his doctoral research Youri Derks focuses on the question how wearablebiosensor technology and mobile coaching can improve psychotherapeutic clinical treatment of mental health patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD).
- Real-time tele-monitoring of physiological processes and self-reported craving to reduce relapse rates in alcohol addiction.
Cooperation with Prof. Schraagen, Prof Vollenbroek-Hutten, Dr. Pieterse, Dr. Postel (University of Twente) and Dr. De Haan (Tactus addiction care).
In her Doctoral Research Hendrika van Lier examines the experience and physiology of people receiving treatment for alcohol addiction. In addition, she tests the validity of the wearable bio-sensors she uses, and provides a comprehensive literature review on viable theoretical frameworks with essential parameters for real-time and real world alcohol craving research.
- If we know better, do we do better: self efficacy through wearable technologies.
Cooperation with Prof. Vollenbroek-Hutten (University of Twente), Dr. Tibert Verhagen (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and CBRE.
Elizabeth Nelson studies how information from wearable technology empowers people in maintaining healthy behavior. In addition, the effects of healthy office interventions is studied longitudinally in her doctoral research. Finally, a new embodiment scale will be developed for wearable technologies.
- Biofeedback for aggression regulation problems in the forensic ambulatory care
Cooperation with Prof. Popma (VUmc, De Bascule), Arkin and the Ministery of Security and Justice.
The question whether real-time biofeedback can be a relevant support factor in aggression regulation treatments for adolescents and young adults is the main topic of the doctoral research of Annemieke ter Harmsel. In a Randomised Controlled Trial she will examine both Treatment as Usual (TAU) as well as TAU with real time biofeedback added to answer the question whether biofeedback can be seen as a relevant adjuvans.