THE IMMERSE CONSORTIUM

At the core of this consortium is a team of clinical researchers from the fields of psychiatry and psychology in Belgium (KU Leuven), Germany (CIMH) and the UK (UEDIN), who have devoted a big part of their research career to the development and improvement of several aspects of the Digital Mobile Mental Health intervention.

These researchers, however, also share a frustration of acknowledging the potential of their work for significantly improving clinical care, whilst seeing very little actual clinical uptake. Therefore, the consortium was extended with researchers from different and complementary disciplines, whose expertise is needed in order to tackle the barriers and identify the facilitators for implementation of DMMH in routine mental health care across 4 different countries in Europe.


This includes clinical expertise in the psychological mechanisms underlying mental health disorders and health sciences (Slovakia; UK BA, UPJS); technological expertise to build a DMMH platform under quality management systems (Germany; Movisens); expertise on data protection (Germany; TMF) and cybersecurity (UK; UEDIN), expertise on interoperability to connect DMMH data to different healthcare systems (Germany; UHEI); expertise on data science approaches to optimize the algorithms selecting the relevant feedback for each individual (Germany; CIMH); expertise on ethics and regulatory requirements (Belgium; KU Leuven); expertise on co-creation to closely involve all  stakeholders, ranging from service users to clinicians and hospital management (UK; UEDIN); expertise on implementation science to develop and evaluate implementation strategies, processes and outcomes systematically, building on concepts and methods of implementation science in healthcare (Germany; UKHD and UK; UEDIN); expertise in health economics to evaluate the cost-effectiveness (Germany; UKHD); expertise with technology commercialisation and exploitation (Belgium, KU Leuven)

Prof. Inez Myin-Germeys

Professor and head of the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and the project coördinator of IMMERSE.

Dr. Luca Marelli

Senior research fellow at Life Sciences & Society Lab, focused on the ethical, legal and policy analyses of IMMERSE (WP6)

Silke Apers

Research coördinator at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and project management assistant of IMMERSE (WP1)

Lena de Thurah

PhD Candidate at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and involved in the clinical trials of IMMERSE (WP7)

Daphne Tuyaerts

Research assistant at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and project management assistant of IMMERSE (WP1)

Prof. Peter Kuppens

Professor at the Research group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences, focused on developing data visualisation and analyses relevant for clinicians (WP4)

Dr. Martine van Nierop

Financial and administrative coördinator at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and project manager of IMMERSE (WP1)

Dr. Glenn Kiekens

Postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and involved in the clinical trials of IMMERSE (WP7)

Tessa Biesemans

Research assistant at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and project management assistant of IMMERSE (WP1)

Prof. Ine van Hoyweghen

Professor and head of the Life Sciences & Society Lab, lead of the Ethical and Legal Framework work package of IMMERSE (WP6)

Rafael Bonnier

PhD Candidate at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, involved in the clinical trials in Belgium (WP7)

Davinia Verhoeven

Research assistant at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and project management assistant of IMMERSE (WP1)

Evelyne van Aubel

PhD Candidate at the Center for Contextual Psychiatry, and involved in the Dissemination and Exploitation work package of IMMERSE (WP8)

Prof. Ulrich Reininghaus

Heisenberg Professor at the dept. of Public Mental Health, lead of the IMMERSE clinical implementation work package (WP7)

Dr. Anita Schick

Postdoctoral researcher at dept. of Public Mental Health, involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE (WP7)

Dr. Georgia Koppe

Head of research group Computational Psychiatry, focused on the data analytics of IMMERSE (WP4)

Dr. Lena Wieland

Postdoctoral researcher at CIMH, involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE (WP7)

Prof. Daniel Dürstewitz

Head of dept. of Theoretical Neuroscience, focused on the data analytics of IMMERSE (WP4)

Julia Schulte-Strathaus

PhD Candidate at CIMH, and involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE (WP7)

Prof. Matthias Schwannauer

Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology, involved in the clinical implementation of IMMERSE (WP7)

Dr. Jessica Hafetz

Lecturer in Applied Psychology and Public Health at UEDIN, involved in the clinical implementation of IMMERSE (WP7)

Dr. Maria Wolters

Reader in Design Informatics at the School of Informatics, lead of Stakeholder Experience work package (WP5)

Dr. Simona Di Folco

Postdoctoral Fellow at UEDIN, involved in stakeholder involvement and clinical implementation (WP5 and WP7)

Dr. Tariq Elahi

Lecturer in Security and the Internet of Things at the School of Informatics, involved in the interoperability work package (WP3)

Prof. Anton Heretik

Professor of Psychology at the dept. of Psychology, involved in the clinical implementation of IMMERSE in Bratislava (WP7)

Dr. Michal Hajdúk

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the dept. of Psychology, involved in the clinical implementation of IMMERSE in Bratislava (WP7)

Prof. Ján Pečeňák

Head of Psychiatric Clinic, Dept. of Psychiatry, involved in the clinical implementation of IMMERSE in Bratislava (WP7)

Dr. Iveta Nagyova

Head of the dept. of Social and Behavioural Medicine, and involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE in Kosice (WP7)

Dr. Dagmar Breznoscakova

Senior Researcher in the dept. of  Social and Behavioural Medicine, and involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE in Kosice (WP7)

Dr. Zuzana Katreniakova

Assistant Professor in the dept. of Social and Behavioural Medicine, and involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE in Kosice (WP7)

Matej Hrabovsky

PhD Candidate in the dept. of Social and Behavioural Medicine, and involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE in Kosice (WP7)

Dr. Andrea Pavlickova

Senior Researcher in Multidisciplinary Centre for Chronic Conditions, and involved in the clinical implementation workpackage of IMMERSE in Kosice (WP7) 

Dr. Jörg Ottenbacher

CEO at Movisens, lead of the Prototype Development work package in IMMERSE (WP2)

Dr. Johannes Schneider

Research & Development at Movisens, involved in the Prototype Development work package in IMMERSE (WP2)

Simon Krause

Research & Development at Movisens, involved in the Prototype Development work package in IMMERSE (WP2)

Mag.Jur. Irene Schlünder

Legal expert at TMF, involved in the Ethical and Legal Framework work package of IMMERSE (WP6) 

Stefanie Hampel

Project manager at TMF, involved in the Ethical and Legal Framework work package of IMMERSE (WP6) 

Prof. Thomas Ganslandt

Head of Biomedical Informatics at Heidelberg University, Medical Faculty Mannheim, lead of the IMMERSE work package on Data management, Security, and Interoperability

Prof. Michel Wensing

Deputy Director of Dept. of General Practice and Health Services Research, implementation expert on IMMERSE (WP7)

Prof. Dr. Manuela de Allegri

Lead of Research Unit in Health Economics and Health Financing, leading the economic evaluation of IMMERSE (WP7)


Yvonne Beauge

PhD Candidate in the Research Unit in Health Economics and Health Financing, involved in the economic evaluation of IMMERSE (WP7)