The mental mHealth Lab, headed by Ulrich Ebner-Priemer, is a leading institution on mHealth approaches for mental disorders. Our work is characterized by its methodological focus on Ambulatory Assessment (sometimes also called EMA, ESM or digital phenotyping). Covered by national and international grants, we provide the technological mHealth framework, real-time compliance monitoring, and expertise on data analyses for multiple studies which

a) assess momentary mechanisms in daily life (‘EmpowerYou’, ‘STAR’, ‘START’, and ‘RELATER’, each funded by the BMBF [Federal Ministry of Education and Research) as well as ‘Eat2beNice’ funded by H2020 European Union and ‘DYNABPD’ [EB 364/6-1] funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG),
b) monitor illness trajectories over months and years (‘Mobile infrastructure for daily life research’ (S02) and ‘Intense characterization of triggers, modifying factors and mechanisms at course transition points in human addiction’ (A04), both funded within the Collaborative Research Centre TRR 265/DFG: Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake, and
c) provide mHealth interventions (‘TherapyBuilder’ and ‘BipoLife’, each funded by BMBF as well as ‘CoCa’ funded by H2020 European Union).

Together with our technological partner movisens, we developed an unique system of connected assessment tools with real-time analysis and feedback capabilities. Our lab has published more than 100 papers on mHealth, including outlets like Nature Neuroscience, Lancet Psychiatry, Science Advances, or Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, covering a broad range of mental disorders (Borderline personality disorder, ADHD, PTSD, bipolar disorders, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, alcohol use disorder, etc.). Ulrich Ebner-Priemer was president of the Society for Ambulatory Assessment (SAA), the international society for mHealth, and is the current chair of the ECNP network “digital Health”.

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Doctorate with highest distinction for Tobias Kockler

Tobias Kockler received his doctorate with summa cum laude honors on the topic: "Using Ambulatory Assessment to Unravel Specific Patterns of Emotion Dysregulation and Instability in the Daily Life of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder"

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New publication: Science Advances

The mental mHealth Lab and the Central Institute of Mental Health (Mannheim) combined geolocation-triggered Smartphone-diaries and brain imaging to unravel neurobiological mechanisms of the association of nonexercise activity and affective well-being in everyday life. The study and its results are published in Science Advances.

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New publication: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders

Ulrich Ebner-Priemer et al. (2020) demonstrate empirically how to fully leverage the potential of digital phenotyping in bipolar disorders by using structural equation modelling to combine categorical and dimensional expert and self-ratings into one latent psychopathological outcome, that dimensionally fluctuates on a daily basis. article

Ulrich Ebner-Priemer: new chair of ECNP network „Digital Health“

Ulrich Ebner-Priemer was appointed as chair of the newly founded "Digital Health Applied to the Clinical Research of Brain Disorders" network of the ECNP: article

Doctorate with highest praise for Marco Giurgiu

Marco Giurgiu received his doctorate with summa cum laude honors on the topic: "Sedentary behavior in daily life: assessment issues, psychological antecedents and consequences." picture

 

New publication: J. of Abnormal Psychology

Tim Trull & Ulrich Ebner-Priemer published Reporting Guidelines for Ambulatory Assessment Research.

New publication: LANCET psychiatry

A new commentary by Philip Santangelo & Ulrich Ebner-Priemer highlights the promising features of digital phenotyping objective and continuous assessment in patients' daily

New publication: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

Marco Giurgiu (mental mHealth Lab) has successfully published an article in the "Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science In Sports" on the topic of mood and sedentary behavior.

Recommendations on Mobile Data Collection

Recommendation of the German Council for Social and Economic Data (RatSWD): "Mobile Data Collection - Data Quality and Management, Research Ethics and Data Protection" with the participation of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer is now available online.

New publication: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

Marco Giurgiu (mental mHealth Lab) has successfully published an article in the journal "Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise" on the effect of sedentary breaks on mood.

New publication: Nature Neuroscience

A research team with central participation of Prof. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer and Markus Reichert from the IfSS could demonstrate that urban green space exposure directly improves the well-being in everyday life of city dwellers. The study was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Doctorate with highest praise for Markus Reichert

Markus Reichert received his doctorate with summa cum laude honors on the topic: "Psychological antecedents and consequences of physical activity as they unfold in everyday life".

New publication: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports

Marco Giurgiu (mental mHealth Lab) has successfully published an article in the "Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science In Sports" on the topic of mood and sedentary behavior.

DFG supports new project

May 2019: DFG supports new project „Mobile infrastructure for daily life research“ from Prof. Ulrich Ebner-Priemer within the Transregio Collaborative Research Centre „Losing and Regaining Control over Drug Intake: From Trajectories to Mechanisms to Interventions“ (TRR 265).

BMBF funded four new studies

BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research) funded four new studies starting spring 2019 at the „Mental mHealth Lab“: EMPOWERYOU, START, RELATER, and SRIAS2PRACTICE.