Researcher & therapist

Personalized Interventions

Personalized Interventions


RISE: Responsive Internet-Based Self-Help


Internet-based interventions for people with depression are effective but are accompanied by frequent dropouts and a high rate of non-adherence. Researcher have started to address this problem with personalized treatments, in which the contents of self-help programs are tailored to the participants' characteristics (e.g., comorbidities) — so far with limited success. Drawing on knowledge from psychotherapy research that highlights the importance of the therapeutic process besides specific techniques, this project paves the way for increasing adherence to and reduce dropout from Internet-based treatments. Specifically, the self-help platform that delivers interventions against depression in this project is responsive to the individual motives such as autonomy and affiliation. The project tests whether a personalized, motive-oriented self-help platform increases adherence to an Internet-based self-help interventions for depressive disorder (⟶ project description, ⟶ conference abstract).

Motive-oriented Therapeutic relationship building for people with schizophrenia


The effects of psychological and psychopharmacological interventions for psychosis are not independent of the personal approach and avoidance motives of the individual clients. For example, clients can experience the prescription of antipsychotic medication as a threat or violation of autonomy. To take the individual motives of clients into account, the approach of motive-oriented therapeutic relationship building of Prof. Franz Caspar has been applied to the treatment of schizophrenia in a collaborative research project with Dr. Marialuisa Cavelti (⟶ Instrumentality of psychotic symptoms; ⟶ Concordance of clinician- and client-rated motivational goals; ⟶ Unmet psychological needs in patients with schizophrenia; ⟶ Motive-oriented therapeutic relationship building for patients diagnosed with schizophrenia).